Texas has crimes classified into three main categories. These are infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. As the brutality of the crime increases, so will the punishment. Having an experienced attorney fighting for you will help you achieve the best possible results.
- These are the least serious crimes committed. With an infraction, you have fewer rights, due to them being less severe. For example, you will not have the right to a trial by jury. You also do not have the right to a free attorney. You may still hire one if you choose to. Infractions cover a wide range of situations. They can include everything from traffic tickets, littering, drinking in public, disturbing the peace, pet violations, boating and fishing charges to jaywalking.
- These crimes are more severe than infractions. They are punishable by fines and jail time. In Texas, misdemeanors are divided into classes A, B and C. Punishment for a class A misdemeanor can include a fine of up to $4,000 as well as up to one year in jail. Class B misdemeanors may involve a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail. Finally, a class C misdemeanor is the least harmful. The consequences are a fine of up to $500. Jail time is usually not required for class C misdemeanors.
- Felonies will include the most harmful crimes committed. If found guilty of a felony, someone may have to pay a fine of up to $10,000 and spend anywhere from 180 days to 2 years in jail. Crimes such as assault, burglary or theft, kidnapping, large drug charges, rape, arson, murder and certain DWI/DUI cases are all felonies.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact an experienced attorney at Julian, Crowder & Shuster today.