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Everyone Deserves a Competent Criminal Defense Attorney: The System Demands It

When you have been charged with a crime, you could be facing jail time and/or significant fines. You need a Texas criminal defense lawyer who knows the criminal justice system and understands exactly what you are up against. Jim Ross is a former police officer with the Arlington Police Department. Jim was also a task force officer in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) -- a federal law enforcement agency.

Jim’s background in law enforcement gives him insight into how the police collect evidence and work with the prosecution to build a case against a criminal defendant--a valuable skill as police officers are often key witnesses in the government’s case. When you need a powerful advocate to stand up for your rights and your liberty, call on Jim Ross. He has a proven record as a skilled criminal defense attorney.

Criminal Law Basics: The Adult Criminal Justice System

Criminal charges fall into two broad categories: misdemeanor and felony charges. The classification of the charges filed against you make an enormous difference in the penalties that you could face.

Misdemeanor Crimes

One might think a misdemeanor charge (often pertaining to a “victimless” crime) is not serious, but a misdemeanor conviction can have tremendous consequences: a maximum of one year in jail, 3 years of community service, and fines up to $2,000.00. Even worse, the conviction becomes part of your criminal background. Misdemeanor crimes are further divided into 3 classes of severity:

Class C is the least severe with the potential of fines up to $500.00 and no jail sentence. Some examples of Class C misdemeanors are: possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, minor-in-possession, and disorderly conduct.

Class B misdemeanors can be punished with up to 6 months in jail, up to $2,000.00 in fines, and up to three years community service. Some examples of Class B misdemeanors include: DWI first offense, possession of marijuana under 2 ounces, assault, criminal trespass, theft between $50.00 and $500.00, and prostitution or solicitation of a prostitute (for a first offense).

Class A misdemeanors, the most severe, can be punished by fines up to $4,000.00, 3 years community service, and/or up to a year in jail. Examples of Class A misdemeanors include: assault involving domestic violence, theft between $500.00 and $2,000.00, DWI second offense, and burglary of a motor vehicle.

Felony Crimes

Felony convictions carry a very wide range of punishment. For a state felony, a conviction could result in anywhere from 180 days to 2 years in jail and up to $10,000.00 in fines. For a third degree felony, punishment ranges from 2 to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000.00 in fines. A second degree felony conviction could result in from 2 to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000.00 in fines. If you are convicted of a first degree felony, you could face up to 99 years in prison and up to $10,000.00 in fines, and if the felony is a capital felony, you could face the death penalty.

The simple mistakes and/or assumptions made by law enforcement officers investigating a crime can make a big difference in the charges leveled against you and in the way your case is prosecuted. This phenomenon is especially noticeable in the area of drug crimes. Many drug crimes are considered felonies under Texas law and as such carry harsh sentences.

The most common examples of drug-related felonies are drug possession (of certain controlled substances such as cocaine or heroin) and drug possession with intent to distribute. Possession with intent to distribute is a more serious charge, carrying a greater possible penalty. The decision to charge someone with possession with intent to distribute, rather than mere possession, is often determined based on assumptions made by law enforcement when someone has a certain amount of drugs or even if the drugs are stored in small containers. If you are facing charges of drug possession or possession with intent to distribute, make sure that you have an attorney who knows how law enforcement officers think.

Drug smuggling and drug trafficking are also felonies that carry extremely serious potential sentences. Because these offenses involve crossing state or national borders with controlled substances, they are considered federal crimes, punishable under federal law. You will need an attorney like Jim Ross who is licensed in all of the federal district courts in Texas to defend your case.

 

The Right To Remain Silent, The Right to An Attorney

If you're being investigated for a crime and suspect you will soon be arrested, please schedule a free consultation, call us at 817-275-4100, or note our number ahead of time.

Remember, you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. There is more truth to "anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law" than most people realize. It is in your best interest to decline an investigator's questioning, and politely ask to speak with your attorney.

Our Arlington Tx Defense Attorneys Handle Many Types of Criminal Cases

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Theft by Check
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft
  • Drug Possession
  • Intent to Distribute
  • Burglary
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • DWI
  • Juvenile Defense

Mount a Strong Criminal Defense: Protect Your Reputation from the Damage of a Conviction

In addition to possible incarceration and fines, having a conviction on your record also creates social and occupational problems. A single mistake -- even a Class C Misdemeanor -- could severely damage your professional and personal reputation.

Up to the point of your trial, the accusations and charges of the prosecution can negatively shape your life. Depending on your case, a jury trial could be your chance to re-frame the situation and tell your side of the story in a compelling way to the judge, jury, and even the public. A good defense can result in a not guilty verdict, and more importantly clear your name.

That said, a good attorney also knows when to plea bargain for a reduced conviction. Often times, deferred adjudication (pleading “guilty” or “no contest”) might best serve your interests. For example, a Class B Misdemeanor charge for possession of drugs might be plead down to a Class C Misdemeanor conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia. In some cases, convictions can also be expunged or made subject to a non-disclosure order later in order to allow you to move on from a mistake. However, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who can lay the groundwork toward that path as soon as you are charged.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Jim Ross & Associates as soon as possible. We do what it takes to protect our clients’ liberty, protection, and rights. You deserve a fair trial and a powerful advocate in your corner helps to ensure that right. When facing criminal charges, Jim Ross & Associates can improve your outlook.

Call our criminal defense attorneys at 817.275.4100 to schedule a free consultation.