Beyond Just Representation.
Dallas native Mike Howard began his career in criminal law as a Public Defender because he believed in helping people through an intimidating criminal justice system. When he could no longer devote the time and focus to each client the way they deserved, he opened his own practice, where he practices law his way, treating people as more than defendants.
Whether someone is facing mild charges for a one-time mistake, like a DWI or truly serious felony allegations, we see the person involved – and we listen. We hear what you need, what you want, and what you’re going through. From there, we’ll advise you, tailor a defense to your needs, and fight to be the difference in your case and life.
“I spoke to many attorneys but ended up going with Mike… They’re very caring and go above and beyond.”
“I can’t even explain how thankful I am for Mike Howard!! Mr. Howard saved my life and kept me free.”
“They took the time to get to know me and my situation… They underpromised and over delivered.”
We Help Get Your Life Back.
The decision to hire a criminal defense attorney is an important one. That’s why we offer an initial one-hour consultation. Unlike some other criminal defense firms in and around Dallas, who offer quick sales pitches and empty promises, we’ll talk to you, explain everything, and walk you through the process.
1 DayClients' calls will be answered within 1 business day.
Navigating the criminal system is daunting, but you have options and rights. No matter the charge or accusation, at the Law Office of Mike Howard, we leverage experience and skill to see you through it.
Allegations that you harmed a family or household member are severe and complex. We’ll provide an empathetic yet firm defense that protects you.
Drug offenses range from possession to trafficking; addiction is usually at the center. Let us challenge the evidence and help find a solution.
Driving While Intoxicated charges can happen to anyone and leave a lasting impact. Our goal is to protect your license, freedom, and record.
Acts of Violence
From assault to murder, violent crime allegations must be dealt with carefully. We focus on the facts and fight for you at every step.
Charges like sexual assault are severe and sensitive. We provide a discreet & highly effective defense that looks out for you.
Faced with a felony DWI 3rd, our client was exposed to jail, loss of license, and hefty fines. But we questioned the traffic stop, breathalyzer, and more. The jury agreed with us and found our client not guilty.
With a client was accused of a violent act, we identified inconsistencies that led to a total dismissal. This spared our client from prison and life-long felony consequences.
Review these frequently asked questions.
Do not try to handle things alone, and never make statements without an experienced criminal defense lawyer present. Anything you say can be used against you, but an attorney ensures you have the best possible advice and an advocate for your interests. When you hire an attorney as early as possible, they can help you avoid pitfalls and make a difficult situation more manageable.
Texas largely bases criminal penalties on the severity of the offense, your prior criminal record, and other factors. The penalties for misdemeanors and felonies vary. If convicted, you could face fines, probation, community service, license suspension, or time in custody.
For example, a first-time misdemeanor charge for petty theft could result in probation. But a serious felony for aggravated assault, especially with a prior criminal history, could lead to significant time in prison. A lot depends on the facts of the case, and the best way to know what you’re facing is to speak with a lawyer who knows the law and the system.
Possibly. An effective defense attorney can seek charge reductions or a dismissal depending on the evidence and other details.
So, if you were charged with a family violence, but the accuser’s story has inconsistencies or maybe they are recanting, a good criminal defense attorney may be able to convince the police or prosecutor to dismiss the case entirely. This saves you time, money, and stress.
Most cases are resolved without a trial. Although not every case needs to go to trial, hiring an attorney with a reputation as a skilled trial lawyer who fights for their clients, you’ll be in a much better position and stand a better chance of securing a favorable outcome, like a plea agreement, a reduction, or dismissal.
Criminal proceedings vary in length depending on case complexity, evidence, and court availability. It could be months or even years in some cases, but it’s essential to work with a lawyer who understands your goals.
In any legal consultation about your case, an attorney should review your charges and offer some preliminary advice about your circumstances. You should take this opportunity to ask questions about the process, potential outcomes, and the attorney’s experience.
Many defense attorneys treat prospective clients’ like just another case file. Their consultations are usually brief, rarely explore the crucial factors that led to your charges, and often include empty promises or guarantees. At the Law Office of Mike Howard, we offer a 1-hour initial consultation where we’ll take the time to understand not just the facts but who you are and what you need. Our aim is for you to understand your situation and lift some anxiety. Then, we’ll deal with the situation in the best way possible.
100%Confidential case evaluation.
A Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer You Can Trust.
You need someone you can trust when you’re facing jail time, damage to your career, and a permanent record. Above all, you need to feel confident that you’re in the right hands. Attorney Mike Howard blends experience, legal skill, and a reputation for vigorously defending his clients.
Our Promise to Every Client
A Clear Explanations of Your Options
We take the time to get to know you and what you need to achieve.
Calls Answered within One Business Day
We use the latest technology to stay responsive and available.
Always Upfront about Pricing
We’re committed to being transparent and clearly communicating regarding legal fees, so you are never surprised.
A Unique Defense Based on Your Needs
Our team keeps your interests at the forefront of all our work.
We Know What Works
With more than 20 years of local experience in Dallas, we know the prosecutors, courts, cops, and how to get results.
Located in the Element Towers West Building at 3010 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas, attorney Mike Howard handles criminal cases across Dallas County, Collin County, Denton County, and Tarrant County. He also practices at the federal level in the Northern District of Texas (Dallas and Fort Worth Divisions) and the Eastern District of Texas (Sherman Division).
We are available Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm by phone, text, and email. We strive to be as responsive as possible, and initial case evaluations are 100% confidential. If we miss you, we will return your call within 24 hours. All consultations and meetings are by appointment only.