Understanding your charges

The Law Office of Gill & Brissette wants you to understand your charges and know what potential consequences you face. While this may be you or your family’s first time being thrown into the court system, our legal team has experience and skill to defend against every level of felony charge and misdemeanor offenses. Crimes defined by Texas statutes fall into two broad categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Generally, felonies carry the possibility of incarceration in a penitentiary, for up to life in some cases, and thousands of dollars in fines. In a capital murder case, the death by injection could be used against the defendant. Typical felony charges include murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assault, indecency with a child, arson, burglary and aggravated assault. State jail felonies carry the possibility of a sentence of up to two years in a state jail and include crimes such as forgery, auto theft, credit card abuse and possession of small amounts of controlled substances. Repeat felony offenders face an increased maximum range of punishment. The Law Office of Gill & Brissette is experienced in the trial of all levels of felony offenses.

 Misdemeanor offenses carry the possibility of incarceration for up to a year in a county jail, and or a fine of up to $4,000. Typical misdemeanor charges include DWI, assaults, family violence assaults, thefts of property valued under $1,500, and possession of marijuana. Repeat offenders face an increased minimum range of punishment. People who have never been convicted of a felony offense are generally eligible for a probated sentence, otherwise known as probation, or deferred adjudication community supervision. Some categories of offenses are not eligible for certain types of probated sentences or deferred adjudication community supervision. The legal team at The Law Office of Gill & Brissette has had success securing community-based sentences for clients charged with all types of offenses. We are ready and able to assist our clients in receiving the most beneficial outcome for their case. We do not handle Class C misdemeanors (traffic citations) or parking citations.

Please contact our office if you have any specific questions regarding details to your case.

Criminal Penalties

Capital Murder

First Degree Felony

Second Degree Felony

Third Degree Felony

State Jail Felony

Class A Misdemeanor

Class B Misdemeanor

Class C Misdemeanor

Death by injection or imprisonment for life without parole

5-99 years; possible fine of up to $10,000

2-20 years; possible fine up to $10,000

2-10 years; possible fine up to $10,000

180 days to two years; possible fine up to $10,000

Up to 1 year in county jail or a fine up to $4000, or jail and fine

Up to 180 days in county jail or a fine up to $2000, or jail and fine

Fine only not to exceed $500









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