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As we have discussed, there are two main categories of criminal charges in Texas.  Lesser crimes are charged as misdemeanors.  They range from a class C up a class A misdemeanor.  The more serious charges are Felonies.  They range from a State jail felony, to a third-degree felony all the way to a first-degree felony.  For some crimes, you can be charged beyond a first-degree felony.  This is called a capital felony.

State Jail Felony

If you are convicted of a State Jail Felony in Texas, you could be incarcerated for 180 days up to two years.  You could be fined by the court up to $10,000.

Third-degree Felony

 If you are convicted of a third-degree felony in Texas, you could receive a prison sentence from two to ten years.  You can also receive a fine up to $10,000.

Second-degree Felony

If you are convicted of a second-degree felony in Texas, you could be incarcerated from two to twenty years.  You could also receive a fine up to $10,000.

First-degree Felony

If you are convicted of a first-degree felony in Texas, you could be incarcerated from five to ninety-nine years or life.  You could also receive a fine up to $10,000.

Capital Felony

If you are convicted of a capital felony in Texas, you could receive life in prison without the chance for parole.  Or, you could receive the death penalty.

Conclusion

Texas felony penalties are extremely serious.  Not only are you looking at potential jail or prison time, there are court costs, mandatory classes, and attorney’s fees.

Even after you have paid your debt, there are other penalties.  You may not be able to vote in future elections or own a firearm.  Do not attempt to deal with a felony without professional help.  Make sure you understand the offers from the State and the likely outcome after a trial.