Class A MisdemeanorClass A Misdemeanor

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

MisdemeanorFineJail Time
Class C$0-500-
Class B$0-2,0000-180 days
Class B Enhanced$0-2,00030-180 days
Class A$0-4,0000-1 year
Class A Enhanced$0-4,00090-1 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
Evading Arrest
Theft 750-2500
Resisting Arrest

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.

* Future misdemeanor charges will be enhanced.
* You may lose your ability to own or transport weapons or ammunition.
* A conviction may make you ineligible to hold certain professional licenses.
* Your current employment may be jeopardized.
* You may lose future job opportunities.
* You may become ineligible for state or local assistance.

Penal Code Section 12.21


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.