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Crime and Punishment in Texas
Statutory Wrongdoing and Its Consequences
Offense Maximum Punishment Examples Court with Original Jurisdiction
Felonies
Capital felony Execution Capital murder District court, with automatic appeal to Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
First degree felony 5-99 years or life; $10,000 fine Theft of property valued at $200,000 or more; aggravated sexual assault District court
Second-degree felony 2-20 years; $10,000 fine Theft of property valued at $100,000 or more, but less than $200,000; aggravated assault; reckless injury to a child District court
Third-degree felony 2-10 years; $10,000 fine Theft of property valued at $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000; drive-by shooting with no injury District court
State jail felony 180 days to 2 years; $10,000 fine Theft of property valued at $1,500 or more, but less than $20,000; credit card or debit card abuse District court
Misdemeanors
Class A misdemeanor 1 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 injury Constitutional county court or county court at law
Class B misdemeanor 180 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 threats Constitutional county court or county court at law
Class C misdemeanor $500 fine Theft 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 fight Justice of the Peace Court
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Source: Texas penal code. (full source)