No matter what crime you have been accused of or charged with, you are entitled to legal representation. A Southlake criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the legal process, fight for a charge reduction or dismissal, and much more. Contact the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg at (214) 696-9253 for a free consultation. Our lawyers serve Southlake and other communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Know Your Rights
In Texas, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. This is encoded in Texas Penal Code §2.01. This law also states that the burden of proof lies with the prosecution. In other words, it is up to the other side to prove their case “beyond a reasonable doubt.” If they cannot do that, you cannot be convicted.
Being convicted of a crime can affect you both short-term and long-term. In the short term, you could face:
- Prison time that pulls you away from your family and other responsibilities
- Fines and fees that affect you financially
- Other penalties specific to the charges against you (e.g., suspension of your driver license)
In the long term, your reputation could suffer, impacting your work and social relationships. In addition, some convictions, such as DWI (driving while intoxicated), may stay on your record for the rest of your life. This conviction may impact your ability to get a job, get into the school of your choice, rent an apartment, buy a gun, and much more.
You Will Need to Decide if You Want a Lawyer
Legally speaking, you are entitled to a lawyer, but you do not have to hire one. As long as you are informed of your rights beforehand, you can refuse legal representation and go it alone, or “pro se.” This term means you and you alone are responsible for preparing and delivering your defense, as affirmed by the Legal Information Institute (LII).
With that in mind, you may wish to, at the very least, consult an attorney before you decide whether or not to hire one. The Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg offers free consultations to all callers. During the consultation, you will describe your situation to a member of our team. They will explain your options and tell you if and how a lawyer can help.
At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, we understand that being charged with any crime is frightening. Just remember that you are not alone. We are one hundred percent committed to making sure that everyone receives the legal representation they deserve. Our team represents people who have been charged with a wide range of misdemeanors and felonies, including:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving under the influence
- Boating while intoxicated
- Intoxication assault
- Intoxication manslaughter
- Drug possession and other drug-related crimes
- Family violence
- Weapons charges
Call us today at (214) 696-9253 to discuss your case with our team. We know that your need for legal representation is not restricted to normal working hours, so we have people standing by to take your call all day, every day.
What a Southlake Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Do for You
Whether your case is complex or straightforward, whether this is your first offense or you have been convicted before, and whether you are facing state or federal charges, the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg wants to help. Here are some of the possible actions a lawyer from our firm can take on your behalf:
The police are already conducting an investigation into your case. Now it is your lawyer’s turn to start their own investigation. They will look at all available evidence (e.g., witness statements, police reports, or surveillance video). This evidence may turn up inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case, police misconduct, or something else your lawyer can use in your defense.
Even if you have already been charged, this does not mean that your charges are final. In fact, depending on your case, your lawyer may spend a lot of time bargaining to change, reduce, or dismiss the charges against you.
Obviously, a dismissal would be the best-case scenario, meaning all charges against you have been dropped, and you are free to go without penalty. However, dismissal is not always possible. In that case, we may argue for a charge reduction instead. For example, getting your charge reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor can save you money and prison time.
We can also bargain for more lenient penalties. For example, according to the Texas Office of Court Administration (OCA), deferred adjudication (i.e., probation) will enable you to avoid prison and keep your record clean.
The approach your lawyer takes will depend on what you have been charged with and whether you have any prior convictions, among other things.
If your case does go to court, you will not have to go alone. Your lawyer will represent you in the courtroom by submitting evidence to the judge, locating and examining witnesses on the stand, delivering oral arguments to the jury, and much more.
You may be feeling confused or overwhelmed by the legal process and wondering what it means for you and your future. Your lawyer can help you with that, too. If and when you have a question about any aspect of your case, do not hesitate to ask for clarification. We will do everything possible to relieve your concerns and ensure you understand what is happening at all times.
Attorney Randall B. Isenberg has decades of experience in law. He has worked as a prosecutor and a trial judge; now, he and his team want to work for you. To learn more about the benefits of hiring a Southlake criminal defense lawyer, just call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg at (214) 696-9253 today.