Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer for Misdemeanors
If you or someone you love is facing a misdemeanor charge, you need an experienced Dallas misdemeanor lawyer. You could be looking at jail time, steep fines, and a permanent criminal record. Moreover, these cases can cause damage to your reputation and your career path. If you are a licensed professional, you may have even more at stake. A misdemeanor could put your professional license, and therefore your livelihood, in jeopardy.
Dallas Misdemeanor Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been accused of a misdemeanor in Dallas, contact the Law Office of Mike Howard. Most importantly, Dallas misdemeanor lawyer Mike Howard has the experience, trial skills, and dedication that you need when you are fighting for your life. We will do everything we can to fight for you. Moreover, Mr. Howard will give you an honest assessment of your case and explain the law and your legal options.
A Different Kind of Lawyer
We approach our clients differently than a lot of lawyers. Above all, our philosophy is that being a great lawyer is more than getting you a great result. First, our office is centered around you. This means we start by truly listening to you to understand your case and your goals. Further, our team works to provide you a client experience that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Answering your questions and keeping you informed is very important to us. Most importantly, we treat you as a person, not a number. Finally, our goal is to achieve the best possible result for you. If you’re looking for a different kind of lawyer you’ve come to the right place.
Our Case Process
Listen & Understand
Fight for Justice
Misdemeanor Offenses Explained
First, it is important to understand exactly what a misdemeanor or felony is. Texas law splits up all criminal charges into felonies and misdemeanors. A felony is any crime that carries a possible prison sentence of more than one year. People jailed for a felony serve their sentence in state prison or the state jail facility.
On the other hand, a misdemeanor is any crime that carries a possible jail sentence of up to one year. People jailed for a misdemeanor conviction serve their sentence in the county jail. Generally, misdemeanor offenses involve shorter probation lengths, less strict probation conditions, and lower fines.
Defending Misdemeanor Charges in Dallas
First and foremost, the prosecutor must prove their allegation beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot rule out each and every possible reasonable doubt, the presumption of innocence prevails. As a result, the court must find you not guilty. This means you don’t have to prove that you didn’t do it. You don’t have to prove anything!
The only way the prosecution wins is if the jury believes their story is the only reasonable way it could’ve happened. If they have any reasonable doubts that it actually happened, they must find you not guilty. If they reasonably think it could’ve happened another way, they must find you not guilty. This is the highest burden of proof in our justice system. When implemented by a skilled Dallas misdemeanor attorney, it can be a powerful weapon.
Types of Misdemeanor Charges
Misdemeanor offenses are divided into three classifications:
- Fine Only Class C Misdemeanors – commonly referred to as tickets or citations. These are punishable by a fine of up to $500 and no jail time.
- Class B Misdemeanors – punishable by up to 180 days (6 months) in the county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
- Class A Misdemeanors – punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
Common Misdemeanor Offenses
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) First Offense
- DWI Second Offense
- Misdemeanor Assault (Assault Causing Bodily Injury)
- Domestic Violence (Assault Family Violence)
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Prescription Drugs without a prescription
- Shoplifting / Petty Theft
- Criminal Mischief
- Criminal Trespass
Resources and Information
See our criminal defense resource center for more information from Dallas misdemeanor lawyer Mike Howard on fundamental rights in a criminal case, definitions of culpable mental states (intentionally, knowingly, etc), defenses to prosecution, and more.
Choosing the Right Misdemeanor Lawyer in Dallas
Searching for misdemeanor lawyers in Dallas can be overwhelming. After all, you are choosing someone who will hold your life, your future, and your family’s future in their hands. You have to be comfortable with them and feel that you can trust the information and advice they give you. Lawyers are supposed to always work in their clients’ best interest. That shouldn’t just be meaningless talk.
First, talk to several lawyers to get a feel for them and their staff. Do they take the time necessary to get to know you, to listen to what’s important to you, and answer your questions? Second, do they show you that you matter to them as a person and not just as a fee? Third, beware of lawyers who put the hard sell on you, who make big promises. No lawyer should ever make a guarantee about a case. Finally, absolutely avoid a lawyer who doesn’t communicate the scope of the work and their fee clearly in a written contract.
What Makes Mike Howard Different
Many attorneys take advantage of their clients’ ignorance of the criminal justice process. We take the opposite approach. A knowledgeable client is a happy client. Therefore, we provide a wealth of information in the way of articles about criminal offenses, blog posts, and videos for free on our website.
Visit Our YouTube Channel for informational videos and client testimonials.
Visit Our blog for posts on cases, defenses, and criminal law information.
Dallas Misdemeanor Attorney Mike Howard
Above all, I strive to help my clients through difficult times with compassion and integrity. In Dallas innocent people can get accused, charged, and convicted when they don’t have a Dallas misdemeanor attorney fighting for them. I believe in standing up for people facing criminal accusations and helping them navigate all that comes with being thrown into the criminal justice system.
The cornerstone of my law practice is focusing on my clients as individuals. I start by taking the time to understand not just the facts of their case, but who they are and what they need. Because I know the criminal justice system can be intimidating, I explain the process, their rights, and their options. Client communication is extremely important to me, so I make sure my team and I do everything possible to quickly answer questions and return messages.
Willing to Fight
Most importantly, I am willing to fight a case in court. I have a track record of delivering fantastic results at trial. While not every client and case needs to go to trial, it can make a difference. When your Dallas misdemeanor attorney has a reputation as a skillful trial lawyer who fights for their clients, however, it makes all the difference in the world.
A Proven Track Record
Dallas Misdemeanor Lawyer
P.M. – Assault Family Violence
Our client’s ex-girlfriend was angry that he had moved on. She set out to ruin his life with a wrongful domestic violence accusation. We took the case to trial and the jury found him not guilty.
A.M. – DWI
Our client was a veteran who suffered from lingering issues related to his experiences serving our country. Frankly, he used alcohol like so many others: to self medicate. He had gotten a previous DWI dismissed via pretrial diversion. Consequently, the prosecutor didn’t want to let him in a diversion program again. We convinced the prosecutor to make an exception and his charge was dismissed.
E.G. – Theft
Our client was young with a very bright future in front of her. Unfortunately, she made a mistake and was charged with theft. We were able to get her pretrial diversion, a dismissal, and an expunction.
T.V. – DWI First
We took over our client’s case from another lawyer. He had been set for court many times before we got involved. He was set for trial even though that’s not what he wanted. After one court setting, we got his case reduced and got him deferred probation.
N.C. – Theft
Our client was charged with theft. She had no criminal record. We were able to get her pretrial diversion, a dismissal, and an expunction.
Y.K. – Assault
Our client was out with a group of friends when one of them drunkenly harassed our client’s female friend. Our client told the drunk to back off and the drunk took a swing at our client. The drunk ended up stumbling as he walked away and broke his thumb when he fell. He lied to the police, claiming our client attacked him for no reason and beat him mercilessly. Even though all five witnesses backed up our client, police filed charges against our client. We were able to get the case dismissed.
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Disclaimer: The information here is not legal advice. Reading this site does not create an attorney-client relationship with Dallas misdemeanor lawyer Mike Howard. If you have a legal problem contact an attorney to get specific legal advice. Nothing on this site is intended to be legal advice or a substitute for legal advice.