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Can You Go to Jail for a Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is defined as a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. But in Texas, whether or not you are likely to be incarcerated for a misdemeanor conviction depends on a number of aspects. Punishment is determined in part by the crime’s seriousness. Texas divides misdemeanors into three classes: Class A misdemeanors,… Read More »

Can You Go to Jail for a Traffic Ticket?

Penalties for ticketed traffic violations in Texas range from fines to license suspensions and revocations, but not incarceration. Nevertheless, you could still find yourself in jail for committing such offenses. Under to the Texas Transportation Code, “Any peace officer may arrest without warrant a person found committing a violation of this subtitle.” This means that… Read More »

Can You Go to Jail for Driving with a Suspended License?

Jail is a potential consequence for driving with a suspended license. Under the Texas Transportation Code, in order to operate a motor vehicle, a person must possess a valid driver’s license. Licenses can be suspended or revoked for several reasons and for different lengths of time. Despite the inconvenience and hardship a suspension or revocation… Read More »

Can You Go to Jail for Driving Without a License?

Driving without a license could mean having no valid license or just not having it in your possession. The difference between the two could be jail or no jail. Texas law requires that you be licensed to drive and also be able to display your license at the request of a law enforcement officer. If… Read More »

Can You Go to Jail for Speeding?

Speeding in Texas is a traffic violation that can result in a monetary fine, license suspension, license revocation and even license cancellation – but not incarceration. Nevertheless, you could still find yourself in jail as a result of committing the offense. How can that be? Under the Texas Transportation Code, a police officer who stops… Read More »