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 M. 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 years to five years
For More Information About Misdemeanor And Felony Charges
To discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, please contact our Decatur law office by calling 940-308-8412 or sending us an email. Your initial consultation is free.