If you have been charged with a crime, you need a lawyer immediately. I have the experience and knowledge to protect your rights against any state criminal charges. Although some defendants think they can handle legal issues on their own, having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is the best way to prevent becoming another statistic. Areas of practice include Drug Possession, Driving While Intoxicated, Occupational Drivers License, Probation Violations, Assaults, Burglaries, Thefts, Felonies and Misdemeanors.
Your Best Defense is Your Attorney
Are You Being Accused of a Crime? If so, you must seriously consider the consequences and do everything in your power to minimize them. Being charged and convicted of a crime can lead to job loss, a criminal record and jail time. Whether accused of a felony or misdemeanor criminal case in Rockwall or Hunt Counties, you deserve the best defense.
Drug Possession (Controlled Substances)
Drug Possession is by far the most common crime Rockwall and Hunt Counties. Whether the case is a Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana under 2 oz. or 1st decree felony manufacture and delivery of large amounts of a controlled substance, the crime will be vigorously prosecuted in both counties.
DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)
An arrest for DWI can result in serious consequences. A person who is convicted of DWI faces heavy penalties, a loss of driving privileges and may be sentenced to serve some jail time.
When you are arrested for DWI, two cases are actually brought against you. The first is the criminal case of DWI. Additionally, the Department of Public Safety will take your drivers license away if you refuse to take a breath test or if you take a breath test and blow a .08 or above. To protect your job, it is important that your driving privileges be protected.
As so much is riding on a DWI conviction, it is important to have an experienced attorney guide you through the legal mazes of the Rockwall and Hunt county justice systems and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Driving While License Invalid
DWLI is being prosecuted more and more in Rockwall and Hunt counties. Without a valid drivers license many people simply can’t get to and from work. This problem needs to be resolved as quickly as possible so you can legally drive to your place of business.
Domestic Violence (Assaults)
Assault is actual physical or threatened violence. The severity of the charge depends on the seriousness of the case. Assault cases involving family members are generally prosecuted as Class A misdemeanors for first time offenders. Prior acts of domestic violence and the criminal history of the accused will also influence how the case is prosecuted.
What happens when you violate your probation depends on the seriousness of the violation. Potential consequences of a probation violation can be jail or prison time. In the alternative, you may be placed back on probation under the same terms and conditions, or you may receive an extended probation with additional terms of probation. Many considerations are taken into account by the prosecutors and judges including whether the violation happened early or late during the probation period, whether the violation involves a new crime, the number of times you have previously violated your probation terms, mitigating and aggravating circumstances and the attitude of the probation officer.
Theft charges can be very serious depending on the value of the property stolen. In Texas, the severity of the crime is directly related to the value of the property taken. Theft crimes under $1,500.00 are typically considered to be misdemeanors. Thefts involving property worth $1,500.00 or more are considered felonies. Simply put, the higher the value of the property taken, the more severe the punishment.
Negotiating a Plea Agreement
Some criminal charges are dropped after negotiating a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. In some cases, the defendant pleads guilty to a less serious charge in exchange for the prosecutor’s agreement to drop the more serious charges. Depending on the severity of the crime committed, a defendant who is found guilty may be sentenced to serve some period of probation, to pay a fine, perform community service, make restitution or to serve some time in jail or prison. A veteran criminal defense attorney will know how to work with a prosecutor to fashion a deal providing for the least severe punishment.
The right attorney can make the difference.