What separates a misdemeanor from a felony is the severity of both the charge and the punishment. Misdemeanors range from a slap on the wrist to substantial county or local jail time. In Texas, a felony charge carries a year or more in state jail or prison. A capital felony means either life in prison without parole or a death sentence. Felonies are ranked in degrees and misdemeanors in classes. Each goes up with the severity of the harm done to another person or the monetary value of the theft.
For any these charges, the effect on the accused’s life can be profound. It’s essential to fight any charges against you to makes sure you’re not over-penalized and your reputation compromised.
Being marked with a felony crime can severely impact your ability to keep or find work, housing, a relationship, and more. The charges below contain just a few examples of each type:
Misdemeanors don’t seem as bad, but they carry some of the same implications as felonies. They can compromise immigration status and your ability to find or retain a job, adopt a child, get a professional license, or a loan. They can also have hidden fees and penalties. Offenders can receive up to a year in the county jail (rather than in a prison). Failing that, there may be probation, which hampers freedom. Half the Texans given probations don’t adhere to the rules and end up in jail.
At Tillman Braniff, we put decades of experience to work on our cases to get criminal charges lessened or dropped. Our reviews attest to our dedication to our clients’ future. Criminal charges can affect you for the rest of your life; make sure you put up the best fight. Call us now for a free, confidential consultation about your situation by dialing 512-236-0505 for Austin residents and 512-473-8745 for Williamson County Residents.