Misdemeanors in the state of Texas are split up into three categories: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Although these charges tend to involve less serious offenses, they still lead to punishments that manifest in fines, county jail time, or both. Regardless of the severity of your charges, it’s beneficial to contact an experienced lawyer in order to navigate the path correctly.
Although misdemeanors may seem like the least severe criminal charges, they still lead to negative ramifications in the lives of those accused. One way this occurs is if you’re charged for a second offense. The first DWI constitutes as a class B misdemeanor but a second DWI will cause you to be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. Even a class C misdemeanor can make it difficult for individuals to find employment or apply for a home loan. There is an option available known as misdemeanor expungement wherein your arrest record becomes expunged so you will no longer be obligated to state any offenses on paper (although you must still state so when under oath). Class C misdemeanors can be expunged if, under certain circumstances, you meet community supervision and deferred disposition. Records can also be sealed which means they cannot be seen by the public.
Whether you’re facing your first class C misdemeanor or you’re facing your second DWI charge, it’s necessary to seek strong representation. Sergio Coronado Law provides dedicated, personalized criminal defense services. We represent clients in El Paso County, most of West Texas, and New Mexico.