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Working to Avoid Imprisonment in Texas

Chapter 12 of the Texas Penal Code sets out the punishment ranges for felonies. A felony is a more serious crime than a misdemeanor. Examples of common felonies include possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, or any other drug than marijuana, dealing drugs, assault with a weapon or assault of a public servant, aggravated assault, sexual assault, evading arrest with a vehicle, robbery, burglary, intoxication manslaughter, DWI with a child passenger, theft valued $1,500 or more, and welfare and insurance fraud.

Penalties for Felony Conviction in Texas

Upon a felony conviction, you can lose the right to vote, own a firearm, and can lose the ability to maintain certain occupational licenses. All of these penalties would occur after a lengthy prison sentence and a hefty fine. Some felonies, however, are relatively more manageable than others, depending on classification.

The classifications of felonies are as follows:

State Jail Felony

  • Maximum Fine of $10,000
  • 6 Months to 2 Years in a State Jail Facility or Probation

3rd Degree Felony

  • Maximum Fine of $10,000
  • 2 to 10 Years in the Texas Department of Corrections ("TDC") or Probation

2nd Degree Felony

  • Maximum Fine of $10,000
  • 2 to 20 Years in TDC or Probation

1st Degree Felony

  • Maximum Fine of $10,000
  • 5 to 99 Years in TDC or Probation

As you can see, a felony criminal charge is a serious business. Even if you are granted probation or deferred adjudication, the range of time for probation is two to ten years. You need an aggressive San Antonio criminal defense lawyer who will work hard to get the charges reduced to lesser misdemeanor charges or dismissed.

Texas Felony FAQ 

  1. What rights might be affected by a felony conviction in Texas?

When an individual is convicted of a felony in Texas, several rights may be affected. 

Here are some key areas where rights could be impacted:

  • Voting Rights: In Texas, individuals convicted of a felony lose their right to vote while incarcerated. However, upon completion of their sentence, including any parole or probation, individuals regain their right to vote.
  • Gun Ownership: A felony conviction in Texas can result in restrictions on the right to own or possess firearms. Federal law prohibits felons from possessing firearms, and Texas law also restricts gun ownership for certain felony convictions.
  • Employment Opportunities: Felony convictions can impact an individual's ability to secure certain types of employment. Some professions may have licensing requirements that prohibit individuals with felony convictions from obtaining employment in those fields.
  • Jury Service: In Texas, individuals convicted of a felony may lose the right to serve on a jury. This restriction can vary based on the type of felony conviction and the individual's status after completing their sentence.
  • Public Benefits: Certain public benefits, such as housing assistance or federal financial aid for education, may be affected by a felony conviction. Eligibility for these benefits can be restricted based on criminal history.

Call the San Antonio felony lawyer at  Law Office of Roberto Ambrosino, PLLC today for your free case evaluation.

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