Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal charges can result in drastic legal consequences and permanent damage to your future. Beat your charges by working with a criminal defense attorney in Fort Worth.
It can be surprisingly easy to get into trouble with the law. Maybe you didn’t know that something you were doing was illegal. Maybe you simply made a mistake. Or maybe you’ve been wrongfully accused of a crime you didn’t commit.
Regardless of the circumstances, getting arrested and charged doesn’t mean that a conviction is a sure thing. From physical evidence to witness accounts to procedural errors to rights violations, there could be any number of ways to challenge the charges against you.
Winning a dismissal of charges or an acquittal should always be your goal, but beating the prosecution’s case isn’t likely to be easy. To clear your name, you’ll want to work with a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy.
What’s at Stake with Criminal Charges
Even having a minor offense on your record is something to be avoided at all costs. Of course, some crimes will result in harsher legal penalties than others, which is why it’s imperative to know what’s at stake when you’ve been charged with a crime.
Minor crimes will generally be classified as some form of misdemeanor, while serious offenses are classed as some degree of felony. Your defense lawyer will be able to explain the penalty likely to be pursued by the prosecution, although the general sentencing guidelines in Texas are as follows:
- Class C Misdemeanor – A fine of up to $500
- Class B Misdemeanor – A jail sentence of up to 180 days, a fine of up to $2,000
- Class A Misdemeanor – A jail sentence of up to one year, a fine of up to $4,000
- State Jail Felony – A jail sentence of between 180 days and two years, a fine of up to $10,000
- Third-Degree Felony – A prison sentence of between two and ten years, a fine of up to $10,000
- Second-Degree Felony – A prison sentence of between two and twenty years, a fine of up to $10,000
- First-Degree Felony – A prison sentence of between five and ninety-nine years, a fine of up to $10,000
- Capital Felony – Either the death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of parole (parole might be possible when the defendant was a minor at the time of the crime)
Your Life Will Change After a Conviction
Even aside from the fine and term of incarceration, a criminal conviction will have a huge impact on your life afterward. For one thing, certain crimes might carry additional penalties. Many sex offenses, for example, will require registration as a sex offender, which will forever complicate your life by restricting where you can go and who you can be around, as well as forcing you to disclose your conviction in many situations.
Aside from this, even a Class C misdemeanor can forever change your future and your opportunities. You might find your job and housing opportunities are greatly limited, and your family and friends might also treat you differently.
If you become a convicted felon, then you might even lose your right to vote or own a firearm.
Dealing with all of this only happens if you actually get convicted, however. By working with a Fort Worth criminal attorney from our firm, you give yourself the best chance for getting your charges dismissed—and that will be our goal from the moment we take up your case.
Representing Yourself Is Risky
People are often tempted to represent themselves when charged with a crime. Perhaps your offense was minor, or perhaps you don’t think the prosecutor’s case is likely to be very strong.
While either of these might be true, you’re risking a lot by not working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A skilled prosecutor can make even a weak case sound convincing to the judge and jury.
Even worse, the prosecutor is likely to see your case as an easy win if you don’t have legal counsel, so even a plea bargain might be off the table. Prosecutors are rarely interested in negotiating with defendants directly.
Even working with a public defender isn’t your best option. Not only would you need to meet certain income requirements, but the public defender’s office usually has more cases than they can reasonably deal with—which means you won’t get the personalized attention needed to get the best results.
Building a Powerful Defense Against Criminal Charges
A Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer from our firm can build the case you need. The right defense will depend on the circumstances of your arrest and of the alleged crime. We’ll handle all of the evidence collection and speak to any witnesses, so you can focus on your personal and professional lives during this difficult time.
Developing a convincing case is all about knowing how to make the best use of the available evidence. Remember, the burden of proof rests with the prosecution, so all your attorney needs to do is establish reasonable doubt.
From drug charges to theft to violent crimes, our lawyers can give you the best defense possible for your case. Even if the evidence against you seems unbeatable, there might have been a rights violation or error committed by the officers who arrested you which could get that same evidence thrown out of court.
Fort Worth Criminal Defense FAQ
Nothing is more overwhelming than facing criminal charges. You’re going to have questions and concerns, and our criminal attorneys are here to provide the answers you need. To get started, we’ve answered a few common questions below.
Can I get the record of my arrest expunged or sealed in Texas?
It will depend on the details of your case. If you were acquitted or if your charges were dismissed, then there’s a good chance that you’re eligible for an expunction. In other circumstances, it might be possible to have the criminal record sealed so that it’s not available to the public.
Is it possible to get a DWI dismissed even if I failed a breathalyzer test?
Yes. Breathalyzers are not 100 percent reliable, and there might also have been environmental factors that interfered with the reading. Your drunk driving arrest might also have involved a rights violation or a lack of probable cause that could see your charge dismissed.
What do I do if there’s a warrant out for my arrest?
If there’s a warrant out for your arrest, a criminal defense attorney can help you resolve the situation with a minimum of public embarrassment and risk. We can also help you arrange bail simultaneously so that you might be able to leave the precinct soon after coming in for booking.
Connect with a Fort Worth Criminal Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy, we have the in-depth understanding of criminal law that you want on your side when you’re facing criminal charges. We provide the best-quality legal counsel to our clients, and we always strive to see the charges we challenge dismissed.
If you’re facing any type of criminal charge, schedule a free, confidential consultation with a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer. Arrange yours by completing the contact form below or by calling 817-605-1010.
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