Criminal law developed from the initial Code of Hammurabi thousands of years ago. Since this time, modern civilization evolved to develop the common law court system, which provided the backbone of most criminal courts in the United States, including Texas. Criminal laws have expanded over time to now include both large and small penalties, as well as corresponding punishments and penalties.
Texas Criminal Laws
In Texas, criminal offenses are divided between felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies have penalties that range from 180 days in state jail (for a state jail felony) up to the death penalty (for a capital felony). These ranges are in addition to a fine up to $10,000 per offense. Misdemeanor offenses have a punishment range of up to one year in county jail. Many misdemeanors do not involve any jail time, but instead require the defendant to pay a fine of up to $4,000.
If you are facing criminal charges, you need a criminal defense lawyer who can defend you and protect your legal rights.
Criminal law has attracted the imagination of authors, playwrights, and producers alike over the years. However, criminal law is not as glamorous as the movies and news media make it out to be, and many criminal law offenses can have dire repercussions for everyone involved. It is therefore important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you are arrested for a violation.
The Texas Penal Code contains an extensive list of all felony and misdemeanor offenses. It is important to keep in mind that a combination of misdemeanors may lead to a felony. Failure to speak with an attorney during the sentencing of a misdemeanor may eventually lead to a felony conviction several years down the road. While you may receive a lighter sentencing (depending on the facts and circumstances of your case), a felony conviction will follow you throughout life and will impact your ability to maintain employment. It is therefore important to speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.