If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you definitely need a criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the complicated court process. A criminal defense attorney can ensure that your rights are not violated and that your case comes to the most beneficial conclusion possible. An experienced criminal defense lawyer like Michael H. Pham will represent your best interests and work to minimize consequences, as well as help you to avoid the mistakes that can result in harsh and life-altering punishment. Call the Houston Law Office of Michael H. Pham as soon as possible after your arrest at 713-236-7791 and get the help you need in defending yourself.

Do I Need an Attorney if I Am Charged with a Misdemeanor?

While felonies certainly carry the harshest penalties if a defendant is found guilty, misdemeanors can also lead to difficult circumstances. If found guilty of a misdemeanor in Texas, penalties could include hefty fines and possibly jail time. Fines can range from $500 to $4000, depending on the level of the misdemeanor, and incarceration up to one full year is possible. A skilled attorney can defend you against false misdemeanor charges, but can also work to minimize sentencing should you be found guilty.

What if I Am Charged with a Felony?

Felony charges in Texas can come with extremely harsh penalties in the event that a defendant is found guilty. As is true for misdemeanors, there are different levels of felony charges, and each comes with a different level of possible maximum sentencing. For the highest-level felony—Capital Felony for the charge of Capital Murder—the maximum possible sentence is execution. For a First-Degree Felony the sentence can be up to 5-99 years or life and/or a $10,000 fine. The possible maximum sentences decrease from there, with the lowest being for a State Jail Felony: a possible 180 days in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. As you can see, even the least harsh possible sentence could be life altering. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you figure out what penalties you might face and will work to both defend you against the charges and to minimize possible consequences should you be found guilty.

What Are the Duties of a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

According to the American Bar Association, the main duty of a criminal defense attorney is to advocate for the client and defend their rights. In practical terms, this means that an experienced criminal defense attorney like Michael H. Pham will build a defense based on applicable case law, legal statutes, criminal codes, and procedural laws. The attorney can also work to have charges dismissed, and negotiate plea deals for lesser charges, and argue for light sentencing. Call the Houston Law Offices of Michael H. Pham today to get skilled, professional advice and assistance in your criminal case. 713-236-7791