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Classifications & Degrees of Felonies in Texas
Each state classifies felonies according to degree; while there is some variation, most states follow the general rule that the more severe a crime, the greater the punishment. This is reflected in the differing penalties for different degrees of felony offenses.
In Texas, felonies are classified as capital felonies, first-degree felonies, second-degree felonies, third-degree felonies, and state jail felonies. The penalties for each are as follows:
- Capital Felony: Punishable by life in prison or death
- First-Degree Felony: Punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison or up to life in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000
- Second-Degree Felony: Punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000
- Third-Degree Felony: Punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000
- State Jail Felony: Punishable by 180 days to 2 years in state jail, as well as fines up to $10,000
For example, murder can be charged as a capital felony in Texas, sexual assault may be charged as a first-degree felony, and possession of 5 to 50 pounds of marijuana can be charged as a third-degree felony in the state.
Arrested for a felony in Texas? Contact us online or call (210) 702-3054 for a free and confidential consultation.
Difference Between Felonies & Misdemeanors
Being arrested for or charged with any crime is serious; however, some offenses are considered more serious than others and, as such, come with harsher penalties. As opposed to misdemeanors, felonies are crimes for which an individual can be punished with more than one year in jail or even up to life in prison. Felony convictions often carry harsh fines and other serious consequences, which will range from probation to court-ordered community service to restitution, depending on the nature of the crime.
What Factors Are Considered in Felony Charges
A wide variety of factors, such as the nature and severity of your alleged offense, will play a large role in the exact charges—and penalties—you face. In any case, however, if you are charged with a felony, you need an experienced San Antonio felony attorney who knows how to defend against felony charges.
Possible Felony Pleas in San Antonio
There are three possible pleas you can make for felony charges: guilty, not guilty and no contest.
- Guilty - Admittance to the crime.
- Not Guilty - Denying that you committed the felony crime.
- No Contest - Not admitting that you're guilty but not disputing the felony charge.
Depending on felony charge degree and specifics of the case, our experienced felony defense lawyer can guide you to make a plea that's right for you. Call today to schedule case consultation.
Contact Our San Antonio Felony Lawyer for a Free Consultation
With over 20 years of legal experience, Attorney Derek Emmons can help you aggressively defend your rights in the face of serious felony charges. As a former prosecutor, he has an in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system from all sides—something that he can use to build a strong defense on your behalf. He offers a hands-on, personalized approach to each and every client and will work directly with you throughout the duration of your case. Contact us to schedule a case consultation.
If you are facing felony charges in Bexar County or throughout the state of Texas, don’t delay, contact our San Antonio felony lawyer today for a no-cost case evaluation.
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