Criminal Law | East Texas


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Criminal Defense

Like most areas of the law, there is a grey area where they overlap. Civil Law and Criminal Law are no exception, and having attorneys experienced in both is essential.

The most frequent complaint against attorneys is communication with their clients. Most criminal attorneys will advise their clients when the police begin questioning is to remain silent. This is solid advice usually, but a criminal investigation can be like a snowball and often people need a voice during this process.

It is vital that you be able to reach your attorney during the pendency of a criminal case which is why our clients have the ability to reach us at all hours.

Being arrested or investigated can be a tragic experience for any family. The consequences of inaction and/or a mistake during this type of ordeal can be devastating. It is important to obtain representation as early as possible in this process. Often the right legal representation early on can avoid criminal charges all together.

Once charges are filed, proper handling of the case is essential as many criminal convictions can trigger additional serious legal issues such as deportation, license suspensions, mandatory incarceration, mandatory probation, and more. In addition to the possibility of incarceration, the long-term consequences of a conviction may include the loss of the right to vote, ineligibility for elected office or professional licenses, and restrictions on the right to possess weapons.

Being Arrested Is Not The End - It's The Beginning

If you or a loved one have recently been arrested or are being investigated for a crime, odds are you're feeling stressed, anxious and scared. The uncertainty of what to do next when you've been accused of a criminal offense can be paralyzing - at a time when it is imperative you take immediate action.

First and foremost, it's important to remember that your case is far from over if you are arrested. The prosecution still has to build a convincing case against you and establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. During this time, you should be meeting with your defense lawyer regularly to plan your legal defense. Doing so gives you the best possible shot at overcoming this huge obstacle in your life and moving on.

The stakes couldn't be higher than when you face a criminal charge, which is why you should be wise in selecting a criminal defense attorney with the right experience, knowledge and background in resolving cases just like yours.

 

You Have Questions - We Have Answers

Defendants who have been arrested or charged with a crime for the first time often have many unanswered questions. Unfortunately, finding accurate information that takes into account your specific criminal charge and local/state laws is difficult.

When you meet with our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys during your free consultation, we can help put your mind at ease by giving insightful answers to commonly asked questions.

Bail Bonds, Bail Hearings and Bail Forfeitures

Bail

When you are arrested in the State of Texas, your freedom will be taken from you by law enforcement as you are arrested and physically taken and enter the criminal justice system. Whether and when you are free to join your loved ones while you await trial of your case will depend upon a judicial determination that often involves setting bail.

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 17.15.

RULES FOR FIXING AMOUNT OF BAIL.

The amount of bail to be required in any case is to be regulated by the court, judge, magistrate or officer taking the bail; they are to be governed in the exercise of this discretion by the Constitution and by the following rules:

  1. The bail shall be sufficiently high to give reasonable assurance that the undertaking will be complied with.
  2. The power to require bail is not to be so used as to make it an instrument of oppression.
  3. The nature of the offense and the circumstances under which it was committed are to be considered.
  4. The ability to make bail is to be regarded, and proof may be taken upon this point.
  5. The future safety of a victim of the alleged offense and the community shall be considered.

Bond Reductions

Bail bonds and bail bonding companies exist to help people secure release while their case navigates the criminal justice system. Most people need financial help to make that bail amount, and Attorneys often challenge the amount in instances that justify a lower or less expensive bail amount.

Bond Forfeitures

After bail is given, if a Defendant fails to appear for a scheduled court date, a warrant is issued and the bond is forfeited. At this hearing, a bond company or individual bond poster, through their attorney, can present evidence and arguments to the Court as to why the bond should be exonerated and not forfeited to the State.

Defendants, Bail bondsmen and surety companies confront a unique risk because if a defendant misses court, it can mean paying a sizable bond forfeiture judgment. The defendant is also liable personally for the amount of the bond forfeiture.

We can help to reduce the amount of bail or with the aftermath when a defendant misses court by filing a motion to reduce a bond or asserting procedural defenses to a forfeiture judgment.

Schedule a Free Consultation

Let us represent you and your family during these complicated and stressful times. Our dedicated and knowledgeable team can provide you with strong representation and actionable advice. If you are ready to schedule your free consultation, please fill out our request form or give us a call.