Misdemeanor attorneys in the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office prosecute all Class A and B misdemeanors filed in Tarrant County, as well as the Class C misdemeanors filed in the Justice of the Peace Courts.
Class A misdemeanor offenses are those for which punishment may be assessed at a fine of up to $4000, incarceration in the county jail for up to one year, or both such fine and incarceration. Examples of Class A misdemeanors include Assault with Bodily Injury on a Family Member and Theft from $500 - $1500.
Class B misdemeanor offenses, like Driving While Intoxicated and Theft from $50 to $500, are those for which punishment may be assessed at a fine of up to $2000, incarceration in the county jail for up to 180 days, or both such fine and incarceration.
Class C misdemeanor offenses are those for which punishment may be assessed at a fine only, and include Health & Safety Code violations, Parks & Wildlife Code violations, as well as traffic offenses such as Speeding and Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility (driving without valid insurance).
Twenty-three misdemeanor prosecutors are assigned to the 10 County Criminal Courts and the Justice of the Peace Courts. These prosecutors are assisted by six investigators and nine support staff. The Misdemeanor Chief and Assistant Chief train the misdemeanor prosecutors to follow the highest ethical standards, to properly evaluate and try criminal cases, and to see that justice is done.