Statutory Wrongdoing and Its Consequences

Felony Punishment Ranges
OffenseMaximum PunishmentExamplesCourt with Original Jurisdiction
Capital felonyExecutionCapital murderDistrict court, with automatic appeal to Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
First degree felony5-99 years or life; $10,000 fineTheft of property valued at $200,000 or more; aggravated sexual assaultDistrict court
Second-degree felony2-20 years;
$10,000 fine
Theft of property valued at $100,000 or more, but less than $200,000; aggravated assault; reckless injury to a childDistrict court
Third-degree felony2-10 years;
$10,000 fine
Theft of property valued at $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000; drive-by shooting with no injuryDistrict court
State jail felony180 days to 2 years; $10,000 fineTheft of property valued at $1,500 or more, but less than $20,000; credit card or debit card abuseDistrict court
Misdemeanor Punishment Ranges
OffenseMaximum PunishmentExamplesCourt with Original Jurisdiction
Class A misdemeanor1 year;
$4,000 fine
Burglary; theft of property valued at $500 or more, but less than $1,500; theft of cable service; stalking without bodily injuryConstitutional county court or county court at law
Class B misdemeanor180 days;
$2,000 fine
Theft of property valued at $20 or more, but less than $500; driving while intoxicated; possession of up to 4 ounces of marijuana; making terroristic threatsConstitutional county court or county court at law
Class C misdemeanor$500 fineTheft of property valued at less than $20; assault without bodily injury; producing or selling term papers or reports for use by others; attending a dog fightJustice of the Peace Court