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In Texas, felony offenses are classified as Capital, First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree, and State Jail felonies.

Punishment Ranges

The punishment range for a felony offense is based upon the classification, and is generally as follows:


Capital: Confinement in the Institutional Division for life without parole or by death;
First Degree: Confinement in the Institutional Division for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than 5 years, and a fine not to exceed $10,000;
Second Degree: Confinement in the Institutional Division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than 2 years, and a fine not to exceed $10,000;
Third Degree: Confinement in the Institutional Division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years, and a fine not to exceed $10,000;
State Jail Felony: Confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than two years or less than 180 days, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

With the exception of Capital felonies, a person may also be placed on community supervision (standard probation or deferred adjudication) and never see the inside of a prison pending successful completion of all terms and conditions of his or her probation.

Your Rights

At times, law enforcement officials will contact the individual being investigated for a felony offense in an effort to obtain a statement. You do not have to talk to the police. If you do wish to talk to the police, you have the right to have an attorney present with you. Although your statement might help you, it may have more potential to harm you. Your statement may provide facts the Prosecution needs to go forward with the charge. Before you speak to the police, you should consult with an experienced attorney to determine what option is best for you.

If you are being investigated for, or have been charged with, a criminal offense, it is in your best interest to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact Edward A. Jendrzey, Attorney at Law for a free, initial consultation.