Expert Criminal Defense in the Houston area, including Brazoria, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Harris & Montgomery Counties
No one ever plans on needing to hire a criminal defense attorney. Most of us don’t think that we’ll ever need such legal representation. After all, you and the people around you certainly aren’t career criminals. And indeed, most of the people who do need such representation would agree with you. They’re ordinary law-abiding citizens who through a set of extraordinary circumstances have run afoul of the law.
While many folks have little sympathy for those who get into legal trouble and claim “It’s not my fault” or “I didn’t know that wasn’t allowed,” it can happen all too easily. As wonderful as our legal system is, our many rules and regulations can entrap the most minor and unwitting of lawbreakers in an endless nightmare.
Convictions requiring a prison sentence can result in the loss of homes and employment, or the ability to find either. And given that those convicted may have been falsely accused, or given a sentence out of proportion to their actions, one sees how the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney can be very helpful. Such an attorney can:
- Help clients enter pleas and arrange for bail if needed
- File paperwork and documents for clients and collect evidence
- Attend meetings and hearings as a representative of the client
- Represent the client in court and negotiate settlements
Often individuals think that if a criminal defense attorney is representing a client in a non-serious criminal action, it must be vehicle related. It’s certainly true that this is a good lawyer to have on your side in a DUI case or when accused of “driving while texting,” but there are many other ways in which a lawyer can assist an “unintentional criminal.” Look below to see just a few examples.
Criminal trespass is defined as an individual intentionally entering, occupying, or using a property despite the express wishes of the property owner. In Texas, the property owner can do this by issuing verbal and written warnings, erecting fencing, or by making it obvious that the land is being used specifically for agricultural purposes. Under Texas statutes, criminal trespass is considered a misdemeanor, with various classifications that can affect penalties. A defense lawyer can help here both in having sentencing reduced, and challenging trespass notifications and having charges dismissed.
This is defined under Texas law as an act by an individual that results in damage to property either public or private. This is a tricky law that can be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on circumstances. Penalties can range from fines of under a hundred dollars to a lifetime in prison. Further complicating matters in Texas, statutes here vary between counties. The services of legal council are essential here to make sure that charges are being correctly applied or getting them dismissed, and in helping to find alternatives to traditional sentencing like community service.
Failure to Appear in Court
There could be many reasons why an accused party fails to attend a court date, ranging from a family emergency to not being informed in writing of a changed hearing date. But Texas law considers all non-appearances to be criminal actions with penalties ranging from misdemeanors to felonies depending on circumstances. Your attorney can help here by getting special exemptions granted and charges dismissed in some cases.
The Law Office of Greg Tsioros knows that many accused of being “criminals” are anything but, and deserve the best legal representation and guidance that they can get. If you or a family member have been accused of a criminal action, contact us today and get the justice that you deserve.