In last week’s blog, we took some time to discuss the different levels of misdemeanors a person may be charged with. Today, we are going to go over different levels of felony charges a person may find themselves up against. As felony attorneys, we make it our mission to ensure that your rights are upheld throughout the legal process, regardless of the crime you are being accused of.
At the Alex R. Hernandez Jr., Criminal Law firm, we have a team of experienced felony lawyers and professionals who can help guide you through the criminal procedure, offer advice, draw up defenses, and if needed, fight for you in court. While nothing is guaranteed, you can trust that we will work with your best interest in mind throughout the process and fight tooth and nail to ensure your rights are upheld.
If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a felony crime, please do not hesitate to contact our felony lawyers at any of our offices throughout Texas. We have felony attorneys in Corpus Christi, Victoria, San Antonio, and other cities so you know your team of defense lawyers is never far away.
Continue reading to learn more about the different types of felonies an accused person may face in the state of Texas. Keep in mind that laws and consequences are subject to change at any time, and the most current information can be found by contacting your criminal defense attorney. Additionally, understand that these classifications are not set-in-stone and that the circumstances surrounding a crime and the prosecution’s discretion may impact what degree of a felony the accused is facing.
Degrees Of Felonies In Texas
State Jail Felony: State jail felonies are the least severe type of felony, though, still very serious nonetheless. These felonies can result in no less than 180 days in a state jail and up to two years, with a possible fine of up to $10,000. Examples of state jail felonies include DUI or DWI with a child passenger, theft of property valued up to $20,000, check fraud, burglary of a building or residence, theft of a firearm, livestock theft, possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance, or unlawful operation of a motor vehicle.
Third-Degree Felony: If a person is convicted of a third-degree felony, they may face 2-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. These types of felonies can include indecent exposure to a child, tampering with evidence of a crime, perjury, intoxicated assault, stalking, possessing a firearm as a felon, stalking, jumping bail after a felony arrest, and theft of property valued up to $20,000. Additionally, a third DUI charge can result in this type of felony.
Second-Degree Felony: These types of felonies can incur 2-20 years of jail time and a $10,000 fine if convicted. Examples of second-degree felonies may include reckless injury to a minor, soliciting a minor under 14 years of age, indecent contact with a child, arson, sexual assault, intoxicated manslaughter, and possession of 50 to 2,000 pounds of marijuana. Multiple offenses for certain crimes can become second-degree felonies, including evading arrest and stalking.
First-Degree Felony: A first-degree felony in Texas can result in a prison sentence of 5-99 years, or life in prison. First degree felonies in Texas can include, but are not limited to, murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assault, escaping custody when there is serious bodily injury involved, causing serious injury to a child, disabled person, or senior citizen, child trafficking, and arson.
Capital Felony: Capital felonies happen when a person is being accused of intentional murder, especially the murder of a police officer, firefighter, judge, probation officer, or another public safety servant. Additionally, murder of more than one person at the same time or over a period of time, murder coupled with other felonies like sexual assault or robbery, taking money to murder someone, or paying another to carry out a murder, or murder of a child. Conviction of these types of felonies almost always results in life in prison without the possibility of parole, or execution.
Legal Aid For Felony Charges
If you or a loved one has been charged with a felony crime, it is vitally important to have experienced felony lawyers fighting on behalf of the accused. As we mentioned above, we cannot guarantee an outcome but we can assure you that we are on your side and approach criminal charges in a non-judgemental way so that you feel confident with your criminal defense attorney. Our lawyers have fought hundreds of felony cases and have experience defending felony charges of all kinds. Get in touch with our felony attorneys today to discuss your charges and we can begin a plan of action to get you through the criminal proceedings.