Criminal Defense Attorneys in The Woodlands Challenging the Criminal Charges Against You
Every day, people accused of criminal activity have to deal with hurtful opinions, false rumors, and harsh prosecution when confronting criminal charges.
Helping clients in a compromising position turn their situation around is what we do at Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law. We give you an advantage when representing you in criminal cases such as:
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes
- Federal crimes
- Juvenile crimes
- Property crimes
- Sex crimes
- White-collar crimes
Our attorneys ease the burden of dealing with uncertain times, from managing your case to building a defense and ensuring your obligations and affairs are in order, so you can focus on getting through the challenges ahead.
What Crimes Result in Criminal Charges?
Criminal charges refer to a violation of laws regarding theft, embezzlement, rape, sexual assault, and murder. The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. Criminal activity can result in misdemeanor or felony charges.
The most common crimes requiring prison time include assault and battery, driving while intoxicated (DUI), theft and larceny, gun possession, drug crimes, domestic violence, rape, and murder.
Misdemeanor charges in Texas range from a $500 fine to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, up to one year in prison, and a $4,000 fine for serious offenses such as assault causing bodily injury, possession of drugs, and resisting arrest, to name a few examples.
With felony charges, a person can receive up to $10,000 in fines and anywhere from 180 days in state jail to life in prison if convicted.
Is Every Person Convicted of a Crime Found Guilty?
Certain crimes carry a stigma that impacts your reputation and record, so it often feels like you’re guilty until proven innocent in the criminal justice system. Despite public opinion, however, there is a big difference between a charge and a conviction.
Being charged with a crime means the government formally accuses a person of a crime while being convicted of a crime means the person has pleaded guilty or has been found guilty at trial. The court can presume no guilt under the presumption of innocence until the opposing side can prove the charge through the burden of proof.
Half the battle in reaching a not-guilty plea starts with finding an aggressive criminal defense attorney to prove the prosecution wrong. Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, and our criminal defense lawyers strive for success in every case we take.
What is Failure of Proof?
When present, one of the easiest ways to poke holes in the prosecution’s case is by pointing out the failure of proof. This claim means the prosecution has not—or cannot—prove an element of the offense. The prosecution’s mistake, in other words, could be an advantage in your case.
Suppose the prosecution finishes presenting its case, and the jury finds the burden of proof has not been met. In that case, this likely means there is insufficient evidence, and the judge could decide to dismiss the case altogether.
As the defendant’s attorney, we can also deny that a criminal element exists and wait for the prosecution to fail to meet its burden of proof. This legal strategy is known as a denial or failure of proof defense.
The benefit of having a criminal defense attorney is to find and create opportunities like this.
Why Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?
Time and people—family, friends, and co-workers—might not be on your side when charged with a crime. It can be an isolating time with much at stake, including potential jail and prison time, heavy fines, lengthy probation, and court-ordered penalties.
Our criminal defense lawyers are in this line of work to help people who need it. We take swift and strategic action to minimize the impact of your criminal charges while protecting your constitutional rights.
With creativity and determination, we tackle the most complex of cases with inventive solutions that lead to success. When you are ready to see a difference in the outcome of your case, schedule a free consultation with Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, and our criminal defense attorneys at 713-862-7766.