There are different types of Texas felony arrests, depending on the level of crime and the crime itself. Any felony arrest is a serious and not be taken lightly. If you face a felony charges you need to seek the legal expertise of an experienced Texas defense attorney to help you fight to maintain your freedom.
Texas law defines felony criminal acts into three categories: first, second, and third degrees. A first degree felony is the most severe of the three. Examples of a first degree felony are:
• Aggravated kidnapping
• Aggravated robbery
• Aggravated sexual assault
These types of crimes can be punishable by either a life sentence in prison, 5-99 years in prison with the possibility of parole.
Examples of second degree felony charges include:
• Intoxication manslaughter
• Aggravated assault
These types of crimes can be punishable by 2-20 years in prison with the possibility of parole.
Examples of third degree felony charges include:
• Intoxication assault
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• Violation of a protective order, third offense
These types of crimes can be punishable by 2-10 years in prison with the possibility of parole.
There is also a capital felony charge, which is only used to charge those who commit premeditated murder. This is the most serious felony in Texas and is punishable by execution. The least serious felony charge is a state jail felony. Examples of state jail felony include:
• Criminally negligent homicide
• DWI with a child passenger
• False report
• Forgery of a check
• Unauthorized use of a vehicle
These types of crimes can be punishable by 180 days to two years in state jail, with the possibility of parole.
Regardless of the crime Texas felony arrests require more work to defend than a public defender will put in for you. Find a local experienced criminal defense attorney who will be on your side and put in the time fighting for your freedom.