Violent crimes involve the intent to cause harm, or actual physical harm, to an alleged victim. Due to their more extreme nature, are violent crimes always charged as felonies? Let’s discuss potential penalties for violent crimes in Texas.
Misdemeanor versus Felony Violent Crimes
Common misdemeanor violent crimes include:
- Simple assault
- Simple battery
- Domestic violence
These crimes will generally remain misdemeanors as long as there are no aggravating factors. For example, if any of these offenses cause someone to suffer serious injury or death, the defendant will likely face felony charges.
Felony violent crimes include:
- Attempted murder
- Aggravated assault
Felony Penalties in Texas
Felony charges are significantly more severe than misdemeanor penalties.
The degree classification of the charge will determine penalties for felony crimes:
- Capital felony: life in prison or the death penalty
- First-degree felony: 5-99 years in prison
- Second-degree felony: 2-20 years in prison
- Third-degree felony: 2-10 years in prison
- State-jail felony: 180 days to 2 years in prison
What To Do If You’re Facing Violent Felony Charges
The first thing you need to do is find an experienced defense attorney to help you with your case. Violent crimes are especially hard to defend, as the jury, judge, and prosecutors are unlikely to go easy on the defendant. You need to work with an attorney who has represented other individuals facing similar charges because the attorney will know what it takes to get the best possible outcome.
Austin Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys
Our team at Smith & Vinson Law Firm is experienced at handling complex felony cases. We look into every detail of the case to ensure we are crafting the best defense possible for our clients. Click here to learn more about our felony crimes practice and see why we’re the team you want for your case.