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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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  • 5 Stars in making me feel like a top priority!

    “Jarrod Smith of Smith and Vinson Law Firm provided me with the best service I could have possibly asked for. Having no background in law and finding myself in a situation that left me feeling extremely vulnerable, I felt quickly at ease in their care. They were very reasonable with my situation and helped work around my needs in providing me the most support and information on how to best handle my case. I'd recommend this firm to anyone seeking help with a traffic violation of any kind. I feel that if it weren't for them I would have been heavily misguided and probably would not have made it through the system with the best possible outcome for me. 5 Stars for their service, generosity, and in making me feel like a top priority!”

    Andrew

  • Knows how to help you

    “Jarrod has worked on both sides of the judicial divide, both prosecutor and defender, and is well-positioned to evaluate a client’s chances and recommend what to do about them. I first met when he was Jarrod dedicated and diligent member of South Texas Law Review. He was dedicated because he volunteered as an assistant editor-in-chief. He was diligent because he pitched in during semester breaks. I know Jarrod has the temperament of a great advocate.”

    Benjamin

  • Exceeded my expectations

    “Jarrod Smith exceeded my expectations when faced with a difficult and uncertain situation. He was consistently helpful and available to answer any questions I had and walked me through the process. His prompt communication and timely responses were greatly appreciated. I highly recommend Jarrod and would undoubtedly hire him again if needed.”

    Previous Client

  • Great service

    “After a referral from another attorney, I'm glad that I choose Jarrod and Brad. They lead me to the process and answered all my questions that I had and navigating through the process. I knew after I first meant them in person I knew they we're going to fight and I got the result that I was happy with at the end. I would recommend if anything ever happens to anyone. Thank you guys for your work!”

    Previous Client

  • Fought super hard for my case

    “Jarrod is very professional and fought super hard for my case. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney to represent me. I highly recommend!”

    Previous Client

  • Texas Bar College
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Avvo 5 Star Reviews
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award

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  • Bold and fearless defense are what we are known for.
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