James M. Warner has experience representing people accused of misdemeanor offenses, treating these allegations or charges just as serious and, potentially, threatening to an individual's employment and reputation, as a felony charge. Misdemeanor convictions, and sometimes deferred adjudication sentences, can affect a person's employability, continued employment and ability to rent an apartment. Misdemeanor convictions involving dishonest/moral turpitude, including theft, can be used by the government and governmental agencies to deny licensing or license renewals. Sadly, a nurse, private investigator or attorney may lose their licenses to practice in their respective professions, based on a misdemeanor conviction. Also, a misdemeanor conviction can lead to the felony enhancement of a future misdemeanor offense (second family violence assault enhanced to a felony due to prior misdemeanor family violence assault conviction).
Mr. Warner is qualified to represent you, if you are accused of any degree of misdemeanor. The below-listed range of punishments for misdemeanors are indicative of the seriousness of the offense, and why obtaining qualified, experienced legal representation is imperative to a successful outcome:
- Class C misdemeanors: these are ordinarily filed and disposed of by municipal courts, involving or assessing fines and sometimes an unsupervised deferred adjudication period.
- Class B misdemeanors: offenses prosecuted in county courts, which are punishable by fines of $0-$2,000.00 and 0 to 180 days in county jail. A defendant can also be sentenced to deferred adjudication (no conviction upon successful completion) or, as it is commonly known, regular probation (conviction). The fine and jail time can be "probated", meaning that the defendant may not have to pay the entire fine or serve any jail time should he or she successfully complete the probationary period.
- Class A misdemeanors: prosecuted in county courts having fines from $0 to $4,000 and 0 to 1 year in county jail. Class A misdemeanors have the same options for deferred adjudication or regular probation, as well as carry the same conditions of probations imposed by the court. It is important to know that if the misdemeanor is a DWI, then the punishment ranges are increased, when it is a second DWI and there was an open container of alcohol in the motor vehicle. Also, as discussed above, there is no option or possibility of deferred adjudication, should a person enter a plea agreement and plea guilty to, or be convicted of a DWI.
Mr. Warner has tried and represented clients charged with misdemeanor offenses, including, but not limited to the following:
- Unlawful carrying of a weapon;
- Criminal Trespass;
- Assault Bodily Injury;
- Terroristic Threats;
- Burglary of vehicle;
- Driving While Intoxicated;
- Possession of marijuana or a dangerous drug;
- Criminal mischief;
- Offensive touching;
- Indecent exposure;
- Unlawful Restraint;
- Graffiti; and
- Deadly conduct.