Texas Penalties for Misdemeanors and Felonies

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What Type of Crimes Can Result in a Penalty?

Crimes like robbery, murder, theft, and sexual assault all have various punishments in the criminal system. In Texas, sexual assault is charged as a second degree felony and is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison. In the State of Texas, penalty for crimes range from fines to jail or prison time. 

What is a Misdemeanor? 

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony. The punishment for any misdemeanor offenses range from a fine or minimal time in jail. 

How are Misdemeanors Categorized in Texas? 

Texas has three classes of misdemeanors: 

What is a Felony? 

A felony is reserved for the most serious criminal offenses, such as murder. If charged and convicted of a felony, a defendant can be fined or sentenced to prison. In addition to serving a criminal punishment, a person may lose their right to buy and own a gun, to vote, or possess state occupational licenses. 

What are the Different Felony Classes in Texas? 

In Texas, felonies are separated into five classes:

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Case? 

Yes. Both felonies and misdemeanors are serious and require the help of an experienced criminal lawyer.

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Last Modified: 08-24-2016 08:29 AM PDT

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