Criminal Defense Attorneys in Fort Worth
Representing Clients throughout Tarrant County
Being accused of a crime changes your life in an instant. If you are convicted of the charge, the situation becomes even more serious. You may owe fines, spend time in jail, or even face the death penalty. To ensure that you have the best possible chance of avoiding conviction, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side.
At Blake & Blake, LLP, we fight tirelessly to help our clients avoid the consequences of a conviction. You have a lot on the line — your rights, your freedom, your future — and we want to protect them.
About Criminal Charges in Texas
Criminal charges in Texas are divided into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. While a misdemeanor is a less serious charge with a lighter sentence, a felony is a more serious charge with a harsher sentence.
Texas recognizes three classes of misdemeanors:
- Class A misdemeanor convictions may lead to a fine of up to $4,000 and up to one year in jail
- Class B misdemeanor convictions may lead to a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail
- Class C misdemeanor convictions may lead to a fine of up to $500
Texas recognizes five different classes of felonies:
- Capital felony convictions are punishable by life in prison without parole or the death penalty
- First-degree felony convictions may result in five years to life imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000
- Second-degree felony convictions may result in two to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000
- Third-degree felony convictions may result in two to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000
- State jail felony convictions may result in 180 days to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000
Talk to an Attorney, Not the Police
If you have been arrested, you should not talk to the police. If you have been formally charged with a crime, you should not talk to the police or prosecutors. Anything you tell them can be used against you in court. Instead, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible. At Blake & Blake, LLP, our Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys will be able to help you understand the charges you are facing and start working to build your defense.
There is no “typical” criminal case; there are too many variables. Many criminal cases begin when a person is arrested by law enforcement officers. In other cases, someone accused of a crime may only be arrested after charges have been filed against them by information or indictment. In any criminal case, the United States Constitution requires the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt all the elements of the alleged offense. Because the state has such a high burden of proof, it is essential that you not talk to the police before you have consulted with Blake & Blake, LLP.
Schedule your free consultation with our team today by calling (817) 497-8889.