- Criminal Defense
Texas Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are charged with a criminal offense in either State or Federal Court, then you need an attorney focused exclusively on criminal defense. With offices in San Antonio, TX, Don Flanary represents clients throughout Bexar County and the surrounding greater San Antonio area.
Call Flanary Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss the charges pending against you, the potential penalties associated with those charges, and important defenses that might apply to your case. Call (210) 738-8383 today.
Stages of a Criminal Case
If you learn that you are the target of a criminal accusation, then contact an attorney as early in the process as possible. Never make a statement to a law enforcement officer without first seeking out the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, you have a right to remain silent. Under the Sixth Amendment, you have the right to be represented by a criminal defense attorney.
A criminal defense attorney is often in the best position to explain your side of the case to law enforcement officers investigating the criminal accusation. Your attorney can also contact the prosecutor who is given the task of determining whether to formally file criminal charges or not.
During the earliest stages of the case, your attorney can also preserve valuable evidence that might disappear with the passage of time such as video surveillance evidence. Your attorney can also find witnesses that might be helpful to the defense while the events are still fresh in their memory.
The most critical stages of a criminal case can include:
- the criminal investigation;
- the issuance of an arrest warrant or search warrant;
- the arrest;
- the first appearance in court;
- the initial bond hearing;
- the arraignment;
- pre-trial conferences;
- evidentiary motion hearings to suppress or exclude evidence;
- the trial or plea;
- appeal; or
- post-conviction motions.
The best result in the case is getting the criminal charges dropped by the prosecutor or dismissed by the court. By retaining a criminal defense attorney as early in the process as possible, you can make sure that all avenues of attacking the accusations are preserved.
Types of Criminal Charges Prosecuted in State Court
The most common types of criminal offenses prosecuted in state court include:
- Drug Crimes;
- Marijuana Offenses;
- Sexually Motivated Crimes;
- Domestic Violence;
- Property Crimes;
- Theft Crimes;
- Weapon and Firearm Charges;
- White Collar Crimes;
- Traffic Crimes; and
Don Flanary also represents clients accused of violation a condition of pre-trial release or a violation of probation.
If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, then seek out the services of a criminal defense attorney who can help you clear the arrest warrant and fight the underlying charges.
Types of Criminal Charges Prosecuted in Federal Court
The most common types of criminal charges prosecuted in federal court include:
- drugs crimes
- fraud offenses
- firearm charges
- federal immigration crimes
- child pornography
- bank robbery
- money laundering
- organized crime
An attorney experienced in federal criminal defense can help you understand how cases are prosecuted in the San Antonio Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. An attorney can contact the case agent and Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the case as early in the process as possible so that all of your rights are preserved.
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association - The TCDLA serves criminal defense attorneys practicing in Texas while protecting individual rights guaranteed by the Texas and Federal Constitutions in criminal cases. The organization provides training and educational opportunities including many of the top legal seminars related to criminal defense and procedures offered in the state of Texas.
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association - The SACDLA promotes and educates criminal defense attorneys practicing in San Antonio, TX, while providing its members with important resources including a subscription to the “Defender” magazine and monthly CLE events and specialized training programs.
Finding a Criminal Defense Lawyer in San Antonio, TX
If you are charged with a criminal offense in state or federal court, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Flanary Law Firm, PLLC. Don Flanary represents clients charged with felony and misdemeanor cases throughout the greater San Antonio area including all of Bexar County and the surrounding counties of Kendall, Comal, Guadalupe, Wilson, Atascosa, Medina and Bandera.
Call (210) 738-8383 today to discuss your case with Don Flanary.
This article was last updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.