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What is a Class B Misdemeanor?

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The Class B misdemeanor is categorized below the Class A misdemeanor in terms of severity of punishment. The penalty for a Class B misdemeanor is jail time, a fine or both. As with any crime, the severity and nature of the offense, as well as the history and character of the defendant can reduce or increase the penalty.

Class B Misdemeanor Penalties

Class B misdemeanor jail terms are under less than 180 days and fines are not to exceed $2,000. Convictions that are not attached to a particular classification will be deemed a Class B misdemeanor if the offense is not a felony and jail time is the possible punishment.

If the accused has been convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, Class B misdemeanor or a felony of any type, upon conviction he will be punished with an the enhanced penalty of a fine of not more than $2,000 or a jail term of not less than 30 days and not more than 180 days or both.

If a corporation commits a Class B misdemeanor the court may impose a penalty fine of up to $10,000 or an amount of double the amount gained or by the corporation or lost or damaged by the victim(s).

If an individual commits a Class B misdemeanor against another person based on that person race, religion, color or for any bias or prejudice, the penalty will automatically be enhanced to the punishment for the next highest category of offense, a Class A misdemeanor penalty, which is a fine of up to $4,000 and a jail term of up to one year

Examples of Class B Misdemeanors

Examples of common categories of Class B misdemeanors include:

  • indecent exposure
  • certain types of assault
  • certain types of terroristic threats
  • enticing a child
  • criminal mischief
  • interference with railroad property
  • graffiti
  • criminal trespass
  • theft of property over $50.00 but less than $500.00
  • prostitution
  • driving, boating or flying while intoxicated

*The laws and penalties regarding misdemeanor classes and offenses vary for each state, however Texas law presents a fair and clear representation of penal law, and is used in this article to offer a basic understanding of the Class B misdemeanor. The information contained in this article should not be construed as legal advice, and those accused of any misdemeanor should seek legal counsel immediately.

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