Texas Fraud Penalties

Did you ever notice how many crimes involve fraud in the state of Texas? There’s no doubt about it; using fraudulent or deceptive practices for personal gain is a losing proposition. A Texas fraud conviction could mean heavy fines and time behind bars.

Intentional Deception

Harming or depriving others by fraudulent means is a crime in Houston. Just consider the following kinds of criminal fraud:

Texas Fraud Penalties

Even though words like fraud and hoax sound relatively harmless, Houston fraud penalties are tough. Violations involving injury or death are subject to enhanced penalties.

  • Capital Felony – Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or the death penalty
  • First Degree Felony – five years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
  • Second Degree Felony – two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of no more than $10,000
  • Third Degree Felony – two to ten years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000
  • State Jail Felony – six months to two years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000

Repeat & Habitual Fraud Offenders

Repeat fraud and habitual offenders are subject to the following enhanced penalties:

  • Felony conviction other than state jail felony and two previous felonies – 25 years to life in state prison
  • First degree felony and one previous felony conviction other than a state jail felony – 15 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
  • Second degree felony and one previous felony conviction other than a state jail felony – defendant can be punished for a first degree felony
  • Third degree felony and one previous felony conviction other than a state jail felony – defendant can be punished for a second degree felony
  • State jail felony and two previous state jail felony convictions – defendant can be punished for a third degree felony
  • State jail felony and two previous felony convictions – defendant can be punished for a second degree felony

Fraud Crime Defense

Aside from the punishments indicated above, defendants may be subject to additional penalties for using or threatening to use a firearm. Fraud defendants, including con and scam artists, will require the representation of an experienced fraud defense attorney.

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