Houston Criminal Defense Attorney
Charged with a Crime in Houston?
If you are facing a criminal charge, it is crucial that you get legal representation as soon as possible. Whether you are facing a DWI offense or another serious criminal charge, you need the highest quality defender to represent you. Houston criminal defense attorney Jim Medley has garnered an impressive court record and is prepared to evaluate your case to determine how to move forward with your defense. A former professor of Criminal Justice, Jim Medley holds a master's degree in Forensic Toxicology and has outstanding qualifications and credentials.
Anyone familiar with the criminal justice system knows that the competence of the defense can have a huge impact on the case outcome. Having a high-quality, proven criminal defense attorney behind you is critical. Jim Medley has more than 20 years of experience in the Criminal Justice field, including more than 16 years as a Houston defense lawyer.
Types of Criminal Cases We Defend
At Jim Medley Defense Lawyer, our Houston criminal lawyer has helped clients facing a wide range of charges.
We provide legal representation for a variety of matters, including:
- Assault: There are often multiple stories and skewed police reports. Sometimes these cases are complicated by personal relationships, marriage problems, and children. Jim Medley has years of experience dealing with these complications and is aware of the subtleties required for success in court.
- Credit card fraud: If you are accused of committing credit card fraud, you are facing felony charges. The penalties imposed upon a conviction will likely include a long period of incarceration. If the crime is part of a large-scale operation, you can expect much heavier penalties.
- Driver's license suspension: A driver's license suspension can result from a DWI arrest, DWI conviction, drug charges, and evading arrest. In most cases of license suspension, the driver may be eligible at a minimum to obtain a court order to allow limited driving for work, school, and child care.
- Domestic violence: This crime involves the act of causing bodily injury or threatening to cause bodily injury to a family member. It doesn't take much to be charged with simple assault in a domestic situation. You may face penalties like jail time and fines upwards of $4,000. Some of these charges are automatic felonies.
- Drug possession: Both state and federal law enforcement agents are on the prowl for anyone possessing many different types of drugs commonly used recreationally in Texas. Jim Medley is familiar with the strategies for defending against drug-related offenses, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
- DWI: In Texas, it's illegal to drive a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. If you are caught driving while intoxicated, you may be convicted of a DWI and face serious penalties, including a long prison term. It's important to have a Houston DWI lawyer, increasing the chances of keeping your driver's license.
- Evading arrest: Evading arrest in a motor vehicle is a very serious charge. Only recently was this situation elevated in Texas law to be a third-degree felony. A single incident of a police chase could result in up to 10 years in prison. Jim Medley defends all evading arrest charges.
- Expungement: Looking to clear your permanent record? The process of expungement involves the removal of an arrest, fingerprints, and booking photos from local, state, and federal records. This may be an option for you if your lawyer gets your case dismissed.
- Firearms violations: Charged with a firearm or another illegal weapon? Although Texas has generous laws on the possession and ownership of firearms, many laws regulate the places one can go while armed, or the circumstances under which a person is not allowed to be armed whatsoever.
- FSGI/FSRA: Failure to stop and render aid (FSRA) is also known as hit and run. Police usually assume that a driver who leaves the scene of an accident is driving while intoxicated or has something else to hide.
- Probation violations: Have you been charged with violating probation? The justice system can enforce jail time for your violation, and judges tend to look unfavorably on individuals not strictly adhering to the terms of their probation.
- Prostitution: Prostitution charges can threaten your job, your family stability, and your reputation in the community. You may be charged with this crime if the police simply say you agreed to engage in sexual acts or sexual activity in exchange for money.
- Resisting arrest: If police accuse you of trying to prevent or obstruct a known peace officer from carrying out an arrest, you will be charged with resisting arrest. These cases often have two sides to the story, and The Law Office of Jim Medley can help make sure your voice is heard.
- Theft/Shoplifting: The various types of theft crimes in Texas include larceny, fraud, white-collar crimes, burglary, shoplifting, and more. There can be life-altering repercussions to being convicted of a theft crime, and you need to do everything possible to avoid a conviction.
- Trespassing: According to Texas Code §30.05, a person is guilty of criminal trespassing if one "enters or remains on or in property of another, including residential land, agricultural land, a recreational vehicle park, a building, or an aircraft" without the consent of the property owner.
- Aggravated offenses: Aggravated offenses include aggravated burglary, robbery, menacing, harassment, DWI, sexual assault, and more. Because aggravated crimes are more serious, they may be charged as felonies, which carry severe penalties in terms of imprisonment, fines, and probation.
Regardless of the severity of your case, we will vigorously defend you.
Penalties for a Criminal Conviction in Texas
If you are found guilty of an offense, you may be facing severe penalties. Some of the sanctions may be imposed by the court at the time of sentencing, while others are triggered by laws, rules, and regulations. Either way, your entire life could be changed forever if you are convicted of a crime in Houston.
In Texas, most crimes are charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. The latter group is comprised of the more severe offenses. But make no mistake, a charge or conviction at either level is serious and harsh punishments may be levied in either situation.
Potential conviction penalties include, but are not limited to:
Class C misdemeanor:
- Up to $500 in fines
Class B misdemeanor:
- Up to 180 days of incarceration and/or
- Up to $2,000 in fines
Class A misdemeanor:
- Up to 1 year of incarceration and/or
- Up to $4,000 in fines
State jail felony:
- Between 180 days and 2 years in state jail and/or
- Up to $10,000 in fines
- Between 2 and 10 years of imprisonment and/or
- Up to $10,000 in fines
- Between 2 and 20 years of imprisonment and/or
- Up to $10,000 in fines
- Between 5 and 99 years of imprisonment and/or
- Up to $10,000 in fines
- Life imprisonment or
Depending on the offense committed, criminal penalties in Texas may also include such things as driver's license suspension or a requirement to register as a sex offender.
Collateral Consequences of a Conviction
Collateral consequences refer to restrictions or limitations not imposed by a court but result from different state or federal laws or regulations. For instance, if a person is convicted of specific drug crimes, they may be ineligible for federal aid for school. Or someone with a conviction may not qualify for government benefits. Also, a domestic violence conviction, even when charged as a misdemeanor, can result in the loss of gun rights under federal law (18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9)).
At Jim Medley Defense Lawyer, our criminal lawyer in Houston truly cares about the people we help and does what it takes to seek a just result on their behalf. We explore all legal options, working to minimize or avoid criminal penalties and collateral consequences of a conviction. If you have been charged with a crime, discuss your case with us to discover what avenues we can pursue.
Why Hire a Criminal Attorney in Houston?
The legal system is complex, and understanding the rules and procedures you must follow to resolve your case can be complicated. A Houston criminal lawyer with a sound understanding of the law can help navigate your case. They can explain the process, discuss your charges and legal options in detail, and review possible outcomes.
Attorney Jim Medley knows the justice system inside and out. He is a former police officer and professor of criminal justice courses. Additionally, he has defended clients in thousands of cases and has an in-depth understanding of the legal process.
At Jim Medley Defense Lawyer, we are ready to put in the time and resources necessary to fight your charge. We know that a solid defense requires thorough preparation, which is why we will get started on your case right away. We conduct a thorough investigation, locate and interview witnesses, gather and preserve relevant evidence, and reach out to expert witnesses.
Our criminal defense attorney in Houston is concerned with doing what is in the best interest of our clients. That is why we will never take an "easy" solution to a case. If the matter can be resolved through negotiations with the prosecutor, we will pursue that option. Still, we prepare for each case as if it will go to trial and will be ready to present a compelling defense in court.
Know that whatever route your case takes, we will be beside you every step of the way.