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Misdemeanors and Felonies in Texas

Criminal offenses are divided into two different classifications: felonies and misdemeanors. Each state within the US determines individually how these crimes will be classified and charged within its borders. Generally, however, a felony is defined as a crime that is punishable by a year or more in a penitentiary. A misdemeanor is termed as a crime that results in the potential punishment of one year or less in prison.

Texas Misdemeanors

In Texas, misdemeanors have three different classifications, with separate punishments for each.

  • Class A Misdemeanor: punishable by a fine of $4000 or less and/or one year or less in prison
  • Class B Misdemeanor: punishable by a fine of $2000 or less and/or 180 days or less in prison
  • Class C Misdemeanor: punishable by a fine of $500 or less

Misdemeanors can also result in the loss of certain citizens’ privileges, such as a driver’s license or revocation of public office.

Texas Felonies

Texas felonies have a wider range of classifications than misdemeanors. A criminal has committed one of five felonies when his or her crime has been severe enough to warrant such a classification, and they are ranked based on the brutality of the crime at hand.

  • State Jail Felonies: punishable by a fine of $10,000 or less and/or 2.5 years or less in prison
  • Third Degree Felonies: punishable by a fine of $10,000 or less and/or between two and ten years in prison
  • Second Degree Felonies: punishable by a fine of $10,000 or less and/or between 2 and 20 years in prison.
  • First Degree Felonies: punishable by a fine of $10,000 or less and/or between 5 and 99 years in prison
  • Capital Felonies: punishable by life in prison or by death

Texas is one of the few states that uses capital punishment for extreme offenders.

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If you or someone you know may have been wrongly accused of a felony or a misdemeanor, please do not hesitate to contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.

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