When You’re Arrested for a Misdemeanor

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Understanding Misdemeanors

In the State of Texas, misdemeanor charges aren’t anything to take lightly. While they may not be as serious as a felony, they can still have consequences, starting with creating a criminal background. That being said, is a misdemeanor bad?

Any type of arrest and the resulting criminal charges are not good, but misdemeanor charges are not as serious as a felony charge. Misdemeanor crimes vary in how they are prosecuted in Texas and should always be considered a serious matter to the offender. There could be possible jail time, but not state penitentiary time, along with fines. 

 What is a misdemeanor charge? 

Examples of misdemeanor charges in Texas could include any of the following: 

Class A Misdemeanor: 12 months in county jail with a $4,000 fine for Burglary, theft of $500 to $1500 value property; theft of cable TV service; stalking another person without bodily injury.
Class B Misdemeanor: 180 days in county jail with $2,000 fine for Theft of $20 to $500 property value; DWI; marijuana possession up to 4 ounces; making terrorist threats.
Class C Misdemeanor: $500 fine for $20 or less property theft; assault without injury; producing and selling reports or term papers; attending dog fights.

How much is a bond for a misdemeanor? 

It’s pretty common knowledge when you’re arrested, you’ll have to post bond to be released. What we don’t know is the amount of the bail and how that amount is determined. Each offense, felony or minor charges will have a different amount based on the severity level of the crime, the accused criminal background, and other circumstances. 

The lowest level of a criminal offense is Class C misdemeanor charges. In Texas, the accused can be punished with a maximum fine of $500.00 with no bail set. 

Class B misdemeanor charges can be punished by a maximum fine of $2,000, a maximum of 180 days in county jail, or both fine and jail time. Bail bond for misdemeanor charges can range from $100 and up to $8,000. 

Do you get your bail money back if charges are dropped?

Yes, if the defendant doesn’t miss any court ordered appearances, including blood draws, they will get their bail money back. The purpose of bail in the state of Texas is to encourage defendants to make those court ordered appearances. 

Can a misdemeanor be dismissed?

In an attempt to keep from overcrowding our jail system, there are several counties in the State of Texas with pre-trial diversion programs. These can often result in misdemeanor charges being dismissed. An attorney will need to file for this motion. 

What is the punishment for a misdemeanor battery charge or misdemeanor assault charges?

In the state of Texas, a judge can dispense penalties for assault and battery misdemeanor charges as follows: 

  • A conviction for Class C misdemeanor charges of assault and battery can be fined $500 maximum
  • A conviction for Class B misdemeanor charges  of assault and battery can result in a jail time maximum of  180 days in addition to a maximum fine of $2000.
  • A conviction for  Class A misdemeanor charges of assault and battery can have a maximum of 12 months in jail and a maximum fine of $4000.

What is considered misdemeanor theft? 

When faced with misdemeanor charges for theft in Texas, there are possible legal repercussions that you seek the services of a criminal defense attorney. They will help you navigate the legal jungle and help you present your case in your favor.  What constitutes misdemeanor charges for theft are: 

  • Class C Misdemeanor Charges of Theft

For a maximum value of $100 stolen property, a fine of $500 maximum and no jail time. 

  • Class B Misdemeanor Charges of Theft

A value of $50 to  $500 of stolen property, a fine up to $2,000 and a maximum jail time of 6 months. 

  • Class A Misdemeanor  Charges of Theft

A value between $500 and $1,500, a fine up to $4,000 and jail time of 12 months. 

There are exceptions to these misdemeanor charges with the value of theft that includes a firearm or livestock. These are upgraded to state jail felony status and the defendant is required to pay restitution, a civil penalty of $1,000, in addition to the standard fine and jail time as listed. 

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Closing Question – What is the range for misdemeanor drug charge? 

In the state of Texas, marijuana has a different category than other drug charges. In Texas, small amounts of marijuana possession can face misdemeanor charges as follows: 

  • Up to 2 ounces, a maximum of 180 days jail time and $2,000 fine. 
  • Between 2 and 4 ounces, a maximum of 12 months jail time and $4,000 fine. 

Regardless of the amount of marijuana, it is still considered a crime in Texas, unlike other states that have made it legal to some extent.  It is best to acquire the services of a criminal attorney with experience in drug charges to help you through the legal process and help you get the best results possible. Regardless of why you may need help, if you’re facing misdemeanor charges in Weslaco, TX you can start getting the help you need by calling Rodriguez Bail Bonds at .