Criminal Defense Attorneys in Richardson
Powerful Legal Advocacy
If you have been accused of a crime, you do not need to face the criminal justice system alone. The legal team at G.J. Chavez & Associates, P.C. is here to ensure that your rights and freedom remain protected throughout every stage of the process.
Our Richardson criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience representing clients facing all types of charges, including:
- Sex crimes
Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, you can depend on our attorneys to fight for the outcome that you deserve.
Call (972) 460-9300 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Felonies Vs. Misdemeanors in Texas
The specific penalties you could incur for a criminal conviction depends on whether the offense is prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanors are considered less serious crimes and typically involve non-violent offenses – the crime did not cause physical harm to the victim. Potential consequences for a misdemeanor conviction include up to one year in prison, fines, court fees, restitution, community service, and probation. A misdemeanor can be classified as either Class A, Class B, or Class C, depending on the severity of the crime.
Felony offenses are considered the most serious type of crimes. Usually, crimes of violence and offenses that cause financial loss are charged as felonies. If convicted for a felony, you could face two or more years in prison and extensive fines. While you will definitely want a skilled legal advocate on your side when facing felony charges, you should also hire a law firm if you have been accused of committing a misdemeanor.
Should I Accept a Plea Bargain?
One possibility for obtaining reduced charges is accepting a plea bargain that is offered to you by the prosecutor. This contract involves you pleading guilty in exchange for a promise of lesser penalties. It is important to realize that this option still results in a conviction, which will be placed on your permanent record. A criminal history can often make it difficult to obtain certain forms of employment and gain acceptance for specific education programs. You might also be required to forfeit a professional license.
Before accepting a plea bargain, be sure to consult with our experienced legal team at G.J. Chavez & Associates, P.C. We can review the prosecutor’s case against you to determine whether the plea bargain is the right option for your situation.
Factors we consider when determining if a plea bargain is a good decision include:
- Any evidence that connects you to the crime
- Whether the police obtained that evidence legally
- Any witness testimony that could convict you
- Whether you have any available defenses
- How the judge has ruled on similar cases
Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. The prosecution must prove that you committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt to convict you. In many cases, there is a way to cast doubt on the evidence brought against the clients we represent.
Call (972) 460-9300 today to discuss your rights and options with our Richardson criminal defense attorneys.
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