This is the first post in a series of articles which will address the handling of misdemeanor charges in Laredo and other south Texas areas. I am writing on this issue due to the fact that many individuals make the mistake of thinking that misdemeanor offenses do not need to be taken seriously as they are not felonies. The truth of the matter, however, is that a conviction can carry serious consequences. This series is being written, therefore, to provide information which may help people to understand the gravity of their situation. It is also being written to provide information which will assist with the selection of a criminal defense lawyer. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with an attorney.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- Whether first-time misdemeanor offenders go to jail in Texas
- What happens after one is arrested for a misdemeanor
- Dealing with class “A” misdemeanor charges
- Dealing with class “B” misdemeanor charges
- Sealing or expunging a misdemeanor charge from your record
I will be discussing these issues for multiple reasons. First, most first-time offenders do not know what to expect from the process and are unsure of the potential consequences which they face. Understanding the potential penalties are important when weighing one’s options. Second, knowing what to expect from the process can help an individual to make sure that they do not make decisions which are against their interests. Third, understanding the type of conduct which falls into a particular class of misdemeanor can help one to know what to expect. Finally, sealing or expunging one’s record can help them with securing housing, employment, etc.
It is strongly suggested that you contact a criminal defense attorney immediately if you or a family member have been arrested or otherwise charged with a crime. The criminal justice system can move quickly when compared to civil litigation. This means that if immediate steps are not taken to protect your rights then you may face negative consequences. I devote a substantial portion of my practice to defending the rights of the accused and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today to speak with a Laredo misdemeanor lawyer.