officer making arrestThis is the next post in my series on defending against misdemeanor charges in Laredo and other south Texas areas. My last article discussed defending against a Class “A” misdemeanor. It is important to understand that such a charge can result in up to one year in jail and can be brought in conjunction with other counts. If you have been charged with such an offense then it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. In this article I will be discussing what to expect if you are facing Class “B” charges. If you or a family member require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

Texas Class “B” misdemeanors can result in incarceration of 180 days

Class “B” misdemeanors are the second-most serious non-felony charges in the state of Texas. The potential penalties for a conviction can include a jail sentence of up to 180 days in addition to maximum fines of $2,000. The Court does have discretion to sentence a defendant to probation. In the event that probation is granted, the judge will issue a sentence but the defendant will remain free from custody and will be under supervision. If the defendant were to violate the terms of their supervision (which typically involves staying out of trouble and more), then they can be required to serve the originally imposed sentence. Additional consequences of such a charge can include living with a permanent criminal record, which can make it greatly difficult to pass a background check.

Examples of Class “B” charges can include indecent exposure, theft of money or property that is worth less than $750, and more. These penalties can quickly be enhanced if the accused individual is a repeat offender. Furthermore, the charges can be elevated to felonies when the victim is in a group of protected persons. For example, assault will typically be a Class “B” misdemeanor but the matter can become a felony if the alleged victim is a public servant, a pregnant woman, or several other types of individuals who receive special protection under the law.

Contact a Laredo criminal defense lawyer if you have been charged with a crime

If you have been charged with a Class “B” misdemeanor then it is strongly suggested that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Counsel will make sure you know what to expect as the situation moves forward. They will also take the necessary steps to protect your rights. These steps include filing any necessary Motions, interviewing witnesses, and conducting a full investigation into the matter. I am a Laredo criminal defense lawyer who takes great pride in the level of service which our firm provides. We will quickly return your phone calls and we will make sure that we are available to answer your questions. Contact us online or by telephone today.