Texas Misdemeanor Crimes Lawyer
Our Experienced Misdemeanor Crimes Lawyer Can Help You When You’re Facing Imprisonment and Fines — Houston, Galveston, League City, Texas
Texas law categorizes a number of different types of criminal offenses as misdemeanors. While it is true that these kinds of charges generally come with less severe penalties than felony crimes, they should still be taken seriously, as they are punishable by jail time and hefty fines. That being said, however, misdemeanor crimes should never be dismissed as insignificant, or written off as something that doesn’t deserve serious legal attention if a person is charged with a misdemeanor. Being convicted of a misdemeanor crime can have serious legal implications on a person’s life, affecting everything from reputation to being able to secure employment and more.
At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, our experienced misdemeanor crime attorneys serving Galveston and Houston, help you to understand the law and build your defense when you have been charged with a misdemeanor. Tad Nelson is board certified in criminal trial law, and isn’t intimidated by the prospect of working hard to protect and represent you, even if that means going to court. For legal advice and counsel you can count on, call us today to schedule your free, no obligation case consultation.
Common Types of Misdemeanor Offenses
Theft-related allegations are some of the most commonly charged misdemeanor offenses in Texas. There are also a number of drug crimes that are charged as misdemeanors in Texas. Another type of misdemeanor is driving while intoxicated. This is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas and comes with a mandatory three days in jail, or if an open container of alcohol is discovered in the vehicle, up to six days confinement. If you are facing misdemeanor charges, our attorneys are here to represent you. We have the experience you are looking for, and have represented clients facing a broad range of misdemeanor charges, including:
No matter the misdemeanor crime you have been charged with, we will take the charges seriously and work aggressively to protect your rights.
Misdemeanor Drug Charges
Possessing less than two ounces of marijuana is generally charged as a Class B misdemeanor and as such, is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine. Possession of two to four ounces of this substance, on the other hand, is a Class A misdemeanor, which could mean up to a year in jail. The possession of depressants and certain stimulants without a prescription can also results in misdemeanor drug charges. Less than 28 grams of salvia, peyote, and certain hormonal drugs, for instance, is a Class A misdemeanor. Possession of drugs with medicinal properties, but that also contain traces of narcotics like codeine and opium, can also lead to Class B misdemeanor charges.
As mentioned previously, driving while intoxicated is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas and comes with a mandatory three days in jail. If an open container of alcohol is discovered in the vehicle, a penalty of up to six days confinement could be issued. In fact, even appearing in public while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a Class C misdemeanor. Repeat drunk driving offenders, however, can expect to face felony charges, as well as more severe penalties, including the suspension or revocation of their driver’s license.
Penalties for Misdemeanor Crimes in Texas
Misdemeanor crimes are classified by classes: class A misdemeanors, class B misdemeanors, and class C misdemeanors. The class of misdemeanor corresponds to the seriousness of the offense, with a class A misdemeanor being the most serious, and a class C misdemeanor being the least serious. For instance, someone who is accused of taking items that are worth less than $100 will generally be charged with a Class C misdemeanor. If, on the other hand, the value of those items exceeds $100, but is less than $750, the charge will usually be enhanced to a class B misdemeanor. Finally, the theft of items valued at between $750 and $2,500 is considered a Class A misdemeanor. These rules may not, however, apply if the person being accused has any prior theft convictions on his or her record. According to Texas Penal Code Chapter 12. Punishments – Subchapter B, misdemeanors are penalized as follows:
- Class A misdemeanors. A class A misdemeanor is penalized by:
- A fine of up to $4,000;
- Incarceration of up to one year; or
- Class B misdemeanors. Class B misdemeanors are penalized by:
- A fine of up to $2,000;
- Jail of up to 180 days; or
- Class C misdemeanors. Class C misdemeanors are the least serious of misdemeanor offenses, and as such are penalized by a fine of up to $500. Those convicted of this crime type are not subject to incarceration time.
Were You Charged with a Misdemeanor Offense?
If you were accused of committing a misdemeanor offense, whether theft, drug, or alcohol-related, you could be facing significant jail time and expensive fines. Put our criminal defense experience on your side. We can help ensure that you are able to mount the strongest defense possible to the criminal allegations being levied against you. Call one of our dedicated Houston misdemeanor crime lawyers at The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today for a free consultation at 281-280-0100 or chat us via online message.