Dallas Misdemeanor Defense
Assault | Stalking | Possession of Marijuana | Petty Theft | DWI
Located in Dallas, Texas, and serving the communities in and around the DFW Metroplex, the Law Office of Phillip Hayes provides those accused of a misdemeanor crime, including misdemeanor assault, with an experienced, aggressive, quality defense.
Misdemeanor defense lawyer and Texas native Phillip Hayes is a former prosecutor and experienced criminal defense attorney. He has over 10 years’ experience in criminal law, and his practice is dedicated to criminal defense.
For additional information about our qualifications and the quality of our services, please visit our Benefits of Retaining Attorney Phillip Hayes page.
Experienced Dallas, Texas Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer
Even though misdemeanors do not carry the legal impact of Felonies, such charges can have a great impact on your life, resulting in lost wages, job loss and difficulty obtaining a new job. Misdemeanors can carry stiff probation restrictions and substantial fines. The social stigma associated with a conviction and criminal record, even if only a misdemeanor crime, can negatively affect work and family relationships.
Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer at your side to protect your rights and strive for the best possible outcome may result in reduction or dismissal of charges. While an initial misdemeanor conviction results in a criminal record, arguing for and obtaining deferred adjudication community supervision may allow you to have your records sealed. When under adjudication community supervision, you are allowed to petition the court for non-disclosure of your criminal records.
Misdemeanors are less serious offenses than felonies, and Texas law classifies them into three categories based on severity.
Penalties for Misdemeonors
- Class A misdemeanor: maximum 1 year in county jail and/or maximum $4,000 fine
- Class B misdemeanor: maximum 180 days in county jail and/or maximum $2,000 fine
- Class C misdemeanor: maximum $500 fine
Examples of Class A Misdemeanors:
- Assault causing bodily injury
- First offense stalking
- First offense violation of protective order
- Burglary of a vehicle
- DWI with one prior conviction
- Criminal trespass
- Theft of property valued at $500 or more
Examples of Class B Misdemeanors:
- First offense DWI
- Indecent exposure
- Disorderly conduct
- Possession of marijuana (2 oz. or less)
Examples of Class C Misdemeanors:
- Assault (verbal, no bodily harm)
- Theft of property valued at less than $50
Contact an Experienced Dallas Felony Defense Lawyer Today
Obtaining a criminal defense lawyer with extensive trial experience can significantly affect the outcome of your case. We will help you understand the charges you face and explain your options to you.
For additional information about Texas and federal felony crimes or to discuss your particular felony charges in confidence with an experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyer, please schedule a consultation by calling attorney Phillip Hayes at 214-774-0488.
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