Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyer

When criminal charges have been brought against you in Tarrant County, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you win an acquittal or dismissal of charges.

Charged with a criminal offense? Worried about losing your freedom and your future? Unsure of what to do next? The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy has you covered.

Anyone in this situation has a right to be nervous and anxious. Depending on the crime you’ve been charged with, you could be looking at an expensive fine, a drivers license suspension, a permanent criminal record, and even jail or prison time.

That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a conviction, however. By working with a Tarrant County criminal defense lawyer from our firm, you give yourself the best chance of avoiding the penalties associated with the crime you’ve been accused of. Our goal is to achieve an acquittal or dismissal of charges—whatever the best possible outcome for a client is.

Self-Representation: Bad Idea

For any number of reasons, people facing criminal charges are often tempted to forego legal counsel and represent themselves. And the truth is that prosecutors love it when this happens.

If you don’t have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side, it’s unlikely that you’ll even be offered a plea bargain. Of course, your goal should always be to have your charges dismissed, but going without a lawyer drastically reduces the options available to you.

Even working with a public defender—if you satisfy the income restrictions—isn’t the best idea. Public defenders are wonderful people who know their stuff, but they’re also often overworked and dealing with a caseload that leaves precious little time to focus on any one given case.

A criminal lawyer from our firm can provide the legal counsel and representation you need to obtain the best result for your case. We’ve been helping people in your situation for over twenty years, and in addition to providing the personal attention and dedication your case demands, you’ll benefit from the fact that we know all the ins and outs of Tarrant County’s criminal justice system.

Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Their Punishments

Every crime in the Texas penal code has a corresponding punishment. From the most minor of misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies, it’s essential to know what’s at stake when you’ve been charged with a crime.

Even if it’s your first offense, you can’t count on the prosecution or the judge going easy on you. Much depends on the circumstances of the alleged offense, your arrest, how your case is presented, and the personalities of said judge and prosecutor.

Your Tarrant County criminal lawyer will be able to determine what penalty you can expect in the event of a conviction, but these are the general guidelines for the different classifications of felonies and misdemeanors in Texas:

  • Class C Misdemeanor – Up to a $500 fine
  • Class B Misdemeanor – Up to a 180-day jail sentence and up to a $2,000 fine
  • Class A Misdemeanor – Up to a one-year jail sentence and up to a $4,000 fine
  • State Jail Felony – Between a 180-day and two-year jail sentence and up to a $10,000 fine
  • Third-Degree Felony – Between a two- and ten-year prison sentence and up to a $10,000 fine
  • Second-Degree Felony – Between a two- and twenty-year prison sentence and up to a $10,000 fine
  • First-Degree Felony – Between a five- and ninety-nine-year prison sentence and up to a $10,000 fine
  • Capital Felony – A prison sentence of life without the possibility of parole (unless the defendant was a minor when the crime took place) or the death sentence

Many crimes can also come with additional penalties. For example, a drunk driving charge could result in a license suspension, a sex crime might require registration as a sex offender, and a drug-related offense might require substance-abuse counseling.

Everything Is at Risk

Unfortunately, few crimes have no repercussions beyond the legal consequences. In essence, your entire future wellbeing is at risk, which is why it’s critical to work with a criminal defense attorney to beat the charges against you.

A conviction could mean the upending of everything you’ve worked toward—even after you’ve paid the legal penalty. While this is especially true for anyone facing the possibility of becoming a convicted felon, it’s also true of misdemeanor offenses.

When you have a criminal record, it can greatly reduce your options for jobs, housing, loans, and even higher education. Even keeping your current job might not be possible, and you might even lose some of your rights.

By challenging your criminal charge in court, you’re not just avoiding the penalties, you’re also protecting your future.

The Defense You Need to Beat Criminal Charges

A Tarrant County criminal defense attorney from our firm will know how to build a potent defense for your case, regardless of what you’ve been charged with. Getting our lawyers on board as soon as possible gives you the best chance to clear your name.

If there’s a Tarrant County warrant out for your arrest, we can help you arrange a walkthrough and even bond so that you don’t have to risk a humiliating public arrest and might be able to get out on bail the same day. This also lets us get familiar with your case right from the beginning.

No matter when our criminal lawyer comes on board, we’ll be able to work with you to build the best defense for your particular circumstances.

If you’ve been charged with assault, we’ll question witnesses to determine if something was misinterpreted or blown out of proportion. If you’ve been charged with drug possession, we’ll explore whether the police had probable cause to conduct a search. Whatever the circumstances, we’ll identify all of the weak points in the case against you and highlight them during your trial.

Connect with a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tarrant County

The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy has the criminal defense experience you need on your side when you’ve been charged with a crime. We provide all our clients with the personal attention they need and fully devote ourselves to each and every case we take up.

Whether you’re dealing with an active criminal investigation, awaiting trial, or need an expunction or sealing of a criminal record, we can help. Contact us to arrange a free, confidential consultation with a Tarrant County criminal defense lawyer today. Just complete the form below or call 817-605-1010.

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