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Misdemeanor Attorney & State Criminal Law in Houston TX

When you keep in mind that a felony and some misdemeanor criminal convictions can impact your rights: your right to own a firearm, your ability to be employed, your child custody or visitation rights, your ability to secure education loans, and your immigration status-it is easy to understand the statement:

“There is No Such Thing as a Minor Criminal Conviction”

Misdemeanors in Texas are crimes punishable by up to one year in local or county jail. Misdemeanors are categorized as Class A, B, or C. (Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.03.) More serious crimes – felonies – are punishable by time in state jail or prison, or, in capital murder, by death. (A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by fine only.)

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Houston misdemeanor attorney at Mary E. Conn Law as soon as possible after your arrest.

Class A Misdemeanor

Class A misdemeanors in Houston, Texas are punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both jail time and a fine. is an example of a class A misdemeanor. (Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.21.)
Examples of Class A Misdemeanors include:

  • DWI (second offense)
  • Assault with bodily injury
  • Burglary of a vehicle or vending machine
  • Possession of two to four ounces of marijuana
  • Unlawful carrying of a weapon
  • Gambling promotion
  • Violation of protective orders
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Perjury
  • Public lewdness
  • Resisting arrest
  • Unlawful restraint

Class B Misdemeanor

Under Texas’s laws, a class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. (Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.22.)
The following are examples of Class B Misdemeanors:

  • DWI (Driving while intoxicated) first offense
  • Harassment
  • Prostitution
  • Terroristic threat
  • Criminal trespass
  • Evading arrest on foot
  • False report to a police officer and false 911 calls
  • Child enticement
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Indecent exposure
  • Minor drug possession
  • Vandalism

Class C Misdemeanor

Class C misdemeanors in Houston, Texas are punishable by fine only, up to $500. You cannot be sentenced to jail time for a class C misdemeanor. Any misdemeanor not designated as Class A, B, or C, and has no specified punishment is a class C misdemeanor. (Tex. Penal Code Ann. §§ 12.03, 12.23.) Traffic tickets are generally Class C misdemeanors.
The following are other examples of Class C Misdemeanors:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • Public intoxication
  • Bad checks
  • Simple assault
  • Criminal trespass
  • Gambling
  • Bail jumping
  • Leaving a child in a vehicle
  • Petty theft such as shoplifting
  • Possession of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Minor in possession of tobacco

Statute of Limitations

When a crime is committed, a statute of limitations begins to “run” and the state has a set period of time within which to begin criminal prosecution. The statute of limitations for a misdemeanor in Texas is two years. If the state doesn’t bring charges within two (2) years, then they cannot bring charges. At Mary E. Conn Law , we understand the consequences that a criminal conviction can have on your life and will spare no effort in seeking to protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Our firm’s Houston misdemeanor lawyer, Mary E. Conn, has practiced since 1985, is admitted to practice in Texas, and can effectively defend you against a full range of misdemeanors in Houston.

Federal Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Nationwide

Even Federal prosecutors sometimes go after minor criminal offenses, and file misdemeanor charges. Mary E. Conn puts the knowledge, skills, and resources she has gained through experience to work protecting your rights and defending you against these allegations. We offer skilled defense against all federal criminal charges, including misdemeanors, white collar crime, drug trafficking, and more. In addition to Houston Texas, misdemeanor attorney Mary E. Conn also handles federal cases in jurisdictions throughout the country, including the Supreme Court of the United States. If you have already been convicted on a federal charge, our firm of misdemeanor lawyers in Houston can also provide you with highly skilled and experienced representation in federal sentencing matters. Houston misdemeanor lawyer Conn is well-respected by federal judges and prosecutors and has proven herself to be adept at achieving favorable sentencing terms for her clients.

Contact a Skilled Misdemeanor Lawyer in Houston

Whether you have been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, don’t take chances with your future. Experience counts. Call or contact Mary E. Conn Law and speak with a Houston misdemeanor attorney on (713) 357-4190 to discuss your case and to learn more about how we can help.