Felony Lawyer in Dallas, Texas
Powerful Defense to Protect Your Freedoms
If you have been accused of a crime, the severity and nature of the charges vary tremendously. A misdemeanor is a lesser charge and often does not result in time behind bars. A felony, on the other hand, is a much more serious charge.
Not only do convicted felons lose their right to vote, they also lose their right to be part of a jury, their right to hold certain state licenses, and their right to own a firearm. Seeking employment becomes infinitely more difficult as well, and the probation period after being released from jail carries its own set of punishments, including:
- Not being able to leave the state without permission
- Having to check in with a probation officer frequently
- Not being allowed to go visit certain places or certain people
If you have been accused of committing a felony, don’t hesitate to call an experienced Dallas felony lawyer today to begin working on minimizing your sentencing and fines. Patrick J. McLain is the man you need on your side. Call our firm at (214) 238-9392 now.
Types of Felony Charges, Fines, & Punishments in Texas
Listed below are the five types of felonies in Texas along with the fine and punishment range and examples of charges that are punishable within that felonious category. Please be advised that previous convictions, crimes committed with a weapon, and crimes committed in conjunction with other serious crimes can enhance the level of the felony charges prosecutors launch against you. For example, many drug charges can be enhanced if the quantity is over a certain amount or if the person is charged close to a school or church.
- State Jail Felony: A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine no greater than $10,000. Examples of a state jail felony in Texas include: delivery or possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substances if less than one gram of group 1 and 2 drugs, credit card abuse, burglary of a building, assault, family violence, tampering with government records, evading arrest, and injury to a child, elder abuse, engaging in gang activity or organized crime, and abusing a person with disabilities.
- Third Degree Felony: A third degree felony is punishable by two to 10 years in a state prison and a fine no greater than $10,000. Examples of a third degree felony in Texas include kidnapping, assault, deadly conduct such as discharging a toward a person or building, terroristic threats, tampering with consumer products, protective order violation, and people smuggling.
- Second Degree Felony: A second degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in a state prison and a fine no greater than $10,000. Examples of a second degree felony in Texas include human trafficking, sexual assault, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, manslaughter, improper relationship between student and teacher, child endangerment, child abandonment, and murder.
- First Degree Felony: A first degree felony is punishable by five to 99 years in a state prison and a fine no greater than $10,000. Examples of first degree felony charges in Texas include aggravated sexual assault, continuous sexual abuse of young child, aggravated assault on a public servant or to retaliate against a witness, arson, criminal mischief, burglary, insurance fraud, credit card laundering, premeditated murder, trafficking children, continuous human trafficking, bigamy when spouse is under 16, and aggravated kidnapping.
A capital felony is the most severe type of felony in Texas and is punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death sentence. However, a juvenile crime allegedly committed before the accused person’s 18th birthday is no longer punishable by life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Examples of a capital felony include capital murder, and murder of a child under 10 years of age.
Contact a Felony Attorney in Dallas to Defend Your Freedom
If you have been charged with any type of felony, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation to clear your name or minimize the punishment you face.
Contact our Dallas felony defense attorneys at the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC today at (214) 238-9392 for a consultation.