Criminal Defense Attorney in Dallas
Misdemeanor vs. Felony
Most people are aware that criminal charges in Texas are divided into felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are generally considered to be more serious crimes, and misdemeanors are generally considered to be less serious offenses. This is reflected in the punishment lengths and types (including jail time and/or fines). For example, the maximum amount of time you can be sentenced to jail for a misdemeanor is one year versus 99 years for the most serious felonies. Furthermore, Texas law allows for the death penalty for capital felonies.
Potential Punishment for Felony Convictions:
|First Degree Felony||
|Second Degree Felony||
|Third Degree Felony||
|Fourth Degree Felony, also known as State Jail Felony||180 days – 2 years in jail;Up to $10,000.00 in fines||
Potential Punishment for Misdemeanor Convictions:
|Class A Misdemeanor||
|Class B Misdemeanor||
|Class C Misdemeanor||Up to $500.00 in fines||
Having a criminal record can lead to negative consequences for a lot of reasons, especially because it can often impact your ability to find a job or even housing. But did you know that a criminal record could also affect your applications for college and your ability to get financial aid? However, in some cases, you may be able to have your criminal record expunged or sealed by an Order of Non-Disclosure.
Frequently, if you received a sentence of deferred adjudication, you may petition the court for an Order of Non-Disclosure once you have successfully completed deferred adjudication and avoided conviction. Obtaining expungement is much more difficult.
Furthermore, if you were arrested but not charged with a crime, you may be eligible for expungement or an Order of Non-Disclosure after the statute of limitations has run, the length of which varies depending on the offense for which you were arrested.
Certain criminal charges are not eligible for expungement or sealing in Texas. These include:
- sex offenses;
- injury to a child, disabled person, or elderly person;
- child abandonment or endangerment;
- aggravated kidnapping;
- offenses involving domestic violence;
- violation of protective order or magistrate’s order;
If you are facing criminal charges, you know that a conviction can have serious consequences that may reverberate through the rest of your life. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows the Texas criminal justice system. Our criminal defense attorneys handle cases running the gamut from Class C misdemeanors to First Degree Felonies. Some examples of the types of charges we defend our clients against include:
- Computer Crimes
- Disorderly Conduct
- Disturbing the Peace
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Possession
- Drug Trafficking
- Identity Theft
- Involuntary Manslaughter
- Sexual Assault
- Solicitation of a Prostitute
- Theft by Check
- Theft of Services
- Vehicular Manslaughter
If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime, please contact your Dallas criminal defense attorney.