My doubt arises after having received correspondence back from the Superior Court of California County of Orange. I pleaded guilty on a traffic ticket I had pending since three years ago only after asking repeatedly if this could constitute a misdemeanor to the OC court phone line operators and ensured that no, that it was just "a traffic ticket". However in the notice I see references to misdemeanors/felonies. I am not concerned about the penalty amount but the fact that having a misdemeanor in my record could affect my application for permanent residency (I am an immigrant applying for a Green Card). Below, I attach excerpts of the transcript:

The Court is in receipt of the correspondence submitted electronically for the above case and the following was determined:


  • To the Original Citation defendant pleads GUILTY to all counts.


  • Pay Criminal Conviction Assessment Fee per convicted count of $30.00 per misdemeanor/felony and $35.00 per infraction pursuant to Government Code 70373(a)(1).
  • Civil Assessment pursuant to Penal Code 1214.1 imposed on ... to remain


Does this indicate that I have plead guilty to a misdemeanor?

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    The notes say you pled guilty to "all counts." What were the violations alleged against you in the ticket or in the complaint? Each violation will be from a California code (Vehicle, Penal, etc.) and that code's provisions will determine if the violation is an infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony. Sep 4, 2020 at 20:57

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According to Vehicle Code 19029, this is an infraction and not a misdemeanor. Government Code 70373 lumps criminal and traffic offenses together in adding a $35 processing fee, hence the mildly concerning language.

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