In Texas, misdemeanor criminal offenses are defined as any crime that is punishable by one year, or less, in the county jail. There are three levels of misdemeanor criminal charges, each of which carries its own penalty range. In descending order of seriousness, they are: 1) Class A misdemeanors 2) Class B misdemeanors, and 3) Class C misdemeanors.
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in the county jail, and a fine of up to $4000. Examples of Class A misdemeanors include assault/bodily injury, unlawfully carrying a weapon, and possession of marijuana (more than 2 ounces, but less than 4 ounces). Class B misdemeanors can result in a sentence of
up to 180 days in the county jail, and a fine of up to $2000. DWI (first offense), possession of marijuana (under 2 ounces), and reckless driving are all considered Class B misdemeanors. Finally, Class C misdemeanors are punishable by fine only. In most cases, the maximum fine you can receive upon conviction for a Class C misdemeanor is $500 (although, certain ordinance violations can result in fines of up to $2000). All traffic ticket cases are considered Class C misdemeanors, as is public intoxication, theft under $50, and issuance of a bad check.