A Class A misdemeanor in Texas is an offense that is punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.
Enhanced Class A Misdemeanor
A Class A misdemeanor can be enhanced based on a prior Class A or greater conviction, which makes the charge punishable by confinement from 90 days up to one year in jail. It does not matter how old a prior adult offense is, it can still be used for enhancement.
Understanding Misdemeanors in Texas
|Class B||$0-2,000||0-180 days|
|Class B Enhanced||$0-2,000||30-180 days|
|Class A||$0-4,000||0-1 year|
|Class A Enhanced||$0-4,000||90-1 year|
Common Class A Misdemeanors
Common Class A Misdemeanors in Texas include:
Assault Causing Bodily Injury
Assault Causing Bodily Injury – Family Member
Driving While Intoxicated Misdemeanor Repetition
Driving While Intoxicated BAC >/= .15
Probation for a Class A Misdemeanor
Probation and deferred adjudication may be options for individuals charged with a Class A misdemeanor. A person charged with a Class A misdemeanor can be placed on probation or deferred for an initial term of up to two years.
Deferred adjudication is not available for certain Class A misdemeanors, such as Driving While Intoxicated – Misdemeanor Repetition and DWI BAC >/= .15.
There are occasionally diversion programs available for individuals charged with Class A misdemeanors. Additionally, there are some cases where we can negotiate a dismissal of the charges, and there are certainly cases where we’ve gone to trial to secure acquittals for our clients.
Collateral Consequence of a Class A Conviction in Texas
If you are convicted of a Class A misdemeanor in Texas, you will be prohibited from having a License to Carry for a period of five years.
Penal Code Section 12.21
CLASS A MISDEMEANOR
An individual adjudged guilty of a Class A misdemeanor shall be punished by:
(1) a fine not to exceed $4,000;
(2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or
(3) both such fine and confinement.