The law is strict when it comes to levying punishment for crimes, but the burden of proof and the evidentiary requirements for convicting someone of criminal acts are held to an equally high standard. Furthermore, proving someone guilty of a crime often involves investigating:
If you are facing criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the charges you are facing and the laws that govern the crimes you allegedly committed.
A McKinney criminal defense lawyer from the Underwood Law Office can help defend you against the charges you face. They may analyze the evidence brought forth against you, the circumstances under which you are being charged, and the legal definition of the crimes you are accused of having committed. Call (972) 535-6377 to speak with our team.
The first thing to understand about crime is that there are many types of crime, and the type of crime that you are charged with will determine how your attorney will defend your case.
For example, being accused of burglary is different from being charged with armed robbery. Similarly, charges for crimes like drug possession and driving under the influence (DUI) may require an investigation to see if controlled substances, damages, or injury was involved. Understanding these differences can help you navigate the statutes and laws that apply to your case.
Details on how different crimes are classified can be found in the Texas Penal Code. For example, the Texas Penal Code § 22.011 defines several types of assault against different categories of people. Homicide, kidnapping, human trafficking, and sexual assault are covered in this chapter of the penal code, and each type of crime has its own definitions and penalties.
As is true for assault, there are laws that govern offenses against property, such as arson, which can be found in the Texas Penal Code § 28.02. Laws about offenses against public administration like bribery and corruption can be found in the Texas Penal Code § 36.02. From disorderly conduct to organized crime, laws can be found within these statutes of the penal code.
Next, it is important to understand that many crimes can be classified as a felony or misdemeanor. These definitions are not set in stone. You may get charged with a first-, second-, or third-degree felony or misdemeanor, depending on the seriousness of the actions involved and the extent of the victims’ harm, damages, or injuries.
Examples of felonies include:
Examples of misdemeanors include:
The Underwood Law Office can be reached at (972) 535-6377. Based on the charges you are facing, a McKinney criminal defense lawyer from our team can devise a defense strategy for you to try to lessen or dismiss the charges you are facing. There are many ways we can do this. A few examples are given below.
Drug crimes can only be proven if it can be shown that you had the knowledge and possession of illegal substances and an intent to use them illegally. You may be able to lessen or dismiss the charges you face if you can prove that:
Child pornography charges can be defended by stating that:
In some cases, you can even claim a psychological addiction to such material, although such a defense may still require you to undergo rehabilitation or therapy.
Common defenses for abuse and sex crimes include stating there was accidental and unintentional contact between you and the victim or that your actions were taken in self-defense. If applicable to your situation, you may also choose to bring the alleged victim’s personal or criminal record to light to prove that they have made false claims against others in the past.
Our law firm can help your case by formulating a defense for you, whether it be based on some form of injustice brought against you or an error in investigation or charge. Our team may also help you by:
Please contact the Underwood Law Office today at (972) 535-6377. A McKinney criminal defense lawyer can lead your case and fight hard for your charges to be diminished or dropped. You can speak with a team member about your case and learn about the laws that apply to your situation.