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Misdemeanor Attorney

If you find yourself facing a criminal charge in Williamson County, how you choose to handle the adversity can impact you and your family for a long time. There are a wide range of misdemeanor charges in Texas that cover a variety of prohibited behavior. What they all have in common is that they have the potential to bring jail time and otherwise impact your life and reputation in serious ways.

What is a misdemeanor?

Criminal charges are divided up into felony offenses and misdemeanor offenses in Williamson County and in all of Texas. Misdemeanor charges are less serious than felony charges. A criminal charge is a felony because it comes with the possibility of going to prison. Even if you’re found guilty and given the max for a misdemeanor, the court can sentence you to no more than a year in a local jail.

Classes of misdemeanors

Texas breaks misdemeanor offenses down into classes based on their severity. Class A offenses are punishable by up to one year in jail along with other penalties. Class B offenses can bring up to 180 days in jail and a fine. Class C misdemeanors can result only in a fine. Repeat offenders can find themselves facing enhanced penalties.

What are some common misdemeanor charges in Texas?

Some common criminal charges in Texas include:

  • Larceny (theft)
  • Drunk Driving (DWI)
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Driving Without a License
  • Purchase of Alcohol By a Minor
  • Public Intoxication
  • Providing Alcohol to a Minor
  • Disorderly Conduct

Potential penalties

When most people think of misdemeanors, they worry about jail time. That’s just one of the potential penalties for a misdemeanor charge. You might also face a significant fine. If you’re placed on probation, the court might order you to have substance abuse testing or mandatory drug or alcohol treatment. If you’re convicted of DWI, you face suspension of your driver’s license. The court might order you not to contact a victim while you’re on probation.

There can be fallout beyond the penalties imposed by the court. If you drive for work, your Commercial Driver’s License may be in jeopardy. In any circumstance, a conviction might interfere with your employment. It might also make it harder to get a professional license or find your next career opportunity.

You have options

Fortunately, if you’re facing a misdemeanor charge, the misdemeanor attorney team at Jackson Law Firm can help you fight the charges. You have rights, and it’s up to the state to prove the charges against you. Even if you decide to plead guilty, you may be able to take advantage of diversion programs that reduce the penalties against you. Working with a skilled legal team to aggressively defend yourself can help you do everything that you can to lessen the impact of the charges.

How does your legal team prepare a defense?

At Jackson Law Firm, our defense begins by listening to your story. No two criminal cases are alike, and we start by learning everything that we can from you. Expect us to ask lots of questions as we work to piece together what happened in your case and how we can best attack the charges against you. We’re constantly honing our legal skills, and that might mean that we’re able to explore defenses that you may not be aware of.

Digging deeper

Once we’re up to speed, we conduct an investigation. It’s not enough just to rely on the police report from the Williamson County district attorney. Instead, we hit the pavement and get to know the bigger story. In addition to helping us get to the deeper facts of the case, our investigation also helps us prepare your defenses.

We might need to interview witnesses. We may have additional questions for the officers that investigated the case or bystanders on the scene. In some cases, we want to work with an expert witness. They may be able to explain scientific or technical information to the jury in a way that helps them understand your side of the story.

Defenses

There are many defenses that may be available to you in a misdemeanor case. Some of these defenses investigate the actions of the police. For example, if they violate your constitutional rights to search your phone or your property, you may ask the judge to throw out the evidence against you. Defenses we might explore in your case are:

  • You’re not guilty and the police are mistaken
  • A crime did not occur
  • There are innocent explanations for what the police believe happened
  • You had permission to do what you were doing
  • Self-defense
  • Someone else threatened you
  • You acted out of necessity because something worse was about to happen
  • You were mistaken and you didn’t do it on purpose
  • Defense of someone else
  • You weren’t mentally competent to commit a crime
  • The police violated your constitutional rights when they investigated
  • Other defenses

Contact us

We know that facing a criminal charge can be a stressful time. We know that it isn’t easy. If you’re facing criminal charges in Williamson County, Cedar Park, Round Rock or beyond, we invite you to contact us. We aim to educate our clients on how the law applies to their case. Once you fully understand the law, our misdemeanor attorney team can help you make the best possible decisions.

You shouldn’t assume that there aren’t defenses available to you or that there’s nothing you can do to make the situation better. Our legal team is eager to meet with you and discuss the options to reach the best possible outcome in your case. Please contact us today at (512) 645-1361 so that we can start fighting for you.