Posts Tagged ‘Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney’

Understanding Texas Drug Crimes and the Severity of the Consequences

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Most drug crimes are prosecuted at the state level, however, if a particular drug charge relates to drugs crossing state lines in any way, you could be facing federal drug charges as well.  As the severity of a drug crime increases, the severity of the potential consequences if convicted also increases.  Many people do not take all drug charges very seriously because many people are able to avoid jail time.  However, many people are able to avoid jail time for a variety of reasons that are unique to each individual’s circumstances.

More often than not, those who avoid jail time and undergo probation are individuals charged with drug possession, or a first time offense of delivering or selling a small amount of a controlled substance.  As the drug crime becomes more dangerous and more “big hitters” are involved, the consequences of being convicted of either Texas or federal drug crimes can mean life in prison if the drug crime involves an enormous amount of drugs and the trafficking or distribution of such drugs.  Drug trafficking, and large-scale distribution are drug crimes that involve a large number of people, as large quantities of drugs are being distributed amongst drug users throughout the entire country.  In addition to drug possession, delivery, distribution and trafficking, individuals may face drug manufacturing charges that can also result in very serious consequences.

Having Your Drug Charge Dismissed

As part of reviewing any client’s case, your attorney will evaluate every single fact that is available from the police report, the way in which you were arrested and charged with the crime, whether or not you were interrogated after being arrested, and whether or not such interrogation was conducted lawfully.  The initial arrest process leading up to being charged with a crime involves a series of steps where law enforcement officials must respect your constitutional rights.  If your attorney finds evidence that your constitutional rights have been violated, then your attorney will seek dismissal of your criminal charges, as constitutional violations may result in the suppression of key evidence that was unlawfully obtained.  Regardless of innocence or guilt, if your constitutional rights were violated, and law enforcement officials would not have obtained evidence without violating your constitutional rights, then the prosecution has no case against you.

If your attorney is not able to seek dismissal of your criminal charges based on constitutional grounds, then your attorney will look for other evidentiary issues and seek a resolution of your criminal matter with the goal of reaching a result that does not involve the imposition of jail time.

Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

Any drug-related criminal charge in Texas (whether a state or federal charge) can prove to be devastating if you are convicted and required to serve jail time.  Even as the world view on drugs such as marijuana continues to change in favor of acceptance, Texas law enforcement officials and the federal government treat marijuana-related drug charges just as seriously as cocaine, heroin and other very dangerous drugs.  Whether you have been charged with simple drug possession of a very small amount of a controlled substance, or if you have been charged with drug trafficking, among other drug charges, you need to seek legal representation right away.  Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit is a former prosecutor with more than three decades of experience both prosecuting and defending drug-related criminal charges.  With the help of Jack Pettit, you will be aware of what options you have for fighting the drug charges against you, and what the potential consequences are if you are convicted.  To speak with Jack Pettit, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation by calling (214) 521-4567.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.

Evading and Resisting Arrest in Texas – What You Need to Know

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Whether or not you have ever been arrested, you likely know that the more cooperative you are with the arresting police officers, the much easier the arrest and detention process will be.  Some individuals feel the need or urge to avoid being arrested, regardless of what the reason may be.  An individual who intentionally resists arrest by an officer may be facing a criminal charge that could have been easily prevented.  Further, if an individual runs away to evade police, he or she could face a criminal charge is also preventable, and both crimes could result in fines and potential jail time.

Some Texas residents believe that if they have not committed any crime, they cannot be arrested for anything at all.  They may use their innocence as a reason to either evade or resist being arrested, however, it is never a good idea to intentionally evade or resist arrest.  Whether you are guilty or innocent of a particular crime will be determined later on.  At the arrest stage, whether or not you are innocent should not prevent you from cooperating with police officers, as this will only cause you unnecessary legal trouble.

Penalties for Evading and Resisting Arrest in Texas

When an individual intentionally flees from a person he or she knows to be a peace officer who is attempting to lawfully arrest or detain the individual, he or she may be found guilty of evading arrest.  Under Texas law, evading arrest is considered a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of $500.  However, there are situations where a charge of evading arrest may be a more serious misdemeanor or even a felony if other factors are involved, such as the use of a vehicle to flee from police.

When an individual intentionally prevents or obstructs a person he or she knows to be a peace officer, he or she may be found guilty of resisting arrest.  Under Texas law, resisting arrest is considered a Class A misdemeanor which is fairly serious considering how easily a charge of resisting arrest can be prevented by simply cooperating with law enforcement officials.

Because charges of evading and/or resisting arrest can result in potential jail time, individuals who have been charged with evading or resisting arrest should take their criminal matter very seriously.  These are not criminal charges that should be dealt with alone.  You need a skilled and seasoned criminal defense attorney who can quickly evaluate your situation and help you fight your criminal charges, seeking to avoid jail time and the imposition of hefty fines.

 Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

Both evading and resisting arrest in Texas are serious crimes that may result in jail time and significant fines, regardless of what the reason was for the arrest.  Ignoring police instructions is one of the biggest mistakes individuals can make when they are facing arrest.  If you or a loved one has been charged with evading or resisting arrest in Texas, it is important that you have a qualified Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney standing by your side to advocate for you rights to the fullest extent possible.  Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit has more than thirty years of experience working both as a former prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney.  Attorney Jack Pettit utilizes all resources available, and thoroughly investigates each and every client’s case with the same dedication to provide the best legal representation possible.  To discuss your criminal charge with Jack Pettit, contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation by calling (214) 521-4567.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.

