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: 

  • Class A: Punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000
  • Class B: Punishable up to 180 days in jail and/or $2,000 fine
  • Class C: Punishable by a fine of up to $500

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:

  • State Jail: Punishable by 180 days to 2 years in state jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • Third Degree: Punishable by 2 to 10 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • Second Degree: Punishable by 2 to 20 years in state prison and/ or a fine of up to $10,000
  • First Degree: Punishable by 5 to 99 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • Capital: Punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Case?

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