Any criminal accusation can have dire consequences for you and your future. It could mean a severe loss of liberties if sent to prison. If could mean steep fines. It could mean a criminal record that will haunt you for the rest of your life, keeping you from getting the job you want or attending the school or graduate school of your dreams.
At Redmond & Eiland, PLLC, we are experienced and dedicated to providing those facing criminal charges the defense they deserve and are entitled to.
Some arrests are unconstitutional and charges can be dropped and in some instances, you may be offered a deferred judgement if you are a first time, non-violent offender. Our Criminal Defense Team is ready to defend you and fight for justice on your behalf. We offer free case reviews to discuss your situation.
To be charged with a criminal offense, the alleged act must be specifically banned in the law. Most criminal offenses in Texas are found in the Texas Penal Code, but there are also offenses listed in the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, the Texas Transportation Code and elsewhere in Texas Statutes. Local City Police also have the power to enforce municipal ordinances.
For an alleged violation of state law that occurs within the borders of Dallas County, your case will likely be heard at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center.
Probable Cause is Required for an Arrest
In order for an officer to receive a warrant to arrest an individual, or to arrest them without a warrant, the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution requires that they must have what is called “probable cause.” This means that there must be a certain amount of compelling evidence to support the suspected offender’s arrest.
Probable cause is established through objective, factual circumstance, not gut-feelings or suspicions. This means that an officer cannot arrest someone based purely on a hunch or how a person looks. A general requirement would be a level of proof that is more than just suspicion but does not have to prove the person’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
In the event of a warrant being issued for an individual, however, that person can be arrested at any time.
We defend both misdemeanor and felony cases. Some of the criminal cases we offer representation for are:
- DWI / DUI / Drunk Driving
- Domestic Violence
- Violent Crimes
- Drug Charges
- Marijuana Defense
- Alcohol Offenses
- Theft or Property Crime
- Sex Crimes
- Weapons Charges
- Serious Traffic Offense
- Violations of Probation
If you face any of these charges, a criminal defense lawyer can help you. A defense attorney can also help you on matters like expunction and record sealing. Likewise, an attorney can assist you with finding alternatives to penalties if you are a first-time offender.
If you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, CONTACT US today to schedule a consultation.