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What Are the Penalties for a Felony in Texas?

In Texas, punishments for misdemeanor and felony crimes can be found under Sec. 12.01 of the Texas Penal Code. Here is a short explanation of felonies under Title 3, Chapter 12.

The state of Texas places felonies in five categories. Felonies are categorized according to the seriousness of the offense, with capital felonies topping the list. The five categories include:

  • Capital felonies
  • First degree felonies
  • Second degree felonies
  • Third degree felonies
  • State jail felonies

If an individual is found guilty of a capital felony in a case where the state seeks the death penalty, he or she shall be punished by either imprisonment for life without the chance of parole, or by death.

If a defendant has been found guilty of a capital felony in a case where the death penalty was not sought, then the punishment shall consist of:

  • Life in prison, if the crime was committed when the offender was under the age of 18, or
  • Life without parole, if the individual committed the offense when they were 18 years of age or older.

An example of a capital felony would be capital murder.

First Degree Felony
A first degree felony in Texas is punishable by 5 years to life imprisonment, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Second Degree Felony
A second degree felony is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Third Degree Felony
A third degree felony is punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

State Jail Felony
A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days to 2 years in jail, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Misdemeanors in Texas

Misdemeanor offenses are less serious than felonies. Misdemeanors are categorized into: Class A, Class B, and Class C respectively. The punishment for a misdemeanor in Texas ranges from a maximum fine of $500 and no jail time to a maximum fine of $4,000 and up to one year in jail.

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