Houston Federal Texas Fraud Penalties Lawyer
UNDERSTANDING 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.
Harming or depriving others by fraudulent means is a crime in Houston. Just consider the following kinds of criminal fraud:
- Consumer fraud
- Financial fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Telemarketing fraud
- Pension fraud
- Mail fraud
- Adoption 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
- Second Degree Felony – two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of no more than $10,000
- State Jail Felony – six months to two years in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000
- First Degree Felony – five years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
- Third Degree Felony – two to ten years in state prison and a fine of up to $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.
JAMES ALSTON LAW CAN ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR TEXAS FRAUD CHARGES CASE. CALL TODAY
Fraud defendants, including con and scam artists, will require the representation of an experienced fraud defense attorney. James Alston and his team of legal professionals are here to help. Call for more information – (713) 228-1400.