What is a Class B Misdemeanor in Texas?

A Class B misdemeanor in Texas is an offense that is punishable by up to six months in jail. An enhanced Class B misdemeanor based on a prior Class B or higher conviction is punishable by confinement from 30 days up to 180 days in jail.

Misdemeanor Punishment Ranges 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

misdemeanor fines in TexasClass B Misdemeanors in Texas

Common Class B misdemeanors include:

Criminal Mischief $100-$750

Criminal Trespass

Driving While Intoxicated 

Driving While Intoxicated-Open Container

Theft $100-$750

Possession of Marijuana under 2 Ounces


Probation for Class B Misdemeanors

Probation and deferred adjudication may be options for individuals charged with a Class B misdemeanor. Deferred adjudication is not available for certain Class B misdemeanors, such as Driving While Intoxicated.

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.

Penal Code Section 12.22

Class B Misdemeanor in TexasClass B Misdemeanor

An individual adjudged guilty of a Class B misdemeanor shall be punished by:

  1. a fine not to exceed $2,000;
  2. confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or
  3. both such fine and confinement.

Enhanced Class B Misdemeanors

A Class B misdemeanor can be enhanced with a prior Class B or higher conviction. An enhanced Class B misdemeanor is punishable by a minimum of 30 days to a maximum of 180 days in county jail.

Statute of Limitations for Class B Misdemeanors

The statute of limitations for a Class B Misdemeanor is two years in Texas. If you believe an offense may be barred by the passage of time, contact one of our attorneys immediately. There are a number of ways the statute of limitations may have been tolled.

Collateral Consequences of a Class B Misdemeanor Conviction in Texas

If you are convicted of a Class B misdemeanor in Texas, you will be prohibited from having a License to Carry for a period of five years. Certain Class B misdemeanors may affect your ability to have custody of your children. Similarly convictions for crimes of moral turpitude – such as theft – may make you ineligible to vote, sit on a jury, and will hinder your ability to get a job. A conviction for a Class B amount of marijuana will result in a driver license suspension of up to one year.

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If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in north Texas, contact our attorneys at (817) 203-2220 or online: