No matter the criminal charge you face, a conviction has the potential to negatively affect the rest of your life. Attempting to handle your case alone or with an inexperienced legal team will not serve you well.
However, working with a Plano criminal lawyer might place you in the best position to avoid or beat impending charges. Our founder, Heather Barbieri, is a specialist in criminal law as certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This makes her a certified criminal expert—a title that very few lawyers in the state can claim. Our all-female team of dedicated and trial-ready defense attorneys can help protect your personal and professional future.
Understanding the System and Law in Plano
When the police ask someone to cooperate with an investigation, most people will readily comply. However, a criminal investigation can quickly proceed from a friendly information gathering session to someone being considered a suspect. The participation and defense of a well-practiced lawyer in Plano serves to protect an individual’s rights and avoid missteps that could lead to severe charges.
The competence of a defendant’s legal counsel is paramount to success because, without resolve, experience, and know-how, an attorney’s recommendations and actions could lead to disappointing results (e.g., accepting an unfavorable plea bargain).
Types of Criminal Cases Defense Attorneys Handle
Texas classifies crimes as either misdemeanors or felonies, and under each of these categories, the Texas Penal Code Annotated §§ 12.03 and 12.04 establish varying levels of severity. Accomplished lawyers working in the Plano criminal justice system represent defendants committing every level of crime, including:
- DUI and DWI
- Drug crimes, including possession and trafficking
- Theft crimes
- White-collar crime
- Domestic violence
- Sexual offenses, including sexual assault and rape
- Assault and battery
Professionals at Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., have worked on some of Texas’s most challenging and high-profile cases and will not hesitate to use every tool and strategy available to defend an individual against the charges they are facing.
Punishing Criminal Behavior
An individual’s penalties for a criminal conviction depend upon the nature of the offense (i.e., the class of misdemeanor or felony), any mitigating or aggravating factors, and the individual’s criminal record. Typically, repeat offenders will see an increase in the severity of their sentence.
Minor transgressions, such as Class C misdemeanors, subject individuals to fines up to $500. Penalties for the Class A, the most serious, misdemeanors can reach up to $4000 in fines and up to one year in jail.
Penalties for Felony Offenses
Tex. Penal Code § 12.35 sets the minimum punishment for felony offenses, starting with incarceration terms of 180 days to two years and maximum fines of $10,000. The time in prison and fines become more daunting as the felony classification moves from fourth degree to first degree.
The ultimate penalty handed down is for capital felonies, such as murder. Under § 12.31, the prosecutor may seek the death penalty for such offenses. If the death penalty is not requested, those convicted may still receive sentences up to life without parole. Putting forth a vigorous defense is the best way to avoid the harshest penalties, and local attorneys may help defendants secure the best result under their circumstances.
Call a Plano Criminal Attorney to Work with You Through Every Step of Your Case
Selecting the right attorney to represent you is critical when your liberty and financial security are in jeopardy. A determined and skilled Plano criminal lawyer could dedicate their time to helping you fight the criminal charges that are against you.
A member of Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., is just a phone call away. Contact our office as soon as possible for a consultation with an experienced legal advocate.