Arrested for a Misdemeanor in San Antonio?

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Criminal offenses in Texas are categorized as a felony or a misdemeanor. There are five different degrees of felony offenses and three classes of misdemeanors. A misdemeanor is charged for less serious offenses. These offenses are punishable by up to one year in jail and up to $4,000, if the offense requires greater penalties it will most likely be charged as a felony. Misdemeanor offenses can still remain on your criminal record, which can have negative repercussions when it comes to finding employment. If you are facing any type of misdemeanor charges in Texas, team up with a San Antonio criminal defense lawyer right away.

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Classes and Penalties of Misdemeanor Offenses in Texas

The least serious misdemeanor offense is a Class C misdemeanor. The penalties for a Class C misdemeanor include a fine of up to $500 and possibly community service. This type of offense does not involve jail time or the average probation order. There is the possibility of a special deferred adjudication type of probation; however, and this may result in no conviction. These misdemeanors can commonly be expunged upon resolution of the case. Traffic offenses are generally Class C misdemeanors, other common offenses that fit this category include:

  • Simple assault (assault by threat)
  • Petty theft
  • Minor in possession of alcohol or tobacco
  • Public intoxication
  • Criminal trespassing
  • DUI of alcohol by a minor
  • Leaving a child inside a vehicle

Class B misdemeanors are more serious offenses and have harsher penalties. If you have been charged with a Class B misdemeanor, you may be facing up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. You may also have court ordered community supervision for up to two years or three years with an extension. There is a possibility that the defendant can receive probation rather than jail time and you may be able to have the offense sealed once you complete your probation. Some examples of Class B misdemeanor offenses include:

  • First offense DWI
  • Indecent exposure
  • Prostitution
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Minor drug possession
  • Harassment
  • False report to a police officer

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Class A misdemeanors are considered the most serious of all misdemeanors. This type of misdemeanor offense is punishable by a county jail sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $4,000. Class A misdemeanor offenses may also come with up to two years of community supervision or possibly three years with an extension. There is a chance that you can receive a probation order rather than a jail sentence for this type of misdemeanor. Also, you could have your offense be sealed once you complete probation. Examples include:

  • Second offense DWI
  • Unlawful restraint
  • Unlawful carrying of a weapon
  • Assault with injury
  • Vehicle burglary
  • Perjury
  • Public lewdness
  • Bail jumping

These are the offenses if this is the first offense misdemeanor. You cannot continue to repeat the same misdemeanor and obtain the same penalties each time. If you commit one of these offenses a second or third time, the consequences may be elevated and even charged as a felony for the repeated offense.

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The penalties of these offenses are still harsh and can have life-changing effects even though they are considered less serious. Fight to maintain a clean record, free from misdemeanor charges, by seeking experienced representation from a criminal defense lawyer. Contact The Law Office of John J. Fox to speak with a lawyer who has nearly 20 years of experience defending clients in Texas. San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney John Fox offers a free case evaluation so call today and see how our firm can help you!

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