Round Rock Criminal Defense Attorney
Protect Your Rights During Every Step of the Criminal Process
Accusations of criminal activity can ruin individuals and their families. If you have been accused of a crime, then you know how devastating it can be even before a conviction. When you are uncertain about your future and how a criminal charge could affect you, contact the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard.
Our criminal defense attorney in Round Rock, TX has over 20 years of experience in and out of court and, as a former prosecutor, he understands the court process from both sides of the aisle. Together, our team of legal advocates works tirelessly to protect the rights of our clients from arrest to trial. We are proud to serve clients in Round Rock and the surrounding area.
Call the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard today at (254) 220-4225. We proudly serve defendants in Round Rock, TX.
What Are the Eight Steps in the Texas Criminal Process?
The criminal process differs from state to state, but in Texas, eight steps happen before arrest and after the initial trial.
Step #1: The first step is an investigation. Before you can be arrested for a crime, law enforcement must prove that there is probable cause and sufficient evidence to arrest you. Probable cause means that there are grounds for your arrest. While most people contact a criminal defense lawyer after an arrest, it is important to secure legal counsel as early as possible.
Step #2: Once law enforcement has probable cause, they can proceed with the arrest. If you are arrested, you have a constitutional right to a lawyer and the right to remain silent. This refers to your Miranda Rights, which police must inform you of upon arrest. You must be very careful about what you say at this point in order to avoid self-incrimination. Self-incrimination means that you validate your guilt in relation to the case. For example, if you are arrested for armed robbery, but you tell the officer that you only drove the car, you have admitted to taking part in the theft even though you were not responsible for the robbery itself.
Step #3: After an arrest is the first appearance. At the first appearance, the judge will confirm the charges and allow you to plead guilty or not guilty. Never make a plea in court without the guidance of a Round Rock criminal defense attorney.
Step #4: After the first appearance, a series of pretrial hearings take place to allow the prosecution and defense to discuss the evidence and charges. The pretrial hearing is also an opportunity for the defense to make a plea deal. For example, the defendant, the person accused of the crime, may agree to plead guilty to the crime in exchange for a shorter jail sentence.
Step #5: If you plead not guilty or the defense could not make a plea deal, the case may go to trial. During trial, the judge and jury will evaluate the evidence and witness statements to determine whether you are guilty of the crime. Qualified attorneys can provide guidance during the trial and argue on your behalf. Our attorney at the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has helped thousands of clients with their cases, and we can fight for you during your trial.
Step #6: Once all evidence has been presented to the court, the judge and/or jury will determine a verdict. A verdict must be a unanimous decision for the jury, meaning every juror must agree. If the accused is found not guilty of the crime, they are free of all charges.
Step #7: If the accused is found guilty, the judge moves on to sentencing. A sentence is the punishment for the crime based on the evidence and severity of the crime. For example, someone with a DWI will likely have a sentence of jail time or a fine.
Step #8: Even if you are found guilty and sentenced, there is still hope. You have the right to appeal, which means that you have the chance to revisit your case in court. The appeals process is incredibly complicated, but the legal team at the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard has the experience you need to navigate your appeal.
Round Rock Criminal Lawyers Protecting Clients Every Step of the Way
Whether you are being investigated for a crime or have been arrested and awaiting your court date, you must contact a Round Rock criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Criminal cases can be complicated, and you and your family need the support of a seasoned legal professional.
The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard proudly defends the rights of the accused. We provide compassionate legal counsel backed by decades of experience in and out of court. From investigation to trial, your case is in good hands.
Don’t wait to contact our Round Rock criminal defense attorney today.
Brett H. PritchardOur 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.
Andrew ThompsonIn 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.
Brent T. SykoraAttorney 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.
Jeff LinickWith 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.
Darmeisha SlayAfter 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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