Amarillo Misdemeanor Attorney
The Amarillo criminal defense attorney at The Warner Law Firm are passionate about defending clients against all types of criminal charges, including misdemeanors of all varieties. If you or someone that you love is facing criminal charges for a misdemeanor offense, you need a partner that you can trust to avoid heavy fines, jail time, and significant disruption of your life.
Most crimes fall into one of two categories, felonies and misdemeanors. A felony conviction can involve a lengthy prison sentence, and is reserved for major crimes including murder, assault, rape, and major property crimes. Sentences can carry a prison term from six months to the death sentence. In contract, a misdemeanor is a less serious crime, including charges of trespassing, shoplifting, or certain types of traffic offenses.
In the state of Texas, a misdemeanor falls into one of three classifications:
Class A Misdemeanors include charges such as assault causing bodily injury to another, multiple offenses of DUI/DWI, and minor theft of property (valued from $500-$1,500). Class A charges are punishable by up to one year in jail and fines to not exceed $4,000. Class A misdemeanors are tried in County Courts-at-Law.
Tried in County Courts-at-Law, a Class B Misdemeanor is punishable by a jail term of up to six months, and a fine not to exceed $2,000. These types of offenses include DUI/DWI first offenses, possession of small amounts of marijuana, and theft of property (valued from $50-$500).
Class C Misdemeanors are punishable by community service, probation, and fines, and do not carry any jail sentence. Class C misdemeanors include charges of public intoxication, traffic violations, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking violations. These types of violations are tried in Municipal Courts or by a Justice of the Peace.
While a misdemeanor conviction on your record is less severe than a felony, your life can still be significantly impacted. Your ability to acquire a job, a loan, or a professional license could be adversely affected by a misdemeanor conviction. Many employers and schools perform background checks when considering applicants. A criminal record could be ground for a rejection of your application.
In addition to arguing your case, in the event of a conviction, we are experienced at working to expunge your criminal record on a variety of grounds. Don’t let a small mistake impact your future!
Misdemeanor Representation from The Warner Law Firm
If you or someone that you love is facing a misdemeanor charge, it is important to have a legal partner who understands your rights and the operation of the courts. You need to be protected by an experienced attorney who will aggressively argue on your behalf. Contact the attorney at The Warner Law Firm in Amarillo today.