Corpus Christi Criminal Defense Attorneys
Skilled & Aggressive Representation for Clients in Nueces County & Beyond
Many people believe that they’ll never be in need of services from
criminal law attorneys. Unfortunately, as complex as the legal system
is and as unfair as some circumstances can be, even the most upstanding
citizens may find themselves in need of criminal representation.
In such a case, if you are being tried by municipal, state, or federal
court, the prosecuting attorney will represent the people of the jurisdiction
in which you’re being tried. Attempting to represent yourself in
a criminal case is a significant mistake that can often result in major
fines and jail time.
If you have been accused of a crime, whether you committed it willfully,
negligently, or you did not commit it at all, our Corpus Christi criminal
defense attorneys can help you determine the best defense for your case.
Contact us right away for a free, confidential consultation; call (361) 238-2789
or submit an online contact form.
Presumption of Innocence
First of all, remember that you are, in fact, innocent until proven guilty.
Unless the prosecution can prove your guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt,
you should be found not guilty. In some cases, your criminal law attorneys
may not present any witnesses and may have you remain silent before arguing
that the prosecution has failed to do their job in proving your guilt.
If the prosecution makes a good case for your guilt, your attorney may
attempt to show that there is reasonable doubt as to your guilt. The prosecution
has a heavy burden of proof and must erase all reasonable doubt. Your
criminal defense attorneys will emphasize to the jury that they cannot
give a guilty verdict based on character or “thinking” that
you’ve committed the crime, but that they must see evidence proving guilt.
If your attorney can prove that you were not at the scene of the crime
when it was committed, this is called an alibi defense. It not only throws
doubt on the prosecution’s case but actually completely negates it.
When the Defendant Committed the Crime but Should Not Be Found Guilty
In some cases, you may have actually committed the crime in question but
you should not be found guilty in a court of law. Extenuating circumstances,
such as self-defense, insanity, entrapment, and crimes committed under
the influence of alcohol or other drugs, may change a verdict to not guilty
or may result in reduced sentencing.
For example, if you are charged with assault and/or battery, you may deserve
a not-guilty verdict because you were defending yourself from bodily harm
and you were afraid for your life. In this case, your criminal defense
attorney will likely set out to prove that the level of force you used
was appropriate for the situation and that you acted only out of self-preservation
and not out of malice or with the intent to excessively harm the other person.
In the case of insanity defenses and defenses concerning the use of alcohol
and other drugs, your attorney will likely be arguing that you did not
have the mental capacity or function at the time of the crime to be held
completely responsible for it. These pleas are ordinarily used to achieve
a reduced sentence—not to gain a full not-guilty verdict and not
to walk away without any punishment at all.
When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are charged with a crime, whether or not you committed it, you should
call a criminal defense attorney immediately. At Bandas Law Firm, P.C.,
we believe that our knowledge and familiarity with the law is absolutely
essential to your defense.
Don’t delay—reach out to our Corpus Christi criminal defense
lawyers right away at (361) 238-2789.