About Misdemeanors and Felonies in Texas
In Texas, crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. Each type of crime has its own specific penalties, with consequences ranging from small fines to several years in prison. Below is an overview of misdemeanors and felonies in Texas.
A misdemeanor is a less serious offense than a felony. Examples of misdemeanors include certain drug crimes, petty theft, and first offense DWI. In Texas, misdemeanors are categorized in the following ways:
- Class A misdemeanor – A conviction of a Class A misdemeanor can result in up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
- Class B misdemeanor – A conviction of a Class B misdemeanor can result in up to 180 days in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
- Class C misdemeanor – A conviction of a Class C misdemeanor can result in a fine of up to $500.
A felony is the most serious type of crime that one can be charged with in Texas. Examples of felonies include murder, certain types of domestic violence, certain types of sexual assault, and certain drug crimes. In Texas, felonies are categorized in the following ways:
- Capital felony – A conviction of a capital felony can result in the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- First-degree felony – A conviction of a first-degree felony can result in up to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Second-degree felony – A conviction of a second-degree felony can result in up to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Third-degree felony – A conviction of a third-degree felony can result in up to ten years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- State jail felony – A state jail felony can result in up to two years in a state jail facility and a fine of up to $10,000.
Due to the severity of the consequences, legal representation is imperative when facing criminal charges in Texas. Therefore, if you’re facing criminal charges in Texas, it’s important that you engage the services of an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney in order to achieve the best possible results in your case. Since 1995, I have successfully defended clients against all types of misdemeanor and felony charges. My team has a proven track record of winning acquittals at trial, and we also frequently have our clients’ charges dismissed or reduced. In addition, when a case results in a conviction, we are always ready and willing to appeal the decision. Throughout the years, I have developed strong relationships with local and state law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and court personnel, and I represent clients throughout the state of Texas. If you are facing criminal charges of any kind, please contact Phil Baker P.C. for a consultation as soon as possible.
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