There are primarily three levels of crimes in Texas: infractions, felonies, and misdemeanors.
Infractions: Minor crimes that aren’t serious enough for the subject to be arrested. For example, playing loud music at a party, breaking the traffic signal, etc. These types of crimes are typically punished with financial charges and fines.
Felonies: Felonies refer to serious and major crimes in Texas. When a person commits a felony, they’re imprisoned by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in a state jail.
Misdemeanor: Less serious than a felony, misdemeanors are non-indictable offenses that are generally punished with some fines and jail time for a short period. A combination of both financial penalties and imprisonment is also possible. The fines for a misdemeanor are always below $4,000, and the jail period must not exceed one year.
Common Misdemeanor Classes
The most serious among all other misdemeanor crimes, a class A misdemeanor typically ends up in a fine of less than $4,000 in addition to a year in jail. However, the accused is only punished when they’re found guilty.
For committing a class B misdemeanor, you may have to pay a penalty below $2,000 and be imprisoned in the county jail for up to 6 months.
While committing a class C misdemeanor may not put you in jail, you’ll still have to pay a fine. The financial charges must not be $500 as class C misdemeanors are often the least serious of all other misdemeanor crimes.
Common Misdemeanor Crimes
- Trivial theft
- Stealing low-value property
- 1st offense DWIs
- Disorderly conduct
- Crimes associated with drug abuse involving small quantities.
- Minor traffic offenses
- Criminal trespass
- Writing bad checks
- Intoxication in public
- Possession of less dangerous weapons
- Leaving a child in an automobile unattended
- A person younger than 21, possessing alcohol or tobacco
Who May Get Sentenced for Committing a Misdemeanor in Texas
When a court in Texas sentences the perpetrator for a misdemeanor, they consider several factors.
- Does the person have a previous record of committing misdemeanors or felonies?
- Whether the crime was a one-time thing or the culprit is a repeat offender.
- Was the crime motivated by a personal objective, prejudice, or bias?
- Does the misdemeanor involve drugs?
The above-mentioned factors directly affect the jail time and the amount of fine required to be paid by the perpetrator.
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