This is the next post in my series on the handling of misdemeanor charges in Laredo and other south Texas areas. My last article discussed what happens after one is arrested for a misdemeanor. One must understand the process which they are facing so that they may better prepare their defense. One of the first steps in preparing such a defense is to retain a criminal defense attorney. In this article I will discuss issues which one should be aware of when it comes to defending against Class “A” misdemeanors specifically. If you or a family member have been charged with a crime then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
Class “A” misdemeanor convictions can result in up to one year in a Texas jail
If a Texas defendant is convicted of a Class “A” misdemeanor then they can be incarcerated for up to one year in jail and they may also face fines of up to $4,000. Additionally, they will have a criminal conviction on their record. This record can make it difficult to pass background checks for employment, housing, and professional licenses. Furthermore, certain products, such as life insurance, can be more difficult to obtain with a criminal conviction as the sellers of those products see convicted individuals as more of a risk. A conviction would be probationable, meaning that the Judge could dictate a sentence and place the defendant under supervision. If the terms of probation are violated then the defendant will have to serve their sentence.
Examples of Class “A” misdemeanors include the violation of a protection order, trespassing in a residence, engaging in online impersonation, etc. It is common for such charges to be brought in conjunction with additional counts which stem from the same course of conduct. An example of this may include an individual who is accused of committing felony battery after being told to leave someone’s home. In such a scenario the individual may be charged with trespassing (as they did not leave after being told to do so) as well as felony battery. While many first-time offenders are surprised that they can face numerous counts due to one event, such a “stacking” of charges is not uncommon.
Contact a Laredo lawyer immediately if you have been charged with a Class “A” misdemeanor
If you or a family member have been charged with a Class “A” misdemeanor then it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. A conviction can have lasting consequences for your future. Furthermore, you may have more options than you realize when it comes to defending against the charges. These options may include filing a Motion to exclude illegally seized evidence or to challenge an unlawful stop. Your case may also involve facts which can be used to assert your innocence. By speaking with an attorney, you ensure that your rights remain protected.
I am a Laredo criminal defense lawyer who believes strongly in protecting the rights of the accused. I understand that this is an important time in your life and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an appointment.