Think facing misdemeanor charges is no big deal? Think again - a conviction can have a significant effect on job prospects and more.
Criminal defense lawyer Jason Trumpler has handled thousands of misdemeanor cases and can help you get the best outcome for your future.
Find out why you should choose our law office serving clients throughout greater Austin, TX...
The Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor
A felony is a serious crime that can result in substantial punishment, such as lengthy prison sentences and a loss of rights.
In general, a misdemeanor is a less serious crime that results in lighter punishment. A conviction can still include fines, jail time, and other consequences.
The Long-Term Harms of a Misdemeanor Can be Extremely Wide-Ranging
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While a misdemeanor is considered a less serious crime than a felony, a conviction can still affect your ability to get a job, get accepted into certain schools, or simply maintain a good reputation. Here at The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, our goal is to help you reach the most favorable outcome that allows you to live the life you want without worrying about your record. To schedule your free case consultation, contact us online or call our offices in Austin and Round Rock, TX, at:
What Sets Us Apart?
ExpertiseJason Trumpler is an Austin attorney who has been practicing criminal law since 1999 and has taken over 100 cases to trial. He is both a skilled negotiator and trial attorney, bringing the same tenacity to every misdemeanor case he handles.
Unique BackgroundWith a former background as a prosecutor, our criminal defense lawyer has the unique advantage of understanding both sides of every misdemeanor case, allowing him to strategically protect his clients through any scenario.
Around-the-Clock AssistanceIn the event that you or a loved one is arrested, our phone lines are open 24/7 to provide guidance and assist with jail release. No matter the time, give us a call and a member of our team will be there to answer.
Open CommunicationEach member of our law firm makes it a point to keep our clients informed at all times throughout their case. Jason Trumpler makes himself available to answer any questions or concerns you may have to make your experience as seamless as possible.
Top-Rated Law FirmOur law firm serving Austin and Georgetown, TX, consistently receives five-star reviews for the level of professionalism we provide. We understand that dealing with the nuances of the law can be both confusing and stressful, and we strive to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible.
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What Are the Types of Misdemeanors?
A Class A misdemeanor is considered the most serious offense, with a fine of up to $4,000 and up to one year in county jail.
A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in county jail.
A Class C misdemeanor involves zero jail time and is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Common Examples of Misdemeanors
This list of common misdemeanor crimes in Texas is not exhaustive, but is intended to act as a reference list. Whether you have been charged with a Class A misdemeanor or Class C, our attorney is here to represent your best interests and fight for the most favorable outcome.
- Petty theft
- Assault with bodily injury
- Burglarizing a motor vehicle
- DWI (driving while intoxicated)
- Disorderly conduct
- Illegally carrying a weapon
- Lying under oath
- Criminal trespassing
- Marijuana possession (up to 4 ounces)
- Public intoxication
- Traffic citations
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Are you feeling lost and intimidated by the intricacies of misdemeanor law and want to speak to a professional? Attorney Jason Trumpler is happy to speak with you and provide you with some clarity and peace of mind. Even if you don’t select our law firm to represent you, there is nothing to lose by booking a consultation. We can help you understand your case and what next steps to take. To schedule your free consultation, fill out our online form or call our offices serving Austin and Georgetown, at:
Why You Need a Misdemeanor Lawyer
Protect Your RightsHiring a lawyer ensures that your rights are protected at all times and gives the best chance of obtaining a favorable outcome. The legal process is complex and can be challenging to try to understand on your own. Our criminal defense lawyer uses simple, easy-to-understand language to ensure our clients fully understand their case and feel supported from start to finish.
Avoid Jail TimeClass A and B misdemeanors can result in jail time if you are convicted. We will work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for your situation. Our lawyer advocates on your behalf to get your charges dismissed or reduced to eliminate jail time by making a deal with the prosecution.
Avoid Using a Public DefenderIf you don’t hire a criminal defense lawyer, you may choose to work with a public defender. However, public defenders are often overworked and don’t have the resources or capacity to fully dedicate their expertise and time to your case. When you hire a misdemeanor lawyer like Jason Trumpler, you will have our full dedication.
You Don’t Have to Plead GuiltyHaving a criminal defense lawyer on your side means that you do not have to plead guilty. Our lawyer builds the strongest case possible and works to eliminate or reduce your punishment. We will fight tirelessly to get you the best results possible.
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We Look At Every Aspect of Your Case
When you hire the Law Offices of Jason Trumpler, we look at every aspect of your case. Mr. Trumpler's background as a prosecutor gives him an understanding of how evidence and witnesses will be used against you. Our team investigates every avenue to create an optimal defense strategy and make sure your rights are upheld.
