Criminal Justice Attorney Providing Award-Winning Criminal Defense in Collin County
A top defense lawyer will examine your case and thoroughly explain the best legal options for you.
When accused of a crime, you need an aggressive law firm on your side.
Our founder Jeffrey C. Grass is one of the most honest and respected attorneys in Plano and was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the nation.
Based on client reviews, we are one of the few law firms in Texas with accreditation from the Better Business Bureau.
If you are accused of a crime – and it can happen to anyone – you’ll need an experienced defense attorney who fights relentlessly on behalf of every client – someone with a reputation for legal excellence. Based in Plano and licensed to practice law across the state of Texas, Jeffrey Grass is a highly-skilled, substantially experienced criminal defense attorney who listens carefully to his clients’ needs and crafts effective defense strategies to resolve their legal challenges. Jeffrey Grass believes that every client deserves a comprehensive, aggressive defense. He is no stranger to long hours, hard work, and doing whatever it takes to ensure clients are treated fairly.
Why are defense attorneys necessary and what do they do?
Like it or not, our success or failure in the world depends on how well we function according to societies’ rules, standards and expectations. The greater one complies with and adheres to these expectations the more they are rewarded materially and generally regarded as successful within their communities. Conversely, individuals who do not comply with these same expectations are deemed nonconformists, or in extreme cases, criminals who must be rehabilitated and made to conform. However, because the law is subject to diverse interpretations, skilled lawyers are needed to interpret the law to benefit their client an ensure their interpretation of the law prevails.
The compelling principle behind developing law and society is that every person deserves justice, and lawyers make sure that their client receives justice, and their right is protected. A lawyer will provide different services depending on what they have studied and practiced, but the best lawyers specialize and focus on one or two areas of the law so they can become focused and develop and expertise in these regions.
The lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass concentrate on the needs of those facing serious criminal allegations resulting in the loss of not only their freedom but also their professional license, standing in the community and ability to earn a living. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass specialize in defending healthcare practitioners charged with criminal and disciplinary charges by State, Federal and Administrative agencies. It is essential that professionals accused of these of devastating events seek the specialized legal available at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass
When should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?
Hire a criminal attorney when contacted by any law enforcement or regulatory agency that is implicating you in a crime or professional misconduct. It is of vital importance that you communicate with an experienced defense attorney if you are accused of any offense that puts your life, profession, or finances at risk. It is easy to make mistakes that are detrimental to your case unknowingly. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass can help you protect your rights that you might not know you have but your attorney will.
How can I find the best criminal defense attorney for me?
By searching for attorney specialized in your type of case. Look for expertise, years of practice and clients’ testimonials. Meet with the lawyers of your choice and discuss your case extensively. After doing so,you will get a sense of who they are and whether you can work well together. If you are comfortable with their strategy and you can work a payment arrangement, then secure their services.
When can a defense, attorney ask for a dismissal?
If the attorney is retained early enough, he can present a grand jury packet requesting a “no bill.” If granted it means that the case is dismissed. Otherwise, if indicted, the lawyer can approach the District Attorney and seek a negotiated settlement which includes a dismissal or otherwise he can seek an” acquittal” or “not guilty” at trial.
What do criminal defense attorneys charge?
The fees differ depending on the attorney experience and reputation. There are two fees for representation in criminal cases: A Flat fee is charged for the entire case, and a retainer fee is accruedas the case progresses. The more complicated the case, the higher the costs. Some cases require experts, investigators, psychologists and polygraph examiners. As these expenses are incurred, the cost of the case becomes higher.
Do criminal defense attorneys offer payment plans?
Some attorneys offer payment plans depending on the client’s financial circumstances and the total cost of the case. The more expensive the case, the more flexibility the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Grass will give the client to pay the fee.
How to choose a criminal defense attorney?
Try and find an attorney in your area with experience in your type of case, easy to communicate with, knowledgeable and with reasonable years of experience.
What questions should I ask a criminal defense attorney before hiring?
The things you will want to ask a criminal defense attorney include:
How long have they practiced criminal defense?
How many cases have they handled that are similar in nature?
