Texas Crime Punishment Levels
In Texas, there is strict enforcement of the Penal Code regarding the punishments
that should be imposed in a conviction. There are degrees of crimes and
also degrees in the severity of punishment. It is not a black and white
proposition, and despite the codification of punishments for specific
crimes, there are still variances. This is why it is vital to have a Plano
criminal defense attorney defending your rights.
The specific fines and duration of incarceration are determined based on
what class of crime with which you are charged. There are three classes
of misdemeanors. Class C misdemeanors are less serious than Class A, and
so on. Going up the scale, offenses such as forgery, possession of less
than 1 gram of a controlled substance, and a third theft conviction are
each classified as a state jail felony.
The most serious crimes of assault,
intoxication manslaughter, burglary, etc. are considered felonies and are separated into varying
degrees of severity. Third-degree felonies are less serious than first-degree
felonies. A first-degree felony carries the most severe of penalties short
of the death penalty: a fine of up to $10,000 and incarceration at a State
Correctional Facility for 5 to 99 years.
Penalty Levels in Texas for Criminal Convictions
Texas law provides for a penalty to be enhanced if there are circumstances
that make the crime more onerous. For example, a conviction of murder
is a Class A Felony. If the murder is committed upon an on-duty peace
officer, it is a capital offense that carries the death penalty.
Conversely, many offenses carry the possibility of resulting in a sentence
where a portion of the penalty is nothing more than community service.
A skilled Plano
criminal defense attorney can be your best chance of reducing the penalty that you are
given for any conviction. The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC is fortunate to
have a former prosecutor as the founder. Mr. Zendeh Del has prosecuted
criminal cases and knows how to develop a compelling strategy in a defense case.
Contact us today for a consultation!