Important Facts About Misdemeanor Charges In Texas

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If you are charged with a criminal offense in Texas, you could face a fine, jail time and/or probation. The amount of your fine and the length of jail time and/or probation depend on the type of crime you are accused of committing. Below is a summary of the range of punishment for Texas misdemeanor criminal charges. Keep in mind that every case is different, and several factors will contribute to every decision made by the State in prosecuting a case.

Texas Misdemeanor Punishment Ranges

Class A misdemeanor punishment Texas Penal Code Section 12.21

Under Texas law, a Class A misdemeanor offense is punishable by:

a) confinement for a term not to exceed one year in county jail; and/or b) a fine not to exceed $4,000.

Community supervision (probation):

A person convicted of a Class A misdemeanor in Texas may be eligible for community supervision probation instead of county jail time. The maximum term of community supervision for a Class A misdemeanor is up to two years.

Class B misdemeanor punishment Texas Penal Code Section 12.22

Under Texas law, a Class B misdemeanor offense is punishable by:

a) confinement for a term not to exceed 180 days in county jail; and/or b) a fine not to exceed $2,000.

Community supervision (probation):

A person convicted of a Class B misdemeanor in Texas may be eligible for community supervision probation instead of county jail time. The maximum term of community supervision for a Class A misdemeanor is up to two years.

Class C misdemeanor punishment Texas Penal Code Section 12.23

Under Texas Law, a Class C misdemeanor offense is punishable by:

a) no confinement in jail; and b) a fine not to exceed $500.

Community supervision (probation or deferred adjudication/disposition):

A person convicted of a Class C misdemeanor in Texas may be eligible for up to 180 days of deferred disposition instead of a final conviction.

NOTE: The information contained in this page provides only a basic overview of Texas law. This is not a comprehensive explanation of the law, but rather a simple summary meant to provide the reader with basic knowledge. This information is not legal advice of any kind and should not be relied upon as such. Some information may not reflect all changes and/or modifications to the law, and thus we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information displayed herein. Always consult an attorney regarding your particular matter.

What Does It Mean If You're Facing Misdemeanor Charges?

Any criminal charge is extremely serious and can have severe ramifications. If you want to protect your name, keep charges off your record and maintain your eligibility to get into a good college or find a good job, you must take immediate legal action. Even a minor criminal infraction can have a significant impact on your life.

Do Not Wait To Take Legal Action

If you are facing criminal charges of any kind, it is important that you contact a qualified criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. At Ross Law Offices, P.C., we offer a free consultation to discuss your case and explore every available option.

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