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In Texas misdemeanor charges are more common, though they have much less severe punishments than felony charges. Even lesser misdemeanor charges should not be treated lightly; they require the same attention and skilled legal defense as more severe charges. They also have harsh consequences on your future work and freedom.
Examples of misdemeanor charges are reckless driving, public intoxication, trespassing, discharging a firearm within city limits, petty theft, disorderly conduct, and possession of smaller quantities of marijuana. No matter the misdemeanor that you have been charged with, legal representation from our Dallas criminal defense attorneys will help mitigate the punishment, or even clear your name of the charge altogether. Attempting to get through this ordeal alone may lead to more severe consequences.
Even though the average fine and punishment for misdemeanors can be low, a judge can unexpectedly enhance the charges making them felonies and imposing stricter punishments. This is especially true if you have prior convictions. If you are facing criminal charges, contact an experienced Dallas misdemeanor lawyer today for assistance.
Three Classes of Misdemeanors in Texas
Listed below are the three types of misdemeanor charges and the punishments they carry, according to Texas state law:
- A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of $500 or under
- A Class B misdemeanor is punished by up to 180 days in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000
- A Class A misdemeanor is punished by up to one year in a county jail and a fine not exceeding $4,000
Misdemeanor Theft Charges
Theft can be a misdemeanor depending on how valuable the stolen items were, and depending on how it was stolen. For example, if the item or items that were stolen were valued less than $100, it will be a Class C misdemeanor. If the value was $100 to $750, it will be a Class B misdemeanor.
However, even if the value is below $100, it will be considered a Class B misdemeanor if the individual has any prior theft convictions. If the value was between $750 and $2,500, it will be a Class A misdemeanor. If the value of the items stolen were greater than $2,500, or depending on the specifics of the stolen item (if it was stolen from a gravesite or if it was a firearm), the crime will be upgraded to a state jail felony or higher.
Misdemeanor Drug Charges
There are quite a few types of drug crimes considered misdemeanors in Texas. While any amount of cocaine, ecstasy, or methamphetamines is classified as no less than a state jail felony, possessing small amounts of marijuana can be a misdemeanor. Possessing less than two ounces of marijuana in Texas is a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by 180 days in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000, and possession of two to four ounces is a Class A misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $4,000. Possessing four ounces of marijuana or greater is a felony in the state of Texas.
DWI from alcohol or under the influence of drugs is classified as a Class B misdemeanor in Texas. The punishment is a minimum of 72 hours confinement, or when an open container of alcohol was found in the vehicle, a minimum of six days confinement. Appearing in public while intoxicated is a Class C misdemeanor. However, repeat drunk driving offenders and people who are charged with other crimes simultaneously may get the charges enhanced to a felony crime.
Call Our Dallas Misdemeanor Defense Attorneys Today
Are you facing misdemeanor charges in Texas? If so, it is important you reach out to a skilled defense attorney for help.
Contact the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC today at (214) 238-9844 to discuss your situation.