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We know how stressful a time it can be if you are arrested and are facing criminal charges, especially when they are piled on top of the possibility of serious jail time and hefty fines.

It’s at times like these that you need experienced and dedicated lawyers who are qualified to guide you through these tumultuous periods and get you through to a satisfactory conclusion.

Our legal team has 30+ years of experience, which gives us the resources and depth of knowledge you need to negotiate every situation successfully. Your rights are important to us, and ensuring you are treated fairly and justly by police and the courts is the driving force behind our practice.

Whenever you’re dealing with the law or are facing the courts, contact us to provide support and guidance for whatever criminal charge you may be facing. It’s essential you act fast and get the right advice. Only then can you be sure that every course of action you take will be the right one.

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Robbery and Armed Robbery

Robbery Charges in Houston

Armed robbery is a violent crime that is taken very seriously and can often end in a prison term if you fail to get the best legal defense behind you.

The definition of theft may be straightforward but defending against such charges is not. We will help our clients understand the crime for which they have been charged as there are various categories for theft outlined in the Texas Penal Code.

Defining the crime is a lot different from proving a crime was committed, and a lot of elements must be established before you can be found guilty of a robbery. A few of the aspects that must be proven include intent, possession, bodily injury, and property.

When the jury believes that an element of the crime of robbery is not there, then the charge of robbery cannot be upheld.

Our defense attorneys are experts at defending against a charge of robbery. If it is shown that one element of the crime is missing, then we can prepare a legitimate and successful defense.

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Arrest / Search & Seizure

Arrest, Search & Seizure

You have a right to “reasonable expectation of privacy,” and laws have been put in place to protect against unreasonable search and seizures by police.

If you are facing charges arising from a search and seizure and feel that your rights have been violated, our attorneys will fight for you in court and do everything in their power to achieve a successful outcome.

Our experienced attorneys will consider all the evidence to construct a generic motion to suppress. All this will be done without revealing the exact reason for the suppression.

The privacy and rights of the individual are two of the foundations of the United States legal system, and illegal search and seizures will be vigorously fought against by our team.

Be sure to consult with an attorney as soon as possible if you feel you have been violated, as this will help to ensure that a more robust defense can be built against the charges.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a criminal act against a family or household member, or current or past dating partners. Penalties can vary according to the relationship with the victim and police officers do not require a warrant to make an arrest for a domestic violence charge.

Unfortunately, because police often err on the side of caution whenever there is a report of domestic violence, this is one area of the law that is prone to false accusations. In a lot of cases, the charge has been filed due to spite, anger or vengeance.

The right lawyers can make all the difference during these stressful times. It’s important to know that a domestic violence charge or protective order is not automatically a no-win situation, but an experienced attorney is essential for achieving a favorable outcome. Make sure you have the protection you need by calling on a domestic violence attorney.

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Drug Crimes

Drug Charges

The war on drugs is going strong in the United States, and you could face stiff penalties for even minor drug charges. If you are facing drug charges, then you need experienced defense lawyers behind you and building an effective defense.

Your best course is to act as soon as possible. Many drug charges in both the federal and state court systems are hastily dealt with, and without an experienced team, the outcomes for trials are often unfavorable.

With the courts acting as rapidly as they do, it can be tough to make clear and rational decisions. Our team will provide a steadying hand during this harrowing and challenging ordeal. We understand the law, and we can advise you on the best course of action moving forward.

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DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)

DWI Charge in Houston

In the state of Texas, you will be Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) if you have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 and are behind the wheel of a motor vehicle in a public place. It’s a serious crime, and you will be facing a hefty fine if found guilty.

You will need an aggressive defense while standing up to your charges, both in and out of court. Our lives are hectic and busy. As a result, it can be very easy to mistakenly get behind the wheel of a car while you are intoxicated.

It is essential you vigorously defend against a DWI charge, even if it is your first time. Subsequent arrests can meet even harsher penalties if the first charge manages to make it onto your record. Protect your reputation and your right to drive with an experienced and professional defense team.

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Expunction / Nondisclosure

Expunction / Nondisclosure

Getting arrested will be one of the worst days of your life, and we believe that it is your right not to have to explain it to your boss, landlord, or creditor.

An order of expunction affords you the right not to have to reveal that you were arrested. An order of nondisclosure prohibits any public entity (police departments and courts) from disclosing specific criminal offenses. Unlike expunction, a nondisclosure means that the public entity is still able to hold onto your records.

It’s important to note that nondisclosure will only apply to specific offenses as requested, and not to all criminal offenses.

Make sure you understand the differences and the consequences you face if you don’t achieve a full expunction, by hiring a lawyer who is experienced and dedicated to clearing your name.

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Grand Jury Cases

Grand Jury cases

If the crime you are being charged with has the potential to be classed as a felony, then a grand jury will determine if the case has enough evidence to continue. Texas has five levels of felonies, including state jail felonies, third – first felonies, and capital felonies.

Being charged with a felony means you are facing a more extensive range of penalties which could result in jail time and financial penalties.

Hiring the right attorney when you are facing a grand jury will help you uncover and present evidence which could lead to a non-indictment.

Your criminal defense attorney will not be granted access to the room during your questioning. However, a good attorney will know from experience the questions you will likely be facing and can coach and guide you during the times you are outside the room.

Grand jury sessions are grueling and can go on for many hours or days, so it’s essential you have the support of the best lawyers.

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Murder and Manslaughter Charges

Murder & Manslaughter Charges in Houston

Texas uses several variations of murder charges, with each determined by the circumstances of the offense, and differing levels of punishment. Murder is intentional or knowingly killing of a person.

Manslaughter is a different criminal homicide and is defined by the code as a “person acting recklessly, or is reckless,” resulting in the death of a person. Manslaughter is a Second-Degree Felony and is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.

When you are charged with murder or manslaughter, it is vital that you speak to an experienced and qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Only the best lawyers will be able to build an effective defense against these most serious charges.

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Weapons and Possession Charge

Weapons and Possession Charges

A weapons and possessions charge is a third-degree felony in Texas, with the possibility of up to a $10,000 fine, and up to 10 years in prison.

The second amendment gives citizens the right to “keep and bear arms,” but there are limits on the types of firearms you can carry. If you are found carrying in the wrong location or have a charge brought against you because of reckless actions you may face Houston gun charges.

You may also face harsh penalties if the weapon was found on a member of a criminal gang or was used unlawfully.

You do have rights, and if you have been wrongfully charged it is crucial you get in contact with a team you know has the experience and dedication to clear you of any wrongdoing, and vigorously defend your right to carry.

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