Facing criminal charges can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Your freedom, reputation, and future are at stake, making it crucial to secure the best possible legal representation. With countless criminal defense attorneys out there, finding the right one near you can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. In this blog post, we will discuss essential tips to help you find the right criminal lawyer in your area to defend your rights and fight for the best possible outcome.

Research the Best Local Attorneys

Start by compiling a list of the best criminal defense attorneys in your area. You can do this by asking for recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues, searching online directories, or browsing through local bar association websites. Make sure to focus on attorneys who specialize in criminal law and have experience handling cases similar to yours.

Check Online Reviews and Testimonials

Once you have a list of potential attorneys, take the time to read online reviews and testimonials. While these should not be the sole determining factor in your decision, they can provide valuable insights into an attorney's reputation, track record, and communication style. Look for patterns in the feedback – do clients consistently praise the attorney for their dedication, knowledge, or communication skills?


Talking About Opening Statement

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Talking About Voir Dire

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A "defense" and an "affirmative defense" are two distinct legal concepts used in criminal law. A defense is a claim or argument made by the accused that negates or refutes the prosecution's case, without admitting to the commission of the crime. Essentially, it asserts that the defendant's actions were justified, or the prosecution has not met its burden of proving the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Texas Penal Code has various defenses, labeled in the code, "It is a defense to prosecution...." Some examples follow.

Examples of Defenses Under Texas Penal Code.


Entrapment in Texas: A Hard Sell

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Entrapment is a rarely-used defense in Texas criminal cases for several reasons:

  1. Difficult Standard. "It is a defense to prosecution that the actor engaged in the conduct charged because he was induced to do so by a law enforcement agent using persuasion or other means likely to cause persons to commit the offense. Conduct merely affording a person an opportunity to commit an offense does not constitute entrapment." Establishing this can be quite difficult.

  2. Predisposition: The entrapment defense is not applicable if the defendant had a predisposition to commit the crime. If the prosecution can show that the defendant was willing and ready to commit the offense before the law enforcement officer's intervention, the entrapment defense will likely fail.

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