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3G Offenses in Texas
3G Criminal Defense Lawyer
The state of Texas has a legal term reserved for those criminal offenses considered to be the most egregious. Such crimes are referred to as “3G” offenses.
Due to the serious nature of such crimes, penalties for 3G offenses are among the harshest imposed by the Texas judicial system. For example, 3G offenses generally require that those convicted serve out a minimum of half of their prison sentence before they can be considered eligible for parole.
If you or a loved one has been charged or arrested for a 3G offense in the greater Dallas, San Antonio or Fort Worth area, you need a talented criminal defense attorney ready to fight on your behalf.
At Manual Diaz Law Firm, PC you’ll get the help you need to get through this difficult time in your life. Our firm is comprised of experienced and passionate criminal defense lawyers eager to represent your best interests in and out of court.
Don’t leave your freedom up to chance. With so much at stake, you can’t afford to risk your case with just any law firm. Hire an award-winning team you can count on to aggressively fight your case and advocate for your innocence.
Call or message us today and get connected with a 3G criminal defense lawyer ready to go to bat on your behalf. The first consultation is always free.
Why is it Called a 3G Offense?
The terminology “3G” is an antiquated term originating from an old version of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure under 42.12(3)(g). Subsection (3)(g), denoting those criminal offenses subject to exceedingly harsh penalties and restrictions.
Although today’s modern Code of Criminal Procedure has since been restructured with 3G offenses listed within Article 42A.054, the term “3G” stuck and is still used in courts across the state of Texas.
What are the Most Common 3G Felony Offenses?
3G Offenses Include:
- Capital Murder
- Compelling Prostitution by a Minor by Threat, Force or Threat
- Indecency with a Child
- Sexual Performance by a Child
- Drug Offenses Involving the Use of a Child
- Injury to an elderly or disabled individual disabled (1st degree offense)
- Injury to a Child (1st degree offense)
- Aggravated Kidnapping
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Human Trafficking
- Aggravated Robbery
- Criminal Solicitation of a First Degree Felony
- Burglary of a Habitation to Commit a Felony Other than Theft; and
- Any Felony in Which a Deadly Weapon was Used Before, During or After the Crime
If you have been charged with any of the aforementioned crimes, you need a Texas criminal defense attorney familiar with expertly navigating the local court systems and with successfully representing clients accused of 3G offenses.
Call or message our firm today and connect with a talented criminal defense lawyer ready to aggressively fight to prove your innocence in court.
Penalties for 3G Felony Offenses in Texas
Crimes give the designation of “3G” in Texas rank among those that are considered to be the most serious and/or violent offenses. They are considered so serious that they were given their own subsection in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, and similarly carry equally serious penalties if convicted. For example, most 3G offense come with mandatory lengthy prison terms ranging from 5 years to life behind bars.
Straight Probation Isn’t an Option the Judge can Approve
Negotiations and plea agreements are commonplace amongst prosecutors and defense attorneys alike. From the reduction of penalties to reduced charges, your lawyer will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. However, if you’ve been charged with a 3G offense in TX, “straight probation” cannot legally be used as part of a plea agreement.
All plea agreements are subject to approval by the judge. However, Texas law prevents a judge presiding over a 3G case from approving straight probation as the sole punishment. That said, presuming the case goes to trial, the jury still has the power to sentence the defendant as they deem fit, meaning that probation isn’t always off the table.
Although “straight probation” is off the table for judge approval, there are situations in which we can get our clients what is known as “deferred adjudication”. A deferred adjudication is a unique form of probation that involves the deferment of a “guilty” plea for a designated period of time. A plea involving deferred adjudication charges is allowable for those crimes with a maximum prison time not exceeding 10 years.
The worst-case scenario is a guilty verdict followed by a prison sentence. 3G offenses can carry prison sentences ranging from five year to life in prison. However, even when facing the worst-case scenario, our firm will work hard to minimize this sentence.
Eligibility for Parole
3G convictions that come with prison sentences have other special rules related to parole eligibility. All 3G sentences require that the convicted individual serve 50% or more (minimum of 2 years) of their sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
3G Felony Defense Strategy
If you are accused of a 3G offense in the greater Dallas, San Antonio or Fort Worth area, there is more on the line than your reputation and criminal record. Your very freedom is at stake. You need a criminal defense attorney accustomed to successfully defending 3G cases.
At Manual Diaz Law Firm, PC, we’ll evaluate your case an develop a customized defense strategy tailored to help you achieve the best possible outcome. From high-quality investigative work, to outside the box tactics designed to support your innocence and punch holes in the prosecution’s case, we will do everything we can to advocate for a dismissal, no bill of charge, favorable plea deal, or “not guilty” verdict.
Call or message today for a free initial consultation. We’re standing by and eager to learn more about how we can fight hard for your rights and freedom.