Houston Criminal Defense Lawyers
Texas law firm aggressively pursues just results for defendants
The attorney you choose to handle your defense in a criminal matter can make a huge difference in the outcome, affecting not only you but also your loved ones for years to come. At Scardino & Scardino in Houston, our criminal defense lawyers draw on more than 70 years of combined experience helping Texans accused of crimes to obtain favorable results in all types of prosecutions. Our tough advocacy and dedication to our clients’ rights help the people we represent win dismissals, acquittals and favorable plea bargains even when the odds seem stacked against them.
What are the duties of a criminal lawyer?
Our firm has the legal knowledge and real-world experience to provide comprehensive legal support. No matter what the charge is, you can count on us to be strong:
- Advisers — Facing a criminal charge can be intimidating and confusing. In every situation, we provide prompt, thorough communication so that you can make well-informed decisions.
- Advocates — Our firm stands with you no matter how difficult your situation seems. We assert your rights, challenge prosecution evidence, and raise every possible defense.
- Negotiators — We understand how prosecutors evaluate and litigate cases. Our attorneys can work on your behalf to reach an acceptable plea agreement when that is the best option so that you can minimize the punishment and move ahead with your life.
What is criminal law?
Criminal law is mostly concerned with the act and mental state, together with what attendant circumstances or consequences, are necessary ingredients of various crimes. Criminal procedure is concerned with the legal steps through which a criminal proceeding passes, from the initial investigation of a crime through the termination of punishment. Besides criminal law and procedure, the administration of criminal justice includes such matters as police organization and administration (how most effectively to detect and apprehend criminals), prison administration and administration of probation and parole.
What is a crime?
A crime is any act that violates the law. The definition of the prohibited act (or the failure to act in a manner that has been mandated) is set forth in writing by local, state and federal governments (in the form of a published statute). However, vestiges of common law crimes exist (common law crimes are defined by the customs of the unwritten law of England and the American colonies prior to the American revolution). Some states, such as California, have a statute stating that common law crimes do not exist; all crimes must be in writing set forth by statute.
Not all violations of law forbidding or commanding an act are crimes. To be a crime, there must be a defined punishment. If the law does not set forth the particulars of the punishment for the described act or omission, then it is not a crime (unless the state has enacted a “savings clause” which sets forth punishment for violation of law in the absence of a specific defined punishment for the particular act or omission).
What are the different types of crimes?
While every crime violates the law, not every violation of the law counts as a crime; for example: breaches of contract and of other civil law may rank as “offences” or as “infractions”.
No matter what the facts show, our Houston defense attorneys are committed to safeguarding your fundamental legal rights.
When you’ve been accused of a crime, waiting to hire a criminal defense lawyer could jeopardize your case. We offer a free initial consultation so that you can receive the determined representation you need immediately.
Responsive counselors help individuals seek due process and expungements
At every stage of the criminal litigation process, you have due process rights, but it takes a skilled defense attorney to help you enforce them. This includes advocating for a timely and reasonable bail determination. If you have been refused a bond, we will press the judge to reverse this decision. Our commitment to your well-being runs through and beyond the entire course of your case. In some instances, you may be able to have your criminal record expunged if you meet certain qualifications. We can advise you on whether you can obtain this relief.
Contact a dedicated Houston criminal defense attorney for a free initial consultation
Scardino & Scardino, whose lawyers have more than 70 years of combined experience, represents Houston-area clients in a complete range of criminal defense matters. Please call 713-229-9292 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our office.
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