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The Different Classes of Felonies in Texas

Texas is known throughout the country as a state that is extremely tough on crime. In 2015, there were 13 death penalty executions in Texas. That’s almost half of all of the executions in the entire country.

Felonies are served in state institutions. There are four types of felonies in Texas.

State jail felonies include a wide range of crimes, such as the use of a firearm during a theft. Those convicted could face 2 years in state jail and a $10,000 fine.

A third degree felony includes possession of up to 50 pounds of marijuana. The punishment could be up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

A second degree felony includes crimes such as causing serious injury to a member of one’s family and other types of domestic abuse. The punishment can be up to 20 years in prisons and a $10,000 fine.

A first degree felony would include crimes such as sexual abuse against a child. The penalty can be as much as 99 years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000.

A capital felony usually involves murder. The punishment could be death or life without the possibility of parole.

Felony charges in San Antonio are extremely serious. Even if they get out of prison while still at a working age, those with a felony conviction will never be able to vote or hold an elected position. Felons notoriously have a difficult time finding a job or establishing a career.

If you are charged with a felony, seek out the best criminal defense team you possibly can. An experienced defender can protect your rights and help you gain the best possible outcome.


Jean Brown, the founding attorney of Jean Brown Law Firm, is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas State Bar Association, and the San Antonio Family Lawyer’s Association. She is licensed to practice in the Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern Federal Districts of Texas, and is a licensed mediator in family law matters. She is also a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi, attorneys’ honor societies.

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