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