Getting Out of Jail After Arrest – Understanding Your Options in Texas

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Getting arrested is certainly a frightening experience, especially when it catches you by surprise.  For example, you may have a traffic ticket that you have forgotten about and a warrant issued for your arrest.  You get pulled over, the officer pulls up your record which reveals the warrant, and you are taken to jail.  Or, the warrant for your arrest may relate to a more serious misdemeanor or felony charge in Texas.  Regardless of the reason for the issuance of a warrant and/or for your arrest, you will likely be required to pay bail in order to be let free.  If you have been charged with felony drug possession, for example, your bail amount may be significantly higher than the bail amount for the charge of driving with an expired or illegal driver’s license.

How Can I Get Out of Jail?

One of the biggest concerns when it comes to bailing someone out of jail is coming up with the necessary amount of money that will set your loved one free.  The obvious first option is to find the cash to bail your loved one out of jail.  If the amount is a few hundred dollars, then paying the bail amount may be doable.  However, if the bail amount is pushing one thousand dollars or more, you may have to look to other options to satisfy the bail amount, otherwise your loved one may be staying in jail for an unknown amount of time.

Additional options for making bail include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Giving property worth the full amount of the bail (such as a watch or piece of jewelry); or
  • Giving a bond that guarantees payment of the full bail amount.

It is important to understand that if you are going to post bond, you may choose to work with a bail bondsman, and while this will get you out of jail right away, you may be paying back a significant amount in fees and interest charges.  In Texas, you also have the option of having your attorney post bond to get you out of jail.  Therefore, it is extremely important to consult with an experienced Dallas Country Criminal Defense Attorney who can help you get out of jail and face your criminal charge.  Working with an attorney will also give you some peace of mind in knowing that your rights are being protected.

Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

If you or someone you know has been arrested and needs to get out of jail, you will need to act quickly to pay bail and enlist the legal services of a skilled Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney.  Oftentimes it is difficult to come up with sufficient cash to bail someone out of jail.  As such, having a full understanding of the various options you can take will help you make the best decision given the circumstances you are in.  A qualified Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney can help you utilize all resources possible to come up with the required bail amount in order to bail someone out of jail.  Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit is a former prosecutor with more than thirty years of service working with the criminal justice system, defending his clients’ rights to the fullest extent possible.  If you would like to speak with Jack Pettit regarding a criminal charge that your or someone you know is facing, contact our office right away by calling (214) 521-4567.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.

Texas Felon in Possession of Firearm – What is at Stake?

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

If you or someone you know has been convicted of a felony, regardless of whether that felony was violent in nature or not, you likely are aware that there may be limitations placed on your ability to possess a firearm in the foreseeable future.  Owning and/or possessing a gun is cherished by many Texans, so it is important to be aware of just how serious a felony conviction is in Texas, where long-lasting consequences are possible.  Many individuals who have been convicted of a felony do not truly understand the ramifications of what can happen if they even pick up a gun.  The stakes are high, and it simply isn’t worth it to even touch a gun.  However, if you are charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, you must act quickly and retain a qualified Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney who can help you fight this criminal charge.

Felon in Possession Under Texas Law

An individual with a prior felony conviction may be found guilty of being a felon in possession of a fire arm under Texas law if he or she possesses a firearm at any time following the prior felony conviction.  However, if the individual possesses the fire arm within the five year period following the felony conviction, he or she may be convicted of a third degree felony, which carries with it the potential for two to ten years in jail and a fine up to $10,000.  This is the punishment that may be imposed upon an individual with just one prior felony conviction.  If an individual has two or more prior felony convictions, and is then charged with being a felon in possession of a fire arm, the consequences may be much more severe if conviction results, and long-term jail time may be a real possibility.

The standard of proof required to establish that a convicted felon was in possession of a fire arm is very low.  There are no strong defenses to a felon in possession of a fire arm charge in Texas.  In order to prove that you are guilty of being a felon in possession of a fire arm, the prosecution must prove that you do in fact have a prior felony conviction, you were actually in possession of a fire arm voluntarily, and you possessed the fire arm within five years following your prior felony conviction.  If you possessed the fire arm more than five years following your felony conviction, then the criminal charge is considered a Class A misdemeanor.  While this is certainly less harsh than a third degree felony, it is still a serious criminal charge that must be dealt with alongside a skilled Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney.

Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

If you have a criminal record and are concerned about how the possession of a firearm could affect you, it is imperative that you seek the advice of a skilled Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney as soon possible.  Felons who are caught with firearms face significant criminal penalties that could follow them for years to come.  As such, the sooner you consult with an attorney, the more likely your attorney will be able to provide you with the best representation possible.  Dallas Attorney Jack Pettit has more than thirty years of experience working in the criminal justice system, as both a former prosecutor and as a current criminal defense attorney.  Jack Pettit will help you build the best defense possible to any criminal charge and will seek to resolve your criminal matter in the most reasonable way possible with the goal of avoiding jail time.  To speak with Jack Pettit about your criminal charge or prior conviction, contact our office today by calling (214) 521-4567 to schedule an initial consultation.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.