We at The Warner Law Firm regularly face criminal charges whether for the prosecution or defense, regardless of the variety. Although a misdemeanor, especially a Class C, might seem like a slap on the wrist compared to a high profile felony, it still needs to be taken as seriously and personally like any other case.

Class A and Class B misdemeanors usually involve assault, DUI/DWI offenses, possession of small amounts of marijuana, and theft. Jail time ranges from a year to six months, while the fine will not exceed $4,000. Class C misdemeanor, on the other hand, is punishable through community service, fines, and probation — but no imprisonment. Petty theft (property stolen is lower than $50), vandalism, public intoxication, traffic violation, gambling, and disorderly conduct are among its most common charges under Class C.

Over the years most of our clients in the Amarillo and Panhandle, TX area who are facing misdemeanor, regardless of the class, have one common question: Does misdemeanor appear on my record permanently? The straight up answer is “yes.” If you are applying for a job, grant, or award, then it is normal for officials and the administration to run a search on your criminal record, and a thorough scan will reveal any legal blemish.

All forms of misdemeanor can reflect on your county record. However, if the researcher/employer only looked at the nationwide search, then your misdemeanor will not likely appear. It will only be seen in a county background check.

The problem with any misdemeanor is that it can leave a striking or generally negative effect on your impression. The best thing that you can do after being convicted is to be upfront and explain what happened instead of hiding it and getting into more complications in the future.

Mike Warner of The Warner Law Firm does not promote any forms of misdemeanor, but he understands that anyone can have a brush with the law, and the best thing to do is to make sure that every defendant’s rights are protected. Call any time to schedule a free consultation so him and his team can help your misdemeanor case as soon as possible.