Houston attorney Mark Bennett has, for over 20 years, fought for the rights of Houstonians & Texans accused of felony criminal offenses. If you or a loved was accused a crime of felonious nature, it’s not a matter to be taken lightly.
Your freedom and/or life might be on the line making the need for legal representation a top priority. The bulk of our practice is dedicated representing alleged felons in criminal cases and providing the best strategy possible for dealing with the situation. Criminal convictions for these cases carry severe penalties as outlined below.
Felony Offenses: Criminal Penalties in Texas
In Texas the most common types of felony in order of seriousness are:
- State Jail Felony: 6 months to 2 years in state jail;
- 3rd Degree Felony: 2 years to 10 years in prison;
- 2nd Degree Felony: 2 years to 20 years in prison;
- 1st Degree Felony: 5 years to life in prison;
- Capital Murder: life in prison or death.
Although not listed, criminal convictions may also carry financial penalties, or “fines”.
Also, there are 25-life felonies (a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Degree felony with two prior felonies; or a continuous sex abuse case); 15-life felonies (a first degree felony with a prior felony conviction, for example, or possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute it).
Can I Get Probation?
Many people charged with felonies in Texas are eligible for probation either from the judge or from the jury.
A person charged with an aggravated felonious criminal offense can generally (with some exceptions) get probation from the jury if he has not been convicted as a felon in the past, or was on probation as a felon before, and if the jury sentences him to less than 10 years in prison, and can get deferred adjudication probation from the judge.
A person charged with a non-aggravated offense (other than State Jail Felonies) can get probation from the jury under the same circumstances, as well as getting either probation or deferred adjudication probation from the judge. (Eligibility for probation does not mean that the person will necessarily receive probation.)
A person previously convicted as a felon, or was on probation as a felon, can get deferred adjudication probation from the judge, but cannot get probation from the jury. The felonies that we handle run the gamut from state jail felony drug cases (less than a gram of crack cocaine, for example) to aggravated habitual cases. Prior convictions can also lead to an enhancement.
In between we have lots of drug cases, environmental law cases (illegal dumping), white collar crime, theft, robbery, computer crime, sex crimes, just about anything you can imagine someone being accused of, we’ve defended it. If you have any questions about your case, or if you need help understanding the information we’ve presented here, contact our law office today by calling 713-224-1747.