Misdemeanors in Texas
There are three classes of misdemeanors: A, B, & C. Despite the class of misdemeanor you are charged with, it can have major consequences on your ability to obtain a job in the future. Do not make the mistake of pleading guilty to a class C misdemeanor, or any misdemeanor, before talking to an attorney. The possible punishments of each are listed below.
Class A Misdemeanors
An individual who pleads or is found guilty of a Class A misdemeanor can be punished with a jail sentence of 0 – 365 days, a fine of $4,000 or less, or both. A person could also receive probation, deferred adjudication, or pre-trial diversion if charged with this type of offense.
Class B Misdemeanors
An individual found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor can be punished with a jail sentence between 0 – 180 days, a fine of $2,000 or less, or both. Probation, deferred adjudication, or pre-trial diversion are also options if charged with a Class B misdemeanor.
Class C Misdemeanors
An individual found guilty of a Class C misdemeanor can be punished with a fine of $500 or less. However, the consequences of a Class C misdemeanor can impact the rest of your life. The most common Class C misdemeanor is a traffic ticket, but theft, possession of certain items, and soliciting a ride are other examples.
*Kathy Starling does not take on Class C Misdemeanors except in very rare cases.