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What is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas?

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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.

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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.

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