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Facing Felonies in the State of Texas: When To Seek Legal Aid

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In essence, all felonies are serious and should be dealt with accordingly. When it comes to felonies, the state of Texas has its own sentencing guidelines that require clear, concise understanding. If you’re in the El Paso area and you’re facing felony charges, it’s necessary for you to team up with an experienced legal team that can guide you through the legal process. Sergio Coronado Law provides felony defense services in El Paso County, most of West Texas and New Mexico.


Robbery & Aggravated Robbery

In order to be convicted of robbery, the prosecution must prove that the defendant intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly caused bodily injury to another individual. This is what separates robbery from theft or larceny. If the defendant used or exhibited a deadly weapon and/or the victim was threatened or feared for his or her life and the victim was 65 years or older or disabled mentally, physically, or developmentally, the charge will escalate to that of an aggravated robbery.


Defining Felonies

Felonies are serious crimes. People who are charged with felonies will potentially face jail time and high fines. In fact, the maximum amount of jail time for first degree felony may be life in prison. The district court deals with criminal cases and felonies, while the county court deals with misdemeanors and other lesser issues. Many things differentiate district courts from the country counterpart. District court will require more appearances in court by the defendant. Felonies are split into five categories: capital, first, second, third degree, and state jail felony.


Breaking Down Felonies in the State of Texas

The main example of capital felony is capital murder. The maximum punishment of this offense is execution. First, second and third degree felonies are the next level of offenses. Examples of first degree felonies include aggravated sexual assault, aggravated robbery, and aggravated kidnapping. The maximum punishment for first degree felonies is 5-99 years or life imprisonment as well as a $10,000 fine. Second-degree felonies such as aggravated assault and reckless injury to a child rake in the maximum punishment of 2 to 20 years in prison with a fine of $10,000. Examples of third-degree felonies include driving under the influence, arson, and bribery. The maximum punishment is 2 to 10 years incarceration with a $10,000 fine.


Felony Defense in the Southwest

Felonies are serious crimes. For this reason, you deserve a serious lawyer to guide you through the legal process. Whether you’re facing first, second, or third degree felony charges, Sergio Coronado Law can help. Our team is responsive and attentive to your needs. We believe that each and every one of our clients deserve solid, tough defense regardless of the charges or accusations levied against them. With nearly 30 years of legal experience, Sergio Coronado Law is confident in providing El Paso and the surrounding areas with exceptional assistance. We’re ready to take your case. Reach out to our team today to learn more about what we have to offer.

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