Being accused of a criminal offense can be intimidating; however, it does not mean you are guilty. You have the right to hire legal representation to handle your case and help navigate the complex legal process.
If you face criminal charges, a Plano criminal defense lawyer from the Underwood Law Office can protect your rights and work toward the best possible outcome. We are dedicated to helping you move beyond this difficult time.
You do not Need to Face Criminal Charges on Your Own
To help our clients, we build defense strategies to argue for a case dismissal, reduced charges, or prevent a case from being filed altogether when possible. To achieve this, our criminal defense attorneys fulfill many important roles during the course of a criminal case. We can:
- Provide clarity about the charges you face
- Help you understand the laws that apply to your case
- Keep you informed about your case and what to expect during the legal process
- Evaluate your charges and evidence to identify weaknesses, inconsistencies, or errors
- Seek to stop the charges against you before they are filed where possible
- Build an intelligent defense strategy
- Compile evidence and important witness statements
- Identify and hire key expert witnesses to support your case
- Negotiate a plea bargain, sentencing, or alternative sentencing options
- Provide emotional support throughout the legal process
You are not in this alone; you have rights, and help is available. With so much at stake, do not leave your freedom and your future to chance.
For a free legal consultation with a criminal defense lawyer serving Plano, call (972) 535-6377
Criminal Charges We Can Help You Defend
Underwood Law Office handles criminal matters listed below, whether misdemeanors or felonies. We can help you review your legal options and develop a defense strategy.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
DWI laws in Texas are strict. Being charged could mean you face harsh penalties, license suspension, or even jail time. The charges also apply to drugs and medications that impair your ability to drive.
Whether this is your first offense or you have repeat convictions, we can help by:
- Reviewing the evidence to determine if the arrest procedure was properly conducted
- Examining Breathalyzer results to ensure proper calibration
- Representing you in administrative proceedings regarding the suspension of your license
- Negotiating with the prosecution to mitigate or drop the charges against you
- Advocating for you in a trial if necessary
We can also help with cases involving underage drinking charges.
If you were charged with a drug crime such as possession, manufacturing, distribution, or trafficking, our team can help you fight back against the charges you face.
Our lawyers can evaluate the evidence used to charge you and help you understand the strategies prosecuting attorneys will use to build a case. We can then plan a strategy for your defense and fight for a reduced or dismissed sentence where possible.
The penalties you may face for an assault charge can vary from a Class C misdemeanor up to a first-degree felony, depending on the circumstances of your case. Assault is a broad term related to a variety of charges defined under Texas Penal Code § 22.01, such as:
- Simple assault
- Aggravated assault
- Intoxication assault
- Assault on a public servant
- Sexual assault
- Assault family violence
If you face charges for any of the above, it is important to understand what your specific charge means and how you can defend against it. For example, the most common defenses against assault charges include self-defense.
We can evaluate the facts of your case and help determine a defense strategy with the goal of getting your charges reduced or dismissed.
The penalties for white-collar crimes can be severe. If you are accused of this type of crime at a state or federal level, our defense attorneys can help with various criminal matters, including:
- Tax evasion and fraud
- Identity theft
- Money laundering
- Investment scams
- Health care fraud
- Mail fraud
- Corporate fraud
If you face charges, we can review your case and help you prepare a defense strategy.
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The Cost of Hiring a Plano Criminal Defense Lawyer
While you may have concerns about the cost of hiring a lawyer, legal representation may afford you peace of mind throughout the process. You will have someone in your corner, advocating on your behalf.
During a free consultation, we can discuss our fees. When you call us, you are under no obligation to hire one of our lawyers.
How Criminal Charges Can Affect You
There are several negative effects that follow a criminal conviction.
Depending on your charges, you could miss months or years of employment and income. A criminal conviction can affect your family life and your ability to obtain or keep professional licenses. It can even impact your ability to rent a property or secure financial loans.
Our team understands the complexities of pleadings and court trials. We will do everything in our power to mitigate any charges against you.
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When Should You Hire Legal Counsel?
The sooner you begin working on your defense, the better. You will receive notification of any upcoming hearings, and you should have your plea prepared ahead of time. We can facilitate the process and keep an eye on any important deadlines that apply to your case.
How You Can Protect Your Rights
Aside from hiring legal counsel, there are other ways you can protect your rights when facing criminal charges. Stay off of social media, and do not discuss your case with anyone but your lawyer. A post or comment on your profile could serve as evidence in your case, even if your profile is private.
Avoid any risky behavior, and do not attempt to leave the state. These actions could amplify the charges against you.
A lawyer with our firm can provide further guidance while your case is underway.
Underwood Law Office Can Fight for Your Rights
The lawyers at Underwood Law Office care about you and your future. We can represent you and protect your rights during the process. Find out how strong your defense is today by calling (972) 535-6377.