An infraction is a non-criminal offense, always very minor in nature. If convicted of an infraction, you can’t be sentenced to jail – a fine of less than $100 (plus court costs) is the maximum punishment allowable for an infraction.
An infraction doesn’t count as a criminal record. Because an infraction is so minor, many people represent themselves on infractions. However, sometimes it makes sense to hire a lawyer if you don’t want to appear in court, and you just want to get the fine paid and done with.
Here’s the statute:
14-3.1. Infraction defined; sanctions.
(a) An infraction is a noncriminal violation of law not punishable by
imprisonment. Unless otherwise provided by law, the sanction for a person found responsible for an infraction is a penalty of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00).
The proceeds of penalties for infractions are payable to the county in which the infraction occurred for the use of the public schools.