A felony is the most serious type of crime you can be charged with. The possible punishments for these crimes include crippling fines and lengthy prison terms, including life sentences in certain cases. At Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC, we represent clients throughout Texas and New Mexico who have been charged with a felony in either state or federal court. With over 80 years of collective experience, our attorneys have the skill and knowledge you need on your side as you fight against these charges.
Contact an El Paso criminal defense attorney at our firm at (915) 206-5154 for a free review of your case.
What Is a Felony?
Felony is a legal term designated for the most serious crimes you can be charged with, above misdemeanors and citations. Felonies include a broad range of crimes, but the most common are:
- Aggravated assault
- Multiple DWI
- DWI causing injury or death
- Drug crimes
- Burglary of a habitation
- Theft, enhanced
Differences Between Felony & Misdemeanor Charges
The differences between felonies and misdemeanors often have to do with the severity of the crime. While simple assaults may involve light injuries and fall under the categorization of a misdemeanor, felony assaults involve serious bodily harm and the use of weapons. Certain drug charges, burglary, and DWI cases can also be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the seriousness of the crime and whether anyone was hurt during the process.
The Felony Process in Texas & New Mexico
Unlike in misdemeanor cases, jail time is always a potential threat if you are charged with a felony. For felony cases, clients will always face a jury of 12 of their peers who must vote unanimously on a verdict. There is a pre-trial process, and clients must be able to post bail to avoid waiting in jail until the trial begins.
When you choose Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC for your legal counsel, our El Paso criminal defense lawyers will defend your constitutional rights from the pre-trial process all the way through to resolution. Along with a staff of legal aides and professional investigators, our experienced lawyers will guide you through the felony trial process and give you the aggressive representation you need in court.
Contact our firm at (915) 206-5154 to learn more about our defense counsel and how we can help you.