We examine every aspect such as how the evidence was collected, how the witnesses were interrogated, how you as the suspect were interrogated, and more. In some cases, we may be able to identify misconduct by the arresting officers that can lead to a total dismissal.
How Much Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Cost?
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At our Austin law office, we offer completely free initial consultations. You have no financial obligation when you speak to us, however, not retaining a highly rated attorney can open you up to the risk of a life-changing criminal conviction. We understand that legal costs can be daunting, but the price of having a misdemeanor on your record can far outweigh the cost of hiring a knowledgeable attorney who can navigate your complex legal issue.
We pride ourselves on being straightforward in answering all client questions. We want you to leave our Austin office with the knowledge you need to make the best decision for yourself and your family. Call us or contact us online so we can help you fight your charges.
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Special Considerations Regarding Misdemeanor Charges
In some scenarios, sentencing may vary depending on the circumstances:
Repeat OffensesIf a person who was previously convicted of a Class A misdemeanor is convicted of another Class A misdemeanor, they are sentenced to at least 90 days in county jail. If the person commits a Class B misdemeanor, the minimum sentence is at least 30 days in jail.
DrugsIn the event that drugs were involved and used to commit the misdemeanor, Class A charges have a 180-day minimum in county jail.
Bias or PrejudiceIf a crime is discovered to be motivated by bias or prejudice, a 180-day minimum for Class A misdemeanors is in effect.
Are You a First-Time DWI Offender?
If you are a first-time DWI offender, you may qualify for sealing your records under House Bill 3016 in Texas. Known as the “second chance bill,” it can make first-time DWI offenders eligible for nondisclosure, which hides your records from the public and can make it easier to find a job or housing. An order of nondisclosure does not entirely eliminate your record, as it is still visible to criminal justice agencies or the government.
In order to qualify for nondisclosure, the offender must meet the following requirements:
- Had a BAC of less than 0.14% at the time of the incident
- The offender paid all fines associated with the charge
- No one was hurt at the time of the incident
Our lawyer can help determine if you are eligible for nondisclosure and ensure that your application is strong and seamless. There are many intricacies involved that require a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to build your case, gather as much evidence as possible, and move on in life without a public conviction weighing on you.
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Does the idea of navigating misdemeanor law make you feel stressed and overwhelmed? Do you wish you had an experienced lawyer that could handle all the difficulties so you can get back on your feet and focus on what’s important in your life? Contact our law firm serving Austin and Georgetown to find out how we can help you to have your charges reduced or dropped entirely. To get started, fill out our online form or call our law offices at:
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Can a Misdemeanor be Expunged?
In some instances, a misdemeanor can be permanently cleared from your record. This allows you to deny that the crime ever happened and ultimately move on without the fear of someone discovering your past. If you are interested in expungement, our criminal defense attorney will gather as much information as possible to determine if you meet the requirements. There is a minimum waiting period before we can begin applying for expunction:
- Class C Misdemeanor: The offender must wait 180 days from the time of the arrest
- Class A and B Misdemeanor: The offender must wait one year from the time of the arrest
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a misdemeanor lawyer get my case dismissed?Yes, our criminal defense lawyer can potentially get your case dismissed. We identify any grounds for dismissal, such as a lack of probable cause, insufficient evidence, or a witness who is unable to testify. We cannot promise that we can get your case dismissed, but we certainly do everything in our power to achieve this outcome.
Will a misdemeanor show up on a background check?Yes, a misdemeanor shows up on a background check because it is a crime. While a misdemeanor does not carry the same implications as a felony, it does affect many aspects of your life. For example, some employers may have policies against hiring people who have a history of any crime, no matter how minor.
Do I have to go to trial?It depends on your case. The majority of misdemeanor cases are resolved before going to trial by accepting a plea deal or getting the prosecutor to dismiss the case. If a case does go to trial, Jason Trumpler has extensive experience as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney and has taken over 100 cases to trial.
Can I defend myself?While everyone has the right to defend themselves, it is unlikely that you will be successful unless you have an advanced knowledge of the law and truly understand the intricacies of criminal defense. We highly recommend seeking criminal defense assistance to not only make the process easier on yourself, but to significantly increase the chances of success.
What if I already have a public defender? Can I still hire my own lawyer?
Yes. Mr. Trumpler can take over your case from the public defender you were assigned. He has handled thousands of misdemeanors as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, giving him the capability to seamlessly substitute on to an existing case. During your initial consultation at our Austin office, we can review the public defender's actions and determine the best legal strategy moving forward.
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