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Legal Representation

Criminal Defense

Being charged with a crime is serious and it can even happen to those considered “good people.”  Fortunately, the Founding Fathers of our country created a system so that those charged with crimes can face their accusers, including providing an opportunity to challenge evidence and witnesses, and are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Attorney Lynette Boggs-Perez is experienced in representing both children and adults charged with both misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout south Texas.  If you find yourself charged with a crime, call Attorney Boggs-Perez at 210-468-0404.

Civil Litigation

Attorney Boggs-Perez represents both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases tried in Justice, County and District Courts in Texas.  Civil matters, she has litigated on behalf of individuals, families, and/or small business include:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Negligence and Res Ipsa Loquitur claims
  • Evictions
  • Divorce and Family Law
  • Child Protection Litigation (Attorney Ad Litem for child or presenting parents and intervenors)
  • Probate/Wills

 

Whether you need to sue or are being sued, Attorney Boggs-Perez can assist you!

Record Sealing

IT’S TIME TO SEAL YOUR PAST.

A criminal record, even one from your juvenile years, can follow you and may even affect your ability to get a job, rent or buy a home, or get a student loan – even if your case was thrown out.

If your case was dismissed, if you successfully completed a deferred adjudication, or if you have a juvenile record, you may be eligible to have your Texas criminal record sealed.

Let me help seal your past!

Texas Misdemeanor Crimes

Crimes by Class and Sentences

Misdemeanors in Texas are crimes punishable by up to one year in local or county jail. Misdemeanors are categorized as Class A, B, or C. (Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.03.)

More serious crimes (felonies) are punishable by death or terms in state jail or prison.

Class A Misdemeanor

In Texas, class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both jail time and a fine. Pimping is an example of a class A misdemeanor.

(Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.21.)

Class B Misdemeanor

Under Texas’s laws, a class B misdemeanor is punishable by:

  • up to 180 days in jail
  • a fine of up to $2,000, or
  • both.

(Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.22.)

For example, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a class B misdemeanor.

Class C Misdemeanor

Class C misdemeanors in Texas are punishable by a fine of up to $500. There is no jail time for a class C misdemeanor.

Any misdemeanor that is not designated as Class A, B, or C, and has no specified punishment is a class C misdemeanor.

(Tex. Penal Code Ann. §§ 12.03, 12.23.)

Theft of property worth less than $50 is a class C misdemeanor.

Statute of Limitations

When a crime is committed, the statute of limitations begins to “run” and the state has a set period of time within which to begin criminal prosecution. A misdemeanor in Texas has a statute of limitations of two years.

Obtaining Legal Assistance

Any criminal conviction, even a misdemeanor conviction, can have serious consequences, including time in jail and a fine. If you are charged with any crime in Texas, you should contact a local criminal defense attorney. An attorney will be able to tell you how your case is likely to fare in court based on the law, the facts, and the assigned judge and prosecutor. With an attorney’s help, you can obtain the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

Texas Felony Crimes

Crimes by Class and Sentences

In Texas, felonies are crimes punishable by terms that must be served in state prison or state jail. Less serious crimes (misdemeanors) are punishable by up to one year in local or county jail.

Felonies in Texas are designated as capital felonies; first, second or third degree felonies; or state jail felonies. (Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.04.)

Capital Felony

In Texas, capital felonies are punishable by death or life without parole. Murder is an example of a capital felony.

If the defendant was a juvenile at the time the crime was committed and the prosecutor chooses not to seek the death penalty, then a capital felony is punishable by life imprisonment.

(Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.31.)

First Degree Felony

A conviction for a first degree felony can result in life imprisonment or five to 99 years’ imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to $10,000. Sexual assault against a child is a first degree felony in Texas.

(Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.32.)

Second Degree Felony

Under Texas law, second degree felonies are punishable by two to 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.Causing serious injury to a family member is a second degree felony.

(Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.33.)

Third Degree Felony

A third degree felony is punishable by two to ten years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. For example, possession of five to 50 pounds of marijuana is a third degree felony.

(Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 12.34.)

State Jail Felony

In Texas, state jail felonies are punishable by 180 days to two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

If lawmakers identify a crime as a felony but fail to designate it as a particular kind of felony or set a specific sentence, then the felony is a state jail felony.

A judge must punish a defendant convicted of a state jail felony to a third degree felony term if:

    • the defendant used or exhibited a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime, or
  • the defendant has previously been convicted of a felony.

(Tex. Penal Code Ann. §§ 12.04, 12.35.)

For example, a conviction for theft is a state jail felony if the thing stolen is:

    • a firearm
  • livestock worth up to $20,000, or
  • property (other than livestock) worth between $1,500 and $20,000.

Statute of Limitations

Statutes of limitations are time limits during which the state must begin criminal prosecution or the defendant can have the case dismissed. Statutes of limitations begin to “run” when the crime is committed. Usually, more serious crimes have longer statutes of limitations and the most serious crimes, such as murder, have no statute of limitations.

Obtaining Legal Assistance

A felony conviction can have extremely serious consequences. In addition to time in state prison or jail and a substantial fine, a felony conviction can result in loss of the right to vote or hold public office. It can be difficult to obtain or keep a job or a professional license if you have a felony conviction. If you are charged with a felony, the best way to avoid a conviction is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney will be able to tell you what to expect in court and how to best protect your rights.