Misdemeanor charges are seen less serious than felony charges, but do not make the mistake of thinking it can be taken less seriously. A misdemeanor conviction can result in expensive fines and up to one year in the county jail, not to mention difficulty finding employment and renting a home. There are three degrees (or levels) of misdemeanors in the state of Texas, varying in offense and punishment. Serious to more serious degrees are: class c (or traffic violations) misdemeanors, class b misdemeanors and class a misdemeanors. Class C punishments can include fines of up to $500. Class B punishments can include confinement up to 180 days in the county jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Class A punishments can include confinement up to one year in the county jail and a fine of up to $4,000. If you are charged with a misdemeanor you need to choose an experienced criminal defense attorney that will fight with you and for you against the charge(s).