Rosenthal & Wadas provides complete representation to people charged with different criminal offenses ranging from misdemeanors to serious felony offenses. Click on the links below to find out more information on various areas of our criminal practice:
Experienced Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Clients in Texas
When you have been charged with a crime in Texas, whether it is a misdemeanor offense or a serious felony, you can be facing substantial financial fines and a term of imprisonment upon conviction, not to mention the serious consequences of having a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life. For instance, if you have a criminal record and you apply to rent a house, you can be denied solely as a result of your criminal history. Similarly, if you apply for a new job or for a promotion, the employer may be able to run a criminal background check and decide against hiring or promoting you as a result of your record. Moreover, many banks and other creditors often deny credit to individuals with criminal records, even misdemeanors.
Given the seriousness of criminal offenses in Texas, it is important to hire an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney who will work tirelessly on your defense to avoid a conviction. Even first-time DWI convictions come with serious penalties. If you have already been convicted of a crime and need assistance clearing your criminal record, we can also help with expunction and other options for clearing your record. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the dedicated team at Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC.
Learning More About Our Practice Areas
We have experience handling a wide variety of criminal offenses. The following are examples of just some of the types of cases we handle.
- Alcohol and DWI Offenses in Texas: There are many different types of alcohol offenses in the state of Texas. Under Texas law, individuals can face charges for crimes such as public intoxication, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle (or an “open container”), driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, flying while intoxicated, boating while intoxicated, operating an amusement ride while intoxicated, and intoxication assault or manslaughter. Alcohol offenses come with serious penalties, particularly when you are not a first-time offender.
- Family Violence and Texas Criminal Law: Residents of Collin County can face numerous kinds of charges within the area of family violence, from child injury to domestic violence and assault. Under the Texas Family Code, dating violence and different forms of family violence can lead to criminal charges. Often, Texans are unfairly accused of assault and should seek assistance from a Collin County defense lawyer.
- Texas Drug Crimes: The Texas Controlled Substances Act criminalizes many different types of behavior, including possession of controlled substances, manufacture of controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances, and possession of certain types of drug paraphernalia. Depending upon the type of controlled substance, the amount of the substance or paraphernalia, and the specific offense (such as possession or a distribution-related offense), an individual can face penalties for anything from a Class B misdemeanor to a felony of the first degree.
- Theft and White Collar Crimes: Theft under Texas law, as well as fraud other types of white collar crimes, are serious offenses. There are numerous kinds of theft and fraud offenses, including, for example, the theft of property, the theft of trade secrets, forgery, trademark counterfeiting, and even making false statements under certain circumstances. If you have been charged with theft, fraud, or another kind of white collar offense, it is important to speak with a Collin County criminal defense attorney to avoid a conviction.
- Weapons Offenses: Under the Texas Penal Code, weapons offenses vary and often accompany other criminal charges. Common weapons charges include but are not limited to the unlawful carrying of weapons (including specific types of weapons as well as carrying weapons into or onto prohibited areas), unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of metal or body armor by a felon, unlawful transfer or sale of weapons, firearm smuggling, and making a firearm accessible to a child.
- Clearing Your Criminal Record: The process of clearing criminal records is not automatic. You must meet all eligibility requirements, file the appropriate documents with the court and in some instances, pay court fees. Because one simple mistake could result in your expunction or nondisclosure being denied or delayed, you should consult with an attorney before you begin the process of clearing your criminal records.
Penalties for Texas Criminal Convictions
What kinds of penalties can you face if you are convicted of a criminal offense in Texas?
Punishments under Texas law vary widely depending upon the type of offense committed. Generally speaking, Texas crimes are classified either as misdemeanors or felonies.
There are tree categories of misdemeanor offenses:
- Class A misdemeanors: fine not to exceed $4,000, and/or confinement in jail for no more than one year;
- Class B misdemeanors: fine not to exceed $2,000, and/or confinement in jail for no more than 180 days; and
- Class C misdemeanors: fine not to exceed $500.
There are five categories of felony offenses:
- Capital felonies: for offenders under the age of 18, a capital offense requires a life sentence upon conviction, while a life sentence without parole is mandatory for anyone 18 or older, and the state can seek the death penalty in these cases;
- Felonies of the first degree: fine not to exceed $10,000 and between 5 years and 99 years imprisonment;
- Felonies of the second degree: fine not to exceed $10,000 and between 2 and 20 years imprisonment;
- Felonies of the third degree: fine not to exceed $10,000 and between 2 and 10 years imprisonment; and
- State jail felonies: fine not to exceed $10,000 and jail term of between 180 days and 2 years.
As you can see, the penalties for misdemeanor and felony offenses can vary widely, and most convictions carry the possibility of a jail term or prison sentence. If you are facing criminal charges, it is extremely important to work with an experienced defense attorney in Collin County.
Seek Help from a Texas Defense Lawyer
Are you facing criminal charges? Were you wrongly convicted of a crime and are you seeking to have your record expunged? The dedicated Texas criminal defense attorneys at Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC can assist with your case. We have years of experience handling a wide variety of criminal defense matters and can get started on your defense today.