If law enforcement officers place you under arrest in Galveston, one of the first steps you need to take is to contact a Galveston criminal defense attorney. Without a lawyer on your side, you may be subject to unfair questioning, a disregard for your constitutional rights, and an inability to properly defend yourself in a court of law.
In these situations, the Law Office of David A. Breston can help. Our Galveston criminal defense attorneys have helped over 4,000 clients across Galveston, Houston, and the surrounding areas build their defenses and have over 20 years of trial experience to benefit your case.
In the moments after an arrest, it is easy to assume that you do not need a lawyer to defend yourself against the charges you are facing. However, the Texas criminal justice system is very complex — and having an attorney by your side can provide a wide range of resources and support you may not have access to otherwise.
If you are facing criminal charges in Galveston, the court will categorize them as either felonies or misdemeanors. The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor lies in the severity of the crime. Felony charges typically involve higher rates of physical injury, property damage, illegal substances, or stolen goods than misdemeanor charges.
As a result, felonies carry higher and more severe penalties than misdemeanors. For example, a charge for petty theft is typically a misdemeanor crime, and may involve fines, community service, and other administrative penalties. Petty thefts rarely result in jail time.
On the other hand, a charge for grand theft is usually a felony since this crime usually involves large amounts of stolen property. Penalties for grand theft can include fines of more than $200,000 as well as jail time.
Do you need a criminal defense attorney for your Galveston, Texas case? Contact the Law Office of David A. Breston as soon as possible. Our attorneys have the experience, training, and resources necessary to build a comprehensive defense for your court date.
Schedule a free confidential consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your legal options.