Frequently Asked Questions | Texas Criminal Law

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony in Texas?

Being charged with a felony is usually punishable by a year or longer in jail. You may also go to prison. A misdemeanor is a crime that requires less than one year in jail. Many factors can affect whether the offense is a misdemeanor or a felony.

I was accused of a crime. What should I do next?

You should contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately if you have been accused of a crime or been questioned by authorities. They can discuss your situation and strategize the best path forward in your case.

I was arrested. What should I do next?

Do not speak to the authorities who arrest you. Cooperate with their requests but preserve your right to remain silent. Anything you say during this time is used against you. You will be fingerprinted and photographed and may need to wait for bail. Contact an attorney right away.

How much will this cost me?

The cost will vary depending on the charges, evidence and other factors. We offer a free initial consultation to assess your case. This is an opportunity for an estimation of attorney fees.

Do I want probation or parole?

Both are better than jail time. Probation often allows you to stay in your home and job instead of going to jail. Parole enables you to leave prison or jail early and return to your home. Both options require specific, limiting conditions and working with a probation officer.

I have to face a grand jury. What now?

Local citizens will be called to listen to your case and review the evidence. They will decide if there is enough evidence in the case. They cannot determine if you are guilty.

I was told I have to pay restitution. What will I have to pay?

An attorney can help guide this process and help you understand what you may owe. It can include money paid to victims or for damaged property. You may also need to pay for medical or funeral expenses.

The Law Offices of Frank Jackson, located in Dallas, can help answer your criminal law questions. Set up a free consultation or call locally at 214-306-6891 or toll free at 866-542-2346. Call any time, 24/7.

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