What Is a Class C Misdemeanor in Texas?

November 17th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Misdemeanor Crimes

The Texas Penal Code divides crimes into felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanor offenses are further subdivided into three classes: A, B, and C. Class C represent the lowest of the three misdemeanor classes. In other words, these are the least serious crimes you can be charged with under Texas law. Some of the more common examples […]

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Fight Domestic Violence Charges?

May 18th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence, Felony Crimes, Misdemeanor Crimes

Whether you are going through a breakup or a divorce and domestic violence allegations have arisen out of your split with your ex, or if you are facing domestic violence charges under different circumstances, it is critical to begin working with a Texas domestic violence defense attorney as soon as you can. While you might […]

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Special Sentencing Considerations for Misdemeanor Offenses

February 16th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

Criminal offenses that are considered to be less serious are usually charged as misdemeanors and so may not come with particularly severe penalties. There are, however, a few exceptions to this rule, as Texas law requires courts to apply minimum sentences in certain misdemeanor cases. To learn more about these rules and how they could […]

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Can My Misdemeanor Criminal Record be Expunged?

December 15th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

In addition to potentially resulting in jail time and fines, any type of conviction will go on a person’s criminal record. Having a criminal record can make it difficult to find housing, secure employment, and apply for educational or training programs. It can also have serious repercussions on someone’s personal life. Fortunately, it is possible […]

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Understanding the Different Types of Misdemeanor Offenses in Texas

November 20th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

Texas law divides misdemeanor crimes into three categories, each of which comes with its own range of penalties. The specifics of a defense strategy depends largely on the type of crime that a person is being charged with, so if you were recently arrested for or charged with a criminal offense in Texas, it is […]

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Are There Traffic Ticket “Quotas” in Texas?

September 9th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

If you have been pulled over and cited for a traffic violation, you might be wondering if the officer is not just trying to fulfill some “quota” assigned to them by their superiors. Indeed, the idea of traffic ticket quotas has been in popular culture for many years. But do they actually exist? More to […]

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The Use of Expert Testimony in Texas Misdemeanor Cases

August 21st, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

Although misdemeanor crimes carry less severe punishments than felonies, Texas prosecutors still take these “lesser” cases seriously. Indeed, it is not uncommon for misdemeanor cases to involve the use of expert witnesses. Such witnesses are used to provide a jury with information and analysis that is outside the purview of a typical “lay” witness. But […]

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What Is Considered a “Speedy Trial” When It Comes to a Misdemeanor Offense?

July 24th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

The Constitution guarantees every criminal defendant’s right to a “speedy” trial. This right applies to both felony and misdemeanor offenses. But what is considered “speedy” from a legal standpoint? If you are forced to wait more than a year for trial, is that a violation of your rights? And will a judge automatically dismiss the […]

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What Is the Line Separating “Honest Mistake” from Misdemeanor Theft?

May 26th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

In its simplest form, misdemeanor theft involves taking someone else’s property without their consent. If you took the property by mistake, you can argue that as a defense at trial. But you will still need to prove that mistake was based on a “reasonable belief” you had the right to take the property in the […]

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Understanding the Right to “Confront” the Evidence Against You in a Misdemeanor Case

March 30th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

In a trial involving misdemeanor crimes, the defendant has the same constitutional rights as in felony cases. This includes, among other things, the right to “confront” and cross-examine the witnesses against them in court. But the right of confrontation is subject to certain procedural limits. Houston Appeals Court: Business Records Not “Testimonial” A recent decision […]

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