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All charges in Texas are classified according to their nature and severity. The class of the charge will determine the possible penalties for individuals who are convicted. While crimes classified as misdemeanors are considered less serious, crimes classified as felonies are considered more serious.
A felony is defined as a crime, typically one involving violence, regarded as more serious than a misdemeanor, and usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or by death.
Civil Asset Forfeiture
If you had property seized by police in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas, a criminal defense attorney with experience in Civil Asset Forfeiture can help. Dallas attorney Bret Schmidt has that experience, and he is ready to help you defend your rights.
A warrant is an order of a court which directs a law enforcement officer (usually a sheriff) to arrest and bring a person before the judge, such as a person who is charged with a crime, convicted of a crime but failed to appear for sentencing, owes a fine or is in contempt of court.
A misdemeanor literally means “bad behavior toward others.” and is a crime less serious than a felony. They are tried in the lowest local court such as municipal, police or justice courts. Many misdemeanors are punished with monetary fines.