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Fort Bend Felony Defense Attorney

Felony crimes generally involve some type of violence. More serious than misdemeanors, felonies are punishable by imprisonment in a federal facility (rather than a county jail) for at least 1 year. Because felonies are serious crimes, the factors surrounding the punishment are equally severe.

Factors that influence felony sentencing are:

  • the damage created by the offense resulted in serious injury or death;
  • the crime targeted children or the elderly;
  • the community and court system’s attitude toward the specific crime;
  • the offender has prior convictions;
  • the offender is currently on parole or probation; and/or
  • the offender used a deadly weapon while committing the crime.

An offender may also be held civilly liable to any victims of their crime in a separate lawsuit. For example, an offender could be required to pay a victim for any physical injuries or discomfort that resulted in out-of-pocket medical expenses.

First Degree Felony

Depending on the crime, a person could be charged with a felony ranging from first to third degree; first degree being the most severe crime and punishment. The penalties for a first-degree felony are a life sentence in prison, a fine of no less than $10,000, and possible community supervision.

To be charged with a first-degree felony, a person must commit:

  • aggravated assault of a public servant;
  • aggravated kidnapping;
  • aggravated robbery;
  • aggravated sexual assault;
  • attempted murder;
  • arson of a residence;
  • burglary with intent to commit a felony;
  • inducing serious harm to achild, elderly person, or disabled person;
  • escaping from police custody (if bodily injury occurs);
  • murder;
  • solicitation of murder; or
  • sex trafficking of a person under the age of 14.

Second Degree Felony

The penalties for a second degree felony are 2 to 20 years in prison, a possible fine of no more than $10,000, and possible community supervision.

To be charged with a second degree felony, a person must commit:

Third Degree Felony

The penalties for a third degree felony are 2 to 10 years in prison, a possible fine of no more than $10,000, and possible community supervision.

To be charged with a third degree felony, a person must commit:

  • aggravated perjury;
  • jumping bail to avoid a felony arrest;
  • use of a deadly weapon;
  • escape from custody resulting in a felony arrest;
  • indecent exposure to a minor;
  • intoxication-assisted assault;
  • possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
  • retaliation;
  • stalking;
  • DWI (third offense);
  • evidence tampering; or
  • violation of a protective order (third offense).

A Criminal Defense Attorney You Can Trust

If you were arrested for a felony offense, don’t panic. Contact our highly skilled and passionate attorney today. Backed by over 13 years of legal experience, he knows the system, the processes, and the law. Since his switch from criminal prosecutor to criminal defense, Attorney Brandon Sims has aggressively fought for the rights of hundreds of individuals accused of crimes, and he’s ready to do the same for you.

Contact our firm by calling (713) 766-1445 or contacting us online.

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  1. Remember that time is of the essence. Stalling or failing to retain legal counsel makes it more difficult to gather witness statements and favorable evidence while memories are fresh. Additionally, relevant evidence in your case may only be retained by law enforcement for a short amount of time.
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