PUNISHMENT RANGES AND CRIMINAL OFFENSES IN TEXAS STATE COURTs

First Degree Felonies

Punishment Range for First Degree Felonies:

Confinement for life or from five to ninety-nine years and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000

Possibility of community supervision

Examples of First Degree Felonies:

Aggravated assault of public servant

Aggravated kidnapping

Aggravated robbery

Aggravated sexual assault

Arson of habitation

Burglary of a habitation with intent to commit or commission of a felony

Causing serious bodily injury to child, senior citizen, or disabled person

Escape from custody (if serious bodily injury occurs)

Murder

Trafficking of persons under the age of fourteen

Second Degree Felonies

punishment range for second degree felonies:

Two to twenty years in prison and possible fine not exceed $10,000

Possibility of community supervision

EXAMPLES of SEcond Degree FElonies:

Aggravated assault (not public servant)

Aggravated kidnapping (safe release)

Arson

Bribery

Burglary of Habitation

Evading arrest (and death of another occurs)

Improper relationship between educator and student

Indecent contact with a child

Intoxication manslaughter

Manslaughter

Online solicitation of a minor under fourteen

Robbery

Sexual assault

Stalking—second offense

Trafficking of persons

Third Degree Felonies

punishment range for third degree felonies:

Two to ten years in prison and possible fine not to exceed $10,000

Possibility of community supervision

EXAMPLES of third degree felonies:

Aggravated perjury

Bail jumping of a felony arrest

Deadly conduct with a firearm

DWI 3rd or more

Escape from felony custody

Evading arrest in a vehicle

Indecent exposure to a child

Intoxication assault

Possession of a firearm by a felon

Stalking

Tampering with evidence

Violation of protective order (third offense)

State Jail Felonies

punishment range for state jail felonies:

180 days to two years in a state jail and possible fine not to exceed $10,000

Possibility of community supervision

Possibility of punishment as Class A misdemeanor

EXAMPLES of state jail felonies:

Burglary of a building

Credit card abuse

Criminally negligent homicide

DWI with child passenger

Evading Arrest (on foot with a prior)

False alarm or report

Forgery of a check

Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information

Improper photography or visual recording

Interference of child custody

Possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance

Theft of property valued between $2,500 and $30,000

Unauthorized use of a vehicle

Class A Misdemeanors

punishment range for class a misdemeanors:

Up to one year in the county jail and/or a fine not to exceed $4000.

Up to two years of community supervision or three years with an extension

EXAMPLES of class a misdemeanors:

Assault with bodily injury

Bail jumping of misdemeanor offense

Burglary of coin operated machine

Burglary of a vehicle

DWI (2nd offense, or a BAC >=0.15)

Evading arrest on foot

Interference with 911 call

Obscenity

Possession of two to four ounces of marijuana

Promoting gambling

Public lewdness

Resisting arrest

Stealing check

Theft of property $750 or more but less than $2,500

Unlawfully carrying a weapon

Violation of protective order

Class B Misdemeanors

punishment range for class b misdemeanors:

Up to 180 days in the county jail and/or fine not to exceed $2000

Up to two years of community supervision or three years with an extension

EXAMPLES of class b misdemeanors:

Criminal Trespass

DWI

False report to police officer

Fraudulent degree

Harassment

Indecent exposure

Possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana

Prostitution

Riot

Silent Calls to 911

Terroristic threat

Theft of property between $100 and $750

Class C Misdemeanors

Punishment range for class c misdemeanors:

Fine not to exceed $500

EXAMPLES of class c misdemeanors:

Assault by threat

Disorderly conduct

Gambling

Issuance of bad check

Leaving child in a vehicle

Minor in possession of alcohol

Possession of alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle

Public intoxication

Use of Laser pointers

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