Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney
June 12th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense
With crime rates seemingly surging in many places around the United States, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out that the crime rate is also rising in Texas. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, violent crime rates for the state went up by 5.6 percent in recent years. The crimes reported include murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and vehicle theft.
With those statistics, it is easy to see why the services of criminal defense attorneys are required by many. If you have been charged with a crime, whether you are innocent or guilty, you need representation from an experienced attorney. A good criminal defense attorney can help clear your name if you are and can help protect your rights throughout each step of your case.
What Crimes Do I Need an Attorney For?
A criminal defense attorney will represent you if you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony in Texas. A misdemeanor is a less serious charge that typically results in less than one year in prison and/or a fine. A felony crime is usually more serious in nature and if you are found guilty, you could end up for prison for a much longer period of time.
Examples of misdemeanors include, but are not limited to petty theft, simple assault, disorderly conduct, trespassing, vandalism, reckless driving, public intoxication, and prostitution. Examples of felonies include murder, rape, treason, aggravated assault or battery, kidnapping, arson, possession of certain types of illegal drugs, robbery and burglary, and grand larceny.
What Should I Look for In A Criminal Defense Attorney?
When searching for a criminal defense attorney, you want to find one that has experience dealing with the type of charge you are facing. Make sure they have experience and the knowledge to handle the complexities of your case. This will determine whether they can properly defend you.
Depending on your case, you may need an attorney who is familiar with crime scene investigations, polygraph testing, photographs or videos, and witness/victim interviews. They should also be familiar with the state laws in which you are being charged.
An experienced, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney may be able to help your charges be reduced to a lesser offense, reduce or eliminate jail or prison time, and lessen the severity of the punishment for your crime.
What Fees Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Charge?
The cost of an experienced criminal defense attorney will depend on a variety of factors. The fees will likely depend on the experience and track record of the attorney. In most situations, cheaper doesn’t always mean better. The fees will also depend on the complexity of your case.
Hiring a Reputable Criminal Defense Attorney in League City or Houston
It’s easy to see the advantages of hiring a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defense attorney. With the proper defense your charges and sentencing could be reduced, and in some cases, completely dismissed. If you are facing criminal charges, the dedicated Houston attorneys at the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates have over 25 years of experience representing a variety of criminal cases and can help protect your rights. Contact us or call (281) 280-0100 today for a consultation and let us assist you throughout your case.