Texas Criminal Law
- Ignorance of the law excuses no man: Not that all men know the law, but because ’tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him.
- – John Selden, English antiquarian & jurist (1584 – 1654)
Texas classifies its felonies into four categories based on the seriousness and the number of offenses committed as follows:
- Capital felonies – subject to the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
- First Degree Felonies – punishable by life in prison or a sentence of no more than ninety-nine years and no less than five years in prison and in some cases a fine of up to$10,000.
- Second Degree Felonies – subject to punishment by imprisonment of two to twenty years and in some cases a fine of up to$10,000.
- Third Degree Felonies – punishable by two to ten years in a state prison and in some cases a fine of up to$10,000.