What are the most significant points of law in the case?
What is the most important evidence in the case?
Do they know or are the familiar with the Prosecutor or the Judge?
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If you’re charged with a crime in Texas, do not try to act as your own attorney. Your future and freedom will be stake. However, a swift response is essential in criminal cases because evidence deteriorates, witnesses’ memories fade, and it takes some time to tailor an effective defense strategy. If you are accused of a crime, speak to Plano criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Grass at once. He will challenge the government’s evidence against you, and he will fight aggressively for justice on your behalf. If you need legal help now, arrange an initial free consultation by calling the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass at (972) 422-9999.
Attorney Jeffrey Grass
As criminal defense lawyers, we help defendants gather the evidence they need to challenge effectively the government’s case against them. In every criminal case, we examine the actions of law enforcement officers to determine if our client’s rights were violated. If evidence against one of our clients was obtained illegally, we challenge that evidence and can usually have it thrown out of court. If your case goes to trial, we will use every available legal tool in your defense. Even in the worst scenario – when the evidence of a client’s guilt is overwhelming – we seek mercy from the court and negotiate for reduced or alternative sentencing.
Plano criminal defense attorney Jeffrey C. Grass has more than twenty years of criminal defense experience in north Texas, and he frequently represents individuals before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas. Known for being passionate and relentless, attorney Jeffrey C. Grass lets nothing stand in his way when he fights for justice on behalf of his clients. Jeffrey C. Grass has been named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association and as one of the 10 Best for Client Satisfaction by theAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.
Attorney Jeffrey Grass has defended scores of persons charged with federal crimes. While there is often overlap between state and federal law – for example, heroin possession is illegal at both levels – the government may choose a federal prosecution if a crime is particularly serious, involves a large operation, or state lines were crossed. If you are now under investigation or if you have already been charged under federal law, attorney Jeffrey Grass can help. He represents defendants charged with federal sex, drugs, and weapons crimes, public corruption, fraud, other white collar crimes, and he defends those threatened by immigration authorities with deportation.
When someone is charged with a drug crime in Texas, time is of the essence. You must retain legal representation at once – any delay could lead to a conviction, possibly with the harshest penalties. Don’t let this happen to you. If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime in Plano, Dallas, or anywhere in Texas, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass can provide a passionate and aggressive criminal defense. Federal and Texas state prosecutors do not have a reputation for leniency when prosecuting drug cases. Attorney Jeffrey Glass will do everything legally possible to have the charges reduced or dismissed and to shield his clients from the most serious penalties.
If you are under investigation for a sex crime – or if you’ve already been arrested and charged – you need a lawyer with substantial experience handling these serious criminal charges. Attorney Jeffrey Grass has extensive experience defending clients charged with state and federal sex crimes. He knows the stakes, and he understands the concerns of the accused. As a former Judge Advocate General (JAG), a former prosecutor, and a criminal defense attorney with more than two decades of experience, Attorney Jeffrey Grass has the background and resources to advocate effectively for those charged with committing any sex crime, including the most serious crimes.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass represents Texas defendants charged with theft crimes that include burglary, shoplifting, robbery, aggravated robbery, receiving stolen property, and various types of fraud. We also defend persons who have been charged with larceny, the theft of personal property without force. While there can never be a guaranteed outcome in any particular criminal case, if you face a theft charge in the state of Texas, your best hope for justice is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has established a reputation for tenacity and a record of legal excellence – Plano criminal defense attorney Jeffrey C. Grass.
White Collar Crimes
If you are charged with a violent crime in the state of Texas, whether or not you are guilty, you must speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. The penalties for those convicted of violent crimes are harsh in this state because violent crimes often end with injuries or death. A violent crime can be committed with or without weapons; it is any crime where violence is used or threatened against a victim, including but not limited to murder, manslaughter, robbery, kidnapping, forcible rape, sexual battery, and domestic violence. If you are accused of any violent crime, contact attorney Jeffrey C. Grass immediately.
