Category: Misdemeanor Charges

WHAT IS DISORDERLY CONDUCT IN TEXAS? Texas law prohibiting disorderly conduct criminalizes behavior that breaches the peace. Such behavior includes vulgar language, offensive gestures, creating harmful chemical odors, loud noise, fighting, nudity, or displaying or discharging a firearm. While most of the conduct prohibited by the disorderly conduct statute is...

WHAT IS PUBLIC INTOXICATION IN TEXAS? The Texas law against public intoxication prohibits appearing in a public place while intoxicated to the point of endangering oneself or another. What is the legal limit for intoxication in Texas? Texas Penal Code Section Section 49.01 defines “intoxication” in two ways: (1) a...

WHAT IS POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA IN TEXAS? The Texas law against possession of marihuana prohibits having care, custody, control, or management of marihuana (or marijuana) in any usable amount. What is the definition of marihuana or marijuana in Texas? Texas Health and Safety Code Section 482.002 defines “marihuana” as the...

WHAT IS DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (“DWI”) IN TEXAS? The Texas law against driving while intoxicated, or “DWI,” prohibits operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated. What is the legal limit for DWI in Texas? Texas Penal Code Section Section 49.01 defines “intoxication” in two ways: (1) a...

WHAT IS CRIMINAL MISCHIEF IN TEXAS? The Texas law against criminal mischief prohibits intentionally or knowingly, without effective consent: (1) damaging or destroying another’s property; (2) tampering with property and causing pecuniary loss or substantial inconvenience; or (3) marking, painting, drawing on, or otherwise “tagging” another’s property. WHAT IS THE...

WHAT IS THEFT IN TEXAS? The Texas law against theft prohibits unlawfully appropriating property with intent to deprive the owner of the property. Theft in Texas describes several crimes beyond just stealing another’s property, including receiving stolen property, shoplifting, embezzlement, theft by false pretext, extortion, receiving or concealing embezzled property,...

WHAT IS DUTY ON STRIKING UNATTENDED VEHICLE IN TEXAS? The Texas law regarding the duty on striking an unattended vehicle requires drivers who collide with parked, unoccupied vehicles to stop and either locate the owner, or leave a note in a conspicuous place and securely attached to the damaged vehicle....

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WHAT IS RECKLESS DRIVING IN TEXAS? The Texas law against reckless driving prohibits driving in a manner that rises to a wilful or wanton disregard for the safety of others. What are examples of reckless driving in Texas? Texas courts have upheld several unsafe driving maneuvers as meeting the criteria...

WHAT IS DRIVING WHILE LICENSE INVALID IN TEXAS? The Texas law against driving while license invalid, or “DWLI,” prohibits operating a motor vehicle without a license, or with a license that has been canceled, suspended, revoked, or denied after renewal. WHAT IS THE DRIVING WHILE LICENSE INVALID LAW IN TEXAS?...

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Question 1

What is Theft in Texas?

The Texas law against theft prohibits unlawfully appropriating property with intent to deprive the owner of the property. Theft in Texas describes several crimes beyond just stealing another’s property, including receiving stolen property, shoplifting, embezzlement, theft by false pretext, extortion, receiving or concealing embezzled property, and issuing a worthless check. Read more.
Question 2

What are the Texas Criminal Mischief laws?

The Texas law against criminal mischief prohibits intentionally or knowingly, without effective consent: (1) damaging or destroying another’s property; (2) tampering with property and causing pecuniary loss or substantial inconvenience; or (3) marking, painting, drawing on, or otherwise “tagging” another’s property. Read more.
Question 3

What is the punishment for Public Intoxication?

Public intoxication is ordinarily a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum fine of $500. If a person is ticketed at least twice in two years for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, or a combination thereof, and commits either of those offenses a third time within the two-year period, the penalties are increased to a maximum fine of $2,000, and up to 180 days in jail. Read more.
Question 4

Can you go to jail for shoplifting in Texas?

The penalty class for a theft charge depends on the character and value of the appropriated property, and whether the person has prior theft convictions. Texas law further enhances theft penalties based on the person’s or theft victim’s status. Read more.
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Is Possession of Marijuana a misdemeanor?

The penalty classification for possession of marihuana depends on the amount: Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in county jail, if the amount is two ounces or less; Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in county jail, if the amount is four ounces or less but more than two ounces. Read more.
Question 6

What is Disorderly Conduct in Texas?

Texas law prohibiting disorderly conduct criminalizes behavior that breaches the peace. Such behavior includes vulgar language, offensive gestures, creating harmful chemical odors, loud noise, fighting, nudity, or displaying or discharging a firearm. While most of the conduct prohibited by the disorderly conduct statute is legal in the privacy of one’s home, it is illegal in public when it incites a breach of the peace or is otherwise offensive. Read more.
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