Houston Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer
While a felony is a serious criminal offense that can result in huge fines and a sentence in a state penitentiary for an extended period of time, a misdemeanor, even though less serious, can still be punishable by both fines and up to a year in the county jail as well. Misdemeanors are categorized into classes (A, B, or C), with Class A being the most serious and Class C being the least. Our Houston misdemeanor defense lawyer is skilled in these cases.
Class A Misdemeanors in Texas
In the state of Texas, a class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in the county jail, or a fine of up to $4,000. You may also be sentenced to both jail time and a fine if you are found guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Crimes such as carrying a gun without a permit, assault with bodily injury, promotion of gambling, resisting arrest, pubic lewdness, pimping, burglary of a vehicle or vending machine, cruelty to animals, violation of a protective order, perjury, possession of more than two ounces of marijuana, or a second DWI offense are all examples of a Class A misdemeanor.
Class B Misdemeanors
Under Texas law, a class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. Criminal trespass, evading arrest, making a false report to a police officer or placing a false 911 call, harassment, indecent exposure, child enticement, failure to pay child support, prostitution, minor drug possession, vandalism, or a first offense DWI are examples of Class B misdemeanors.
Class C Misdemeanors
While there is no jail time for Class C misdemeanors, they are punishable by a fine of up to $500. Crimes such as disorderly conduct or public intoxication, gambling, using bad checks, petty theft (if you’re facing more severe theft charges, Paul Darrow is also a knowledgeable Houston theft crimes lawyer), public intoxication, simple assault, bail jumping, possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor, a minor in possession of alcohol or tobacco, or criminal trespass are examples of Class C misdemeanors. Any misdemeanor that is not designated as Class A, B, or C, and has no specified punishment and is considered a class C misdemeanor.
Houston Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer Paul Darrow
Remember that any type of criminal conviction, even a misdemeanor, can have serious consequences for you, including time in jail and a fine. If you are charged with a crime in Texas, even if you believe it falls into the misdemeanor category, you need to contact an experienced misdemeanor defense attorney to represent you in order to obtain the best possible outcome.
Paul Darrow is a former prosecutor who brings a wealth of experience to his practice as a criminal defense lawyer and knows how to achieve the best results for his clients. When it comes to defending those who are facing a criminal charge conviction, he is the best one to have on your defense team.