If you were charged with a criminal offense, it is crucial to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who will aggressively and effectively represent you and pursue the most favorable outcome possible. It is important to understand that a criminal charge is not a conviction and that everyone who is accused of a crime has the right to a legal defense. In order for the prosecution to prove its case, every element of the alleged offense must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
For this reason, it is essential to hire an attorney who will aggressively fight for your legal rights, your freedom and your future. Houston Criminal Defense Attorney J. Reid Perry represents adults and juveniles clients charged with serious felonies and misdemeanors and is available for a free case review.
What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?
There are two distinct classifications of criminal offenses: misdemeanors and felonies. In terms of potential penalties, a misdemeanor is less serious. Depending on the specific offense, a misdemeanor may be punishable by fines and up to a year in jail. Other court-ordered sanctions may apply as well, such as community service.
Examples of misdemeanors:
- DWI – first, second offense
- Failure to pay child support
- Minor drug offense
- Petty theft (shoplifting)
- Public intoxication
- Resisting arrest
- Simple assault
- Unlawful gun possession
Examples of felonies:
- Drug trafficking
- Sex offenses
- Violent crimes
Early Intervention is Always Recommended
Whether you have already been charged with an offense or whether you have just become aware that you are under investigation for one, it is advisable to hire an attorney at the earliest possible time. The sooner your attorney becomes involved in your case, the sooner he can take control on your behalf. Early intervention will allow your attorney to start reviewing any avialable evidence, police reports and witness statements immediately. Most importantly, early intervention will allow your attorney to speak on your behalf, assert your legal rights, and begin formulating a legal defense.
Houston Criminal Defense Attorney J. Reid Perry Offers a Complimentary Case Review
Whether you have been charged with assault, DWI/DUI, family violence or simply need an expunction or order for non-disclosure of criminal records, we are here for you. For a free case review call J. Reid Perry, Attorney at Law, at 281-970-4175.