If you are facing a criminal charge, then a possible conviction could have a significant impact on your life, especially if the charge is serious in nature. Depending on the specific type of criminal allegations you are facing, the consequences of a conviction may include a substantial period of confinement as well as steep fines. An Addison criminal defense lawyer may be able to defend you against the criminal charges you face and ensure that your rights are not violated during the legal process.
Call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253 for more details about the benefits of hiring a criminal defense lawyer.
Cases That a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Handle
The penal code in Texas is extensive, and criminal charges vary in type and seriousness. Regardless of the specific nature of the charges you are facing, it is generally in your interest to put on as strong a defense as possible, as any criminal conviction could come with negative consequences.
Some of the charges that our team may be able to help defend you against include:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI), which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes is more common in Texas than the average state
- Driving under the influence (DUI), a charge which is generally reserved for underage motorists
- Boating while intoxicated
- Drug possession and other drug-related charges
- Weapons-related offenses
- Domestic violence
- Grand theft auto
- Intoxication assault and manslaughter
- Sex-related crimes
A lawyer may also be able to help if you would like a prior criminal charge expunged from your record, or have received a preliminary probation violation that you would like to contest. If you are unsure of whether our team handles your case type, you can call us at any time for a free consultation.
How Your Criminal Defense Lawyer May Serve You
A criminal case is complex, and the stakes of your legal proceedings could be your own freedom. Having a criminal lawyer to represent you could ensure that you are giving your pending charges the attention that they deserve, and a lawyer may do several things as they attempt to secure the best possible outcome to your case.
Some of the ways in which a criminal defense lawyer may serve you include:
- Gathering evidence pertaining to your charges
- Determining the strength of any evidence against you
- Explaining to you their advice for how to proceed, and what they see as the best possible outcome with respect to your pending charges
- Answering any questions that you have about the legal process in general and your case specifically
- Defending your rights throughout the legal process
- Communicating with the judge and prosecuting attorney as appropriate
- Attempting to secure the best possible outcome for you or your loved one
Randall B. Isenberg has more than 30 years’ experience as a former prosecutor and state district judge, and will rely on that experience as we defend you against the criminal charges that you currently face.
Call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253 for more details about how an Addison criminal defense lawyer will fight for you.
Know the Cost of a Conviction
The potential outcome of a conviction depends on the specific crime or crimes that you have been charged with. The Texas Politics Project lays out the potential outcomes based on charge classifications. Potential punishments if you are convicted include:
- Execution if you are convicted of a capital felony (capital murder)
- Up to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for a first-degree felony
- Up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for a second-degree felony
- Up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for a third-degree felony
- Up to 2 years in a state jail and $10,000 fine for a state jail felony
While punishments for misdemeanor convictions are less severe by nature, they could have a lasting effect and seriously interrupt your life in the short-term. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you may face:
- Up to 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine for a Class A misdemeanor
- Up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine for a Class B misdemeanor
- A $500 fine for a Class C misdemeanor
The punishment handed out by the courts could be only the beginning of your hardship if you are convicted of a crime. Depending on the nature of your crime and other relevant circumstances, you could also face:
- Being fired from your job
- Difficulty finding well-paying or otherwise desirable work in the future
- Difficulty qualifying for housing
- Negative consequences related to child custody
- Conditions upon your release, such as remaining drug and alcohol-free and meeting certain work requirements
- Permanent damage to your reputation, which can have an effect on your overall quality of life
There is no way around the fact that a criminal conviction can have lasting, potentially life-altering consequences, and it is important that you do not take the potential of a conviction lightly. A lawyer can explain what you should expect from criminal proceedings, how you should conduct yourself during the legal process, and what the ideal outcome for your case is.
Depending on various factors, the goal of your lawyer could be to reduce the charges against you or have your charges dismissed outright. This could depend on the evidence against you and the potential consequences of losing your case. It may ultimately be your decision how you want your lawyer to proceed, and they will do their best to achieve the outcome that you hope for.
Call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg Today
There is no need to face the charges against you on your own, as an Addison criminal defense lawyer can provide general counsel and specific services that may be of great help to you during this difficult time. Call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253 for a free consultation.