Felonies in Texas

Felonies are extremely important cases and a felony plea or conviction can follow someone for their entire life. There are many types of felonies in Texas. Also depending on a persons criminal history a range of punishment may be increased because a defendant is considered a "repeater" or "habitual" offender. Below are the punishment ranges of felonies in Texas. Felony cases require specialized attention. Make sure you hire an attorney who is prepared to invest the time required in order to throughly know your case.

First Degree Felonies

A person who pleads guilty or is found guilty of a first degree felony shall be punished under the code by up to 10 years probation, imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than 5 years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual found guilty may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Second Degree Felonies

A second degree felony is punished by either no more than 10 years probation, or 2 - 20 years in Texas prison. In addition a person can be fined up to $10,000.

Third Degree Felonies

A person who is convicted of a third degree felony will either face 2 - 10 years in TDCJ or up to 10 years on probation. A fine of up to $10,000 can also be imposed on the convicted person. 

State Jail Felonies

A conviction for a state jail felony will lead to 1 - 4 years on probation or 6 month to 2 years in Texas State Jail. At this time in 2020, state jail is a "day for day" facility, meaning people do not parole from state jail and serve the entire amount of their sentence there.