If you are facing criminal charges for a DWI (driving while intoxicated), domestic assault, or other offense in Euless, you could see legal penalties and other consequences.
A criminal defense lawyer from our team can help by explaining your charges, collecting evidence to build your case, and more.
How You Can Benefit from a Criminal Defense Lawyer
While you can accept any criminal charges brought against you, it may be in your best interest to fight them in court. Accepting the charges without obtaining legal counsel could mean you receive the highest penalty.
When you hire us, a criminal defense lawyer from our firm will work to help you gather details that support your case and ensure you do not receive penalties that are greater than you deserve for the offense.
Your Legal Rights in a Criminal Defense Case
Your greatest right when you are being charged with a criminal offense of any kind is to obtain legal counsel, but you also have other rights. Our team can explain these legal rights and the laws that may apply to your case.
What Factors Can Affect Your Case?
A number of factors may affect your criminal offense case. The penalties you could face, such as fines and jail time, will depend on the type of offense you are accused of committing. For instance, a DWI conviction can come with fines, a misdemeanor or felony charge, and effects to your license, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Types of offenses for which you may receive criminal charges in Texas include:
- Assault and battery
- BWI (boating while intoxicated)
- Domestic violence
- Drug possession
- Underage DUI
The Texas Penal Code applies to each offense and establishes the maximum penalty you may receive if convicted. However, penalties are quite different for misdemeanors and felonies.
Possible Criminal Charges You May Face
Many first-offense criminal charges result in misdemeanors. However, this is not always the case, depending on the severity of the charges. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony in your criminal case will depend on the gravity of the offense, whether it was your first offense, the type of offense, and more.
Misdemeanor charges can result in lower level fines and jail time. Types of possible misdemeanors in Texas include:
- Class A misdemeanor: up to $4,000 fine, up to 1 year in jail, or both (TX Penal Code Title 3, Ch. 12, Sec. 21)
- Class B misdemeanor: up to $2,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail, or both (TX Penal Code Title 3, Ch. 12, Sec. 22)
- Class C misdemeanor: fine up to $500 (TX Penal Code Title 3, Ch. 12, Sec. 23)
Unlike misdemeanors, a felony charge can be permanent, meaning it will stay with you for life. If you are facing a felony charge, it is in your best interest to work with a criminal defense lawyer to help ensure you have a fair chance of reaching the most favorable outcome. Possible types of felony charges in Texas include:
- 1st-degree felony: 5 years to life in prison (TX Penal Code Title 3, Ch. 12, Sec. 32)
- 2nd-degree felony: 2 to 20 years in prison (TX Penal Code Title 3, Ch. 12, Sec. 33)
- 3rd-degree felony: 2 to 10 years in prison (TX Penal Code Title 3, Ch. 12, Sec. 34)
- Capital felony: life in prison without parole, or the death penalty in some cases (TX Penal Code Title 3, Ch. 12, Sec. 31)
Our criminal defense lawyer can explain more about your charges in your Euless case and their associated consequences. We want to help you prepare a defense and seek the best possible outcome for you.
Other Consequences of Criminal Charges
In some cases, you may be able to get misdemeanor charges removed or expunged, especially if the charges are not severe or if you have not been convicted of the same charges before.
Meanwhile, more serious misdemeanor charges will be on your record for a number of years before expungement, and felony charges will follow you for life. Changes to your criminal record can affect the following areas of your life.
Some employers may have a policy in place to not hire people with felony convictions or even with serious misdemeanor on their record, depending on the job position.
Employers have certain protections in place when it comes to hiring practices, according to the Texas Guidebook for Employers.
If you are convicted of a felony offense, you may not be able to see your child, depending on the offense. Some charges that affect child custody include sexual assault, kidnapping, and homicide.
For this reason, it is important to work with a criminal defense lawyer—to increase your preparation in court to fight these charges.
Effects on Loan and Credit Application Approval
After serving time for a conviction, you may still see far-reaching effects, such as being unable to get approved for a personal loan or home loan.
Ways Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help
When you work with a criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, you are gaining access to a lawyer with more than 30 years of experience as a prosecutor and state district judge.
We can help fight your charges by:
- Explaining your legal rights and charges: We can help you understand both the best possible and worst possible outcomes for your case.
- Examining all forms of evidence to build your case: To build a strong defense, you will need every type of evidence available. We will ensure we have access to it.
- Undergoing negotiations for your case: Criminal cases may involve back-and-forth negotiations to reach a plea deal or otherwise secure a lighter sentence.
Find Help from a Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Reach out to the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg and speak to a staff member about how to get connected with a defense lawyer for your Euless criminal case. There is no time to waste in building your defense, so call us today at (214) 696-9253.