defendant in front of judgeThis is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss handling Class “B” Misdemeanors in Laredo, Texas. I have decided to write on this issue because such charges carry potential jail time and can result in a criminal record which will appear on a background check. It is important to understand what can be done to protect your rights once you have been arrested. Discussing your situation with a criminal attorney as soon as possible will help you to fully understand the legal process you face once charged. If you or a family member have been arrested then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I will be addressing a number of topics in this series. Issues which I will analyze include:

  • What is a Class “B” Misdemeanor in Texas?
  • First Offense Class “B” Misdemeanors
  • Examples of Class “B” misdemeanors in south Texas
  • The need for an attorney in south Texas Class “B” misdemeanor cases

I am addressing these topics for a variety of reasons. First it is important to understand what a Class “B” misdemeanor means in Texas. Since this type of offense can result in a maximum of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000, it should be taken seriously. Second, if you have been convicted for the first time with a Class “B” Misdemeanor, you should understand your rights moving forward to prevent having  a permanent criminal record. Third, examples of Class “B” misdemeanors include possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and criminal trespass. Finally, it is imperative to speak with an attorney if you have been arrested or charged with this type of crime. An attorney can act quickly to prepare a defense and potentially lessen prison time or prevent a conviction.

A point I will be stressing in each article is the importance of contacting an attorney as soon as you have been approached by the police regarding a crime. The sooner you contact counsel, the sooner an attorney can appear on your behalf. Experienced counsel will know how to communicate with law enforcement and will understand the legal implications. I devote my practice to protecting the rights of criminal defendants. My office seeks to provide the highest level of service and I take pride in providing each client with respect and quality representation. Contact us online or by telephone to speak with a Laredo criminal defense lawyer. I also handle matters in other south Texas areas.