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Misdemeanor Crimes Lawyer in Dallas

Helping Clients Protect their Futures Following a Misdemeanor Accusation

Everyone knows misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, but that does not mean that they should be taken lightly. A misdemeanor conviction in Texas still results in a criminal record, and that can have a long-term impact on a person’s future. If you were charged with a misdemeanor in Texas, it would be in your best interests to hire an experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyer. Call Clark Law Group and schedule your free consultation.

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Even though a misdemeanor charge is not as serious as a felony, a conviction could still result in excessive fines and imprisonment. Our attorneys at Clark Law Group can help you fight the charges and ensure that your future is not negatively impacted by a conviction.

What is a Texas Misdemeanor?

In Texas, there are three different levels, or “classes,” of misdemeanor that a person can commit, each of which comes with its own sentencing requirements.

These levels are:

  • Class A Misdemeanor – Class A misdemeanors are the most severe type of misdemeanor in Texas and a conviction may carry a fine of up to $4,000 and a jail sentence of up to one year.
  • Class B Misdemeanor – Class B is a middle-of-the-road misdemeanor and carries a jail sentence of up to 180 days and a fine of no more than $2,000 if convicted.
  • Class C Misdemeanor – A Class C misdemeanor conviction does not result in jail time but can come with up to $500 in fines.

Though a conviction may result in jail time, a misdemeanor can never result in prison time. Any jail sentence will be carried out in a county jail or via house arrest. Fines for a misdemeanor will never exceed $4,000.

Special Sentencing

Texas law allows for special sentencing requirement under certain circumstances.

Some special sentencing considerations to consider are:

  • Repeat offenders – If an individual is a repeat Class A misdemeanor offender and is convicted of a second Class A, he or she will be sentenced with a mandatory county jail stay of no less than 90 days. If the person is a repeat Class B offender, he or she will be required to serve a 30-day jail sentence
  • Offenders motivated by prejudice – If a person commits a crime that was racially motivated, the judge would be required to sentence him or her to a mandatory minimum 180-day jail sentence
  • Offenders who committed a drug crime – If an offense involved drugs or another controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor conviction would come with a minimum 180-day mandatory jail sentence

What Constitutes as a Misdemeanor in Texas?

Typically, any offense that does not involve bodily injury, major property damage or loss, or acts of violence will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

Some common examples of misdemeanor offenses in Dallas include:

  • Petty theft
  • DWI first offenses
  • Public intoxication
  • Simple assault
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Possession of insignificant amounts of a controlled substance
  • Certain weapons offenses, such as discharging a firearm within city limits without the intention of inflicting harm

What to Do if You Were Charged With a Misdemeanor

It is important to protect your rights and your future. If you have been charged with any sort of crime—whether a misdemeanor or a felony—you should reach out to a Dallas criminal defense attorney for help fighting the charge. A skilled attorney may be able to help reduce the charges or have them dismissed entirely.

Call (214) 438-1152 now and schedule your free consultation with Clark Law Group.

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