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This guide is an introduction to crimes and punishments in New Braunfels. The Texas Penal Code is complex, and many variations and exceptions exist in classifying crimes. Detailed sentencing guidelines determine federal sentences. Contact an attorney for advice on your particular case. 

First Degree Felonies

  • Confinement for life or from five to ninety-nine years and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000
  • Possibility of community supervision


  • Aggravated assault of public servant
  • Aggravated kidnapping
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Attempted capital murder
  • Arson of habitation
  • Burglary of a habitation with intent to commit or commission of a felony
  • Causing serious bodily injury to a child, senior citizen, or disabled person
  • Escape from custody (if serious bodily injury occurs)
  • Murder
  • Solicitation of capital murder
  • Trafficking of persons under the age of fourteen

Second Degree Felonies

  • Two to twenty years in prison and a possible fine not exceeding $10,000
  • Possibility of community supervision


  • Aggravated assault
  • Arson
  • Bigamy
  • Bribery
  • Evading arrest (and death of another occurs)
  • Improper relationship between educator and student
  • Indecent contact with a child
  • Intoxication manslaughter
  • Manslaughter
  • Online solicitation of a minor under fourteen
  • Possession of fifty to 2,000 pounds of marijuana
  • Robbery
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking—second offense
  • Trafficking of persons

Third Degree Felonies

  • Two to ten years in prison and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000
  • Possibility of community supervision


  • Aggravated perjury
  • Bail jumping of a felony arrest
  • Deadly conduct with a firearm
  • Escape from felony custody
  • Indecent exposure to a child
  • Intoxication assault
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Retaliation
  • Stalking
  • DWI (third offense)
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Violation of protective order (third offense)

State Jail Felonies

  • 180 days to two years in a state jail and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000
  • Possibility of community supervision
  • Possibility of punishment as a Class A misdemeanor


  • Burglary of a building
  • Coercing a minor to join a gang by threatening violence
  • Credit card abuse
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Criminal nonsupport
  • Cruelty to animals
  • DWI with a child passenger
  • Evading arrest in a vehicle
  • False alarm or report
  • Forgery of a check
  • Fraudulent use or possession of identifying information
  • White collar fraud getting a hard money loan
  • Improper photography or visual recording
  • Interference of child custody
  • Possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance
  • Theft of something valued between $1,500 and $20,000
  • Unauthorized use of a vehicle

Class A Misdemeanors

  • Up to one year in the county jail, a fine not to exceed $4,000, or both.
  • Up to two years of community supervision or three years with an extension


  • Assault with bodily injury
  • Bail jumping of a misdemeanor offense
  • Burglary of coin-operated machine
  • Burglary of a vehicle
  • Cruelty to animals
  • DWI (2nd offense)
  • Escape from misdemeanor custody
  • Evading arrest on foot
  • Interference with 911 call
  • Obscenity
  • Perjury
  • Possession of two to four ounces of marijuana
  • Promoting gambling
  • Public lewdness
  • Resisting arrest
  • Stealing check
  • Unlawfully carrying a weapon
  • Violation of protective order

Class B Misdemeanors

  • Up to 180 days in the county jail and a fine not to exceed $2,000
  • Up to two years of community supervision or three years with an extension


  • Criminal Trespass
  • DWI
  • False report to a police officer
  • Fraudulent degree
  • Harassment
  • Indecent exposure
  • Possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana
  • Prostitution
  • Riot
  • Silent Calls to 911
  • Terroristic threat

Class C Misdemeanors

Fine not to exceed $500


  • Assault by threat
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Gambling
  • Issuance of bad check
  • Leaving a child in a vehicle
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle
  • Public intoxication
  • Use of laser pointers

Contact me for a free case review if you are charged with a crime in Comal County or other Central Texas counties such as Hays County, Guadalupe County, Travis County, or Bexar County.

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