In Texas, there are three “degrees” of crime: Felonies, misdemeanors and infractions. Felonies are the most serious types of criminal charges, including murder, sexual assault and assault with a deadly weapon. Infractions are minor offenses, such as creating a public nuisance or jaywalking.
If you are issued a summons, it’s crucial that you attend court at the date and time specified. Failing to do so means you will lose your case by default, and if it is a criminal case, the court will likely issue a warrant for your arrest.
Not only can you face heavy fines for driving without a license or a suspended or revoked license, if you are pulled over and nobody in the car has a valid driver’s license, your car will be impounded and you will be taken to jail.
When a person holds another person captive against their will without proper authority, it is called false imprisonment. Kidnapping is the best-known type of false imprisonment and it is a serious criminal offense that carries heavy charges for people who are convicted.
Not all criminal acts are the same. In Texas, criminal offenses are classified into three categories—infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. These categories are based on the severity of the offense, and the punishments for each type of crime vary.