Because misdemeanor crimes are classified as less serious than felonies, you can make the mistake of not taking the charge seriously. You may think you can save yourself the cost of a good defense attorney by representing yourself in court. This is not wise and rarely effective. The judge will expect you to understand the law as well as a trained legal professional and will not cut you any slack.
A conviction for a misdemeanor offense can carry stiff penalties, including jail time, expensive fines and a conviction on your criminal record, all of which can prevent you from obtaining employment, admission into college or even from renting an apartment.
Austin Misdemeanor Lawyer
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Austin or elsewhere in Travis County or Williamson County, it is vital that you have capable legal representation. I strongly recommend that you contact me as an Austin misdemeanor lawyer who will work vigorously to protect your legal rights, advance your best interests, and work to keep you out of jail.
As an aggressive and skilled Austin criminal defense lawyer, I will help protect your rights and guide you through the misdemeanor process from the start to finish. I will work hard to help get a positive resolution to your case, including seeking an expunction if eligible.
What is a Misdemeanor?
All crimes in Texas are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. A misdemeanor is defined as any criminal offense generally deemed less serious than a felony and punishable by a fine and jail time not exceeding one year. In Texas, misdemeanor charges are broken into three classes, A, B, and C, classed according to the seriousness of the offense. The most serious misdemeanor is a Class A misdemeanor, which can carry up to a year in county jail and a $4,000 fine.
Common Examples of Texas Misdemeanors
- Assault Causing Bodily Injury
- Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a Family Member or Assault Family Violence
- Burglary of a Coin-Operated Machine
- Burglary of a Vehicle
- Criminal Mischief
- Deadly Conduct
- Disorderly Conduct
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by a Minor (DUI)
- Driving with an Invalid License
- Driving with a Suspended License
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
- Evading Arrest
- Failure to Identify to a Police Officer
- Failure to Stop and Give Information
- Failure to Stop and Render Aid
- Indecent Exposure
- Interference with an Emergency Phone Call
- Minor in Consumption of Alcohol (MIC)
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)
- Possession of a Controlled Substance (POCS)
- Possession of a Dangerous Drug
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of Marijuana
- Public Intoxication (PI)
- Public Lewdness
- Resisting Arrest
- Silent or Abusive Phone Calls to a 911 Service
- Terroristic Threat
- Theft by Check
- Theft of Service
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
- Violation of a Protective Order
Misdemeanor Penalties in Texas
Common penalties for misdemeanor convictions in Texas include probation, jail time, fines, community service, counseling and/or treatment, and a conviction on your permanent record.
Class A Misdemeanor: Conviction of a Class A misdemeanor carries a punishment range of up to one (1) year in the county jail, as well as a fine of up to $4,000.
Class B Misdemeanor: Conviction of a Class B misdemeanor carries a punishment range of up to 180 days in county jail, as well as a fine of up to $2,000.
Class C Misdemeanor: Conviction of a Class C misdemeanor carries penalties of up to a $500 fine.
Enhancements: Prosecutors can sometimes enhance your misdemeanor charge to a more serious misdemeanor or felony charge depending on the crime and your prior criminal record.
Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer Serving Austin, TX
Travis County Prosecutors will aggressively pursue convictions for their own personal record, which makes legal assistance essential to reducing your risk of jail time, expensive fines and a permanent criminal conviction. This is why Attorney Kevin Bennett is intent on providing high quality legal services to those facing criminal charges.
Whether you've been charged with drugs, assault, DWI or another type of misdemeanor in Austin, Tx, you can be confident that Kevin Bennett is prepared to fight on your behalf.