If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Houston, or know someone in a similar unfortunate situation, Jose Orihuela can help. Misdemeanor crimes are viewed as less serious crimes, so many people make the mistake of trying to handle the situation themselves at Court. This is a BIG mistake. As a Houston misdemeanor defense attorney, Jose Orihuela will help you protect your rights and guide you through the legal process from start to finish. Jose Orihuela has the knowledge to defend you and increase your chances of a dismissal or an acquittal.
In Texas, all crimes are either considered a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanors are less serious criminal offenses that result in a lesser penalty upon conviction. Crimes are categorized in different classes depending on the severity of the crime and any prior convictions you may have. Jose Orihuela’s criminal practice focuses exclusively on misdemeanor offenses. Jose Orihuela can help you with the following criminal misdemeanors you may be charged with:
- Criminal Trespassing
- Criminal Mischief
- Deadly Conduct
- Burglary of a Vehicle
- Burglary of a Coin Operated Machine
- Possession of Marijuana
- Evading Arrest on Foot
- Disorderly Conduct with a Firearm
- Public Lewdness
- Reckless Driving
- Public Intoxication
- Racing on the Freeway
- Terroristic Threat
- Theft ($50 to $1500)
- Driving Without a License
- Driving Without Valid Insurance
- Driving With an Invalid License
- Driving With a Suspended License
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of Prohibited Weapon
- Unlawful Discharge of a Weapon
- Failure to Stop and Give Information
- Failure to Stop and Render Aid
- Failure to Identify to Police Officer
- Illegal Dumping
Penalties for misdemeanor crimes include probation, excessive fines, community service, jail time, restitution, counseling or treatment, a mark on your permanent record. Below is a list of classes your offense may fall under:
Class C Criminal Misdemeanor
If you are convicted of a Class C criminal misdemeanor, the range of punishment is a fine up to $500.00. As a criminal defense attorney here in Houston, Texas and the surrounding areas, Jose Orihuela will work hard to obtain the best result possible. Although a Class C misdemeanor does not seem to be serious or life-impacting crime, it can affect your driver’s license, handgun license, and other annual surcharges to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Class B Criminal Misdemeanor
If you are convicted of a Class B criminal misdemeanor, the punishment can be up to 180 days in county jail, and possibly a $2,000.00 fine.
Class A Criminal Misdemeanor
If convicted of a Class A criminal misdemeanor, the punishment range increases to maybe one year in county jail, as well as a $4,000.00 fine.
You may also want to consider the possibility that a criminal prosecutor can sometimes enhance your criminal misdemeanor charge to a more serious criminal misdemeanor or even a felony charge depending on the crime and your prior conviction history. If you have pled guilty in the past and have numerous convictions on your adult criminal record, it is vital that your contact Jose Orihuela in order to be properly counseled regarding the criminal charges that have been brought against you.
Contact Jose Orihuela today at 832-425-0239 for a free case evaluation.