Being arrested can be a scary and confusing time in your life. You need an experienced attorney who can answer your questions, represent you in court, and speak on your behalf. You need an attorney that can ensure your rights are not violated. You need an attorney that can get you the best results.
When you are accused a of a crime you have important Constitutional protections that should be fully used to obtain the best results. Among these rights are the right to an attorney, the right to remain silent, the right to confront your accuser, the right to call witnesses on your behalf, and the right to a jury trial.
Crimes in Texas are categorized as felonies or misdemeanors. Both classifications of crimes can have severe, life altering consequences, including, but not limited to, prison or jail time, fines, a lifetime criminal record that effects employment or ability to rent a residence, loss of voting rights, or the loss of right to own, purchase, possess, sell, or transfer firearms or ammunition.
In Texas, misdemeanor charges are broken into three classes: A, B, and C, classes according to the severity of the offense. The most serious misdemeanor is a Class A misdemeanor. The penalties of each class of offenses could include:
In Texas, felony charges are broken into five classes: State Jail Felony, Third-degree Felony, Second-degree Felony, First-degree Felony, and Capital. The penalties of each class of offenses could include:
Additionally, with previous convictions, some cases could be enhanced so that the punishment is even more severe.
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESS
If you are under investigation for a crime in Texas or have recently been arrested, you should be aware of the typical criminal court process, which includes: