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The Walzel Law Firm represents criminal defendants in and around Southeast Texas charged with felonies and misdemeanors.  When your freedom and/or reputation are at stake, we stand ready to represent you, to protect your rights and educate and inform you about the process.  At the Walzel Law Firm we have a comprehensive understanding of Texas Criminal Procedure and the Texas Penal Code.  We are familiar with the courts, local prosecutors and the sitting judges.  The Walzel Law Firm believes that client communication is a paramount concern.  The Walzel Law Firm client will not go into court uninformed or represented by an attorney who does not have time to educate them on all aspects of the charges for which they are accused.  The Walzel Law Firm client will know everything they need to know about the charges for which they have been accused including the range of punishment, community service, fines, their options to settle the case (plea bargain), their right to appeal and a fair evaluation of the case  the state has brought against them.

If you have been arrested in or around Southeast Texas, the Walzel Law Firm will aggressively represent you and protect your rights.  We represent clients accused of all misdemeanor or felony offenses.    The primary difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is the severity of the punishment in the event you are convicted.  Misdemeanors, considered to be lesser crimes, are divided into three classes with a Class C misdemeanors being the least severe and the Class A being the most severe.  Felonies are similarly categorized by degree from a 3rd degree felony up to a 1st degree felony.  The most sever felony is a Capital felony and the least sever felony is a State Jail felony.  For a breakdown of the classifications and the range of punishment in each, click on Offense Classification.  For a more comprehensive list we provide a link to the  Office of the Texas Attorney General publication here.

Typical examples (not a complete list)  of crimes and the category they fall under are listed below.


Class C Misdemeanors: Assault (by threat or offensive contact); Bail Jumping (from class C misdemeanor); Criminal Trespass (of agricultural land);
Disorderly Conduct (no firearm); Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by Minor; Failure to Identify; Gambling; Issuance of a Bad Check;
Obscene Display or Distribution; Leaving Child in Vehicle; Minor in Possession of Alcohol; Minor in Possession of Tobacco; Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle; Preventing Execution of Civil Process; Public Intoxication; Use of Laser Pointers.

Class B Misdemeanors:Assault (by threat or offensive contact with a sports participant); Criminal Trespass (not habitation); Disorderly; Conduct (with a firearm); DWI-1st Offense; Enticing a Child; ; Evading Arrest (no vehicle or injury); Failure to Identify; False Report to Peace Officer; Harassment-1st Offense;
Issuance of Bad Check (child support); Indecent Exposure; Prostitution; Riot; Silent or Abuse; Calls to 911 Service; Terroristic Threat.

Class A Misdemeanors:
Assault (by causing bodily injury); Bail; Jumping (from class A or B misdemeanor); Burglary of a Coin Operated Machine; Burglary of a Vehicle;
Criminal Trespass (of habitation or with a deadly weapon); Cruelty to Animals (1st offense of starving or abandoning); Deadly Conduct (not a firearm); DWI-2nd Offense; Escape (misdemeanor arrest); Failure to Identify; Failure to Report a Felony; Gambling; Promotion; Harassment-2nd Offense; Interference with a 911-phone call; Improper Contact with a Victim; Obscenity; Perjury; Possession or Manufacturing a Criminal Instrument to Commit Theft; Possession of a Firearm (when person has prior conviction for family violence); Public Lewdness; Resisting Arrest; Stealing Check; Unlawfully Carrying Weapon; Unlawful Restraint (not a child); Violation of a Protective Order.

State Jail Felonies:Burglary of a Building; Credit/Debit Card Abuse; Criminal Nonsupport; Criminally Negligent Homicide; Cruelty to Animals (1st offense by torture or killing, 3rd offense-starve or abandon); DWI (with a child passenger); Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (if listed criminal activity is a class A Misdemeanor); Evading Arrest (with a vehicle); False Alarm or Report; Forgery (commercial instrument); Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information; Improper Photography or Visual Recording; Injury to a Child, Elderly Person, or Disabled Person (act done recklessly and causing bodily injury or done criminally negligent and causing serious bodily injury); Interference with Child Custody; Interference with Rights of Guardian of the Person; Prostitution-4th Offense; Tampering with a Witness; Terroristic Threat (if loss $1,500 or more); Theft (3rd offense or of a firearm or from another person); Unauthorized Absence from a Community Corrections Facility or County Correctional Center; Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle; Unlawful Restraint (of a child).

Third Degree Felonies:Assault (of a Public Servant or of a family member if 2nd Offense); Aggravated Perjury; Bail Jumping (if felony arrest); Cruelty to Animals-3rd Offense (by torture or killing); Deadly Conduct (with a firearm); DWI-3rd or more offenses; Engaging in Criminal Activity (if listed criminal activity is a state jail felony); Enticing a Child (if done to commit a felony); Escape (from felony offense); Evading Arrest (2nd Offense with a vehicle or causing serious bodily injury); Harassment (by prisoner); Improper Contact with Victim (while confined); Indecency with a Child (by exposure); Injury to a Child, Elderly Person, or Disabled Person (act done intentionally or knowingly and causing bodily injury); Intoxication Assault; Kidnapping; Obstruction/Retaliation; Possession of a Firearm by a Felon; Possession of Prohibited Weapon (not switchblade or knuckles); Possession of a Weapon in a Prohibited Place; Stalking-1st Offense; Tampering with Evidence; Unlawful Carrying Weapon (on licensed premise); Unlawful Restraint (causing risk of serious bodily injury); Violation of a Protection Order-3rd Offense.

Second Degree Felonies:Aggravated Assault; Aggravated Kidnapping (with a safe release of victim); Arson (of a place other than a place of worship or habitation); Bribery; Burglary of a Habitation (with intent to commit theft or assault or commit or attempt to commit same); Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (if listed criminal activity is a 3rd degree felony); Escape (causing bodily injury); Evading Arrest (causing the death of another); Improper Relationship (between teacher and student); Indecency with a Child (by contact); Injury to a Child, Elderly Person, or Disabled Person (act done recklessly and causing serious bodily injury); Intoxication Manslaughter; Kidnapping (involving risk of serious bodily injury); Manslaughter (homicide done recklessly); Murder (with sudden passion); Robbery; Sexual Assault; Stalking-2nd Offense; Trafficking of Persons.

First Degree Felonies
Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant; Aggravated Kidnapping (with no voluntary safe release); Aggravated Robbery; Aggravated Sexual Assault of an Adult or Child; Attempted Capital Murder; Arson (of habitation or place of assembly or worship); Burglary of a Habitation (with intent to commit felony other than theft); Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (If listed criminal activity is a 1st or 2nd degree felony); Escape (with use of a deadly weapon or causing serious bodily injury); Injury to a Child, Elderly, or Disabled (act done intentionally or knowingly and causing serious bodily injury); Murder (with no sudden passion); Solicitation of Capital Murder; Trafficking of Persons (if results in death or person under the age of 14).

For a more comprehensive list, click here.

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