Understand Criminal Charges

June 14, 2024 by
Understand Criminal Charges
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At the Law Office of Gill & Brissette, we believe it's crucial for you to understand the charges against you and the potential consequences you may face. Navigating the court system can be daunting, especially if it's your first encounter or that of a loved one. Our experienced legal team is here to defend against all levels of felony charges and misdemeanor offenses, ensuring you have the best representation possible.

Felonies vs. Misdemeanors

Crimes in Texas are broadly categorized into felonies and misdemeanors. Understanding the differences between these categories and their potential penalties is essential for anyone facing criminal charges.


Felonies are serious crimes that carry severe penalties, including incarceration in a penitentiary and substantial fines. In the most severe cases, such as capital murder, the penalty can include death by injection. Typical felony charges include:

  • Murder
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Indecency with a Child
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Aggravated Assault

State Jail Felonies, while less severe than other felonies, still carry significant penalties, including up to two years in a state jail. Crimes in this category include:

  • Forgery
  • Auto Theft
  • Credit Card Abuse
  • Possession of Small Amounts of Controlled Substances

Repeat felony offenders face harsher penalties, with an increased maximum range of punishment. Our law office is experienced in defending clients against all levels of felony charges, ensuring you receive a robust defense.


Misdemeanors are less severe than felonies but can still result in significant penalties, including incarceration and fines. Typical misdemeanor charges include:

  • DWI
  • Assaults
  • Family Violence Assaults
  • Thefts of Property Valued Under $1,500
  • Possession of Marijuana

Class A Misdemeanors can result in up to one year in county jail and fines up to $4,000. Class B Misdemeanors carry penalties of up to 180 days in county jail and fines up to $2,000. Class C Misdemeanors are the least severe, with fines not exceeding $500. Repeat offenders face increased penalties, and certain offenses may not be eligible for probated sentences or deferred adjudication.

Commitment to Your Defense

At the Law Office of Gill & Brissette, we have a proven track record of securing community-based sentences and favorable outcomes for our clients. Our legal team is dedicated to providing personalized and effective defense strategies for each case. While we do not handle Class C misdemeanors (traffic citations) or parking citations, we are ready and able to assist with more serious charges to ensure the most beneficial outcome for your situation.

Criminal Penalties Overview

Here is a summary of the potential penalties for different categories of criminal charges in Texas


Understand Criminal Charges
Law Offices of Gill & Brissette June 14, 2024
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