LegalMatch says, "A Class A Misdemeanor is the most serious classification of misdemeanor charges in most states," including Texas. While not as serious as a felony, misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail and carry fines of $500 to $5,000. Individuals convicted of a misdemeanor complete their jail time at a local facility, while felons often spend their jail time in a federal prison.Know More
The circumstances surrounding a crime often determine the type of charges the district attorney files. Fighting in public is a misdemeanor filed as disorderly conduct; however, the Texas Attorney General's office says that displaying or discharging a firearm in public changes the charge to a Class B misdemeanor. Knowingly or recklessly inflicting bodily injury increases the crime to a Class A misdemeanor. Crimes that put someone at "risk of immediate danger of serious bodily injury" involve deadly force and are felonies. This includes shooting a gun toward a person or home.
While other states charge a second offense DUI as a Class A misdemeanor, in Texas, an individual with a blood alcohol count of 0.15 faces a Class A charge on his first offense, according to the Texas District & County Attorneys Association. LegalMatch lists other Class A misdemeanors as crimes such as theft, perjury and violating a restraining order.Learn more about Law
Although legal reforms have abolished many of Texas's "blue laws" (religion-motivated laws governing sales on the Sabbath), it is still illegal to sell liquor on a Sunday in Texas (along with 11 other states, including Alabama, Minnesota and Oklahoma) as well as to open a car dealership on more than one day over a weekend. Until 1985, it was also illegal to sell furniture, clothing, hardware and appliances, among many other items, on more than one day over a weekend.Full Answer >
There are no laws for legal separation in Texas as of 2014. For a married couple who has not yet decided to file for divorce, informal separations are often arranged.Full Answer >
Texas is one of 10 community property states, according to FindLaw. In community property states, generally speaking, the husband and wife each acquire a one-half interest in all property accumulated by either spouse during the marriage, notes The Free Dictionary.Full Answer >
In order to have a protective order dropped in Texas, a motion must be filed with the judge who ordered it. Both applicant and respondent are required to attend the hearing to show just cause for terminating the restraining order.Full Answer >