Defending Misdemeanor Charges In Georgetown, Texas
This is the next post in our series on the handling of Texas misdemeanor charges. We have previously looked at why Texas residents should recognize the serious nature of misdemeanor charges. We have also discussed why one should hire an attorney when facing allegations of a drug-related crime. In this post we will look at the process of defending non-felony cases.
Williamson County misdemeanor charges will be decided at a trial after all pretrial motions are heard
Georgetown and Austin residents charged with a misdemeanor will first appear in a Williamson County Court and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. After the plea is entered then one’s lawyer will begin the process of preparing a defense. This process will include acquiring and analyzing all police reports, investigating the scene of the incident, determining if there are other witnesses and interviewing them, as well as determining if there is other evidence which is relevant to the case. Your lawyer will also file any necessary pretrial motions during this process.
Your pretrial motions will be heard prior to trial. Such motions will typically involve search and seizure issues and whether particular evidence or statements may be used against you in Court. Other motions may decide whether or not certain testimony may or may not be offered as well as whether prejudicial evidence, such as photographs of an injured victim, may be introduced. Trial will typically be held in front of a jury; both sides may agree to waive the right to a jury trial and, if there is a waiver, then the case will be decided by a Judge. One’s guilt or innocence will be decided at the conclusion of the trial.
Georgetown residents face a range of punishments when charged with a misdemeanor
Texas divides misdemeanors into three categories. Classes of cases are considered to be “A,” “B,” or “C.” Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Class B charges carry punishments of up to six months in jail and a fine of $2,000. Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to $500 and carry no jail time. Class A and B cases are heard in the County-Court-At-Law while Class C cases are heard by any of Williamson County’s four Justices of the Peace.
It is important to understand that Williamson County takes a harsh stance against misdemeanors. The County claims to handle over 11,000 misdemeanor cases each year and it devotes substantial resources to the prosecution of such matters. This means it is crucial that you be adequately defended throughout the process.
Our Georgetown criminal defense attorneys also service the surrounding communities of Austin, Bartlett, Cedar Park, Florence, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, Taylor, Thrall, Weir, and all of Williamson County. We are ready to assist you if you are facing such charges. Contact us today.