Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

The Texas Penal Code provides punishments for the following type offenses under Texas law.

Misdemeanor Offenses:
  • Class C: Up to a $500 fine
  • Class B: Up to 180 days in the county jail, and up to a $2,000.00 fine.
  • Class A: Up to 1 year in the county jail, and up to a $4,000.00 fine.
  • While some people may not feel misdemeanor offenses are serious - THEY ARE!

Why? Any criminal conviction may hinder your ability to find employment and/or affect your credit. For example - some apartment complexes may not rent to people with criminal convictions (even a misdemeanor), and we all know people who cannot get a job because of a background check has revealed a prior offense. If this has happened to you see our section on EXPUNCTIONS.

That being said, some misdemeanor offenses do not allow a person to non-disclose their record (or remove it from public view). An example would be DWI and Assault Family Violence.

In addition to that, if an Assault Family Violence charge carries with it an affirmative finding of family violence, there are much stiffer consequences. What that means is - even if a defendant accepts a deferred probation they will always have that affirmative finding. Therefore, any future act of family violence will automatically be enhanced to a Third Degree Felony. It will also prohibit the ability of a person to carry a firearm and possibly keep them out of the military.

Felony Offenses:
  • State Jail Felony: 180 days to 2 years in state jail, and up to $10,000.00 fine.
  • Third Degree Felony: 2 years to 10 years in prison, and up to $10,000.00 fine.
  • Second Degree Felony: 2 years to 20 years in prison, and up to $10,000.00 fine.
  • First Degree Felony: 5 years to 99 years in prison, and up to $10,000.00 fine.
  • Capitol Felony: Life in prison without parole - or DEATH.

The consequences of a felony conviction are quite severe. You will forever be labeled a convicted felon. As a convicted felon, it will be extremely hard to find a decent job, which will make the ability to provide for you and your family very difficult. You will not be able to own or possess a firearm and you will no longer be able to vote.

Additionally if you go to the penitentiary any future act may be enhanced. In other words, the law provides stiffer punishment ranges for repeat offenders and habitual offenders. For example if you have one pen trip and commit a 3rd degree felony, that new offense can be enhanced to a 2nd Degree Felony. If you have 2 prior pen trips, you are considered a habitual offender, which means you would face 25 years to Life in the Texas Department of Corrections for a first, second, or third degree felony. If you have a prior felony conviction in which you received probation and commit another felony, you are no longer eligible to receive probation from a jury. For more information on the ramifications of a criminal conviction, please contact the Law Offices of James Angelino at once for a free consultation at 972-377-0088.