Are you the subject of a criminal investigation? Have you or a loved one been arrested and charged with a crime?
Finding yourself accused of a crime can be extremely frightening and very stressful, whether it’s your first involvement with the criminal justice system or your fifth. A criminal conviction can result in more than just fines and jail time; you could find yourself with a criminal record that haunts you for a lifetime, tarnishing your reputation and making it very difficult to get (or keep) a job, find a place to live or even attend college. Felony convictions can also make international travel extremely difficult,
You simply cannot underestimate the importance of hiring a good criminal defense lawyer. Dallas clients have been turning to Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass for over 20 years, thanks to his extensive experience, his refined defense strategies and his aggressive approach to fighting for your freedom and your future.
The legal team at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass has defended clients at the state and federal level, right up to the United States Supreme Court. Practicing law since 1993, Attorney Grass has served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG). Additionally, he was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He also maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
If you’re the subject of a criminal investigation or have been charged with a crime at the state or federal level, you need a Dallas criminal defense attorney who will fight hard on your behalf. Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to schedule a confidential and free case evaluation by calling (214) 431-3897.
Common Questions When Hiring a Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer
It’s easy to find yourself imagining the worst case scenario when you’re accused of a crime and navigating an unfamiliar criminal justice system can make the experience even more frightening. In fact, inaccurate assumptions and uncertainty can be the source of significant stress.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we make it a point to ensure that our clients know what to expect when it comes to the legal process and the potential penalties. Here are some of the most common questions that we explore with our clients.
What’s the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?
Misdemeanor offenses encompass more minor crimes, whereas more serious offenses are charged as felonies. In Texas, there are a few different sub-categories, which are as follows (from least serious to most severe):
Class C Misdemeanor;
Class B Misdemeanor;
Class A Misdemeanor;
State Jail Felony;
Third Degree Felony;
Second Degree Felony; and
First Degree Felony.
The seriousness of a crime can be upgraded in certain circumstances. For example, if a crime involves aggravating factors, a street gang or if the defendant has a prior conviction for a particular crime, then the charge may be upgraded in terms of its seriousness. The more serious the classification, the harsher the penalty.
Will My Criminal Case Be Tried in State Court or Federal Court?
A large portion of criminal cases are tried at the state level, but there are some circumstances where a case could be pursued at the federal level. Federal crimes include:
internet crimes, such as internet sex crimes and fraud;
drug trafficking crimes;
crimes involving a federal agency, like the IRS or immigration;
crimes where the suspect and victim are in different states;
money counterfeiting and some forgery crimes;
criminal acts that cross state lines and therefore involve multiple states; or
large-scale crimes involving many victims or a massive criminal operation.
If a crime is a violation of both state law and federal law, the state prosecutor does typically have the option to refer the case to a federal prosecutor. This may be done in cases that can benefit from the broader range of resources that are available at the federal level. This may also occur in cases where there are multiple jurisdictions involved.
Federal crimes do tend to carry a harsher penalty, so it’s especially important that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney representing your case.
What if a ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict is Unlikely?
There are some cases where a “not guilty” verdict is highly unlikely due to overwhelming evidence. Even in these cases, you can benefit from working with an experienced defense attorney, who can maximize your chances at seeing a favorable case outcome.
It’s also important to note that a “not guilty” verdict is not the only favorable case outcome. In some cases, your lawyer can make a compelling argument for the dismissal of some or all of the charges against you, particularly if authorities failed to follow the appropriate procedures.
In other cases, your attorney can negotiate for a reduction in the severity of charges. If you are opting to forego trial due to overwhelming evidence, your lawyer can negotiate a plea bargain to minimize the charges and/or minimize any penalty that you may face.
There are many options, and many cases can be resolved favorably without going to trial. Each case is unique, and a talented defense attorney can often secure a positive outcome that would be beyond the reach of a less experienced attorney. Attorney Grass has been successful in getting dismissals and “not guilty” verdicts for clients who didn’t think this was possible, so even if the evidence seems overwhelming and damning, a top criminal lawyer can find loopholes and develop defense strategies that will enable you to overcome the seemingly insurmountable.
Let Our Dallas Defense Lawyers Represent Your Case
Whether you’ve been arrested and charged or have found yourself the target of a criminal investigation, you can benefit from working with an experienced defense lawyer. Dallas clients trust the legal team here at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass.
Our Texas law firm was founded a defense attorney with nearly a quarter-century of experience in the state and federal courts. As such, our legal team knows what it takes to maximize your chances of seeing a favorable case resolution.
If you or a loved one need legal help, contact the Dallas criminal defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass. Contact our law firm for a confidential and free case evaluation by calling (214) 431-3897.