Being accused of a crime changes your life in an instant. If you are convicted of the charge, the situation becomes even more serious. You may owe fines, spend time in jail or even face the death penalty. To ensure that you have the best possible chance of avoiding conviction, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side.
About Criminal Charges in Texas
Texas criminal charges can be divided into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. While a misdemeanor is a less serious charge with a lighter sentence, a felony is a more serious charge with a harsher sentence.
Three classes of misdemeanors are recognized in Texas:
- Class A misdemeanor convictions may lead to a fine of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail.
- Class B misdemeanor convictions may lead to a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail.
- Class C misdemeanor convictions may lead to a fine of up to $500.
Texas recognizes five different classes of felonies:
- Capital felony convictions are punishable by life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
- First degree felony convictions may result in five years to life imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Second degree felony convictions may result in two to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Third degree felony convictions may result in two to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.
- State jail felony convictions may result in 180 days to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Hiring an Attorney
If you have been charged with a crime in Texas, you can choose whether to represent yourself, hire a private attorney or accept representation from a public defender. Because the stakes are so high, hiring a private attorney with experience in this practice area is highly recommended.
Here at Blake & Blake LLP, we understand criminal law in Texas. Whether you have been charged with your first misdemeanor or you are facing capital felony charges, we can help you build the strongest defense possible. To learn more about our services or to discuss your case in detail, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our team.