Facing misdemeanor charges in Austin?
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A large number of crimes people are arrested for in Austin are nothing more than policy violations or slight skirmishes with the law which result in misdemeanor charges.
Many people may take the position that misdemeanor offenses are minor criminal but that’s a misnomer. The appearance of any criminal charge on your background has the potential to cause an escalation of criminal charges in the event of a future arrest, and can cause other negative social, professional, and economic impacts.
If you or a loved were arrested and charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense, it should be treated as a serious matter and properly addressed by an experienced Austin criminal defense lawyer. If you need to consult with an attorney, contact my office immediately.
Understanding Misdemeanor Cases & Texas Law
In Texas, misdemeanor offenses are broken down into two classes: the “higher charges,” Class A and Class B, and the lower, Class C offenses.
|Classification||Jail Sentence||Penalty if Convicted|
|Class C Misdemeanor||None||Fine of not more than $500.00|
|Class B Misdemeanor||180 Days County Jail||Fine of not more than $2,000.00|
|Class A Misdemeanor||1 Year County Jail||Fine of not more than $4,000.00|
Class A Misdemeanor Cases
Class A misdemeanor offenses, which are heard in the Travis County Courts-at-Law, have a maximum sentence of up to one year in county jail and a fine not to exceed $4,000.
Class A offenses include Assaults with Bodily Injury or Assault involving Family Violence, second DWIs, Criminal Mischief or Theft of Property with a value of $500 to $1,500, and Burglary of a Vehicle.
Class B Misdemeanor Cases
Class B misdemeanors, which carry a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000, include Criminal Mischief or Theft of $50 to $500, first DWI’s, Driving While License Suspended, etc. Class B misdemeanors are also heard in County Courts-at-Law.
Class C Misdemeanor Cases
Class C misdemeanors carry a penalty of fine only and include traffic; offenses, Public Intoxication, Minors in Possession of Alcohol, Disorderly Conduct offenses such as Fighting, Unreasonable Noise, etc. These cases are heard either in Municipal Court (if the offense was alleged to have occurred in the city limits) or in the Justice of the Peace courts (if the offense was alleged to have occurred outside the city limits).
Need Legal Representation for a Misdemeanor Case?
Contact Austin Criminal Lawyer Jackson F. Gorski Today!
The Law Office of Jackson F. Gorski offers excellent legal representation with affordable and flexible legal fees. Whether you’re facing misdemeanor charges or acting on behalf of someone who is, I’m ready to talk with you about how my experience can benefit the situation.