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What to Expect from a Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Rights You Deserve and Can Expect to Receive You have a right to expect several things from any criminal lawyer you hire with the understanding that, like many things in life, you often get what you pay for. To further complicate the matter, there are lawyers who charge absurdly large fees and provide no better representation...
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Arguing an Important Case before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

On December 10, 2008, the Court of Criminal Appeals (the Texas Supreme Court for Criminal Cases), in a case that I argued, handed down a decision reversing the lower court. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is arguably the most unfriendly appellate court for criminal defendants in the country, so anytime a defendant wins in...
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State vs. Federal Court for Criminal Defense

When a potential client calls our firm and tells us they have been charged with a criminal offense, our first question is if the charge is for state or federal court. There have been several instances where we have even represented two individuals at the same time, charged with similar crimes. Although one is in federal court and...
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12 Truths About Criminal Attorney Fees

  The Fees Criminal Lawyers Charge Tend to Vary Greatly 1. Never Hire a Criminal Attorney Without a Written Fee Contract You might be surprised how many criminal defense lawyers do not provide written fee contracts. This is extremely dangerous and leads to potential problems. Often times an attorney who chooses not provide a fee agreement...
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The Truth about DWI Charges

Generally speaking criminal defense lawyers look forward to representing people charged with DWIs. Many clients clients charged with a DWI are reasonable, articulate and, probably most importantly to lawyers, are able to pay a fee.  Unless a person is charged with having committed their third DWI, the stakes are not as high as when representing...
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Difference Between an Appeal and an Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus

People are often confused as to the difference between an appeal of a criminal case and an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus. APPEAL An appeal (also known as a “direct appeal”) is taken immediately after a conviction and sentence. A person or their criminal appeals attorney is generally required to file a brief...
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Some Bizarre Death Penalty Laws

Recently I had a Federal judge reject my attempts to keep a client on death row from being executed.  I was appointed to represent the defendant after he had lost his trial; lost his appeal in state court; and lost his attempt to convince the trial judge to find his case constitutionally flawed pursuant to...
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Dallas County Exonerations

Recently in the media there have been numerous stories about the exoneration of inmates from the Texas prison system.  Texas has had more exonerations than any other state and Dallas more exonerations than any other city.  Most of these exonerations have come about as a result of the noble efforts of the Texas Innocence Project...
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