Florence Criminal Defense Lawyers

Protecting Clients’ Rights for Over Two Decades

Studies show that by age 23 nearly one in three people are arrested in the United States. If you have been arrested, many things are running through your mind, like whether the charges will stay on your record or what you need if you have to go to court. You don’t have to figure out these things alone. Our compassionate team of attorneys understands how stressful criminal charges can be. We provide hands-on legal counsel backed by over 20 years of experience in and out of court.

Call the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard at (254) 220-4225 to find how we can advocate for you.

What Is the Difference Between a Charge and a Conviction?

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A charge is the formal accusation that someone has broken the law. This term specifically addresses the crime committed, like robbery, assault, DWI, etc. In other words, someone can have a DWI charge, but that does not include the penalty for a DWI or an official criminal conviction.

A criminal charge does not sentence or convict someone of a crime; it is simply the accusation. Sentencing does not happen until after the jury and judge have agreed to convict the person accused of a crime based on the evidence presented to the court. Once someone is convicted of a crime, the judge passes sentence. The sentence usually contains information regarding the punishment for the crime.

Sentences can include the following penalties:

  • Probation
  • Fines
  • Short or long-term incarceration
  • Restitution
  • Community service
  • Drug or alcohol rehabilitation

Misdemeanors typically result in either fines, probation, community service, rehabilitation, or a combination of several of these punishments. Felonies are more serious criminal convictions, and the penalty for felonies can range from long-term incarceration to life in prison.

How Does a Conviction Affect Your Criminal Record?

An understandable concern for those charged or convicted of a crime is whether or not it will go on their permanent record. Criminal records can make applying for jobs difficult because most employers use background checks on prospective employees.

Background checks usually identify convictions, not charges. Some programs can reveal pending criminal investigations, but the main goal of a background check is to look for misdemeanor or felony convictions.

You also have the option to remove a crime from your record through expunction. This deletes the offense from your record. Once removed, the crime is no longer available to the general public, which includes employers.

You qualify for expunction if you have been:

  • Acquitted
  • Convicted but found innocent
  • Pardoned
  • Charged but the case was dismissed
  • Arrested but never charged

Texas requires that you wait between 180 days to one year to expunge a misdemeanor and three years for a felony.

Remember that if you have been charged with a crime, you have not been officially convicted. It is critical that you consult our attorneys if you have been arrested and/or charged.

Helping You Every Step of the Way

Our attorneys understand that being charged with a crime can be disorienting. You are unsure about what will happen to you and how this will impact your life. We are here to help you with hands-on legal counsel backed by decades of experience.

The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has helped thousands of clients with their criminal cases by offering honest advice and legal guidance through case reviews, custom strategies, and high-quality legal representation.

If you have been accused of a crime in Florence, contact our attorneys at the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard.

Meet Our Dedicated Team

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    Brett H. Pritchard
    Our lead lawyer, Brett H. Pritchard, is a graduate from Brigham Young University and Texas Tech University. Earning an exemplary reputation as an aggressive and formidable trial lawyer, Attorney Pritchard is ultimately passionate about protecting his clients' rights.
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    Ryan Lawton

    Licensed Attorney in Texas since 2003, practicing in various areas of law, primarily in criminal defense and family law. Ryan has more than 20 years experience handling cases involving juveniles alleged to have committed offenses.

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    Andrew Thompson
    In 2016 Andrew was licensed to practice law in Texas and opened his own solo practice. His practice focused primarily on Child Protective Services and Criminal Law. Andrew has been working with the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard since 2017. Andrew is passionate about fighting for his client’s rights and serving the military community.
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    N.J. Gaunt
    Nicholas J. Gaunt has been licensed as an attorney and mediator in Texas since 2009. He has practiced family law and criminal defense extensively in Bell, Coryell, Lampasas, & Milam, as well as Collin, Dallas, Denton, Travis, and Bexar County.
  • Brent T. Sykora Photo
    Brent T. Sykora
    Attorney Brent T. Sykora has a wealth of experience in the legal realm, stemming firstly from his First Chair litigation experience in both federal and state courts, administrative hearings, and ADR proceedings.
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    Jeff Linick
    With a background in business and finance prior to going to law school, Mr. Linick worked for several years in the insurance industry with USAA, a company closely associated with the armed services.
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    Darmeisha Slay
    After graduating from St. Mary’s University, she practiced as a Paralegal at the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard until her acceptance into the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. While at TMSL, Darmeisha was accepted to practice in the pro bono Family Law Clinic where she represented indigent clients in uncontested and contested divorces.
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    Danah Woods
    Danah Woods has a broad range of state and federal civil litigation experience including trial, discovery, and mediation and has practiced throughout the State of Texas. Danah began her career working in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster and ...

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Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard
1201 South W.S. Young Dr.
Killeen, TX 76543
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