There are two main types of crimes in Texas: misdemeanors and felonies. While misdemeanor offenses are less serious than felony crimes, a conviction can still result in harsh criminal penalties, including fines and even a local or county jail sentence.
The following are the three types of misdemeanor classes in Texas:
- Class A misdemeanor – Considered the most serious misdemeanor, a conviction is punishable by a jail term of up to one year and/or a maximum fine of $4,000.
- Class B misdemeanor – Getting convicted of this type of misdemeanor carries a maximum jail sentence of 180 days and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
- Class C misdemeanor – The least serious misdemeanor, a conviction can result in a maximum fine of $500.
On the other hand, felonies are crimes that are punishable by state prison or state jail. Having a felony conviction on your criminal record can also result in the loss of certain rights, such as the right to carry a firearm for at least five years and the right to vote.
The following are the four types of felony classes in TX:
- Capital felony – Considered the most serious felony, a conviction carries either life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
- First-degree felony – Getting convicted of this type of felony is punishable by life imprisonment or a prison term of up to 99 years, as well as a maximum fine of $10,000.
- Second-degree felony – A conviction can lead to imprisonment for up to 20 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.
- Third-degree felonies – Getting convicted carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- State jail felonies – This type of felony can either be punishable by a state jail sentence of up to two years and a maximum fine of $10,000.
No matter what type of criminal offense you face, it is imperative to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend yourself against serious criminal penalties. At The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC, we provide aggressive and personalized legal representation to individuals facing misdemeanors and felonies.
If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony in San Antonio, call us at (210) 775-2000 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free initial consultation.