White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes include embezzlement, money laundering, tax evasion, securities fraud, and insurance fraud. These are usually non-violent, financially-oriented crimes. Plano criminal defense attorney Jeffrey C. Grass has extensive experience defending clients who have been charged with either state or federal white collar crimes. White-collar crimes are usually felonies; a conviction can mean stiff penalties including heavy fines, a lengthy prison term, and a number of other potential consequences. Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass as soon as you can if you are charged with committing fraud or any other white collar crime in the state of Texas.
If you’re charged with DUI or DWI in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass at once. Experienced Plano DUI attorney Jeffrey C. Grass and his legal team can assess the details of your case, provide candid legal advice, and develop a sound, aggressive defense on your behalf. When your future and freedom are at risk, you need an experienced DUI lawyer who routinely, effectively defends accused drivers. With heavy fines, a license suspension, and possible jail time if you’re convicted, it’s imperative to have an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth DUI attorney at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass working on your behalf.
If you are accused of domestic violence in Plano or anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, contact Plano domestic violence defense attorney Jeffrey C. Grass as swiftly as possible. Texas aggressively prosecutes anyone accused of domestic violence. The criminal laws governing domestic violence in this state are complex and apply to a variety of circumstances and behaviors. If you are charged with criminal domestic violence, your future, your family, and your freedom could all be at risk. You must have the help of an experienced Texas domestic violence defense lawyer – an attorney with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass.
What Our Clients Say
I am so very thankful that Jeff Grass was our attorney for my husband's case. Jeff understood my husband and his case perfectly. Jeff was excellent in his professionalism. At the same time, he was compassionate in his approach to my husband and to me. We received the best possible outcome which was so much better than what our previous attorney had anticipated.
Why Our Clients Appreciate Us
Located in the heart of Plano, Texas, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass has been a staple in the community for over two decades serving the greater Plano and Dallas-Fort Worth areas.
Attorney Jeffrey Grass fights for his clients with tenacious and aggressive defense representation. When providing criminal defense services in north Texas, Mr. Grass focuses on a client’s interests and needs while defending that client’s constitutional rights and providing frank, candid legal advice. Mr. Grass will personally meet with you to review your case, your options, and the potential outcomes.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our mission is to get each of our clients the justice they deserve from the criminal accusations that they are currently facing. If you need a knowledgeable, experienced Texas criminal defense attorney, or if you simply need quality legal advice, call our offices today for a free consultation.
2017-09-05T18:32:35+00:00 August 21st, 2017|
The right to bear arms is part of the United States Constitution, but as you probably know, a number of state and federal laws impact gun ownership in the state of Texas. This will be a general overview and introduction to firearms and firearm ownership laws in Texas, but if you have further concerns or questions, or if you are charged with violating a state or federal gun statute in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, speak at once with an experienced Plano criminal defense attorney.
Individuals in Texas may legally own shotguns, rifles, and other “long” guns if they are age 18 or above, and individuals in Texas may own handguns legally if they are age 21 or above, so long as those individuals have valid identification and no felony convictions.
Under Texas law, even a convicted felon may possess a firearm in his or her own residence if five or more years have passed since the offender’s release from prison or parole. The Texas law, however, is not the only law that applies to a convicted felon possessing a firearm in Texas.
Contrary to Texas law, a federal statute prohibits anyone ever convicted of any felony from ever again possessing a firearm either inside or outside of his or her home. Therefore, even if a convicted felon cannot be charged with possessing a firearm under Texas law, he or she might be charged under the federal law. If convicted under the federal law, the penalty can be as much as ten years in federal prison. Under the Texas Penal Code, the unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is a third-degree felony punishable upon conviction by two to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,001.
Other firearms-related crimes in Texas include:
– Unlawful carrying of a firearm: When a person without a license to carry (LTC) carries a handgun illegally, unlawful carrying is the charge.
– Unlawful discharge of a firearm: When a person discharges a firearm in a public place or on or across a public street, unlawful discharge is the charge.
WHO CAN OBTAIN A LICENSE TO CARRY?
