While misdemeanor offenses in Texas are less serious than felonies, they still can have significant negative consequences if convicted of such offenses. Consequences of a misdemeanor conviction are serious and can result in the inability to get jobs of your choice, procure certain professional occupational licenses, obtain housing of your choice and attend a college that you prefer.
Misdemeanors in Texas are divided into 3 categories based on the seriousness of the offense and severity of punishments. The Law Office of Ron Baron can aggressively represent you on the following 3 categories of misdemeanors in Texas:
CLASS A MISDEMEANORS:
CLASS A misdemeanors are the most serious category of misdemeanor offenses. The conviction of a Class A misdemeanor will carry a maximum penalty of up to $4,000 in fines and or imprisonment of up to one year in jail. Examples of Class A Misdemeanors include:
- Assault with bodily injury
- Burglary of a vending machine or vehicle
- Possession of 2-4 ounces of marijuana
- Resisting arrest
- Unlawful restraint
- DWI-Second Offense
CLASS B MISDEMEANORS:
Class B misdemeanors carries a more serious form of punishment than Class C Misdemeanors. Maximum penalties for a Class B Misdemeanors include up to a $2,000 fine and or a jail sentence of up to 180 days. Examples of Class B misdemeanors include:
- Possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana
- Criminal trespass
- Terroristic threat
- Evading Arrest
- False report to a police officer
- DWI-first offense
CLASS C MISDEMEANORS:
Class C misdemeanors are the least serious category of misdemeanors. A Class C misdemeanor conviction is subject to a maximum fine of up to $500. In addition, a court may require community service in addition to the fine. Examples of Class C misdemeanors include:
- Minors in possession of alcohol and tobacco.
- Bad checks
- Petty theft (Of property less than $50 in value)
- Simple assault
- Traffic offenses
Deferred adjudication pleas may be available for defendants charged with A & B misdemeanors. If a defendant is offered deferred adjudication and successfully completes their term of probation and other conditions that the court may require, their charges will be dismissed and technically won’t be found guilty or be convicted of these charges. However, just because their charges may be dismissed upon their successful completion of probation and or other conditions, DOESN’T MEAN THAT THAT THEIR CHARGES AND PLEA WILL BE ERASED FROM PUBLIC VIEW. To prevent their charges and plea to be restricted from public viewing they must petition the court for an Order For Non-Disclosure.
Deferred disposition is available for Class C misdemeanors once the defendant successfully completes their terms of their plea (i.e. pays a fine and or completes a class and or doesn’t get in further trouble with the law). In essence these charges will be dismissed upon successful completion of their terms and conditions of the pleas. HOWEVER, SUCH SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION WILL NOT ERASE THEIR CHARGES AND PLEA FROM PUBLIC VIEW. To prevent these charges and pleas from public view they’ll have to petition the court for an Order For Expungement.
LAW OFFICE OF RONALD L. BARON, PLLC CAN AGGRESSIVELY REPRESENT YOU ON PENDING MISDEMEANOR CHARGES