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What is a First Degree Felony in Texas?

By Sholdon Daniels

In Texas, a first degree felony is the most serious type of criminal offense, punishable by imprisonment in a state prison for a term of 5 to 99 years or life. First degree felonies are reserved for the most serious crimes, such as murder, aggravated robbery, and aggravated sexual assault.


Some other examples of offenses that may be classified as first degree felonies in Texas include:

  • Capital murder

  • Aggravated kidnapping

  • Injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled individual with intent to cause serious bodily injury

  • Burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony

  • Possession of a controlled substance in an amount of 400 grams or more

In addition to imprisonment, a person convicted of a first degree felony may also be fined up to $10,000.


If you have been charged with a first degree felony in Texas, it's important to seek the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer like Attorney Sholdon Daniels can help you understand the charges against you and develop a defense strategy to protect your rights. Call 1-844-746-5366 to learn more.

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