In Texas, there are Class A, B, and C misdemeanors. Class A is the most serious and is reserved for crimes such as carrying a gun without a permit, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, or possession of a controlled substance. Class B misdemeanors may include criminal trespassing, graffiti, and theft of property worth between $50 and $500.
Examples of a Class C misdemeanor include theft under $50, disorderly conduct, and driving without a valid license. Class A and B misdemeanors come with the risk of jail time, and all come with fines and a permanent record. Our attorneys may be able to help you avoid these penalties in Houston’s criminal courts.
Is It Worth Hiring an Attorney for a Misdemeanor?
When compared to the penalties for a felony, it can seem like a relief to face the more minor misdemeanor charge in Texas. However, when you look at the potential penalties of this charge, you realize it is still a serious matter. In Texas, a Class A misdemeanor can come with up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable with up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
Anytime you’re arrested, you receive a criminal record. If there is no conviction, the courts will expunge (erase) this data. Other than scenarios involving a non-conviction or a record expungement, your criminal record will remain affected for life. Receiving a misdemeanor conviction can, therefore, have serious negative impacts on your life. It can make it difficult to earn a job or get into certain universities, may damage your reputation, impact your ability to earn, and even keep you out of the military. Trust an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you avoid having a permanent criminal record.
In many cases, you may have the right to self-representation for a misdemeanor charge, but only if you obtain the court’s permission. You must demonstrate to the courts that you have an understanding of the nature of the criminal process. However, this route is often not in your best interest. Unless you have in-depth knowledge of Houston’s criminal laws and legal processes, you will not do yourself any favors by self-representation. A talented, experienced, and aggressive defense attorney will give you your best chance during a misdemeanor trial.
How We Can Help With a Misdemeanor Charge
The criminal justice system is far from straightforward. Non-guilty suspects may end up with convictions, guilty suspects may get acquitted, and the courts can treat all suspects unfairly, regardless of guilt. It is necessary to work with a trusted criminal defense lawyer to successfully navigate the complex web that is the criminal court system. The moment you speak to our team about your case, we can help put you more in control of this difficult and undesirable situation.
We have experience handling even the most complicated misdemeanor charges throughout Texas and beyond. You’ll work with a skilled attorney to discover your rights and hear your legal options. Your attorney will listen carefully to your story and make sure you know we care about what happens to you. In an often-unfair court system, we want to be your trusted legal counselors. We will answer any questions or concerns you may have about your charge. Our lines are always open.
As soon as you hear about a misdemeanor charge against you in Houston, call [InsertPhoneNumber]. Our representatives will be waiting to consult with you about your situation and extend our help if applicable. We always discuss our fees in an upfront manner, so you have the choice whether or not to retain our firm. Our number one priority is to help you through your legal trouble. For more information, submit our contact form. We’ll get back to you right away about your case.