Aggressive Dallas Felony Lawyers
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DFW Felony Defense Attorneys: Strategic & Skilled
To discuss your felony defense matter or criminal charges involving aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, burglary, child abuse, drug possession drug trafficking, or any other state felony charges with an experienced Dallas felony lawyer, call Tim Clancy Attorneys at Law to schedule a confidential consultation at (214) 550-5771.
What is a Felony?The root word of felony is felon, which stems from old French, then Old English language. The word felony means a serious crime, usually violent in nature, and more than likely punishable by over a year in prison. In Texas, you can be charged with 5 different types of felony charges. Each type of felony varies dramatically in length of jail and/or prison time, possible fines, and penalties.
5 Types of Felony Charges in Texas
- State Jail Felony
- 3rd Degree Felony
- 2nd Degree Felony
- 1st Degree Felony
- Capital Felony
State Jail Felonies in TexasAccording to Texas Penal Code, section 12.35 a state jail felony in Texas is punishable by up to 2 years in prison, and not less than 180 days. Fines imposed on someone convicted of a state felony charge in Texas can range from $0 to $10,000. A state jail felony can be enhanced to a more severe felony charge by government prosecutors who seek harsher punishments for repeat felony offenders and charges that include the use of a deadly weapon. Enhancements can include an increase in the severity, jail time, and fines for a 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree felonies in certain circumstances. Some examples of state felonies include theft or property worth less than $20,000, DWI, possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram), check forgery, animal cruelty, burglary, evading arrest in a vehicle, and much more. If you were initially charged with a state jail felony, but your charges were enhanced to a 3rd degree felony or more, we strongly suggest that you call a lawyer who knows how to fight felony enhancement charges right away. We offer free consultations for new clients and answer the phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Third Degree FelonyAccording to Texas statute 12.34 third degree felony conviction in Texas is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and no less than 2 years. In addition to a prison sentence, a person convicted of a third degree felony can be fined up to $10,000. Examples of third degree felony charges include violating a protective order, 3rd DWI, stalking, intoxication assault, jumping bail for a felony arrest, and many more.
Second Degree FelonyPer Texas statute 12.33, a person convicted of a second degree felony in Texas is subject to a prison sentence between 2 and 20 years.But punishment does not end there. If convicted of a felony in the second degree, a person will also be issued a fine of up to $10,000. Examples of a second degree felony include intoxication manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery, seriously injuring a family member, arson, bribery, robbery, sexual assault, human trafficking, arson, online solicitation of a minor under 14 years of age, bigamy, possession of more than 2 pounds of marijuana, and much more.
First Degree FelonyTexas statute 12.32 states that a person convicted of a first degree felony in Texas is subject to life in prison, or a prison term between 5 and 99 years within the Texas Criminal Justice System. In addition, a conviction for a felony in the first degree is also punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000. Examples of first degree felony charges include arson of habitation, child trafficking, aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, sexual assault of a child, and much more.
Capital FelonyCapital felonies are the most severe form of felonious charges. According to Texas statute 12.31 a person convicted of a capital felony in a case where the state seeks seeks the death penalty is subject to life in prison within the Texas Criminal Justice System or death. If the state is not seeking the death penalty in the case, a capital felony conviction is punishable by life in prison if the person is under 18; life in prison without parole if over the age of 18. An example of a capital felony charge is capital murder. Furthermore, according to Texas legal statutes
“In a capital felony trial in which the state seeks the death penalty, prospective jurors shall be informed that a sentence of life imprisonment without parole or death is mandatory on conviction of a capital felony. In a capital felony trial in which the state does not seek the death penalty, prospective jurors shall be informed that the state is not seeking the death penalty and that: (1) a sentence of life imprisonment is mandatory on conviction of the capital felony, if the individual committed the offense when younger than 18 years of age; or (2) a sentence of life imprisonment without parole is mandatory on conviction of the capital felony, if the individual committed the offense when 18 years of age or older.”
Strategically Fighting Felony Charges Like Assault, Burglary, DWI & More for Over 2 DecadesWe have extensive experience as felony defense attorneys. We have successfully defended individuals in state and federal courts on felony charges, including the following:
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Kidnapping
- Aggravated Robbery
- Child Abuse
- DWI Defense
- Intoxication Manslaughter
- Major Drug Crimes, including Drug Possession and Drug Trafficking
- Sexual Assault
- White Collar Crime, including Theft, Fraud, Credit Card Abuse and Embezzlement
Contact an Experienced Dallas Felony Defense AttorneyTim Clancy uses his familiarity with local law enforcement officers and years of experience in the courtroom to defend clients aggressively. If you are facing aggravated assault or other felony charges and need an experienced Texas trial lawyer, we can help. For additional information about state or federal felony laws, or to discuss your matter in confidence with an experienced Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer, schedule a confidential consultation by calling us at (214) 550-5771. If you prefer, fill out the contact form in the left margin and we will contact you. Available 24/7
Located in McKinney Place in Dallas, Texas, Tim Clancy Attorneys at Law defend individuals throughout North Texas, including individuals throughout the communities in and around DFW including Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Garland, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Mesquite, Irving, Oak Cliff, University Park, Highland Park, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Flower Mound, Southlake, Keller, Grapevine and Lewisville. Tim Clancy represents individuals charged with a state or federal crime in and around Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, Ellis County, Kaufman County, Parker County, Rockwall, Henderson and Tarrant Counties.