Houston Felony Charge Lawyer
Texas state law has two broad categories for criminal activity: misdemeanors and felonies.
A misdemeanor is a crime that is a punishable, upon conviction, with a maximum of one year in county jail and/or a fine that does not exceed $4,000. Examples of misdemeanors include reckless driving, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, simple battery and slim possession of illicit drugs.
A felony is a crime that is punishable, upon conviction, with a jail sentence that can last from 180 days to life and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Those who are guilty of capital murder may even face execution. In addition, convicted felons are not allowed to vote, hold public office, serve on a jury or carry firearms. Felony crimes may include drug possession (with intent to distribute), aggravated or repeated DWI, forgery and homicide. Arrested individuals should contact a felony defense attorney today to discuss their legal options.
Texas Penalties for Felony
The State of Texas recognizes five degrees (or types) of felony:
- Capital felony – The punishments associated with this type of felony are the most severe. Possible penalties include life imprisonment (with or without parole) and execution.
- First-degree felony – This type of felony carries a prison sentence of five to 99 years and/or a fine that totals up to $10,000.
- Second-degree felony - This type of felony carries a prison sentence of two to 20 years and/or a fine that totals up to $10,000.
- Third-degree Felony - This type of felony carries a prison sentence of two to 10 years and/or a fine that totals up to $10,000.
- State jail felony – This type of felony carries a jail sentence of 180 days to two years and/or a fine that totals up to $10,000. Those who are convicted may spend a partial amount of time in a local or state jail, rather than in a prison.
Contact a Houston Felony Lawyer
A felony conviction in Texas has very severe consequences, but there are a number of legal challenges that can be raised in defense. If you have been charged with committing a felony, you need a criminal defense attorney who will be by your side during each stage of the trial process. For an aggressive defense against criminal charges, Houston-area residents should contact Gary Miller soon after being charged.
The Miller Law Group, PLLC will use our many years of combined experience to protect you. Call (713) 866-6233 today for a free consultation.