Put an Houston Criminal Defense Attorney in Your Corner
Generally speaking, a misdemeanor is a criminal offense punishable by up to 1 year in county jail. This is a less serious offense than a felony, which is typically punishable by at least 1 year in state prison. Although misdemeanors may be "less serious" than felonies, they can carry lasting consequences that affect virtually all areas of one's life. At the Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we take misdemeanor defense seriously and fight to protect our clients' interests in the face of all such offenses.
If you were pulled over for suspected DWI, have been accused of a property crime, or are dealing with any other crime that may be charged as a misdemeanor, it is important to act quickly and involve a lawyer. With more than 20 years of experience in criminal defense and intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, our attorneys and support staff are here to help you to the utmost of our abilities. We can provide defense counsel in the face of misdemeanors in Harris County and across Texas, including: drunk driving and drunk boating offenses, petty theft, drug possession, domestic violence and more.
Misdemeanor Classifications and Penalties in Texas
Texas is widely recognized as one of the harshest states when it comes to criminal penalties, and this includes misdemeanors. According to Texas Penal Code §§ 12.21-12.23:
- A Class A Misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and/or up to 1 year in jail;
- A Class B Misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to 180 days in jail; and
- A Class C Misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
A fine and jail time have the potential to seriously disrupt your life, threaten your future, and harm your reputation. Any criminal offense on your record may make it difficult for you to secure a good job, find a place to live, or obtain loans. Do not wait to secure the services of a Houston criminal defense lawyer if you or a loved one are dealing with misdemeanor allegations or charges. Our Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist is standing by to offer you immediate help.
Contact our firm at (713) 597-2221 to learn more about the steps we can take to help you deal with this important issue.