If you have been charged with any type of crime—whether a misdemeanor or a felony—you will want to consider your legal options carefully. One way to protect your rights is to retain the services of our Flower Mound criminal defense lawyer.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg would be happy to provide you with an attorney who will do everything possible to defend you. Call us at (214) 696-9253 to get started. A member of our team is waiting to speak with you.
After an Arrest, You Still Have Rights
People accused of committing a crime are guaranteed certain rights under the law. One of these rights, as stated in Texas Penal Code § 2.01, is for a court to presume they are innocent unless and until the prosecution can present enough evidence to prove guilt. In short, the prosecution has the burden of proof, not you.
That being said, you will want to build the strongest possible case in your defense. Such a defense does not need to prove your innocence beyond a shadow of a doubt: all you need to do is persuade a jury that there is enough of a chance that you are innocent that convicting you could be a mistake. If the jury retains any “reasonable doubt” as to your guilt, they must acquit you.
Randy Isenberg, the founder of the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, worked as a prosecutor and a judge before becoming a defense attorney. He knows how to build cases for people accused of:
- Drug charges
- Weapons charges
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving under the influence
- Boating while intoxicated
- Other alcohol-related offenses
- Family violence (domestic abuse)
- Grand theft auto
- Assault and murder
To find out how a Flower Mound criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help you, contact us at (214) 696-9253. We are available to take your call both day and night, and we charge nothing for the initial consultation.
A Lifetime of Consequences
The severity of the penalties you will face if convicted depends on several factors, including:
- The type of crime you are charged with (felony vs. misdemeanor)
- The category of crime you are charged with (weapons, alcohol, etc.)
- The existence or nonexistence of prior convictions for similar crimes
Many crimes carry similar sorts of penalties. You can expect to face fines for virtually any type of charge. Jail or prison time, probation, community service, or some combination thereof are also common penalties. In addition to these, some crimes carry more specific penalties. If you are convicted of driving while intoxicated, for instance, you could lose your driver’s license for months or years.
Fines, jail sentences, and license suspensions can negatively impact your ability to earn a living, fulfill your obligations, and support your family. They can also affect your reputation and, therefore, your ability to socialize freely and advance at work.
Convictions have long-term consequences as well. For example, per Texas Government Code § 411.187, your gun license will be suspended if you:
- Are charged with a felony
- Are charged with a Class A or a Class B misdemeanor
- Are the subject of a protective order
If you are later convicted, you may lose the right to own a gun for life. You may also be prohibited from voting. Some convictions stay on your public record permanently, so you could find it more difficult to get a job or rent an apartment. This can, in turn, affect your financial situation.
Aside from such material consequences, you will have to contend with the emotional costs of going to jail and knowing that you were convicted of a crime.
Preparing and Protecting Yourself
It is understandable if your charges have you feeling scared, alone, or even hopeless. As already discussed, you stand to lose a lot if you are convicted. Legal representation can help you both psychologically (you may feel better knowing that a professional is fighting for you) and materially (a lawyer might be able to get your charges reduced or even dropped entirely).
A lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg will work closely with you to develop the best possible plan of action and to ensure the authorities respect your rights at every step. They may do this by:
- Updating you: Your lawyer will update you regularly about your case’s progress so that you can make informed decisions.
- Investigating the case: We will look for evidence that pokes holes in the prosecution’s argument and/or shows that the police did not handle your arrest properly.
- Seeking a reduction: Being convicted of a lesser charge means you will pay lower fines and spend less time in jail or on probation. In alcohol-related cases, you will be able to keep your driver’s license.
- Seeking a dismissal: If the evidence allows it, we will ask a judge to drop the charges against you and let you go.
- Arguing before a jury: Your lawyer can submit evidence, locate and question witnesses, and more, all with the goal of introducing reasonable doubt in the jurors’ minds.
- Being responsive: Any time you have a concern or find out something new about your case, call us. We are happy to answer questions or revise how we defend you in response to new information.
The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg is proud to serve clients throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including in Flower Mound, Texas. Contact us at (214) 696-9253 as soon as possible to find out how a Flower Mound criminal defense lawyer from our firm can defend you. We are ready and willing to speak with you no matter what charges you face, and no matter whether this is your first, second, or third offense.