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Felonies

If you have been arrested or charged with a Felony in Austin, Texas, contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. A conviction for even the least serious felony offense is punishable by up to two (2) years in State Jail and a $10,000 fine, with a possible probation term of up to five (5) years. In addition, a felony conviction on your permanent record could prevent you from obtaining employment, admission into college, from voting or owning a firearm, or from renting an apartment.

Austin Felony Defense Lawyer

As an aggressive and skilled Austin criminal defense lawyer, I will help protect your rights and guide you through the felony process from the start to finish. As your criminal defense lawyer, I will work hard to help get a positive resolution to your felony case. Call The Law Office of Kevin Bennett today at (512) 476-4626 to set up a free consultation.


What is a Considered a Felony in Texas?

All crimes in Texas are classified as either felonies or misdemeanors. A felony crime is the most serious level of offense in Texas. A felony is defined as any criminal offense generally deemed more serious than a misdemeanor offense. In Texas, felony charges are broken into several degrees as follows: (1) State Jail Felonies; (2) Third-Degree Felonies; (3) Second-Degree Felonies; (4) First-Degree Felonies; and (5) Capital Felonies. The most serious felony in the State of Texas is a Capital Felony which can carry life in prison or a sentence of death.


Common Examples of Felony Offenses in Texas

  • Aggravated Crimes
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Burglary of a Building
  • Burglary of a Habitation
  • Credit Card Abuse
  • Drug Charges
  • Evading Arrest or Detention
  • Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle
  • Felon in Possession of a Weapon
  • Injury to a Child
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (POCS)
  • Rape or Sexual Assault
  • Robbery
  • Stalking
  • Theft, Fraud, Embezzlement
  • Weapon Charges

Felony Punishment Ranges in Texas

Penalties for felony convictions in Texas carry serious consequences, including but not limited to probation, lengthy time in State Prison, costly fines, community service, counseling and/or treatment, and a felony conviction on your permanent record.

State Jail Felony: Conviction of a State Jail Felony carries a punishment range of 180 days to up to two (2) years in the Texas Department of Corrections without parole and up to a $10,000 fine.

Third-Degree Felony: Conviction of a Third-Degree Felony carries a punishment range from two (2) to ten (10) years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Second-Degree Felony: Conviction of a Second-Degree Felony carries a punishment range from two (2) to twenty (20) years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

First-Degree Felony: Conviction of a First-Degree Felony carries a punishment range from five (5) to ninety-nine (99) years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The punishment may also include confinement to prison for life.

Capital Felony: Conviction of a Capital Felony carries a punishment of life in prison or the death penalty.

Enhancements: Prosecutors can sometimes enhance your felony charge to a more serious felony depending on the crime and your prior criminal record.


Austin Habitual and Repeat Felony Offenders

Under Texas Penal Code § 12.42, repeat and habitual felony offenders are subject to enhanced penalties and consequences for their current felony charge. A repeat or habitual felony offender includes anyone who has previously been convicted of at least one felony offense. A repeat or habitual felony offender may be subjected to any of the following increased penalties:

  • An individual who is currently charged with a state jail felony offense that has previously been convicted of two state jail felony offenses, will instead be convicted of a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to ten years and/or a fine up to $10,000.
  • An individual who is currently charged with third degree felony offense that has previously been convicted of a felony offense other than a state jail felony, will instead be convicted of a felony of the second degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 20 years and/or a fine up to $10,000.   
  • An individual who is currently charged with a second degree felony offense that has previously been convicted of a felony offense other than a state jail felony, will instead be convicted of a felony of the first degree, which is punishable by a prison sentence ranging from five to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000.
  • An individual who is currently charged with a first degree felony offense that has previously been convicted of a felony offense other than a state jail felony, can face a prison sentence ranging from 15 to 99 years or life imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000.

Additionally, certain felony offenses can be increased to life imprisonment or a capital felony conviction if the alleged offender has previously been convicted of certain felony offenses.


Felony Defense Lawyer Serving Austin, TX

Travis County Prosecutors will aggressively prosecute felony cases in Austin, which makes choosing a criminal defense lawyer one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Whether you have been arrested for a crime or are simply being investigated, your rights, your freedom and your future are at stake. It is imperative to have the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney as early as possible. This is why the Law Office of Kevin Bennett is intent on providing high quality legal services to those facing felony charges.