If you have recently been arrested on suspicion of a crime in Austin, it is crucial that you are informed about the penalties and consequences that you will face. If you are convicted of a crime in Texas – whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony – you are likely to face severe consequences including jail or prison time, fines, probation and court fees. A criminal conviction can also affect your personal life, your job, career and future.
Every decision you make after your arrest can have a major impact on your criminal case and future. With an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer on your side, your chances of reaching a successful outcome will be greatly improved. Contact Austin criminal defense team Peek & Toland, PLLC to fight on your behalf and protect your rights. Please do not hesitate to call us at (512) 474-4445 to learn more.
Law Enforcement in Austin
The Austin Police Department consists of about 2,300 sworn law enforcement and support personnel. If you have been arrested, it is important to take the steps necessary to protect your rights. Remember that police officers will work directly with prosecutors to ensure that you are punished to the full extent of the law. Therefore, everything you tell them after your arrest can and will be used against you.
If You Have Been Arrested
There are a number of rights that residents of Austin retain even after they are arrested. For example, you must provide your name to police officers, but you have the right to remain silent when asked questions that could hurt your case. You also have the right to request an attorney. Do not discuss your situation with an officer or even with the jail guards or inmates. It is also advised that you exercise your right to refuse a search of your home, vehicle or person unless the authorities have obtained a court warrant. Contact a skilled lawyer as soon as possible.
Misdemeanors in Austin
You must take your situation seriously because the consequences of a conviction could negatively impact the rest of your life. A Class C misdemeanor, such as theft of less than $20 or assault without bodily injury, can result in a $500 fine and the creation of a criminal record. A Class B misdemeanor conviction, such as theft of property valued at $20 or more, but less than $500, a DUI or possession of four ounces of marijuana, can result in a $2,000 fine and 180 days of incarceration. Class A misdemeanors, such as burglary or stalking, are punishable by a year of incarceration and up to a $4,000 fine.
Felony convictions carry much more severe penalties than misdemeanor convictions. Stealing over $20,000, but less than $100,000 can result in third-degree felony charges punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Aggravated assault and reckless injury to a child are both second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison and capital murder can result in the death penalty.
Incarceration and heavy fines are only some of the penalties you could face if you are convicted of a crime in Austin. There are additional punishments, including probation, required attendance in rehabilitative programs, mandatory community service and curfews. Furthermore, having a criminal record can affect your ability to get a job or loan in the future. An experienced Austin criminal defense attorney can help you fight the charges against you and help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Peek & Toland, PLLC have a proven track record for success in defending clients against criminal charges. Call us at (512) 474-4445 to discuss your legal rights and options in a consultation.