Houston Felony Attorney – Shahin Zamir
Crimes are generally divided up into two large categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Being charged with a felony is worse than being charged with a misdemeanor. A felony is a very serious crime that can be punished with time in prison and sometimes death.
A felony charge is not the same as a felony conviction. In order to make sure you get the best chance at a fair trial, you need to hire an experienced Houston felony lawyer.
Call Shahin Zamir at 713-223-8900
Types of Felonies in Texas
Texas has five kinds of felonies. In order from least severe to most severe, they are:
- State jail felonies: Includes crimes like driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, forging checks, stealing property that is worth less than $200,000 and negligent homicide, such as killing someone when you drive drunk.
- Third-degree felonies: Includes crimes like getting caught for a third time driving under the influence; jumping bail bond for any assault charge and aggravated perjury, which is lying when being questioned about a crime.
- Second-degree felonies: Includes crimes like armed robbery; burglary with or without a weapon, bribery and trying to flee a murder scene.
- First-degree felonies: Includes crimes like aggravated robbery, where you not only rob someone but threaten to do the victim harm; kidnapping and some types of unplanned murders.
- Capital felonies: Includes crimes that make newspaper headlines such as terrorism, premeditated murder, murder of a police officer; accepting pay to kill someone or paying someone to take the life of another.
Punishment for Felonies Committed in Texas
Texas has a deserved reputation for being tough on felons, or people convicted of felonies. These punishments will haunt you and your family for the rest of your life. This is why you need to get the best felony attorney that you can find. They are:
- State jail felonies: Punishable by up to two years in a Texas state jail with no parole and up to $10,000 in fines
- Third-degree felonies: Punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
- Second-degree felonies: Punishable by up to 20 years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines and possible mandatory community supervision or adult probation
- First-degree felonies: Punishable by anywhere from five to 99 years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines and possible community supervision or adult probation
- Capital felonies: Life in prison or death by lethal injection. Texas no longer uses the electric chair.
Get Help From a Houston Felony Attorney
Shahin Zamir has an advantage over many other defense lawyers because he has previously served as an assistant district attorney. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. As such, he will use his vast knowledge and experience to expertly defend your rights in a court of law.
To learn more about your rights and the possible legal defenses for felonies, schedule a free consultation with Shahin Zamir by calling 713-223-8900.