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Classifications of Felonies in Texas

Like in many states, criminal offenses in Texas are classified as misdemeanors and felonies, with felonies being the more serious of the two. For the purposes of this post, we’re going to concentrate on felonies and their penalties.

In Texas, there are five different levels of felonies and they are classified according to their seriousness. A capital felony is the most severe, whereas a state jail felony is the least serious. Under Section 12.04 of the Texas Penal Code, felonies are broken down into:

1. Capital felonies. For defendants 18 or older the punishment for a capital felony is either death or life imprisonment without the chance of parole.

2. Felonies of the first degree. First degree felonies are punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison, and by a possible fine not to exceed $10,000.

3. Felonies of the second degree. Second degree felonies are punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and by a possible fine not to exceed $10,000.

4. Felonies of the third degree. Third degree felonies are punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and by a possible fine not to exceed $10,000.

5. State jail felonies. State jail felonies are punishable by 180 days to 2 years in state jail, and by a possible fine not to exceed $10,000.

If you notice, all felonies are punishable by a possible fine not to exceed $10,000, which is very reasonable compared to some states where the fines can be much higher. Where Texas gets people is in the sentencing. While the fine may be relatively affordable, the incarceration period can be harsh compared to other states.

Are you or someone you love facing felony charges in Plano, Dallas or Fort Worth? If so, we urge you to call (888) 493-6529 to schedule a meeting with a Plano criminal defense lawyer. We also invite you to check out our firm profile to learn more about us.