All charges in Texas are classified according to their nature and severity. The class of the charge will determine the possible penalties for individuals who are convicted. While crimes classified as misdemeanors are considered less serious, crimes classified as felonies are considered more serious.
Civil Asset Forfeiture, which is sometimes called "Civil Seizure," is a controversial legal practice where law enforcement officers take property from people who they suspect are involved with crime or other illegal activity, without the police having to charge the property owners with any wrongdoing at all. In many cases, property is seized without anyone being arrested.