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      As a Tyler Criminal Defense Lawyer I understand the impact a criminal case can have on someone and their family. All too often good people find themselves in the criminal courts system. This may be a result of poor decisions that a person has made or it may be that a person has been falsely accused of a crime. In either circumstance it is important to retain a confident and skilled criminal defense attorney to represent them in court.


    The Importance of Hiring a Qualified Tyler Criminal Defense Lawyer


    Tyler Criminal Defense Attorney    Unlike civil cases a criminal case has penalties that can involve a significant time in jail. I understand the way the courts in Smith County operate and I have an excellent rapport with the District Attorney’s Office. This allows me to make the best suggestions possible to my clients for them to make the most informed decision possible about their case. No matter the level of charge that you may be facing it is important to know how your case may affect you later on down the road depending on the outcome. Even a simple Class B Misdemeanor can affect you later down the road in passing a background check for a potential job or a handgun license. If you have already received a conviction in the past it may be necessary to complete a non disclosure or an expunction. Remember not all criminal convictions are eligible for a non disclosure or expunction.


Penalties for Criminal Convictions   

 Class C Misdemeanor 

      Fine not to exceed $500.00

 Class B Misdemeanor

      Fine not to exceed $2,000.00;

      Jail time not to exceed 180 days;

      Or both such fine and confinement.

Class A Misdemeanor

     Fine not to exceed $4,000.00;

      Jail time not to exceed 1 year;

     Or both such fine and confinement.

State Jail Felony

    Confinement in a State Jail not to more than 2 years or less than 180 days;

    In addition to confinement may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000

Third Degree Felony

    Imprisonment in TDCJ not to more than 10 years or less than 2 years;

    In addition to confinement may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000

Second Degree Felony

    Imprisonment in TDCJ not to exceed more than 20 years or less than 2 years;

    In addition to confinement may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000

First Degree Felony

    Imprisonment in TDCJ for life or for any term not to exceed 99 years or less than 5 years;

    In addition to confinement may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000


Having a Local Tyler Criminal Defense Lawyer


     The benefits of hiring a competent local attorney who practices criminal law are far more than saving money.   A skilled attorney can present your case to the district attorney’s office and explain the circumstances surrounding the situation. This will often help resolve the criminal case before the necessity of a trial. Many cases are able to be resolved before the need for a trial.  However there are a few cases that must proceed to trial in an attempt to reach the desired result. If this is the case it is important to hire a criminal lawyer with trial experience. As your local Tyler Criminal Defense Lawyer I have over a decade of trial experience. 


Steps in a Criminal Case


      The steps in a criminal case very much depends on the the specific circumstance in your particular case. It also depends on when you retain a defense attorney on what the next step is. I always recommend hiring a local Tyler Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as you know there is an investigation or before the case is filed. In certain cases your lawyer can speak with the District Attorney’s Office and possibly reach a resolution before any criminal charges are filed. If a case has already been filed with the court the next step would be to request discovery. At this time I would be able to review all the evidence that the prosecution is relying on to pursue your case to trial. There is a lot more that goes on than just reviewing the evidence. An experienced attorney will also review the evidence to ensure that the police followed proper procedures and laws in obtaining the evidence they have.  I will also conduct my own investigation at this point which may involve locating and speaking with witnesses. Personally going to the crime scene to obtain additional photos if necessary. Again the steps are extremely case specific. If an agreement still can not be reached with the prosecution preparing for trial is crucial.


Criminal Trial by Jury or Judge


Tyler Criminal Defense LawyerDepending on the specific details of your case will determine weather your case should be presented to the judge or to a jury. A criminal case can be heard by either a single judge or a jury consisting of your peers. It is extremely important for your future that your trial attorney puts in the necessary time and work on your case before a trial actually occurs. It is hard for anyone to predict what a jury is thinking or what they will do. This is why it is necessary to relay all of the facts out in front of a jury so that they can understand exactly what took place.

If you have been accused of a crime please contact me now. I will be happy to review your case with you and discuss your options with you. I know and understand that good people sometimes can make a poor decision, but don’t let this affect the rest of your life. I have been practicing law for over a decade and have the trial experience needed to provide you with the defense you are entitled to. Call me, a Tyler Criminal Defense Lawyer today. 

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