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Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor Crimes are typically less serious offenses that are normally punishable by a fine or a short period of incarceration. Typical misdemeanors may include: traffic violations, petty theft cases, assault and small drug possession cases. Although misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, a person convicted of a misdemeanor will have a permanent record and possibly face a fine or jail time, so it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer. For additional information related to Misdemeanor Crimes, contact Odessa criminal law attorney, ​JOHANNA CURRY.

Felony Offenses

In the state of Texas, a felony is a serious criminal offense that is punishable by imprisonment in a state prison or, in some cases, by death. It is a classification of crime that is more severe than a misdemeanor and generally involves offenses that are considered more harmful to individuals or society as a whole.

The specific definition and penalties for felonies in Texas can vary depending on the nature and severity of the offense. Felonies are typically categorized into different degrees, such as first-degree, second-degree, third-degree, or state jail felonies, each carrying different potential prison sentences and fines.

First-degree felonies are the most serious and can result in imprisonment ranging from 5 to 99 years or life, along with substantial fines. Examples of first-degree felonies in Texas include murder, aggravated sexual assault, and certain drug offenses.

Second-degree felonies are less severe but still carry significant penalties, including imprisonment for 2 to 20 years and fines. Examples of second-degree felonies include robbery, certain types of sexual assault, and some drug offenses.

Third-degree felonies are punishable by imprisonment for 2 to 10 years and fines. Examples of third-degree felonies include certain types of theft, some drug offenses, and certain types of assault.

State jail felonies are a lower category of felony offenses, carrying a prison sentence ranging from 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility and fines. Examples of state jail felonies include certain property crimes, drug offenses, and some types of fraud.

It's important to note that the above information is a general overview and not an exhaustive list of all felony offenses or their specific penalties in Texas. The state's legal statutes and sentencing guidelines should be consulted for more precise and up-to-date information on felonies in Texas.