A “felony” is a classification of a crime, which is more serious in nature than a “misdemeanor”.
In Texas, there are four degrees of felonies. The most serious of these is a First Degree Felony. A First Degree Felony carries with it a punishment range of between five years to life in prison. A Second Degree Felony has a range of punishment between two years and twenty years in prison. A Third Degree Felony has a range of punishment between two years and ten years in prison. A State Jail Felony has a range of punishment of between six months and two years in a state jail facility. Additionally, a fine of up to $10,000.00 may be assessed for all felonies. There are many instances in which the state is able to enhance punishment ranges for felonies depending on such things as whether the defendant has prior felony convictions and whether a deadly weapon is used or exhibited during the commission of the offense or in immediate flight there from. In circumstances that allow the state to enhance charges or punishment ranges, the ranges are not always just stepped up to the next degree. There are instances where the minimum prison sentence is fifteen years. There are other instances were the minimum is twenty-five years in prison.
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There are a couple of exceptions to these punishment ranges. If you are charged with causing an accident by obstructing the roadway or leaving the scene of an accident in which there was bodily injury (not severe bodily injury), the range of punishment is up to five years in prison and up to a $5,000.00 fine. If severe bodily injury is involved, those charges have the normal punishment range of a Third Degree Felony.
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Generally, a person is eligible to probation if the sentence by the judge or the jury is ten years or less. There are instances where a person is not eligible for probation from a judge, only a jury; however, a person is only eligible for deferred adjudication from a judge, not a jury. There are instances where a judge cannot grant probation with a conviction (“straight probation”), but may grant deferred adjudication probation. It gets complicated. We have the experience and knowledge to recognize and understand how the specific facts of your case and your criminal history affect the possible outcomes of your case.