These answers are NOT meant to serve as legal advice. Nor are they intended to substitute the advice of an attorney. They are ONLY intended to assist with the navigation through the complexities of the Criminal Justice System.
The Texas Penal Code includes several types of Misdemeanor offenses; all of which are either Class A, B, or C. Class C offenses are typically handled in Municipal Court or by a Justice of the Peace. Class B offenses carry a range of punishment from zero days in jail up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $0 up to $2000. Class A offenses carry a range of punishment from zero days in jail up to one year in jail and a fine of $0 up to $4000. Misdemeanors include DWIs 1st and 2nd offenses, Possession of Marijuana, Theft, Criminal Trespass, Assault, and Evading Arrest, to name a few.
If you should happen to miss your Court date for any reason, contact the Court and if you have an attorney, contact your attorney as soon as possible. Even if a warrant has been issued for your arrest because of a missed Court date, you have a better chance of resolving the matter if you appear in Court as soon as you realize you missed your Court date.
As soon as you receive your Jury Summons, check the date with your schedule for conflicts and plan to be in Court all day. If you know you have a conflict that does not legally excuse you from Jury Service, contact the Jury Services Department and reschedule your service date.