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What is a class B misdemeanor in Texas?

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Examples of offenses considered to be class B misdemeanors include first-offense driving while intoxicated and possession of up to two ounces of marijuana. A class B misdemeanor in Texas is punishable by a fine of up to $2000, up to 180 days in jail or both, according to Nolo.

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Theft of property valued at $50 to $500 and telephone harassment are also class B misdemeanors in Texas, notes Nacogdoches County, Texas. Giving a false report to a police officer, terroristic threats, vandalism and running away from a police officer by foot are class B misdemeanors. Misdemeanors in Texas are class A, B or C, with class C misdemeanors carrying the least punishment. Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to $500 without jail time, whereas class A misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to $4000, up to a year in jail or both. Class A misdemeanors include more serious offenses, such as pimping, assault resulting in bodily injury, second-offense driving while intoxicated and theft of property valued at $500 to $1,500.

Class B misdemeanors are tried in county courts along with class A misdemeanors. Jail time may be served in local, city or country jail, notes Minton, Burton, Bassett & Collins. Repeat offenses increase the misdemeanor charges, according to Sullo & Sullo Attorneys at Law.

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