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Plano Criminal Defense Lawyer for Misdemeanor and Felony Crimes

Whether you have been charged with a local, state, or federal crime, Mark O’Bryan is a criminal defense attorney that you can count on to provide you with personal, competent, and complete representation. The cost of hiring a criminal defense lawyer to fight for you and protect your legal rights pails in comparison to the lifetime costs and consequences that may result from a criminal conviction such as harsh fines, jail or prison time, the inability to own or possess a firearm, disqualification from certain occupations or professions, and ineligibility to receive certain types of government aid and assistance. Mark O’Bryan will provide you personal representation and guide you through all phases of your criminal case, from the filing of the charge all the way up through a jury trial.

Texas recognizes two types of criminal charges:

  • Misdemeanors: Upon final conviction of a misdemeanor, you may face heavy fines, community service, probation with specific terms and conditions, and up to one year in jail. Common misdemeanors include simple assault, public intoxication, (1st or 2nd) driving while intoxicated, criminal mischief, and low-level drug charges.
  • Felonies: Upon final conviction of a felony, the most serious type of crime, you may face up to $10,000 in fines, anywhere from 180 days up to life in state or federal prison, and even execution if charged with a capital offense.  Common felonies include aggravated assault, robbery, sexual assault, arson, kidnapping, and murder.

Misdemeanor Punishments in Collin County, Texas

Class A Misdemeanor — A person found guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $4,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year.

Class B Misdemeanor — A person found guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days.

Class C Misdemeanor — A person found guilty of a Class C Misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500.

Felony Punishments in Collin County, Texas

Capital Felony — A person found guilty of a Capital Felony in a case in which the State seeks the death penalty shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life without the possibility of parole or by death. A person found guilty of a Capital Felony in a case in which the State does not seek the death penalty shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life without the possibility of parole or, if the person found guilty is a juvenile, life with the possibility of parole.

1st Degree Felony — A person found guilty of a felony of the first degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than 5 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

2nd Degree Felony — A person found guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of not more than 20 years or less than 2 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

3rd Degree Felony — A person found guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for any term of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

State Jail Felony — Generally, a person found guilty of a State Jail Felony shall be punished by confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than 2 years or less than 180 days and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

A Criminal Defense Lawyer You can Rely on to Explain the Criminal Justice System in a Way that Allows You to Make Informed, Intelligent Decisions

As a criminal defense lawyer, Mark O’Bryan’s goal is to analyze your case and explain to you how the criminal justice system works, from your initial arrest all the way up to the trial or final disposition of your case. Mark O’Bryan makes it a point to present all of your options in a manner that allows you to make informed, confident decisions based on the specific facts of your particular criminal case.