Fort Worth/Dallas Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer
A misdemeanor in Texas is defined as “an offense so designated by law or punishable by fine, by confinement in jail, or by both fine and confinement in jail.” In Texas, there are three classes of misdemeanor charges: A, B and C. While not as serious as felony offenses, misdemeanors are punishable by some stiff fines and possible jail time. Class C misdemeanors are the only criminal offenses for which a defendant will not face a jail or prison sentence if convicted. Examples of misdemeanor crimes include criminal trespass, minor drug crimes, domestic violence, public lewdness, traffic violations and first or second DWI charges.
Consequences of a Misdemeanor Charge in Texas
Because misdemeanor crimes are classified as less serious than felonies, people accused of misdemeanor offenses can make the mistake of not taking the charge seriously. Some defendants decide to save themselves the cost of a good defense attorney by representing themselves in court. This is not wise and rarely effective. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Texas, then you could be punished with probation, jail time, fines, community service and/or court-ordered counseling, not to mention a conviction on your permanent record. Also, prosecutors can sometimes enhance your misdemeanor charge to a more serious misdemeanor or felony charge depending on the crime and your prior criminal record.
In addition, a Misdemeanor charge can have consequences that negatively a person’s life for years. Not only can a criminal record stigmatize you in your personal/professional lie, but a misdemeanor could show up on a background check when you’re applying for credit or a job. Finally, depending on your record and the gravity of the charges, it is possible for a misdemeanor to be enhanced to a felony in some cases. If that happens, then the defendant will face a longer jail or prison sentence and larger fine if convicted.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, then don’t make the mistake of representing yourself. An experienced attorney can help you deal with your specific situation. The advice and advocacy The Owens Law Firm provides could be the difference between going to jail and going back home to your family.
Defending Clients in Misdemeanor Cases in Tarrant and Dallas County, Texas
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in the D/FW area, then we are here to provide you with quality legal representation. A Fort Worth/Dallas misdemeanor defense lawyer may be able to help you get the allegations and charges against you dismissed or the penalties you’re facing reduced.
Attorney David Owens is a former prosecutor whose experience gives clients a distinct advantage when it comes to building a strong strategy in his or her defense. If you are facing misdemeanor crime allegations in the D/FW area, then we want to help you the best possible outcome on your case.
Contact a D/FW misdemeanor criminal defense lawyer at The Owens Law Firm today if you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Tarrant or Dallas County.