Depending upon the severity of the crime that you have been charged with and your previous criminal record, you may be facing some stiff consequences if found guilty of a crime in a court of law.  If you are being charged with a misdemeanor and more so a first degree felony, or felony of any kind, an experienced Texas defense attorney, may be able to reduce that charge to a much lesser crime or help you receive a better plea agreement, that may lead to little to no jail time and/or a reduced fine.


There are several classifications of felonies in Texas, each carrying a specific penalty appropriate to the severity of the criminal infraction. You will lose certain civil rights including the right to own a firearm if you are convicted of a felony. Your right to vote and your ability to obtain a state professional license may be temporarily or permanently revoked. These are the penalties for Felonies in Texas:

  • Capital: Life in prison or death
  • First Degree: 5-99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000
  • Second Degree: 2-20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000
  • Third Degree: 2-10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000
  • State: 6 months to 2 years in state jail and a fine up to $10,000


Misdemeanors are less serious criminal violations that will not result in the loss of civil liberties, but may require incarceration for up to a year. These crimes are divided into three distinct categories.

  • Class A: Up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine
  • Class B:  Up to 6 months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine
  • Class C: A fine of up to $500

Probation or Community Service

If you are a first time offender, you may be eligible for probation which will require no jail time for your infraction. Additionally, if you have a previous conviction which was more than 10 years old, you may also be eligible for probation or community service. A Qualified Texas defense attorneys will be able to assist you through the criminal process and argue for the lowest sentence possible for you charge.

The law firm of Goldstein & Scopellite, PC, with its experienced criminal attorneys, has an excellent track-record. The firm, located in Dallas, Texas, was established in 2002; now only takes selected clients.  Contact the firm’s representative at 214-351-9100 for more information. Thank you.

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