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Felony Offenses

Pending Felony Charges?

Felony offenses are usually crimes that society views as very serious. In general, felony offenses are defined by the fact that they are punishable by prison sentences of more than one year. Punishment for felony offenses can be even worse for repeat offenders. Because punishment for felony charges can be so severe, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced felony attorney about your case.

If you have been arrested for a felony offense, contact Haddad Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer experienced in defending against criminal charges. A skilled felony lawyer can help you avoid ending up with a permanent criminal record. Any top criminal defense attorney will make sure that you fully understand all of your options as well as all of the consequences of pleading to any type of criminal offense.

Don’t Plead Guilty

Remember, pleading guilty to any criminal offense results in a conviction which can never be removed from your record. At Haddad Law Firm, we understand the effects a conviction can have on your life. That’s why our criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights against criminal charges.

Pleading guilty to a felony offense can result in:

  • Prison time / Fines / Court Costs
  • Community Supervision / Probation
  • Community Service
  • Court Classes / Alcohol or Drug Treatment
  • Suspension of Driver’s License
  • Loss of Housing / Benefits
  • Damage to Personal / Professional Reputation
  • Deportation / Exclusion from U.S.
  • Termination of Employment
  • Denied Access to Certain College Programs
  • Exclusion from Professional Occupations

What Are My Options?

If you have been arrested or charged with a felony offense, the charges do not have to result in a conviction. It may even be possible to get your case dismissed entirely.

For example, the following is a list of possible ways a felony case may be dismissed:

  • Pretrial Diversion Programs
  • Conditional Dismissal
  • Misdemeanor Reduction
  • Plea and Bar
  • Set the Case for Trial
  • An Acquittal

Felony Offense Levels

Texas Penal Code Section 12.04 classifies felony offenses into three categories. Each offense level is based on the relative seriousness of the crime. Accordingly, State Jail felony charges are considered the least serious and Capital felony charges are viewed as the most serious.

  • State Jail Felony (SJF)
  • Third Degree Felony (F3)
  • Second Degree Felony (F2)
  • First Degree Felony (F1)
  • Capital Felony

If an offense is designated a felony offense in the Texas Penal Code but does not specify a punishment or category of the offense it is considered a state jail felony.

  • State Jail Felony (SJF) – Under Section 12.35, an individual convicted of a state jail felony offense (SJF) can serve between 180 days and 2 years confinement in a state jail and up to a $10,000 fine or both a fine and confinement. This is the lowest type of felony offense level in Texas.
  • Third Degree Felony (F3) – Section 12.34 states that a person found guilty of a third degree felony (F3) can serve between 2 years and 10 years in prison , a fine up to $10,000 or both a fine and confinement.
  • Second Degree Felony (F2) – According to Section 12.33, a second degree felony (F2) can result in confinement between 2 years and 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $10,000 or both a fine and confinement.
  • First Degree Felony (F1) – According to Section 12.32, a first degree felony (F1) can result in confinement between 5 years and 99 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $10,000 or both a fine and confinement.
  • Capital Felony – According to Section 12.31, a capital felony can result in life in prison or even the death penalty.

Additionally, Texas law allows additional penalties for repeat and habitual felony offenders under Tex. Penal Code § 12.42. A repeat or habitual felony offender is anyone who has a felony conviction. Accordingly, repeat or habitual felony offenders can face the following punishment ranges:

  • An individual charged with a state jail felony (SJF) and has previously been convicted of two state jail felonies, on conviction the defendant shall be punished for a felony of the third degree (F2).
  • An individual charged with a state jail felony (SJF) and has previously been convicted of a felony other than a state jail felony, on conviction the defendant shall be punished for a felony of the second degree (F2).
  • An individual charged with a state jail felony (SJF) that is enhanceable under Section 12.35(c) and has previously been convicted of a felony offense other than a state jail felony, on conviction the defendant shall be punished for a felony of the second degree (F2).
  • An individual charged with a third degree felony (F3) and has previously been convicted of a felony other than a state jail felony, on conviction the defendant shall be punished for a felony of the second degree (F2).
  • An individual charged with a second degree felony (F2) and has previously been convicted of a felony other than a state jail felony, on conviction the defendant shall be punished for a felony of the first degree (F1).
  • An individual charged with a first degree felony (F1) and has previously been convicted of a felony other than a state jail felony, on conviction the defendant can face confinement between 15 years to 99 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $10,000 or both fine and confinement.

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Why Choose Our Firm

At Haddad Law Firm, we understand that facing criminal charges can be stressful and overwhelming. More importantly, we recognize that every case is unique and affects different people in different ways. That’s why we take our job of defending clients against criminal charges very seriously. After all, if your case isn’t the same as everyone elses, why should your lawyer be?

  • We provide honest, effective legal representation at affordable prices.
  • Our attorney and staff are experienced in defending criminal offenses.
  • Let us worry about your case, so you don’t have to!
  • Communicate with your lawyer directly about your circumstances.
  • We keep our clients fully informed about their case progress and updates.
  • If we can’t help you, we will do our best to help you find someone who can.