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Woman in Texas receives nine year sentence for credit card abuse

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Posted on Jun 03, 2013

    Last week we discussed credit card abuse in a post here.  We recently saw a news item that speaks to the seriousness of the offense.  Jennifer Westbrook was sentenced to nine years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice out of Brazos County Texas.  Although credit card abuse is a state jail felony with a punishment of up to two years in state jail as a result of someone’s criminal history it is possible for the offense to be enhanced in order to increase the range of punishment.  In this case the Brazos County district attorney’s office had enhanced the range of punishment with the use of a prior forgery and credit abuse in which she had received state jail felony convictions.   Under Texas law if a person has two prior state jail felony convictions their punishment range will increase to that of a third degree felony.  The range of punishment on a third degree felony is two to ten years.  Ms. Westbrook reached a plea agreement of nine years.  It appears she was already serving a sentence for state jail felony when she entered this agreement.  She will be eligible for parole when she has credit for one quarter of the nine-year sentence.  If you or a loved one has been charged with credit card abuse in Harris County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Galveston County, Montgomery county or other surrounding counties please call us at 713-651-1444 for a free consultation.  If you or a loved one is in prison and you have questions regarding the parole process or would like to hire a Texas parole lawyer please call us or fill out an online contact form.  Our office is in Houston and we represent offenders throughout the state of Texas.

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