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Crime Punishment Levels

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.

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Determining Crimes Punishment Levels in Texas

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.

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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.

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