Criminal Defense Lawyers in Austin, TX
Each criminal case is unique; there is no single solution to every problem faced by persons accused of crime. An effective criminal lawyer who has a wide range of experience with many different types of cases can help you get the best possible outcome in court.
If you are facing criminal charges of any kind, you need a tough advocate in your corner. Call Kelly Legal Group for a free consultation: (512) 505-0053.
Trial vs. No Trial
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.
However, although you might prefer to avoid it, there are times that a trial is the only way to properly resolve your case. Experienced 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, a jury is called on to reach a verdict. If a trial is held and the defendant is not satisfied with the verdict reached by the jury or if there is reason to believe that the judge, jury, or prosecutor may have made a mistake, an appeal to a higher court may be necessary. Criminal lawyers can also write briefs and argue in the appellate courts.
Clearing Your Record
Once your case is resolved in court there are steps you can take in an attempt to clear your record. 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 to honestly 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 criminal attorney can determine whether any of these remedies are available to you, and if so, can invoke them so that you can be relieved of the burden of a criminal record.
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.
What Our Clients Are Saying
“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 pleased 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.”
Contact us for a Consultation
Facing criminal charges can be scary. With so much at stake, you need an attorney you can trust to stand up for your rights. If you’ve been accused of a crime, no matter how minor, call Kelly Legal Group right away: (512) 500-0053. Don’t speak to anyone until you have spoken with us. As the Miranda rights state, in the event of an arrest, you have the right to an attorney. Exercise that right and call Kelly Legal Group.