No matter who you are or how you live your life, no one ever expects to face a criminal charge in Texas. It is something that happens to someone else. Something you read about. Something you see on the news.
Until it happens to you.
Maybe you made a mistake that you regret. Or you did not know that you were doing anything wrong. Perhaps you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It could even be that you are the victim of overzealous policing.
The specifics of your situation will greatly impact your case and your future – but only if you start taking your charges seriously immediately. Because law enforcement officials in and around Millsap, Springtown, Weatherford, Willow Park, and the entire state of Texas definitely take criminal offenses seriously.
If you are convicted of a crime in the Lone Star State, you face some of the harshest penalties around and a criminal justice system that is not afraid to punish people to the full extent of the law. Even if that means life behind bars. Or even execution.
At the Hampton Eppes Law Group, our experienced Parker defense lawyers know just how severe the consequences can be for even minor crimes. They have put their skills and knowledge to the test time and time again to help countless people, just like you, to get their charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed.
Hampton Eppes Understands How Severe Criminal Penalties in Parker County Can Be
What exactly are you up against if you are charged with a crime in our state?
While the specific penalties can vary greatly depending on the nature of the act itself and your personal history, here is the general breakdown of charges and consequences in Texas:
- Class C misdemeanor – Carries with it a maximum penalty of $500 in fines
- Class B misdemeanor – Carries with it maximum penalties of 180 days of incarceration and a $2,000 fine
- Class A misdemeanor – Carries with it maximum penalties of 1 year of incarceration and a $4,000 fine
- State jail felony – Carries with it maximum penalties of 180 days to two years of incarceration and a $10,000 fine
- Third-degree felony – Carries with it maximum penalties of 2-10 years of incarceration and a $10,000 fine
- Second-degree felony – Carries with it maximum penalties of 2-20 years of incarceration and a $10,000 fine
- First-degree felony – Carries with it maximum penalties of 5-99 years of incarceration and a $10,000 fine
- Capital felony – Can be punished by execution
Incarceration and fines are just the beginning though. Depending on the particular nature of your crime and charge, you may end up with any number of additional consequences, including but not limited to:
- Loss of your driver’s license
- Loss of your right to own firearms
- Loss of your right to vote
- Inability to work in certain professions
- Required community service
- Required sex offender registration
- Required use of an Ignition Interlock Device
- Required classes
- Required counseling
- Restitution to victims
- And much, much more
For many who are convicted, doing their time in prison and paying fines is just the beginning of getting past the “debt” they owe to society. Some never do.
Certain consequences do not even require a conviction. Most people are not aware of this, but a criminal record is created the moment you are arrested. It does not simply go away when you are exonerated.
Anyone with internet access can easily search the state’s online criminal history database. If you have a criminal record, it can negatively impact your ability to get a job, find an apartment, secure loans, and more. Some people now have even started doing criminal record checks before meeting with an individual romantically, so it can hurt your dating life, too.
Texas Crimes That Hampton Eppes Knows How to Help You Fight
Do you know what to look for in a Parker County criminal attorney?
Some things are obvious. You want a lawyer with experience. Someone who can point to a track record of success. Who can point to awards and other types of professional recognition as signs of their skill. Who can offer testimonials from satisfied past clients. Those are all important. One thing many people do not consider enough, though, is that the attorney you choose needs to be knowledgeable about your specific criminal charge.
There are a lot of criminal acts listed in our state’s statutes. You cannot assume that someone knows the best way to handle your particular offense simply because they are a criminal lawyer.
You can find excellent DWI attorneys in Weatherford who have only a basic understanding of how to battle theft charges. Or renowned domestic violence lawyers who would be out of their depth dealing with a drug trafficking case.
At Hampton Eppes, our attorneys have been practicing criminal law for years, providing them with hands-on experience dealing with a number of different charges.
Some of the most common offenses we handle include:
Charge not listed here? We may still be able to help. Find out for sure by getting in touch with our office. Once we learn the specifics of your case, we will be able to give you a better idea of the options available to you.
The Sooner You Start Battling Your Parker Charges, the Better
How many crime shows have you seen on TV where the police are able to get the suspect to confess because they interrogate them without a lawyer present? Probably a lot.
While TV and movies get a lot of things wrong about the criminal justice system, this one is actually pretty accurate. Everything you say to police and prosecutors can be used against you – and they are incredibly skilled at getting people to say and do things that will hurt their case. Because most people simply do not possess a clear enough understanding of the law.
Your best defense against this is to reach out to an attorney immediately after your arrest and stop talking until they arrive. That is just one reason getting a lawyer fast is important.
Waiting gives the prosecution more of a head start. It allows potentially helpful witnesses to slip away. It can even prevent you from using certain types of evidence that must be collected in a timely manner.
Avoid these damaging problems by contacting our office and setting up a free initial consultation as soon as possible. All you need to do is call xxx, email xxx, or fill out the easy case review form on our site.
Do it now. Your future is in the balance.