TYPES OF MISDEMEANOR CRIMES IN THE STATE OF TEXAS
Misdemeanors are considered to be less serious crimes that don’t involve violence or loss of property, so they’ll come with lighter sentences that can include jail times and even fines. While they’re classified as “lesser” crimes, misdemeanor charges should be taken seriously. A conviction will result in a criminal record, which can have long-term repercussions on your ability to find employment or achieve your goals. You can also do time in prison if you have been convicted.
The State of Texas puts misdemeanor offenses into three separate classes, which include:
- Class A Misdemeanors — These are the most serious of all the misdemeanor offenses. Being convicted of a Class A misdemeanor can carry a sentence of up to one year in a county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
- Class B Misdemeanors — These types of crimes can have a sentence of up to 180 days in a county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
- Class C Misdemeanors — These are least serious of the three classes, and it usually doesn’t involve jail time. However, you can pay a fine of up to $500.
There are certain things that are taken into consideration, which can affect the type of sentencing you’ll receive. Repeat offenses of a Class A misdemeanor require a minimum sentence of 90 days in a county jail, while repeat offenses of a Class B misdemeanor require a minimum sentence of 30 days in a county jail. If a Class A misdemeanor offense involve the use of drugs or any other controlled substance, it will require a minimum sentence of 180 days in a county jail. The same is true for a Class A misdemeanor offense that was motivated by prejudice or any other form of bias.