There are a lot of different penalties and punishments fitting all sorts of different crimes in Texas. Something that most don’t understand but maybe should, is that there are three different classes in Texas concerning misdemeanors. 

Depending on which class of misdemeanor you fall into will also be able to predict what kind of consequences you are looking at potentially. Let’s look at each class so you can better understand what the predicament may be. 

First, misdemeanors are crimes committed that carry a punishment of up to a year in jail. 

Class A

Class A is a misdemeanor that is punishable with up to a year in jail time. You could also get a fine of up to $4000. In worst-case scenarios, you could get both. These are for crimes that are similar to or comparable to carrying a gun without a permit. This could also include burglary or theft of a car. 

Class B

Class B is punishable for up to 180 days in jail. You could also receive a $2000 fine by itself or in combination with jail time. Something that would be comparable to this is carrying possession of two ounces or more of marijuana 

Class C

In a Class C misdemeanor, this is actually no jail time. This could be a fine of up to $500 for crimes that include property theft less than $100 in value. This is the least offensive class out of the three as you can see. 


Sometimes carrying out these crimes doesn’t mean jail time. You may just need to follow strict probation guidelines. While some may feel like this is great news it actually can be difficult and land you right back in front of a judge in a worse place. 

If you have alcohol or drug probation and you are caught breaking this, you could move your misdemeanor up to a more serious crime. This includes showing up to your court date as failing to show up can also ruin your chances of bail if there is another arrest. 

Understanding the Difference

In the Texas law system, infractions are the lowest level type of “crime” committed. These are not the same as misdemeanors as they are a bit more serious. Infractions include things like noise complaints about having the music too loud out a party. 

Misdemeanors can be described above and as one step further than an infraction. It’s important to note that they are not felonies though. Felonies are serious crimes and result in prison. If there is a warrant out for your arrest with a felony or misdemeanor you will want to contact a bail bonds company. 

If there is any confusion as to whether you need to pay the money you can always contact a bail bonds company who can assist you with your fine and punishment.