There are a number of reasons that a person should do everything they can to fight allegations of criminal charges. Aside from having to serve jail time at the Harris County Jail for misdemeanors, and/or dealing with the Texas Department of Corrections on felony matters, there are other serious criminal penalties aside from jail, that normally kick-in after the defendant is freed, that many should consider before accepting plea deals and playing games with prosecutors.
Loss of Employment Opportunities
When a working class person, who is already oppressed by the United States of America and the IRS, suffers an arrest for even the most meager misdemeanor charge, the impact on their life can serve as a lasting detriment for years to come.
Imagine the impact of not being able to get that higher paying job due to the appearance of a criminal record. This type of discrimination by “The System” can keep a whole generation of people from achieving “their piece of the pie” (as Obama calls it), and escaping the crimogenic American environment of poverty.
The Potential of Serious Felony Upgrades
According to the more experienced lawyers in Houston, some misdemeanors can be graded to felonies in the event of habitual criminal charges.
Another important reason to fight criminal charges, even if they’re misdemeanors, is because if you become arrested again in the future, for a similar misdemeanor, you could be charged as a felon. This is one the main reasons that a number of criminal defense attorneys in Houston advocate fighting all criminal charges, no matter how minor.
Any good Houston criminal defense lawyer will tell you that the reason to fight the misdemeanor charges is not because of the severity of the penalty, but for respect of the future and the possibility of having a seemingly minor offense like the possession of a small amount of marijuana grow into a State Jail Felony case due to a record of habitual criminal activity.
With 10’s of thousands of arrests occurring annually in the Houston, TX general area, the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office have their work cut out for them as far as law enforcement is concerned. Also, with so many people being arrested each year, innocence must be presumed as the State of Texas, and cops who depend on you getting arrested for professional advancement, all cases and allegations of criminal charges must be viewed from a perspective of skepticism.