What a Criminal Defense Lawyer Does

By Jeff Kennedy

Criminal defense lawyers serve a vital role in our judicial system by providing a legal defense to those who have been accused of a crime. 

No matter the charges facing you, the constitution protects your right to fair trial in a court of law. Read on to find out what a criminal defense lawyer can do for you. 

Crimes for Which a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

One of the underlying principles in the American justice system is the right to a fair trial and the right to legal defense. This means that, regardless of the charges brought against a defendant, they are entitled to the help of a criminal defense lawyer who can defend their case. 

In Texas, some of the common crimes for which a lawyer can provide a criminal defense include the following: 

  • Traffic violations/DWIs — Although minor moving violations such as speeding could mean a punishment as light as a few points on your license, others such as DWIs or reckless driving could mean legal and/or professional repercussions. 
  • Drug charges, including possession, distribution, or manufacturing — Texas takes the issue of drug control seriously, which means you’ll need a solid legal defense even for charges such as marijuana possession.
  • Sex crimes — A sex crime conviction could have a devestating impact on your freedom and future. Speak with a criminal defense attorney before it’s too late. 
  • HomicideA charge as serious as homicide requires a rigorous legal defense. 
  • Domestic abuse — This crime falls under the umbrella of non-expungeable offenses in the state of Texas, so getting an acquittal will be vital in order to protect your future. 

How an Attorney Can Defend You

An experienced criminal defense attorney will take care of all evidence collection and secure depositions from any witnesses to the alleged crime, allowing you to focus on leading your life as normally as possible. 

In any criminal trial, it’s up to the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the crime for which you are tried. A criminal defense lawyer, therefore, can work to cast doubt on prosecution’s claims in your defense. 

Sometimes, there are other problems with arrest procedure that could lead to your case being thrown out. An officer arresting you without reading your rights or without probable cause could be cause for having your case dismissed.

An experienced criminal defense attorney knows what to look for and could help build a defense that leads to case dismissal or acquittal.

Case Expungement: The Role of a Lawyer

Although a criminal defense lawyer isn’t always needed when applying for an expungement, it’s likely they could help streamline the process. 

If your case was previously dismissed or acquitted, a defense attorney could help you clear it from your record permanently. In other cases, a lawyer might be able to help you seal the record in order to protect your professional and personal reputation. 

Find Out Whether a Criminal Defense Lawyer is Right for you 

Regardless of the charges you’re facing, a criminal conviction could lead to permanent, unwanted consequences. The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy are backed by years of experience helping their clients fight unjust charges. We can help you too. 

Ready to find out what a criminal defense lawyer from our firm can do for you? Call 817-605-1010 or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation. 


Jeff C. Kennedy was the light of hope at the end of very dark storm. He was not only able to defend my case swiftly, but had the alleged charges dismissed completely. His calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My children and I are eternally grateful for his excellent service and I hereby recommend Jeff C. Kennedy without reservation.


Jeff Kennedy truly cares. He and his staff kept me informed all the way throughout my case and provided me with all my options and the potential outcomes for my case. When the day finally arrived to resolve my case, Jeff was able to negotiate a reduction to a lesser charge. He was well prepared and coordinated everything perfectly. Jeff is not only a good lawyer, but a good man.


I hired Mr. Jeff Kennedy to handle a DWI charge. From day one, I knew I had picked the right attorney. Jeff always took the time to answer any of my questions, treated me very professionally, and truly cared about my case. I have never been in any kind of trouble before and I was very nervous about the thought of going to trial. Jeff thoroughly explained the entire process to me and made me feel at ease. Jeff took my case to trial and the jury found me NOT GUILTY!


Jeff Kennedy is a professional, intelligent, easy-to-talk-to lawyer with an excellent understanding of how the system works. Jeff was able to get my twice the legal limit BAC thrown out and he kept me from having an interlock device put on my car. This has been my only big mistake in life so far (hopefully the last) and I am glad he was there to walk me through it. You will not regret hiring him.

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