What is a Habitual Offender and what are Habitual offender crimes?
In Texas, once a person has committed their 3rd felony, they are considered a habitual offender.
This can greatly affect any criminal case filed against you as penalties increase significantly as the legal system considers you to be a repeat offender or a career criminal.
Penalties will be increased for subsequent charges for the habitual offender according to Texas law:
- If the offender was convicted of a third-degree or higher felony and faces another third-degree felony charge, the new conviction will be sentenced as if it were a second-degree felony.
- If the offender was previously convicted of a third-degree or higher felony and now faces a second-degree felony charge, the second-degree felony will be sentenced as if it were a first-degree felony.
- If the defendant has a prior third-degree or higher felony conviction and now faces a first-degree felony charge, it will be sentenced as a capital felony, with a minimum of 15 years in prison.
- If a defendant has 2 prior state jail convictions and now faces a new state jail felony, it will be punished as a third-degree felony.
- If a defendant has 2 prior third-degree or greater felonies committed in a series, then a new state jail felony will be punished as a second-degree felony.
Texas does have a “three strikes” law.
- If you are convicted of 2 prior felonies and then commit a third, the penalties could be 25-99 years/life in prison.
- Note: Some crimes, like sexual assault or indecency with a child, need only one previous conviction for the “three-strike” law to apply.
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