This is the next post in my series on the handling of misdemeanor charges in Austin, Texas. My last article discussed how misdemeanor convictions can increase the penalties for subsequent penalties. It is important that you take any criminal charge seriously as a conviction will have a serious impact on your future. The first step in ensuring that your rights are protected is to retain an experienced attorney. In this article we will discuss what a defendant should expect when they are facing Class “A” misdemeanor charges. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer. I have been practicing law since 1995 and I am Board Certified in Criminal Defense by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We look forward to speaking with you.
Class “A” misdemeanor charges can result in up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000
Class “A” misdemeanors are the most serious charge, not involving a felony, which a Texas defendant can face. If convicted, one will face a sentence of up to one year in jail and a potential fine of up to $4,000. One who has been convicted of a crime will also be saddled with a permanent criminal record. This record will appear on a background check which, in turn, will make it more difficult to obtain employment, to qualify for housing, or to gain professional licenses (such as the licenses required to be a realtor, etc.). Offenses often charged as a Class “A” crime include assault which results in bodily injury, violating a protective order, criminal trespassing, and other conduct. A defendant will have the right to be represented by counsel, if they cannot afford one, in such matters. Also, an accused individual will have the right to have their matter heard by a jury of six jurors.
Conduct which leads to Class “A” charges will typically result in the accused individual being arrested at the time of the offense. They will appear before a Magistrate. The Magistrate will decide whether the accused is to be released only upon the posting of a bond, or if they may be released on their own accord. A trial date will be set. How the defendant and their counsel will go about defending the charges will depend on the specific facts of the case. If search and seizure issues are involved, or if there are issues involving Miranda violations, then the appropriate Motions will be filed with the Court. Counsel will also conduct an investigation into the matter. Finally, counsel will be in regular communication with the prosecutor in order to determine if a resolution may be reached. If the matter is not resolved, then the case will be concluded at trial.
Austin defendants should contact a lawyer immediately if they face Class “A” misdemeanor charges
The best way to proceed in any criminal matter will always depend on the facts of the case. If you have been charged with a Class “A” misdemeanor then you must understand that no two cases are the same. You must also understand that it is important to follow the advice of your attorney. Also, do not make the mistake of thinking that the charges are minor simply because they are a misdemeanor. An experienced attorney can help you to understand what your best strategy is going forward as well as the possible consequences of your situation.
If you or a family member have been charged then contact my office today to speak with an Austin criminal defense lawyer. I practice in no area other than criminal law and I believe that everyone is entitled to aggressive representation. My office will give your case the attention it deserves and we will make sure you know what to expect as the matter moves forward. Contact us online or by telephone today. My office also serves the cities of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas.