In Texas, criminal offenses are broken down into seven levels of charges: three misdemeanor levels and five felony levels.

Misdemeanor Punishment

Class C Misdemeanor

The penalty range for a Class C Misdemeanor is up to a $500 fine. No jail time may be ordered for a Class C misdemeanor, except when a defendant has failed to pay the fine. Then a defendant may be ordered to sit in jail to satisfy the fine ordered.

Class B Misdemeanor

The penalty range for a Class B Misdemeanor is up to 180 days in county jail and up to a $2,000 fine.

A Class B Misdemeanor may have its punishment range enhanced.

Class A Misdemeanor

The penalty range for a Class A Misdemeanor is up to 365 days in county jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

A Class A Misdemeanor may have its punishment range enhanced.

Felony Punishment

State Jail Felony

The penalty range for a State Jail Felony is 180 days to 2 years in state jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Third Degree Felony

The penalty range for a Third Degree Felony is 2 years to 10 years in the penitentiary and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Second Degree Felony

The penalty range for a Second Degree Felony is 2 years to 20 years in the penitentiary and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

First Degree Felony

The penalty range for a Third Degree Felony is 5 years to 99 years or life in the penitentiary and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Capital Felony

The penalty range for a capitol felony is life in prison, life in prison without parole, or the death penalty.

This page was updated May 2, 2014