Federal And State Felonies Require Diligent Legal Preparation

Not every criminal defense attorney or firm is equipped to handle serious charges such as felonies. The team at A. Gonzalez Law Firm, P.L.L.C., is experienced and ready.

We offer dedicated and responsive criminal defense. There is simply too much at stake to trust your defense to an unproven lawyer. Call 361-264-6574 to have our team give you a free review of your case. We will clearly explain your options and how we can help.

The Difference Between A State And Federal Felony

Any crime that is charged as a felony is serious and can result in either jail or prison time as well as hefty fines and often a permanent criminal record.

However, there is a difference between these two charges. Federal crimes are described by the United States Code. These are laws that are passed by Congress. They are the same throughout the country. Some examples of federal felonies are immigration violations, homicides that happens on federal land, computer crimes, including some types of fraud and distribution of child pornography, and drug trafficking.

Each state has its own set of laws. What is a felony in one state is not necessarily a felony in another. For example, it is a felony in Florida to possess a fake ID, but it is a misdemeanor in Texas to do so.

There are five levels of felonies in Texas. Here are the levels and an example of each:

  1. A capitol felony is murder.
  2. A felony in the first degree includes attempted murder and aggravated crimes including kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault.
  3. A felony in the second degree can involve manslaughter and some aggravated assault charges. This may involve a DWI with fatal injuries.
  4. A felony in the third degree can be charges such as fraud, theft assault, burglary or drug possession.
  5. A state jail felony is criminally negligent homicide, possession and some theft charges.

Because any felony can result in jail or prison time, it is critical to retain highly skilled defense counsel. As a team with an established and recognized criminal defense practice, and with 45 years of combined legal experience, we are ready to take on these charges.

Work With An Accomplished Criminal Defense Team

Any time you or a loved one is facing a felony it is time to get serious about your legal representation. The team at A. Gonzalez Law Firm, P.L.L.C., is here to help you get the vigorous protection you need, for today and the years ahead. Call and speak with attorneys Armando or Antonio Gonzalez in our Corpus Christi offices a 361-264-6574. You can also reach our team online by using our inquiry form. We offer legal assistance in both Spanish and English.