This is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss defending against misdemeanor charges in Austin, Texas. I have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many individuals make the mistake of not taking misdemeanor charges as seriously as they otherwise should. This is a mistake as a criminal conviction can have a serious impact on your future. I am writing this series, therefore, to provide information which is meant to help people better understand their situation. It is also my intention to provide information which will assist with the selection of a criminal defense lawyer. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Subjects which I will analyze include:
- Whether one can go to jail for a first offense misdemeanor conviction
- What to expect when arrested for a first offense misdemeanor
- How misdemeanor convictions can increase future penalties
- Defending against class “A” misdemeanor charges
- Defending against class “B” misdemeanor charges
I have decided to address these topics for multiple reasons. First, many make the mistake of thinking that such charges are “no big deal” due to the fact that they are not a felony. This is not accurate as misdemeanor charges carry serious consequences which can include incarceration and fines. Second, it can be terrifying to face criminal charges when one has had no prior contact with “the system.” As such, it is important to know what to expect when one is facing their first offense. Third, even a minor conviction can lead to more serious consequences if an individual is subsequently arrested for future offenses. Finally, Texas is like other states in that it divides misdemeanors into “classes” based on the nature of the conduct. It is important to understand what type of conduct falls into which class and the potential consequences assigned to each category.
One point that, again, I cannot stress enough is that you should contact an attorney immediately if you are facing criminal charges of any type. The sooner you retain qualified counsel then the sooner they may begin to build a defense on your behalf. I devote my practice to the handling of criminal law and I strongly believe that everyone is entitled to a vigorous defense. I am Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and have been licensed since 1995. Contact us online or by telephone to speak with an Austin misdemeanor defense lawyer. 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.