Texas Criminal Defense Attorney
The Texas Penal Code dates back to 1856, just around a decade after Texas became a state. It underwent significant revision in 1973, in part to consolidate and clarify some of the laws therein, and in part because the original penal code had been written when Texas was a mostly rural, frontier state. The penal code contains the definitions of crimes and classifies them into misdemeanors and felonies accordingly. It’s opening lines echo a general premise of legality found around all 50 United States: that individuals are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Texas Penal Code also proscribes appropriate measures for repeat and habitual offenders. For example, if a person is on trial for a felony and it comes to light that they have a previous felony on their record, they can become imprisoned for life.