Misdemeanors are normally non-violent crimes. They are offenses against property rather than individuals. Misdemeanors in Texas are grouped into three categories, depending on the severity of the crime. Some possible consequences of misdemeanors include:
- Class A misdemeanor: Up to one year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $4,000
- Class B misdemeanor: Up to 180 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,000
- Class C misdemeanor: A maximum fine of $500
In addition to these penalties, all classes of misdemeanors can carry additional sanctions such as mandatory community service or probation. Those who are guilty of committing misdemeanors may acquire a criminal record.
Misdemeanor offenses are not as serious as felony offenses, but they should not be taken lightly. Those with multiple misdemeanor convictions may face additional jail time or steeper fines. These individuals may also experience difficulty in securing employment in certain industries.
Facing misdemeanor charges? Call Houston Misdemeanors Lawyer Mario Madrid at 713-877-9400.
Common Types of Misdemeanors
The following illegal activities are the most commonly committed misdemeanors in Texas:
- Petty theft
- Possession of trace amounts of marijuana
- Reckless driving (if no injuries occur)
- Criminal mischief
- Possession of alcohol by a minor
Arrested For A Criminal Offense in Texas?
Contact Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Mario Madrid
District attorneys often bank on the fact that few people are willing to put up a strong fight over misdemeanor charges. Nonetheless, prosecutors have to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt–or drop the charges because they are unable to do so. You have a greater chance of successfully defending yourself in court if you have a fearless, experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.
For help with misdemeanor charges, call Madrid Law at 713-877-9400.
Help When You Need It
If you are in need of a criminal defense lawyer in Houston, look no further than attorney Mario Madrid. Mr. Madrid is a former municipal court judge and assistant district attorney.
With his diverse background in criminal law, he equips his clients with the best legal strategy. Mr. Madrid has more than 15 years of litigation experience, and he will do everything he can to protect your constitutional rights.
Let the lawyers at Madrid Law fight for you. Call a Houston misdemeanor criminal trial lawyer today at 713-877-9400 and get a complimentary consultation.