Houston, Texas Felony Lawyer
Serious Felonies — Houston, Galveston, League City, Texas
In Texas a felony refers to a crime that is normally punishable by at least one year in jail. The most serious felonies can lead to life in prison–and even death in some murder cases. But any type of felony conviction will have life-altering consequences, including the loss of certain civil rights such as the ability to drive or own a firearm. You can also be barred from working in certain professions if you have a felony record.
At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, we have nearly two decades of experience in representing individuals accused of serious felonies throughout Houston, Galveston, and League City areas. We understand every part of the criminal justice system, from handling pre-trial hearings on the admissibility of evidence to presenting a defense to a jury.
Attorney Tad Nelson is a former prosecutor himself, which gives him unique insight into both sides of the adversarial process. He and his team will put that knowledge to work for you if you are accused of a serious felony, including but not limited to:
- Aggravated robbery
- Aggravated kidnapping
- Armed Robbery
- Major drug crimes, such as narcotics trafficking
- Rape (Sexual Assault)
- Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Crime
- Vehicular Manslaughter
How Texas Classified Felonies
Not all felonies are the same. Texas has five felony classifications: Capital, First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree, and State Jail. In many serious felony cases the classification depends on the specific facts or circumstances. For example, if prosecutors allege a firearm or other deadly weapon was used, the felony classification might increase. In addition, a defendant may be charged with a higher classification if he or she has a prior criminal record.
At the lowest end of the scale–a state jail felony–a conviction is punishable by a prison sentence of between 180 days and 2 years plus a fine that cannot exceed $10,000. At the other end of the spectrum–excluding capital offenses where the death penalty may apply–a first-degree felony carries a mandatory sentence of between 5 and 99 years. Keep in mind, a first-degree felony does not just refer to murder or crimes resulting in the victim’s death–sexual assault of a child is a first-degree felony.
Have You Been Charged With a Serious Felony in Houston, Galveston, or League City?
Of course, any felony charge is serious when the person accused is you. The important thing to remember, even if you have only been questioned by police in connection with a serious felony, is that you have the right to the assistance of a qualified Houston criminal defense attorney at all stages of the investigation and trial. If you need immediate assistance, contact the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today at 281-962-7852.