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Criminal Defense

In Texas criminal offenses are classified as 1st degree felonies, 2nd degree felonies, 3rd degree felonies, state jail felonies, class A misdemeanors, class B misdemeanors, and class C misdemeanors. Each degree of criminal violation includes a specified range of punishment either via confinement, fine or community supervision or all three. Below find a summary of the punishment ranges for each class of offense, and a sample of the types of criminal violations that comprise each class of offense. An important aspect of criminal defense practice is to hold the prosecution attorneys to their burden of proof which is that they must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Many times, reasonable doubt exists in your facts and we can get your case dismissed. If we feel that there is no way to show reasonable doubt in your case, then we can secure a favorable plea with the District Attorney prosecuting your case in Rockwall County, Texas. 

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First Degree Felonies

  • Confinement for life or from five to ninety-nine years and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000

  • Possibility of community supervision

 

EXAMPLES:

  • Aggravated assault of public servant

  • Aggravated kidnapping

  • Aggravated robbery

  • Aggravated sexual assault

  • Attempted capital murder

  • Arson of habitation

  • Burglary of a habitation with intent to commit or commission of a felony

  • Causing serious bodily injury to child, senior citizen, or disabled person

  • Escape from custody (if serious bodily injury occurs)

  • Murder

  • Solicitation of capital murder

  • Trafficking of persons under the age of fourteen

 

Second Degree Felonies

  • Two to twenty years in prison and possible fine not exceed $10,000

  • Possibility of community supervision

 

EXAMPLES:

  • Aggravated assault

  • Arson

  • Bigamy

  • Bribery

  • Evading arrest (and death of another occurs)

  • Improper relationship between educator and student

  • Indecent contact with a child

  • Intoxication manslaughter

  • Manslaughter

  • Online solicitation of a minor under fourteen

  • Possession of fifty to 2000 pounds of marijuana

  • Robbery

  • Sexual assault

  • Stalking—second offense

  • Trafficking of persons

 

Third Degree Felonies

  • Two to ten years in prison and possible fine not to exceed $10,000

  • Possibility of community supervision

 

EXAMPLES:

  • Aggravated perjury

  • Bail jumping of a felony arrest

  • Deadly conduct with a firearm

  • Escape from felony custody

  • Indecent exposure to a child

  • Intoxication assault

  • Possession of a firearm by a felon

  • Retaliation

  • Stalking

  • DWI (third offense)

  • Tampering with evidence

  • Violation of protective order (third offense)

 

State Jail Felonies

  • 180 days to two years in a state jail and possible fine not to exceed $10,000

  • Possibility of community supervision

  • Possibility of punishment as Class A misdemeanor

 

EXAMPLES:

  • Burglary of a building

  • Coercing a minor to join a gang by threatening violence

  • Credit card abuse

  • Criminally negligent homicide

  • Criminal nonsupport

  • Cruelty to animals

  • DWI with child passenger

  • Evading arrest in a vehicle

  • False alarm or report

  • Forgery of a check

  • Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information

  • White collar fraud getting a hard money loan

  • Improper photography or visual recording

  • Interference of child custody

  • Possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance

  • Theft of something valued between $1500 and $20,000

  • Unauthorized use of a vehicle

 

Class A Misdemeanors

  • Up to one year in the county jail and/or a fine not to exceed $4000.

  • Up to two years of community supervision or three years with an extension

 

EXAMPLES:

  • Assault with bodily injury

  • Bail jumping of misdemeanor offense

  • Burglary of coin operated machine

  • Burglary of a vehicle

  • Cruelty to animals

  • DWI (2nd offense)

  • Escape from misdemeanor custody

  • Evading arrest on foot

  • Interference with 911 call

  • Obscenity

  • Perjury

  • Possession of two to four ounces of marijuana

  • Promoting gambling

  • Public lewdness

  • Resisting arrest

  • Stealing check

  • Unlawfully carrying a weapon

  • Violation of protective order

 

Class B Misdemeanors

  • Up to 180 days in the county jail and/or fine not to exceed $2000

  • Up to two years of community supervision or three years with an extension

 

EXAMPLES:

  • Criminal Trespass

  • DWI

  • False report to police officer

  • Fraudulent degree

  • Harassment

  • Indecent exposure

  • Possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana

  • Prostitution

  • Riot

  • Silent Calls to 911

  • Terroristic threat

 

Class C Misdemeanors

Fine not to exceed $500

 

EXAMPLES:

  • Assault by threat

  • Disorderly conduct

  • Gambling

  • Issuance of bad check

  • Leaving child in a vehicle

  • Minor in possession of alcohol

  • Possession of alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle

  • Public intoxication

  • Use of Laser pointers