The next step is an in-depth interview with you and then your witnesses, whether they be family members, friends, or by-standers. Your communications with us, though, is held in the highest confidence. We are duty and legally bound never to share anything we learn from you. Along these lines, we also begin the process of gathering all the discovery (the evidence the government has against you) and reviewing it in minute detail.
All of the information we garner is shared with you so you can stay informed every step of the way.
Our next step is our outside investigation. This includes interviewing all potential witnesses, visiting the “crime scene,” photographing the scene and related evidence, and gathering our own evidence we will use in your defense.
Next comes the pre-trial motions preparation, filing and any hearings related to our motions. The motions we file are numerous. They may include the following, in addition to other more specific to your case: motion to compel discovery, motion to quash, motion to suppress certain evidence, motion for the admission of certain evidence, motion to disallow certain evidence, such as questionable expert testimony, and any other motion we feel will benefit your case.
As a general rule, once we have filed out motions, the government begins to inquire about a plea bargain agreement. We never approach them first, unless there has been a specific directive from you to do so. We simply convey the plea offer, give our advise on the law and, if appropriate, some indication as to whether the offer is a “good” one. But we NEVER encourage you to accept a plea bargain agreement. That is you choice and your choice alone. We take every case with the belief that it is going to trial. This accomplishes two things: (1) we are ready for trial on a moments notice; and (2) the government makes you a better offer than other similarly situated citizens accused because they know we are ready for trial and we are good at what we do.
It is imperative to us that you are informed, in detail, every step of the way. We provide you with a copy of every motion or other communication prepared in you behalf. We also take the time to explain every document so that you truly understand not only the document, but our purpose in preparing it.
Most importantly, we answer you calls or return them as soon as possible. Nothing can leave a person feeling more empty than when they are facing drastic consequences and the very people who are suppose to help are not communicative. We stay in communication with you, answering every question and addressing every concern, from procedural aspects of the case to the fear, worry or anger you may feel at any given time.
We have represented people accused of wrong doing all over the State of Texas, several other states and numerous federal courts across the country. Let us help you to a successful conclusion during this very difficult time.
Being arrested, whether it is for the first time or the fourth, can be a hair raising experience. Navigating and trying to understand the confusing and, at times, impossible maneuvering required to simply get out of jail can be daunting.
Our goal is to be there with you at the inception. We work diligently to get you out of jail as quickly as possible, even if that means a visit to the jail at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Obtaining your release is our first priority upon initial contact.
Once released on bond or, in the event you contact us after the fact, our next job is to be with you in court for your initial appearance. We rarely, if ever, waive your initial appearance. Often times, we are able to learn aspects about the government’s case against you we would not otherwise learn for months to come.
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