Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor (also spelled misdemeanour) is any "lesser" criminal act in some common law legal systems. Misdemeanors are generally punished less severely than felonies, but theoretically more so than administrative infractions (also known as minor, petty or summary offences) and regulatory offences. Many misdemeanors are punished with monetary fines.
Posts about Misdemeanor
  • New Laws in Texas for 2017

    …The 85th Texas Legislature has finally concluded, and there are 1,252 new Texas laws on the books. While many of these new laws will affect only a few Texans, some of them will have a big impact on many. We wanted to give our readers a peek at some of these new laws, while explaining (in layman’s terms) what exactly they mean. Here is a quick…

    Jeff Rasansky/ Rasansky Law Firm- 25 readers -
  • Driving With a Suspended License: Texas Laws and Penalties

    … vigorously argue that the client didn’t know about the suspension. The prosecution must prove that the driver knowingly drove with a suspended license. If you choose to get behind the wheel when your driver’s license is revoked or suspended, you may be charged with a Class C misdemeanor or higher level charges according to § 521.457 (e). Under Texas…

    The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 15 readers -
  • This Post Could Save Your Patent Law License

    … Some patent attorneys and agents are under the impression that once they have passed the Patent Bar exam and have earned a PTO registration number, they are essentially registered for life, with no further action required on their part. If you are one of those people, then you should read on. One of the jobs of the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment…

    Michael E. Mccabe Jr./ IPethics & INsights- 12 readers -
  • Degrees of Felonies and the Consequences

    … identifying information; 13) unauthorized vehicle use; 14) drug possession (>one gram of controlled substance); and 15) improper visual or photography recording. How Felonies Are Handled A capital felony case is handled in district court with an automatic appeal of the case to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. A first-degree felony, second…

    The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 17 readers -
  • Explaining Grand Juries and How They Work

    … of nine jurors must be established to carry out the function of the grand jury. Each juror casts an individual vote. If the grand jury discerns there is probable cause of an offense occurrence, it returns a True Bill to indict. Are you or someone you know facing criminal charges in the Houston area? The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp has…

    The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 14 readers -
  • Legal Consequences for Sex in Public in Texas

    …, when a party has sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse including anal or oral intercourse with another person in public, or if he or she has sexual contact with an animal in a public place, he or she may be charged with public lewdness in Texas. Indecent exposure, defined by § 21.08, occurs when an individual exposes the anus or genitals…

    The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 13 readers -
  • Texas Laws for Juvenile Crimes: Definitions and Penalties

    … defense counsel. Your child may invoke the right to silence and counsel before making a statement to the police. Laws Regarding Juvenile Crimes If your child is younger than age 18, he or she can be charged with a variety of misdemeanor and felony offenses in Texas. Houston criminal defense attorney Matthew D. Sharp dedicates his practice to criminal…

    The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 12 readers -
  • Will Texas “Excuse” Underage Drinking Involving Sexual Assault Victims?

    … There is no disputing that underage drinking, especially on college campuses, is a major problem in Texas. Underage drinking is often linked to sexual assaults involving students. In many cases, assault victims are afraid to come forward because they fear getting in trouble, either with their school or law enforcement, if they admit to illegally […] The post Will Texas “Excuse” Underage Drinking Involving Sexual Assault Victims? appeared first on The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates. …

    Tad Nelson & Associates- 12 readers -
  • Will I Be Punished More Severely for Drunk Driving If I Have a Prior DWI Conviction?

    … A drunk driving charge is not a minor matter. Texas law classifies a first-time DWI offense as a Class B misdemeanor. If convicted, this means a defendant faces a minimum jail term of 72 hours and a maximum fine of $2,000. However, if the defendant has already been convicted once before of drunk driving, the […] The post Will I Be Punished More Severely for Drunk Driving If I Have a Prior DWI Conviction? appeared first on The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates. …

    Tad Nelson & Associates- 11 readers -
  • Property Damage Crimes and Texas Laws

    … allegedly does something criminal that constitutes a low level misdemeanor or felony. Arson Arson involves starting a fire with the intent to damage or destroy a building, vehicle, vegetation, structure, open-space or fence. It’s also arson if the person causes an explosion. It doesn’t matter whether the fire continues after it ignites…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 19 readers -
  • How Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

    … via indictment, complaint or information within: 90 days for a felony 30 days for a Class A misdemeanor 15 days for a Class B misdemeanor If the person makes bond, the time limit is extended to two years for a misdemeanor. If charges aren’t filed, the case is typically dropped. A prosecutor has more time to file in a felony case. They have five…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 12 readers -
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