Wobbler Law and Legal Definition

In California, Wobbler refers to a criminal offense that can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It “wobbles” between these two categories of offenses. It signifies a lesser felony offense that specifies fines or jail time as alternative punishments to state prison. California defines over a hundred offenses as wobblers. For example, driving under the influence, battery with serious bodily injury, petty theft, simple grand theft, and receiving stolen property are all common wobblers. Conviction of a wobbler is considered as conviction of a crime.