Types of Misdemeanor Charges in Texas

Misdemeanors in Texas, categorized as class A, B, or C, are crimes that are punishable by a sentence of up to one year in jail. If you or a loved one is charged with a misdemeanor, a defense attorney from The Law Offices of James Gill, PLLC can help get the charge reduced or dismissed. Learn more below about misdemeanor charges and how our law office can help develop an effective defense strategy in order to get the best possible outcome for your case.

What is a Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense more severe than a citation or infraction, but less serious than a felony charge. It can carry potential jail time, but punishment is generally delivered through a monetary fine.

Types of Misdemeanors

In the State of Texas, there are three different classes of misdemeanor offenses, depending on your case and previous criminal record. 

  • Class A Misdemeanors in Texas: Texas class a misdemeanor punishment includes up to a year in jail in addition to associated fines that may apply to this crime of up to $4,000, or both. Unlawfully carrying a weapon, a 2nd offense DWI, or burglary of a vehicle are all examples of these types of misdemeanor crimes that a person can commit in these cases.
  • Class B Misdemeanors in Texas: offenses include possession of up to two ounces of marijuana, DWI-1st, trespassing, harassment, or terroristic threats, and are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000 (in some cases, both).
  • Class C Misdemeanors in Texas: these crimes are punishable by fines up to $500. No jail time is associated with this type of misdemeanor in Texas. Theft of property that is less than $100 fits this category of misdemeanor crimes.

Defenses to Misdemeanor Charges

Misdemeanor defenses depend on the facts of the charge. Alcohol-related offenses, assault, theft, and other minor crimes fit this category, and some defenses for charges like those include self-defense, mistake, necessity, or coercion. A misdemeanor charges defense attorney can learn about the case and choose defense strategies that give their client the best possible result.

Ultimately, any conviction, even a misdemeanor, can have severe and lasting consequences. If you are charged with a crime in Texas, you need a defense attorney by your side as soon as possible to represent you and to protect your legal rights during the entire process.

Contact Austin Misdemeanor Lawyer James Gill to Fight Your Conviction

Call now to schedule a legal consultation with Misdemeanor and Crime Defense Attorney James Gill.

If you or a loved one are facing a misdemeanor charge in the State of Texas, it’s important to call and schedule a legal consultation with an experienced Austin defense lawyer quickly. Don’t lose time trying to interpret the law on your own; we are standing by to talk to you and schedule a time to review the specifics of your case with you, in order to get you or your loved one the best possible outcome and result. 

James Gill has many years of experience defending those facing misdemeanors and felonies in Texas. Call today to schedule a legal consultation with him by calling his office at 512-448-4560. The Law Offices of James Gill, PLLC serves all of Austin, Westlake, Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, and the surrounding TX communities.