What Is a Class C Offense?
Do You Need a Defense Lawyer?
In Texas, a Class C Misdemeanor is a fine-only offense. Class C offenses include almost all traffic tickets and things like public intoxication, disorderly conduct, zoning violations or dog bite cases. According to the U.S. Constitution, the Sixth Amendment does not apply to fine-only offenses, meaning you cannot get a court-appointed attorney to help with your Class C offense. Nonetheless, a knowledgeable defense lawyer can help defend you and streamline your case.
Class C Misdemeanors are prosecuted in Justice of the Peace or in Municipal Courts, often before judges who are not licensed attorneys. A defense lawyer can help you navigate the often-complicated process and avoid paying excessive fees.
When You Have a Commercial Driver’s License
If you are a commercial driver, the stakes are much higher when your Class C Misdemeanor involves a moving violation, because it could result in you losing your CDL and being unable to work. I have considerable experience trying this type of case. When your job is on the line, you want a defense lawyer who takes your case seriously. I’m happy to help defend your license, through a trial if necessary.
When You Have a Non-Commercial Driver’s License
If you are not a commercial driver, generally your Class C Misdemeanor case can be handled in such a way that it can eventually be expunged. A skilled attorney can set up your ticket to not appear on your permanent record and, if necessary, get it legally erased. It is, however, important to handle the case in a particular way. If you just pay your ticket online, it is likely that it will stay on your permanent record. For that reason, it is important to have an experienced defense lawyer take care of your Class C Misdemeanor.
Contact Me Today
If you would like to talk to me, R.C. Pate, give me a call for a no-obligation discussion about the details of your case. Call the Law Office of RC Pate at (210) 275-7294 or fill out the online form to schedule a FREE consultation.