Defending You Against Texas Misdemeanor And Felony Charges
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense in Texas, now is a time when you need legal advice. The Law Offices of Steven Williams offers a free initial consultation explain your rights and answer your questions. We will also explain the possible consequences you face if you are convicted.
What Is A Misdemeanor?
While a misdemeanor is less serious than a felony, this doesn’t mean it is a minor offense. A misdemeanor conviction will result in a criminal record that will affect you for the rest of your life. Every time you apply a job, your employer will know that you have a criminal record and could treat you differently as a result. If you are an immigrant, you could be deported.
In Texas, a misdemeanor carries the possibility of incarceration, usually in a country jail, for up to one year. There are three levels of misdemeanors:
- Class A misdemeanors, the most serious, such as possession of 2 to 4 ounces of marijuana, theft and assault.
- Class B misdemeanors, such as a first offense of driving under the influence.
- Class C misdemeanors, which usually result in a fine and possible probation. Examples are disorderly conduct or traffic charges such as reckless driving.
What Is A Felony?
A felony conviction results in more severe consequences than a misdemeanor, such as incarceration of more than a year in a state prison and loss of civil rights.
Texas classifies its felonies by five different levels, which are listed below from the most serious to the least serious:
- Capital murder, which results in a potential sentence of death or a minimum of 40 years in prison
- First-degree felonies, which result in a potential sentence of at least five years in prison and a maximum of 99
- Second-degree felonies, which result in a potential sentence of from two to 20 years
- Third-degree felonies, which result in a sentence of from to 10 years
- State jail felonies, which result in a potential sentence of from two to five years