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Criminal Defense

If you need legal advice about a criminal matter, please call the Nicole True Law Firm, PC at (512) 474-4114.

If you are concerned about how your criminal charge will affect your immigration status, we focus in both criminal and immigration law. There may be many ways to solve your criminal case without affecting your immigration status.

If you need legal advice about a criminal matter, please call the Nicole True Law Firm, PC at (512) 474-4114. Our consultation fee is $100.

 

Misdemeanor Cases and DWI/DUI

Criminal offenses in Texas are classified as either felonies or misdemeanors based on their degree of seriousness. Misdemeanors, the least serious of crimes, are further differentiated by degree (or class), a list of which follows. Many crimes that are categorized as misdemeanors may be enhanced to a higher-level offense if the defendant has previous convictions on his record. Lets us consider Driving While Intoxicated as an example. DWI is categorized as a Class B Misdemeanor for a first-time offense. If a person has one prior DWI conviction, then the punishment is increased to a Class A Misdemeanor. If the person has two prior convictions for DWI, then the punishment is increased to a Third Degree Felony.

CLASS A MISDEMEANOR

An individual adjudged guilty of a Class A misdemeanor shall be punished by:

(1) a fine not to exceed $4,000;

(2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or

(3) both such fine and confinement.

CLASS B MISDEMEANOR

An individual adjudged guilty of a Class B misdemeanor shall be punished by:

(1) a fine not to exceed $2,000;

(2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or

(3) both such fine and confinement.

CLASS C MISDEMEANOR

An individual adjudged guilty of a Class C misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.

 

Felony Cases

Felonies are crimes that can be punished by a year or more in prison. Under Texas state law, there are five levels of felony offenses:

State Jail Felonies are punishable by 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility and a maximum fine of $10,000. State jail facilities are operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. State jail sentences are unique in that persons incarcerated in a state jail facility cannot be released early for good behavior.

Third Degree Felonies

An individual adjudged guilty of a Third Degree Felony shall be punished by:

(1) confinement in prison between 2 to 10 years

(2) a maximum fine of $10,000.

Second Degree Felonies

An individual adjudged guilty of a Second Degree Felony shall be punished by:

(1) confinement in prison between 10 to 20 years

(2) a maximum fine of $10,000.

First Degree Felonies

An individual adjudged guilty of a First Degree Felony shall be punished by:

(1) confinement in prison between 5 to 99 years or life in prison

(2) a maximum fine of $10,000.

Capital Felonies are punishable by death or life in prison.

Common Felony Charges Include:

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Assualt Family Violence Enhanced

Aggravated Assault

Sexual Assualt

Unlawful Possession of Firearms

Robbery

Burglary

White Collar Crime

Although there is no fixed definition of white collar crime, a number of nonviolent crimes frequently are grouped together as white collar crimes. Such crimes may be difficult to prosecute because of their complexity. Often they carry lesser penalties because they are not associated with violence. However, defendants convicted of white collar crimes may incur enormous fines, be ordered to pay restitution, or spend time in jail.

Bribery

Computer Crime

Embezzlement

False Statements

Fraud

Obstruction of Justice

Perjury

Tax Crimes

Federal Crimes

Federal Crimes are prosecuted by the United Sates Attorney’s Office. It is a legal system separate and distinct from the state. Federal crimes may be felonies or misdemeanors. The punishment range for a federal crime is controlled by federal statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guide Lines.

Common Federal Charges Include:

Illegal Re-entry after Deportation

Drug Conspiracies

Alien Smuggling

Felon in Possession of a Fire Arm

The information above is NOT LEGAL ADVICE. It is provided for EDUCATIONAL — USE ONLY. If you need legal advice regarding a criminal matter in the state of Texas, please contact the Nicole True Law Firm, P.C. at (512) 474-4114.

If you are concerned about how your criminal charge will affect your immigration status, we focus in both criminal and immigration law. There may be many ways to solve your criminal case without affecting your immigration status.

If you need legal advice about a criminal matter, please call the Nicole True Law Firm, PC at (512) 474-4114. Our consultation fee is $100.

Misdemeanor Cases and DWI/DUI

Criminal offenses in Texas are classified as either felonies or misdemeanors based on their degree of seriousness. Misdemeanors, the least serious of crimes, are further differentiated by degree (or class), a list of which follows. Many crimes that are categorized as misdemeanors may be enhanced to a higher-level offense if the defendant has previous convictions on his record. Lets us consider Driving While Intoxicated as an example. DWI is categorized as a Class B Misdemeanor for a first-time offense. If a person has one prior DWI conviction, then the punishment is increased to a Class A Misdemeanor. If the person has two prior convictions for DWI, then the punishment is increased to a Third Degree Felony.

CLASS A MISDEMEANOR

An individual adjudged guilty of a Class A misdemeanor shall be punished by:

(1) a fine not to exceed $4,000;

(2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or

(3) both such fine and confinement.

CLASS B MISDEMEANOR

An individual adjudged guilty of a Class B misdemeanor shall be punished by:

(1) a fine not to exceed $2,000;

(2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or

(3) both such fine and confinement.

CLASS C MISDEMEANOR

An individual adjudged guilty of a Class C misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.

Felony Cases

Felonies are crimes that can be punished by a year or more in prison. Under Texas state law, there are five levels of felony offenses:

State Jail Felonies are punishable by 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility and a maximum fine of $10,000. State jail facilities are operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. State jail sentences are unique in that persons incarcerated in a state jail facility cannot be released early for good behavior.

Third Degree Felonies

An individual adjudged guilty of a Third Degree Felony shall be punished by:

(1) confinement in prison between 2 to 10 years

(2) a maximum fine of $10,000.

Second Degree Felonies

An individual adjudged guilty of a Second Degree Felony shall be punished by:

(1) confinement in prison between 10 to 20 years

(2) a maximum fine of $10,000.

First Degree Felonies

An individual adjudged guilty of a First Degree Felony shall be punished by:

(1) confinement in prison between 5 to 99 years or life in prison

(2) a maximum fine of $10,000.

Capital Felonies are punishable by death or life in prison.

Common Felony Charges Include:

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Assualt Family Violence Enhanced

Aggravated Assault

Sexual Assualt

Unlawful Possession of Firearms

Robbery

Burglary

White Collar Crime

Although there is no fixed definition of white collar crime, a number of nonviolent crimes frequently are grouped together as white collar crimes. Such crimes may be difficult to prosecute because of their complexity. Often they carry lesser penalties because they are not associated with violence. However, defendants convicted of white collar crimes may incur enormous fines, be ordered to pay restitution, or spend time in jail.

Bribery

Computer Crime

Embezzlement

False Statements

Fraud

Obstruction of Justice

Perjury

Tax Crimes

Federal Crimes

Federal Crimes are prosecuted by the United Sates Attorney’s Office. It is a legal system separate and distinct from the state. Federal crimes my be felonies or misdemeanors. The punishment range for a federal crime is controlled by federal statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guide Lines.

Common Federal Charges Include:

Illegal Re-entry after Deportation

Drug Conspiracies

Alien Smuggling

Felon in Possession of a Fire Arm

The information above is NOT LEGAL ADVICE. It is provided for EDUCATIONAL — USE ONLY. If you need legal advice regarding a criminal matter in the state of Texas, please contact the Nicole True Law Firm, P.C. at (512) 474-4114.

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