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Class C Misdemeanors
About Class C Misdemeanors
In addition to Class C traffic offenses, the Justice Court also handles a variety of criminal Class C misdemeanors. Some of the more common offenses include: 
  • Assault
  • Disorderly conduct 
  • Minor in possession of alcoholic beverage
  • Public intoxication 
  • Shoplifting

In cases involving alcohol violations, an alcohol awareness course is usually required.

Your Options as the Accused
A defendant accused of one of the above listed crimes has the absolute right to plead not guilty and request a trial by judge or jury. That choice is yours. You are not required to have an attorney in court, but you may hire one if you wish. The District Attorney or a Hood County-appointed attorney will prosecute the case against you. The judge is prohibited, by law, from discussing your ticket with you unless you plead guilty or no contest or the district attorney is also present.

If you choose to go to court, you are responsible for bringing all papers, pictures, and exhibits with you to the court hearing. You can contact the court for information on how to subpoena witnesses.

You may also plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) and pay the appropriate fines or pursue the defensive driving option. Drivers under 17 years of age who get tickets are required to appear in court with their parents.

For More Information
For free legal help by phone, please call (888) 529-5277.

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