Misdemeanors & Felonies

Dallas Misdemeanor & Felony Attorneys

Defending Texans in Criminal Offense Disputes

Receiving a misdemeanor or felony charge can be life-changing. If you find yourself embroiled in a criminal defense case, you need a lawyer you can trust to represent your rights and advocate for you in and out of court. Our Dallas misdemeanor and felony lawyers will do exactly that.

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What's the Difference Between a Misdemeanor & a Felony in TX?

Generally, misdemeanors are reserved for less "serious" crimes. Misdemeanor penalties often involve little to no jail time or monetary fines. Additionally, it may be possible to have a misdemeanor expunged from your criminal record, removing traces of it and effectively giving you a clean slate.

Some common misdemeanors include:

  • Petty theft;
  • DWI;
  • Possession of marijuana;
  • Making terroristic threats;
  • Disorderly conduct;
  • Possession of paraphernalia;
  • Assault by contact.

In contrast, felony charges apply to more serious criminal offenses. Felony penalties often involve significant jail time and/or fines. Expunging a felony is typically not possible.

Common felonies include:

  • Aggravated assault;
  • Aggravated sexual assault;
  • Aggravated kidnapping;
  • Murder;
  • Bribery;
  • Arson;
  • Manslaughter;
  • Deadly conduct with a firearm;
  • Third-offense DWI.

Classes of Misdemeanors & Degrees of Felonies

Misdemeanors are arranged from Class C to Class A, with Class C misdemeanors being less serious.

  1. Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to $500.
  2. Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
  3. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.

In contrast, felonies are organized by degrees, with 1st degree being the most serious and 3rd degree being the least penalized.

  1. 3rd degree felonies are punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000.
  2. 2nd degree felonies are punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
  3. 1st degree felonies are punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

At DebnamRust, P.C., our Dallas misdemeanor and felony attorneys can help you navigate your criminal offense case.

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