Denton Criminal Defense Attorney
Guiding You Through Criminal Court in Denton County
If you find yourself accused, arrested, or charged with a crime in North Texas, it is important to turn to a trusted criminal defense lawyer in Denton as soon as possible. At The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline, we know how to use all of the available tools necessary to respond to the state’s tactics. We will create a solid defense that best protects your rights and freedom. Our team of Denton criminal attorneys includes a former prosecutor who has tried hundreds of cases and we have the professional experience and unique insights to present a thorough, well-rounded defense.
To give yourself the best chance of reaching a favorable outcome in your criminal case, consider hiring the criminal defense lawyers at The Law Office of Gregory C. Goline. We have defended clients accused of hundreds of different state and federal crimes. Our reputation and successful track record make our firm the obvious choice.
Do not face these charges alone, schedule your consultation with a Denton criminal attorney today at (940) 400-0475.
Texas has a hard-nosed reputation for many things, including its stance on crime. The state’s “zero tolerance” approach to many types of crimes, particularly drug crimes, means that defendants may face tough legal battles both in and out of the courtroom. The State of Texas has many available options when it comes to initiating and prosecuting charges against potential defendants. The state will aggressively prosecute your case and may throw anything and everything at you in order to secure a conviction.
We understand that an arrest for any type of crime may be terrifying. We also know that the consequences of an arrest alone can up-end your personal life, professional life, and the lives of your families.
As horrible and embarrassing as an arrest may be, a conviction can be absolutely devastating. Our job as criminal defense attorneys is to do what it takes in order to minimize the implications faced by our clients in these situations.
What Are My Rights After an Arrest?
Your "Miranda rights" require the police officers to inform you of your rights before questioning you. This includes the right to remain silent, the right to have a lawyer present during questioning, and alerting you that anything you say can be used against you in a court of law. Additionally, you should be alerted to the fact that an attorney will be appointed for you if you cannot afford one.
How Can I Properly Invoke My Rights?
Invoking your rights is easy so long as you know what to say. Let the arresting officer know that you would like to speak to an attorney and that you will not answer any questions. Then reach out to our firm for representation.
Why Should I Hire My Own Lawyer?
Hiring your own attorney gives you the advantage of having a personal touch and being able to choose a firm with relevant experience. At our firm, we are committed to protecting our clients' rights, including keeping you informed every step of the way. Once we understand the specifics of your case, we can answer your questions in more detail.
Penalties for Criminal Charges in Texas
All crimes committed in Texas carry some sort of penalty (and usually more than one). Convictions and/or the negotiation of plea deals lead to penalties that may vary based on a number of factors and specific circumstances.
Some of the factors that Texas courts consider when ordering penalties include the following:
- Age of the defendant
- Seriousness and nature of the crime
- Criminal record of the defendant
- Whether this is a first or repeat offense
- Age of victim(s)
- And more
Common criminal penalties and practical effects associated with various crimes include the following:
- Monetary fines
- Prison sentences (in addition to the reinstatement of any suspended sentences on file)
- Loss of employment and/or irreparable career damage
- Financial problems
- Inability to volunteer at schools and other organizations
- Travel restrictions
- Damage to relationships with loved ones and friends
- Loss of driver’s license
- Loss of professional licenses (or an outright bar to obtaining certain licenses in the future)
Can My Record Be Expunged?
We will need to review your case and your criminal history to determine if your record can be expunged. There are specific crimes which are eligible for expungement while others are excluded. We can work with you to establish whether your record is eligible.
There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Defense to Criminal Cases
In order to properly defend your case, we must create strategies that take into consideration the specific facts of your situation and the law as it applies to those facts. We create highly specialized defense strategies narrowly tailored to your unique case.
Our defense strategies may include one or more of the following elements:
- Knowing when to negotiate and when to leave it up to the judge or jury
- Raising challenges to the validity of your arrest as well as any related searches and seizures conducted by law enforcement
- Intense cross-examination of witnesses offered by the prosecution
- Relying on our experts and investigators