Criminal Defense Lawyers in Austin, TX
Criminal Defense For Bexar, Comal, Hays, Travis And Williamson Counties
Each criminal case is unique; there is no single solution to every problem faced by persons accused of crime. An effective, experienced criminal lawyer who has handled many different types of cases is the best person to help you figure out the right solution in your case.
If given a choice, most people would rather not go to trial. Sometimes a well-prepared lawyer can convince the prosecutor or judge that a case should be dismissed before it ever gets to court. Sometimes favorable plea bargains can be reached that result in reduced charges or lighter sentences, without need of trial.
Although you might prefer to avoid it, there are times that a trial is the only way properly to resolve your case. The best criminal lawyers seek to resolve cases without a trial, but also know how to fight in court when favorable settlement is not available.
When a trial is required, juries can usually be trusted to reach the correct result. If a trial is had and the judge, the prosecutor, or the jury makes a mistake, though, an appeal to a higher court may be necessary. Effective criminal lawyers can handle cases at the trial level, but also know how to write briefs and argue in the appellate courts.
Once your case is resolved in court, there may be ways to clean up your record, so you can move on with your life. Juveniles can sometimes seal their records which makes them unavailable to the general public. Adults whose cases are dismissed, or who have been found not guilty, can often have their arrest records expunged, making it possible for them honestly to say they have never been arrested. The remedy of "nondisclosure" is similar to expunction, and is available to certain people who receive deferred adjudication probation. A knowledgeable criminal attorney can determine whether any of these remedies are available to you, and, if so, can invoke them so that you will not be forever burdened with a criminal record. If you consult with me about your criminal case I will use my training and experience to honestly assess and evaluate your situation. If you hire me I will do everything the law allows to try and resolve your case in the way you want.
Kelly Legal Group accepted my felony case. They were able to reduce my felony charge to a misdemeanor. Then they also managed to decrease a 2 year probation offer to 9 months deferred. They were very helpful and easy to work with. I am very please with the outcome of my case and I would refer Kelly Legal Group to anyone needing a skilled and educated lawyer.
I was in a bad situation facing a Motion to Revoke my Probation. I was near the end of my time and due to an honest mistake the district attorney in Bexar County wanted me to spend time in jail . Mr. McMahon fought for me and got the Judge to agree to allow me to complete my last few months as is. Mr. McMahon showed true passion for my predicament. My Probation is now complete and I am a free man.
Misdemeanor Cases :
- Minor in Possession
- Family Domestic Violence
- Misdemeanor Assault
- Expungments and nondisclosures
Class A Misdemeanor
In Texas, class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both jail time and a fine. Pimping is an example of a class A misdemeanor.
(Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.21.)
Class B Misdemeanor
Under Texas's laws, a class B misdemeanor is punishable by: • up to 180 days in jail • a fine of up to $2,000, or • both.
(Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.22.)
For example, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a class B misdemeanor.
For more information on penalties for crimes involving marijuana, see Texas Marijuana Laws.
Class C Misdemeanor
Class C misdemeanors in Texas are punishable by a fine of up to $500. There is no jail time for a class C misdemeanor.
Any misdemeanor that is not designated as Class A, B, or C, and has no specified punishment is a class C misdemeanor.
(Tex. Penal Code Ann. §§ 12.03, 12.23.)
Theft of property worth less than $50 is a class C misdemeanor. For more information on theft penalties, see Texas Petty Theft and Other Theft Laws.
Statute Of Limitations
When a crime is committed, the statute of limitations begins to “run” and the state has a set period of time within which to begin criminal prosecution. A misdemeanor in Texas has a statute of limitations of two years. For more information, see Texas Criminal Statute of Limitations.