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The United States has been receiving more and more crime ever since the start of the pandemic and we’re seeing an increase of 20% for the first 6 months in 2022 in major cities. The reason why crime has been rising is due to inflation where things are becoming much more expensive and which means the cost of living has been increasing. 

First off let’s clarify some different types of felonies in the state of Texas. Felonies are described as a crime involving some sort of violence, these are considered harsher than just a misdemeanor. Although there are exceptions to what a felony is and some are even non-violent, such as significant damage to one’s property. Some examples of felonies in Texas are as follows: 

  • Aggravated assault
  • Robbery
  • Indecent exposure to a child
  • Stalking

There are many different ways to penalize and sentence someone who has committed a felony. One of the least severe types, State jail sentences can be as high as 2 years and as low to 180 days. The fine can go up to a total of $10,000. However a jail felony can be treated as a third degree if the defendant has had prior convictions, use of a deadly weapon, and has already been convicted of 2 state jail felonies in their past. 

In the state of texas there are 5 classifications of felonies. There are as follows:

  • Capital
  • First degree
  • Second degree
  • Third degree
  • State 

Capital felonies are one of the harshest forms of penalties or sentences anyone can receive. A capital felony means the person who has committed can be sentenced to life imprisonment or death. As you can see there are wide ranges of what can happen with a felony. Each one has their own definition or category of what crime goes into what type of felony. Some examples of a captial felony are murder, treason, and espionage.

First degree felonies are second to capital for harshest punishments. Examples of first degree range from kidnapping to attemping captial murder. The sentence can range from 5 years to possibly life in prison, along with a fine upwards to $10,000. 

Second degree felonies can be serious with sentences ranging from 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine upwards to $10,000. Here are examples of second degree, human trafficking, arson, and robbery. These are just a few of many types of felonies that fall under second degree

Third degree felonies can involve dwi (third offense), possession of a fireman if a convicted felon, and indecent exposure to a child. The punishment for third degree can range from 2 to 10 years in jail along with a fine upwards to $10,000.

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