Video: What is a Repeat Offender under Texas criminal law?

Criminal defense attorney Anna Summersett, a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, discusses the “Repeat Offender” enhancement under Texas law in this short video.

Repeat Offender Texas

A repeat offender notice is one of those circumstances where an individual has previously been convicted of a felony offense and sentenced to penitentiary time. It does require them to actually serve time in the penitentiary as opposed to something like a shock probation or possibly a state jail time. If somebody is a repeat offender, it will generally increase their punishment range by one degree. For example, if we’re looking at a third-degree felony, and you have a repeat offender notice, you’re then going to be looking at a second-degree felony range of punishment. However, once we get up to a first-degree felony range, if you are a repeat offender, your minimum jumps from a five-year to a 15-year minimum, again with your maximum being 99 years or life.

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Benson Varghese

Managing Partner at Varghese Summersett PLLC
Benson Varghese is the founder and Managing Partner of Varghese Summersett PLLC. He is a prolific writer and has authored hundreds of articles about criminal law in Texas and at the Federal level. His articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Above the Law, and have been selected as Top Blogs by the State Bar of Texas. He was named the Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by the Tarrant County Bar Association. Benson led the firm to become one of the 500 fastest growing businesses in the United States by Inc 500 Magazine in 2018. In the same year, the firm was named the Best Law Firm in Fort Worth by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The lawyers at Varghese Summersett PLLC exclusively handle criminal defense matters.
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