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A misdemeanor, a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony and more serious than an infraction, is generally punishable by a fine or incarceration in a local jail, or both. Many jurisdictions separate misdemeanors into three classes: high or gross misdemeanors, ordinary misdemeanors, and petty misdemeanors. Petty misdemeanors usually contemplate a jail sentence of less than six months and a fine of $500 or less. The punishment prescribed for gross misdemeanors is greater than that prescribed for ordinary misdemeanors and less than that prescribed for felonies.

Houston Misdemeanors Defense Lawyer: The Charles Johnson Law Firm

Many people facing misdemeanor charges are the type of people who rarely get in trouble and for whom the thought of being arrested and having a criminal record is both embarrassing and disturbing.

You may feel that going before a judge on a misdemeanor will only result in a small fine or a slap on your wrist, but you should consider that:

  • Withholding Adjudication of Guilt is still a conviction under Federal law

  • A misdemeanor will go on your criminal record,

  • If placed on probation, you could face jail if you violate,

  • An attorney might have been able to get the case dismissed.

And even though a misdemeanor conviction will not result in the loss of your civil rights, there is the possibility of jail if you appear without an attorney.

More likely though, some judges adjudicate (convict) first-time offenders guilty of a misdemeanor; even though that same person would have received a Withhold of Adjudication if they had hired a criminal defense attorney to represent them. 

Categories of Misdemeanors in Texas

Misdemeanors are classified according to the relative seriousness of the offense into three categories:
  1. Class A misdemeanors

  2. Class B misdemeanors;

  3. Class C misdemeanors.
    1. An offense designated a misdemeanor in this code without specification as to punishment or category is a Class C misdemeanor.
    2. Conviction of a Class C misdemeanor does not impose any legal disability or disadvantage.
§ 12.21. CLASS A MISDEMEANOR. An individual adjudged guilty of a Class A misdemeanor shall be punished by:
  1. a fine not to exceed $4,000;
  2. confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or
  3. both such fine and confinement.
§ 12.22. CLASS B MISDEMEANOR. An individual adjudged guilty of a Class B misdemeanor shall be punished by:
  1. a fine not to exceed $2,000;
  2. confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or 
  3. both such fine and confinement.
§ 12.23. CLASS C MISDEMEANOR. An individual adjudged guilty of a Class C misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.

Houston Misdemeanors Defense Lawyer: The Charles Johnson Law Firm

If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a misdemeanor offense in Texas, get in touch with Houston Criminal Lawyer Charles Johnson immediately – and protect your rights.

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