When you have been accused of a criminal offense, you want an attorney who will not simply enter a plea bargain. You want an attorney who will ensure that you receive justice, whether that means negotiating a favorable plea or pursuing your interests in court.
At the Law Offices of David M. White, we provide aggressive criminal defense for clients throughout West Texas. We treat every client with the respect and dignity they deserve, whatever their alleged offense. From traffic tickets to drug possession, we use our experience and legal skills to minimize the charges and penalties our clients face.
Our experienced attorney has defended a wide variety of criminal cases both in and out of the courtroom. We pursue every option to obtain the most favorable result in cases involving:
We also provide assistance with expungement of criminal records and handle appeals for previous convictions. We thoroughly analyze all the evidence to ensure our clients’ rights were upheld and due process was followed.
Contact us today by calling 325-437-3311 or toll free at 855-437-3311 to schedule a free consultation with our Abilene criminal defense attorney.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need a Lawyer for my Criminal Case?
If you have been charged with a crime, it would be in your best interest to seek representation by a criminal defense lawyer – Especially if jail or prison time is a possible verdict.
Although there are resources available to the public to help guide one through self-representation, criminal law cannot be understood easily. It’s difficult for a person to completely and accurately represent their own case without the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
What are the Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
- Your lawyer is able to negotiate “deals” with the prosecutors. Such as a reduced charge or a reduced sentence time.
- Experienced criminal defense attorneys are able to point out legal rules that might be hidden within statutes and constitutions that those representing themselves might overlook.
- A defense lawyer will be able to spend much more time on a case than the defendant – as it is our job. Often times the defendant is employed, which limits the available time and energy they have to devote to their case.
- Criminal defense attorneys are able to gather certain information and evidence from witnesses that a defendant could not. Witnesses are more likely to speak with an attorney than with the accused.
- A criminal defense attorney is able to fully understand the cost of pleading guilty for the defendant.
Am I Eligible For Probation?
Probation allows first-time offenders who have not been convicted of a violent crime, to remain within the community under strict supervision. This process helps to reduce the cost of incarceration while also protecting the community from possible risk. Texas in specific has a strict set of guidelines when it comes to probation eligibility. There are two different types of options – regular or “straight” probation and deferred probation.
The Difference Between Regular Probation and Deferred Probation?
Deferred probation is only an available option if a defendant has been to trial and has NOT been convicted .
Regular probation is for the defendants who have gone to trial and have been found guilty. They may seek eligibility for probation if they have been sentenced to 10 years or less AND if that sentence was given by the judge or jury.
Deferred probation does have a few benefits and can prevent potential consequences that might come with a full conviction. For example, certain convictions in Texas can come with the consequence of a suspended license – deferred probation will keep this from happening. Deferred probation will also allow the defendant to seal their criminal record so potential future employers, possible landlords, and many others will not be able to see the offense.
What Type of Criminal Cases do you Handle?
At the Law Offices of David M. White we handle a variety a criminal defense cases:
- Traffic Ticket Violations
- Criminal Record Expungement
- Appeals for Previous Convictions
- Drunk Driving Charges
- Drug Offenses, Possession and Distribution Cases
- Probation Violations
What are the Steps in a Criminal Case?
In both misdemeanor and felony cases, the first step for the defendant will be an initial court hearing where one will be served with a criminal complaint. The complaint will state what they are being charged with, it will state the probable cause, and it will also state what their sentence or penalty will be.
For misdemeanor cases, a trial date will be given for the next step of the process which will give the defendant the opportunity to appeal the conviction.
In a felony case, a preliminary hearing is the next step in the process. Depending on whether or not the defendant goes to trial, the district attorney will serve the formal charges.
Contact Our Abilene Criminal Defense Lawyer
David White is known throughout the region for obtaining successful results that meet our clients’ needs. We regularly receive referrals for complex cases. Whatever the case, we work hard to have your charges reduced or your case dismissed if possible. If not, we aggressively negotiate with both judges and prosecutors to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
When you are facing the criminal justice system in west Texas, hire a lawyer who will fight to protect your rights. Contact The Law Offices of David White online, or call 325-437-3311 or toll free at 855-437-3311 to schedule a free initial consultation today. We accept all major credit cards and offer payment plans. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.