Misdemeanor Defense in Houston
Houston Misdemeanor Lawyers :: The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp
Misdemeanors in Texas are generally crimes the state deems to be minor offenses that are committed by people who are not a hazard to society. Even so, there are penalties for misdemeanor crimes because the state hopes to prevent people from reoffending. A few of the crimes considered misdemeanors in Texas include:
- Driving with a suspended license
- Public intoxication
- Contributing to the delinquency of a minor/minor in possession of alcohol
- Possession of small amounts of marijuana
Although the penalties for misdemeanor crimes are generally mild, the amount of punishment increases with the number of counts a person is charged with. First-time offenders may receive very light punishment, while those who are repeat offenders normally get hammered with more severe penalties. A few of the consequences of a misdemeanor in Texas can include:
- Jail time
- House arrest/home detention
- Electronic monitoring
- Community service
- Fines and restitution
Taking the Right Measures
In many cases, an individual’s best option is to try to work out a plea arrangement with the State of Texas for a misdemeanor offense. Those who are accused of misdemeanor crimes stand a better chance of getting a fair plea deal if they are represented by counsel than if they attempt to negotiate with prosecutors on their own. In other cases, it may be best to exercise the right to a fair trial, because the evidence being presented is shoddy or a defendant is factually innocent. Should an individual choose to go to trial, having an aggressive defense lawyer can make the difference between acquittal and a guilty verdict.
To Plead or not to Plead
Attorney Matthew Sharp realizes that the decision to plea or go to trial is difficult for many people to make. This decision is ultimately up to the person being charged; however, the attorneys here can make a defendant aware of the type of evidence the State of Texas holds so that decision can be a little easier for the individual who is ultimately affected.
Contact The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp Today
No matter what misdemeanor charge you’re facing, it is important to get straightforward advice from a qualified criminal defense attorney. The Houston criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp are dedicated to ensuring each defendant gets the highest quality representation possible. Contact The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp today at 713-868-6100 for a free consultation.