No law in Texas prevents a legal firearm owner from carrying a firearm that is not a handgun. However, if the firearm being carried is displayed in a manner “calculated to cause alarm,” the person carrying can be charged with disorderly conduct. Open carry of a handgun was illegal in our state prior to 2015, when Texas lawmakers approved a law that allows concealed handgun permit holders to carry openly. The law went into effect in 2016, and a license to carry (LTC) is now required to carry a handgun, whether openly or concealed, in our state.
LTC applicants must be at least 21 years of age or on active military duty and must meet all federal and state requirements for the purchase of a handgun. Factors that can make an individual ineligible for a license to carry in Texas include felony convictions, Class A and B misdemeanor convictions, some pending criminal charges, alcohol or chemical dependency issues, some psychological conditions, pending restraining orders, and defaults on taxes, student loans, child support, or other debts owed to the state or federal government. License to carry permits in Texas are valid for five years.
First-time LTC applicants in this state must be fingerprinted, receive four to six hours of classroom instruction, pass a written examination, and pass a proficiency demonstration. However, even with a license to carry in Texas, it is illegal to enter any of these locations with a firearm: a school or educational institution, a court, a polling place, a racetrack, or an airport, and you may not carry a firearm within one thousand feet of a place of legal execution in Texas.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER RESTRICTIONS ON CONCEALED CARRY IN TEXAS?
It is also illegal in Texas to carry a firearm, either openly or concealed, in a federal building, including post offices and federal courts, and the possession of a state-issued license to carry is no defense. However, if you possess a state-issued LTC, you may carry a concealed weapon while you are in a federal park or a federal wildlife preserve that is contained wholly or partially in the state of Texas. Texas LTC holders may not carry a weapon in any place or at any time while they are intoxicated due to the use of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance or drug.
Texas property owners may exclude open and/or concealed weapons from their properties with a properly worded sign or with an adequate verbal warning. If you carry a weapon either openly or concealed on a property with a posted sign which tells you that weapons are forbidden on that property, you are committing a Class C misdemeanor punishable upon conviction with a fine of up to $200.
It is illegal to carry any weapon openly or concealed in any jail or prison building or on the premises of any business that makes 51 percent or more of its income from the sale of alcoholic drinks for consumption on the premises.
WHAT IS THE CASTLE DOCTRINE?
In 2007, Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 378, which makes Texas both a “castle doctrine” state and a “stand your ground” state. Thus, residents who lawfully occupy a dwelling may use deadly force against someone who “unlawfully, and with force, enters or attempts to enter” the dwelling and attempts to remove by force another person or to commit an aggravated kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated robbery. Senate Bill 378’s “stand your ground” clause provides that a person who has a legal right to be wherever he or she is has no “duty to retreat” before acting in self-defense with a weapon.
The 2007 Texas Legislature also approved, and Governor Perry signed, House Bill 1815, which allows any Texas resident to carry a handgun in that resident’s vehicle with or without a license to carry. However, lawful carry in a vehicle requires that the weapon must not be in plain sight, that the carrier is not involved in criminal activity (apart from Class C traffic misdemeanors), that the carrier is not barred by state or federal law from possessing a firearm, and that the carrier is not a criminal gang member.
Frankly, what has been discussed here regarding firearms only touches the surface of this state’s extensive and complicated gun laws and regulations. If you are arrested and charged with violating any firearms law in the state of Texas, you will need the sound legal advice that an experienced Plano criminal defense attorney can offer. A conviction for a Texas firearms violation could have serious implications including jail or prison, probation, a stiff fine, and restrictions on your right to own and/or carry a firearm in Texas in the future.
2017-07-31T05:17:00+00:00 July 24th, 2017|
In the state of Texas, a warrant for your arrest is a quite serious legal matter. Several kinds of arrest warrants are used by Texas courts and law enforcement officials. This is a general look at arrest warrants in the state of Texas, but if you are named in any particular arrest warrant in Collin County, you will need to consult with an experienced Plano criminal defense attorney. Arrest warrants in this state include warrants for a criminal offense, warrants for failure to appear in court, warrants for failure to pay a fine, and warrants for probation violations.
