This post is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of misdemeanor charges in Laredo and other south Texas areas. I considered it important to write on this topic due to the fact that many make the mistake of thinking that misdemeanor charges do not need to be taken seriously. While it is true that they carry less severe charges than a felony, a conviction can still result in jail time and being saddled with a permanent criminal record. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information which can assist people with better understanding their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have discussed multiple topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- Going to jail for a first-time Texas misdemeanor
- What happens after a misdemeanor arrest
- Defending Class “A” misdemeanor charges
- Defending Class “B” misdemeanor charges
- Sealing or expunging Texas misdemeanors
I wrote on these topics for multiple reasons. First, it is common for individuals to wonder whether or not they face jail time as a result of their first run-in with the legal system. While Texas misdemeanors are generally probationable, an accused individual does face incarceration for Class “A” or “B” charges. Whether to grant probation, or to impose a term of incarceration, will be within the discretion of the judge. Second, understanding what happens immediately after an arrest can help first-time offenders with making sure that they are protecting their rights as the process moves forward. Third, it is important to understand what types of offenses fall under the different classes of misdemeanors. It is also important to understand the various penalties associated with these charges. Finally, sealing or expunging your record, when you are eligible to do so, is important to securing your future. Doing so can assist with you finding employment, housing, etc.
One point I stressed in each of these articles is that it is important to contact an attorney if you or a family member have been charged with a crime. Do not make the mistake of thinking that non-felony charges are “no big deal.” They can have a heavy impact on your future. I am a Laredo misdemeanor defense lawyer who understands the gravity of the situation which you are facing. My office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an initial consultation.