First lets go over what a misdemeanor is. Misdemeanors are criminal offenses that carry up to a year in jail in most states. Misdemeanors in Texas are crimes punishable by up to one year in local or county jail. Misdemeanors are categorized as Class A, B, or C.
Punishment for misdemeanors can also include payment of a fine, probation, community service, and restitution. Defendants charged with misdemeanors are often entitled to a jury. Indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors are usually entitled to legal representation at government expense. Some states subdivide misdemeanors by class or degree or define more serious misdemeanor offenses as “gross misdemeanors.” These classifications determine the severity of punishment.
Categories of Misdemeanors
Class A Misdemeanor
In Texas, class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both jail time and a fine.
Some examples of Class A Misdemeanors are:
DWI (second offense)
Assault with bodily injury
Burglary of a vehicle or vending machine
Unlawful carrying of a weapon
Violation of protective orders
Class B Misdemeanor
Under Texas’s laws, a class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
Some examples of a Class B Misdemeanor are:
DWI (Driving while intoxicated) first offense
Evading arrest on foot
False report to a police officer and false 911 calls
Failure to pay child support
Minor drug possession
Class C Misdemeanor
Class C misdemeanors in Texas are punishable by a fine of up to $500. There is no jail time for a class C misdemeanor. Any misdemeanor that is not designated as Class A, B, or C, and has no specified punishment is a class C misdemeanor. Theft of property worth less than $50 is a class C misdemeanor.
Examples of a class C Misdemeanor are:
Leaving a child in a vehicle
Petty theft such as shoplifting
Possession of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle
Driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor
Minor in possession of alcohol
Minor in possession of tobacco
Any and all criminal convictions can be very serious even the smallest of crimes can have serious and harsh consequences if not properly handled. Be sure to seek the help of our legal experts who will be able to tell you how your case is likely to fare in court based on the law, the facts, and the assigned judge and prosecutor. With an attorney’s help, you can obtain the best possible outcome under the circumstances.
This is a general article for example purposes. As always, please contact us at 979-821-2663 regarding your specific case.