Violent crimes against people are serious matters. Each case is unique, but they have one thing in common: A defense lawyer must pay attention to details.
Violent Crimes and Homicide Defense Attorney in Dallas
In the state of Texas, violent crimes can cover a variety of conduct. The type of punishment you receive can vary depending on the severity of your actions. In the most extreme case, homicide, you could be facing many years in prison and even the death penalty. In less serious cases, you could still be facing time in prison, along with high fines, possible probation, and a felony conviction on your record. A felony conviction on your record can negatively affect you for the rest of your life. It can prevent future employment and housing opportunities and keep you from receiving loans, among many other things.
Examples of violent crimes, aside from homicide, can include, but are not limited to:
Essentially, any act that uses or threatens the use of force that could cause physical harm can be considered a violent crime. If weapons were involved, this greatly affects the charges. Any act that uses explosives and/ or poses a threat to a large amount of people can also be considered a violent crime.
How the Law Office of John M. Helms is Prepared to Defend You
Violent crimes and homicide can become extremely complex within the criminal justice system. This is why you need an experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyer representing you. If you or a loved one is facing violent crime charges, severe punishments can be in your future if you do not approach your case in the proper way.
As a former federal prosecutor, I have the skills and experience to represent you well in court. Not only can I create a strong defense, I can help predict the strategy of your prosecutor and build a counter strategy. I want you to rest a little easier while you are in my care.
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If you have not been arrested or charged with a crime, but the police have told you that they would like to talk to you, what do you do? Do not say a thing; let them know you want to use your right to get a lawyer. And do it ASAP.
Whenever you have any dealings with the police, you should be represented by a lawyer. If they are looking for you, if they want to talk to you, if they want to arrest you, or if someone has contacted law enforcement and accused you of a crime, you need a lawyer.
Even if you plan on pleading guilty, it is critical that you hire a criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights. Representing yourself is never a good idea. Even if you plead guilty, you can expect that prosecutors will try to take advantage of your inexperience by only agreeing to a plea deal that is less favorable than they would with a lawyer. Plus, an attorney may be able to spot problems with the government’s case that you would not recognize, like evidence that should be suppressed. Problems like that might result in dismissal of the charges altogether, but just being able to spot them can help negotiate a better deal with a prosecutor. An attorney, especially a former prosecutor like me, can help you protect your rights, evaluate your options, and negotiate with the prosecutors for the most favorable outcome.
In criminal cases, we usually charge a flat rate for everything but trial and a trial fee that is only owed if the case goes to trial. A flat fee means that, no matter how much work the lawyer has to do, you know up front what the fee is going to be. We base our fees on our estimate of the amount of time and work that will be required to defend the case. We are not a factory type of operation, so we generally do not have “grocery store” pricing, in which a given crime costs a set amount regardless of the facts. Each case is different, and we try to tailor our fees to your individual case. That means that we want to find out about your case and that we try to set our fees based on how much work we think your case will take and how complicated it will be.
If you are under investigation, but you have not been charged, we may offer to represent you during the investigation based on an hourly rate with a cost deposit that we bill against. This can benefit you because it can be difficult to predict how much work it will take to represent someone during an investigation, and an hourly rate means that you will only pay for the work done.