While facing a misdemeanor offense may not be as severe as dealing with a felony, it can still carry serious consequences that affect you for the rest of your life. The sooner you consult a lawyer after being charged, the better your chances of getting a plea bargain and minimizing long-term ramifications. For a better understanding of the impact that a misdemeanor conviction can have, explore the guide below.
What’s the Difference Between a Misdemeanor & a Felony?
Felonies and misdemeanors are both types of criminal charges. Misdemeanors are the less serious of the two and include crimes such as trespassing, vandalism, and first-offense DUIs.
In Texas, there are three levels of misdemeanors that each carry specific penalties—class A, which are punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or a fine no greater than $4000; class B, which carry sentences of up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000; and class C, which carry no jail time and are punishable by fines of up to $5,000.
How Your Life Can Be Affected
Having a misdemeanor on your record can have a negative impact on both your personal and professional life. Consequences include:
- License suspension: A DUI or DWI charge can result in the suspension or loss of your driver’s license, which can make it difficult to get to work or school.
- Employment issues: Many job applications involve background checks and require you to disclose if you’ve ever been convicted of criminal charges, which can cause an employer to think twice about hiring you.
- Deportation: If you’re convicted of a misdemeanor and are not a U.S. citizen, you may not be able to stay in the country.
- Denial of public assistance: A misdemeanor conviction can lead to essential benefits being denied, including welfare and public housing.
If you’re facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge in Texas, reach out to The Law Offices of Charley Johnson in Leon County. For more than three decades, this seasoned criminal lawyer has been helping clients navigate the challenges of the justice system and ensure the best outcome for their future. Visit his website to learn more about his many practice areas. Call (903) 536-2185 to set up a consultation today.