If a police officer in Texas sees someone commit a crime – driving under the influence, for example – the officer can make an arrest on the spot and without any requirement for an arrest warrant. However, when the police do not see a crime but instead investigate a crime and identify a suspect, the police will typically then obtain a warrant for that suspect’s arrest. If you know or believe that a warrant has been issued for your own arrest in Collin County, contact a Plano criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.
Your attorney can find out if you are named in an arrest warrant, find out the charge and the bail amount, and arrange for you to turn yourself in and avoid an embarrassing arrest situation. Do not surrender to the police without first consulting an attorney. Do not try to act as your own lawyer, and do not answer any questions from the police without having your lawyer present. If you are placed under arrest, simply and politely explain to the police, “I prefer to exercise my right to remain silent and my right to have an attorney present during questioning.”
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR IN COURT AS ORDERED?
If you are arrested and then released on a criminal charge, or if you received a traffic citation and signed a promise to appear for a particular court date, you must be in the courtroom at the date and time scheduled for your hearing. If you fail to appear, the court will almost certainly issue a warrant for your arrest for your failure to appear, and if you have posted bail money, you will forfeit that money.
You will be re-arrested and your bail amount at that time may be doubled. A Plano criminal defense attorney may be able to help, but the best policy is simply to appear in court as scheduled, and make sure that you are accompanied by your defense attorney.
An arrest warrant can also be issued for the failure to pay a fine. Like a warrant for the failure to appear, Texans can avoid having this kind of warrant issued simply by meeting their legal obligations. You can even be arrested for the failure to pay a traffic fine.
Traffic fines in Collin County can actually be paid by phone in many cases, and if you simply do not have the money to pay, in some cases a payment plan can be arranged. If you are required to pay any legal fine in Texas, take care of it right away so that you do not forget or overlook it.
An arrest warrant can also be issued in this state if you are on probation for any reason and you violate the terms of your probation. When a convicted offender is placed on probation, there are obligations (like community service) and prohibitions (drug use, for example).
If a prosecutor has evidence that a probationer has violated the terms of probation – failing to perform community service, for example, or failing a drug test – the prosecutor will seek an arrest warrant and file a motion to revoke the individual’s probation.
A probation violation arrest warrant is somewhat different from other arrest warrants, because the person on probation has already been convicted of a crime. Judges thus are not required to grant bail after an arrest for a probation violation, and the probationer may be compelled to wait in jail for a hearing.
If found guilty of violating probation, a defendant may be placed in custody or may be returned to probation with additional terms and conditions. If you are accused of violating probation in Collin County, an experienced Plano criminal defense attorney can help.
HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR A BAIL BOND?
When a suspect is placed under arrest and a judge sets bail, the person in custody can pay the bail in cash (that’s called a “cash bond”) or use a bail bondsman to post what is called a “surety bond.” A bail bondsman pays the full amount of bail on your behalf and keeps what you pay – usually ten percent of the bail amount – in return for the service. Sometimes the fee exceeds ten percent, depending on the charge and the details of the case.
If you pay a cash bond rather than using a bail bondsman, the amount is entirely refunded provided you appear in court as scheduled, regardless of whether you are found guilty or not guilty of the charge. If you can afford it, a cash bond is preferable. You can use any refunded cash toward fines or attorney fees. If you use a bail bondsman, even if you appear in court and you are found not guilty, you will still lose whatever you have paid to the bondsman.
WHAT ARE ACTIVATED AND UNACTIVATED ARREST WARRANTS?
“Activated” arrest warrants are visible to the public and to all Texas law enforcement officers, but not every arrest warrant is activated. Traffic-related warrants often cannot be seen by officers outside of the jurisdiction where the warrant was issued. In other cases, an officer who has obtained an arrest warrant may not activate it because he or she has investigated the case and intends to make the arrest personally.
Finally, some arrest warrants in Texas are not activated to avoid tipping off suspects and giving them an opportunity to flee. Anyone who has a pending arrest warrant and anyone who is being investigated for a crime in Collin County should speak immediately to an experienced Plano criminal defense attorney who can represent you and advocate on your behalf. Do not wait to seek reliable counsel. You have that right.