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The Many Classes of Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor offenses carry relatively mild sentences compared to felonies. Many non-violent offenses, such as property damage and public intoxication, are misdemeanors. Punishments range from a small amount of jail time to a relatively minor fine, but facing these charges can still be overwhelming and difficult to face alone. To make matters worse, if you do not handle it correctly, a misdemeanor offense can spiral out of control and have grave consequences on your personal and financial future. The first step in preventing long-term harm to you and your loved ones is to be informed about the different varieties of misdemeanor offenses.

Texas has its own classification system for misdemeanor offenses, and it is critically important to understand your appropriate class. With punishments ranging from no jail time to one year in jail and fines ranging from $500 to $4,000, the class of your misdemeanor has a huge impact on your legal situation and the required legal defense. Unlike many other states, Texas has only three classes of misdemeanor offense. These are class A, B, and C. The differences between these classes are important to note.

  • Class A misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanor offenses, and you should treat one almost as seriously as you would a felony charge. According to Texas penal code section 12.21, a Class A misdemeanor carries a fine not to exceed $4,000 and confinement in jail not to exceed one year.
  • Class B misdemeanors carry lighter consequences, and they are often the result of property damage or other nonviolent offenses. Texas penal code section 12.21 outlines the punishments for this class of offense. Consequences include a fine not to exceed $2,000 and jail time not to exceed 180 days.
  • Class C misdemeanors are the least serious type of misdemeanor offense. Class C carries no jail time and the fines may not exceed $500.

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