It is a good idea to contact experienced counsel immediately following a criminal charge. You will need representation as soon as possible. The criminal justice system is not a fair process, and you will be matched up against hardened prosecutors and police officers who may be willing to violate your rights. A Dallas criminal defense attorney can help fight for your rights and answer any questions you may have.
The Texas Criminal Justice System
The criminal justice system can be overwhelming for someone unfamiliar with the process. Some steps of the criminal process where you will want an attorney representing you include:
- Prosecution. Prosecutors will gather evidence against you and may conduct interviews and engage in other investigation. Your attorney may be present with you at all interviews and ensure that your constitutional rights are protected.
- Negotiating a Plea Deal. Prosecutors are overworked and may have flimsy evidence supporting their case. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows how to exploit these to get the best plea deal for you.
- Courtroom Defense. Defending your rights in court is a unique experience. An experienced attorney knows what arguments work and realizes what elements of a criminal charge are the hardest to prove. Defending a criminal case is very much an art form and you will want an attorney who is comfortable in this environment.
- Sentencing. Even if you are found guilty of a crime, an attorney can help minimize your penalties at the sentencing phase. Your attorney can help argue for less jail time or to avoid incarceration completely through probation or house arrest.
Texas Felonies and Misdemeanors
Most criminal charges are for felonies or misdemeanors:
- Felonies. These are usually reserved for more serious crimes like sex crimes, armed robbery, grand theft, and drug distribution. Felonies typically carry prison times of more than one year along with significant monetary fines.
- Misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are usually for less serious crimes like petty theft, drug possession, and simple assault. The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor is typically one year in jail.
Unlawful searches and seizures happen every day. If you’re subjected to a search and seizure, it’s critical that you know your legal rights. The following FAQ’s can inform you of search and seizure law, and how you can protect both your personal property and yourself in a court of law.
Contact a Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you need help on a criminal law matter, contact experienced lawyer John L. Corn. You can schedule a consultation to discuss the specifics of your case by calling The Law Office of John L. Corn, P.C at (214) 771-8911.