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Facing a Traffic Offense?
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Traffic Offenses / Class C Misdemeanors

Austin Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyers

A Class C misdemeanor is the lowest possible punishment in Texas. The maximum punishment is a fine of $500. However, a Class C offense should not be taken lightly. A conviction can affect your driving record, require you to pay a surcharge to the Texas Department of Safety, and make it difficult for you to seek employment. Smith & Vinson Law Firm will work aggressively to get your charges reduced or dismissed. Many times there are alternatives to having a conviction on your record. We can review your case, the relevant law, and negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf. We do not recommend that you go into court representing yourself. The prosecutor, even in municipal court, is still a skilled lawyer, and a conviction can affect you and your driving record for many years.

Central Texas Misdemeanor Lawyers

The State of Texas prosecutes traffic ticket and other Class C Misdemeanors. These types of cases can affect your criminal record for life, ability to obtain housing and/or employment. This is why you need to mount an aggressive defense. The State of Texas is working against you. You need someone working for you. The lawyers at Smith & Vinson Law Firm will work for you. We represent clients accused of traffic tickets and other Class C misdemeanor charges in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto and all around the Central Texas area in JP and Municipal Courts. Contact us now for a free consultation at 512-368-9044.

The most common Class C misdemeanors are traffic/moving violations (such as speeding, running a stop sign, or improper lane change) but others include:

  • Theft (property valued at $50 or less)
  • Public intoxication
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Gambling
  • Leaving a child in a vehicle
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Criminal trespass
  • Open Container in a motor vehicle
  • Bad check less than $20

Consequences of a Class C Misdemeanor Conviction

Even though it may seem minor, a conviction for certain Class C misdemeanors can have serious collateral consequences. For example, if you get too many traffic tickets, you will have increased car insurance rates, hefty fines, surcharges, and even possibly the suspension of your driver’s license. A theft conviction or a conviction for writing a hot check is considered a “crime of moral turpitude” and can disqualify you from many jobs. A conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia is considered a drug conviction and can disqualify you from receiving federal financial aid.

Though it may not seem like a big deal, it is important that you do not attempt to handle your Class C misdemeanor charge on your own. Call Smith & Vinson Law Firm today and let us fight for you to help keep your record clean.

Austin Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you have been arrested or charged with a Class C offense in Austin, Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas contact Smith & Vinson Law Firm. We always take your class C offense seriously and fight to protect your constitutional rights. Jarrod Smith and Brad Vinson are aggressive trial lawyers that will fight for you from day one to get the best possible resolution for your case.

Call (512) 359-3743 or contact our office online today for a free initial consultation.

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    “First and foremost, I would like to thank Brad and Jarrod for handling my case. Both of these men represented with much professionalism and didn't at all treat me like a criminal. At times I was skeptical since I was facing so much uncertainty. Both men obviously could not predict the outcome of things, but assured me that they will work hard for me. They sure kept their promise on that! Both men took the time to get to know me and my situation before designing a plan to represent me. When I was in doubt with much fear they reassured me that "things will be all right". I am grateful for the representation both men have provided me and without hesitation I would speak volumes of their service. Thank you so much!”

    Victor

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    “A civil issue arose in Austin with a family member. We sought the advice of a well named Austin attorney. This unnamed attorney provided egregious legal advice. In court, a lifetime civil injunction was ruled by the judge on this non-criminal civil issue. Once learning of this judgement we immediately started looking for another attorney and found Brad Vinson, with Smith and Vinson. Simply put, Brad had this entire debacle reversed and a new judgement set for what is customarily ruled in similar cases. It didn't take long either. I only wish we had called Brad first. He's a real lawyer!”

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    “Jarrod is an outstanding advocate for his clients. He is well versed in evidence and criminal law nuances, skills which allow him to level the playing field for his clients and make certain they get a fair chance at justice.”

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    “I hired Brad Vinson to handle a legal matter and I could not have made a better decision! Brad was attentive, listened to the facts of the case, and strategized a plan that would lead to the best result possible. Brad was communicative, available, and ultimately delivered on what he stated he would do. During this process, there were no unexpected hiccups because Brad understands the law, and understands how to defend his clients. There is no doubt that I would recommend Brad and the whole team at Smith & Vinson to represent any individual that needs legal representation. The whole team is fantastic, and delivers fantastic results.”

    Justin

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    “Jarrod has all the qualities you need in a good lawyer: he's smart, diligent, thorough and fair. He will keep you informed about your case. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him if I got in trouble and needed a lawyer.”

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  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
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