Any criminal conviction, even a misdemeanor conviction, can have serious consequences, including time in jail and fines. Don’t be misled, misdemeanors are serious. Though less serious than felony offenses, misdemeanor charges can still result in hefty fines, terms of probation of up to two years, and maybe even a lengthy term of incarceration. Under the Texas Penal Code, there are three types of misdemeanors, whose punishment range as follows:
- Class “A”– up to 1 year in jail, and a fine up to $4,000.
- Class “B”– up to 180 days in jail, and a fine up to $2.000.
- Class “C”– no jail time, a fine up to $500.
Many of the penalties you will face once convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor are “hidden,” seeing that the judge and the prosecutor don’t have to tell you about them. If you do not have a criminal defense lawyer on your side to explain such penalties to you, you may only find out about them after it’s too late.
If you are convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor in Texas, the consequences may include:
- Loss of custody of your children
- Ineligibility for foster care and adoption
- Possible loss of your immigration status and/or deportation
- Registration as a sex offender
- Limited employment opportunities
- Ineligibility for professional licenses (health care, security guard, insurance agent, peace officer, etc.)
- Ineligibility for federal and state assistance (TANF cash assistance, food stamps, public housing, and education grants and loans)
- Eviction by your landlord
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Greatly increased fees for renewal of your driver’s license
- Increased penalties if you are ever arrested for another crime
- Disqualification from possessing or receiving a handgun or ammunition
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you need a criminal defense lawyer willing to fight for you as if it was himself in front of the judge. Lowe Law, PLLC can represent and defend you against any Texas misdemeanor charge please visit our contact us page or call us at: (832) 953-LOWE(5693). I want to help you!