Unless the statute violated indicates more punishment, the typical maximum sentence for a misdemeanor is six months in the county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Cal. Pen. Code s. 19 . Of course, it is important to note that even if the fine is $1,000, there are additional court fees and contributions to state funds that can be (and usually are imposed) that increase the dollar amount owed substantially.
Even if the statute indicates a sentence of more than six months, the absolute maximum sentence that can be imposed for a misdemeanor is one year in county jail. Cal. Pen. Code s. 19.2 . If the statute says it can be one year in the county jail or a longer period in state prison, the law is a "wobbler" and could be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on how it is charged by the district attorney or sentenced by the judge.