Most people in Texas, even if they are not very familiar with the law, recognize that a felony is generally worse than a misdemeanor. This is fairly common knowledge. It becomes slightly more complex when trying to articulate exactly what makes a felony different from a misdemeanor. Here we will outline the key differences between the two offenses.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor
For those who come in contact with the law, the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is important to know. There are actually three classes of misdemeanors and three degrees of felonies, as well as what is called a state-jail felony, and then of course a capital offense.
The classes and degrees essentially represent the seriousness of each offense of a misdemeanor or a felony. The more serious the crime, the higher up the ladder you go, which means the worse the punishment. A very simple rule to keep in mind is that felonies carry a minimum one-year sentence and typically involve harming another person. But, this is generalizing as certain white-collar crimes are classified as felonies even though no one is physically hurt.
Punishments for Misdemeanors and Felonies
Punishments for both misdemeanors and felonies read something like this:
- Class C misdemeanor Fine: $0-$500.00
- Class B misdemeanor Fine: $0-$2,000, plus 0-180 days in jail
- Class A misdemeanor Fine: $0-$4,000, plus 0-1 year in jail
- State-jail felony fine: $0-$10,000, plus 6 months to 2 years in state jail
- 3rd degree felony fine: $0-$10,000, plus 2-10 years in prison
- 2nd degree felony fine: $0-$10,000, plus 2-20 years in prison
- 1st degree felony fine: $0-$10,000, plus 5-99 years or life in prison
- Capital offense: life in prison or death penalty
You can clearly see how the punishment gets worse as the crime does, all the way up to death in the State of Texas. Anyone who has been charged with any kind of offense needs to know the implications, and that begins with knowing what class or degree of charges they are facing.
PCS Bail Bonds understands the significance behind all of these charges. We also understand that it is not common knowledge. Part of our duty is to assist those who are posting bail in understanding the charges. We do not offer legal advice; we can only help you through the emotional process of getting through the court systems when it comes to bail.
If you or someone you love has been arrested, contact PCS Bail Bonds. We will answer all the questions we can and help you post bail as quickly as possible.