Dallas, TX asked in Criminal Law for Texas

Q: can the same felony enhancements that have been used in previous cases be used again on a new case?

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Phillip Wayne Goff
Phillip Wayne Goff
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A: Yes, assuming there are completely new cases. For instance, if you had a felony conviction in Dallas County, and it resulted in a prison sentence, it could be used to enhance a later felony in Tarrant County to a repeat felony offender status. If you were sentenced to prison in that case, then were released, then committed a new felony in Harris County, you would face habitual felony offender status because both the Tarrant County and the Dallas County convictions would be used to enhance the charge. The fact the Dallas County conviction was used against you in both of the later cases is contemplated by statute. There is no limitation how many times that Dallas conviction could be used to enhance you in later cases.

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