It is possible to avoid jail time for a felony in Texas. First of all, in Texas, a felony is a type of crime with a minimum sentence of at least one year in jail. Felonies are the most serious types of crimes, are often violent, and can be punishable by death in Texas. Less serious crimes in Texas are called misdemeanors and infractions.
If you are facing felony charges in Sugar Land, TX nearby or surrounding areas, you want to have an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you immediately. Contact Jamie Jordan, PLLC, for help.
What is considered a state jail felony in Texas?
Generally, if someone has committed a felony, they will be sentenced to a state penitentiary or prison. These types of facilities have the highest security, the most restrictions, and are often located in the middle of nowhere, making family visitations especially challenging.
However, Texas has a class of felonies called “State Jail Felonies.” These are the lowest level of felonies in Texas and allow the convicted felon to serve their sentence in a state jail facility instead of a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility. This is advantageous for a variety of reasons.
In Texas, a “State Jail Felony” carries a penalty of up to $10,000 in fines and 180 to 730 days in jail. Examples of State Jail Felonies include stealing a gun, stealing something valued between $1,500-$20,000, credit card fraud, or possession of 0.75 grams of heroin.
What is Plea Bargaining?
It is possible to avoid jail time by plea bargaining. Plea bargains are agreements made between the defense team and the prosecution team out of court regarding a defendant’s charges and sentencing. Generally, these agreements involve the defense team pleading guilty without a trial for more favorable charges and penalties. For example, a common plea bargain made in Texas might be someone being arrested for driving drunk. If the drunk driver agrees to plead guilty and completes a traffic safety course, the charge will be dropped to reckless driving.
Some benefits of accepting a plea bargain instead of going to trial, aside from the possibility of avoiding jail time, include:
- Having more control over the process and outcome
- A more favorable resolution
- Reaching a resolution sooner
What does house arrest mean?
House arrest is another way to avoid serving jail time for a felony. House arrest involves having your whereabouts electronically monitored via a GPS ankle bracelet that you wear 24 hours a day. As the name suggests, you’ll be confined to your house with the exception of going to and from:
- meetings with your parole officer
- medical appointments
Typically, house arrest is only an option for first-time offenders convicted of non-violent crimes.
A Sugar Land Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help!
If you are in a situation where you are worried about jail time and a felony conviction, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our law office today for a free consultation. Jamie Jordan, PLLC, is ready to fight for you.