Trusted Legal Counsel for Federal Charges
Being put under federal investigation is never a good sign, and if you find yourself in this position it is crucial that you seek legal help as fast as possible. Penalties for crimes tried federally are often more extreme, so you will need an attorney who knows the ins and outs of these sorts of cases to increase your chances in court. The Edward Law Group has great success with these types of accusations, due in large part to our exceptional criminal defense lawyers on staff.
What is a Federal Crime?
Federal crimes are typically investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and prosecuted according to guidelines established by each judicial district’s United States Attorney. If an alleged action violates federal law, it can potentially surpass the state courts.
Mail fraud, tax evasion, counterfeit money and items, immigration offenses, drug-related offenses, and crimes committed on federal government property are examples of federal crimes.
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The earlier you retain an attorney, the stronger your defense can be against federal crimes. The government does not waste time in pursuing cases, so do not hesitate to start building your defense. Our team of experienced criminal lawyers will know how to best protect your rights and freedoms depending on the details of your case. We are familiar with sentencing guidelines and can create a personalized strategy for you that has a high chance of success.
Depending on the allegations against you and your past criminal history, national sentencing guidelines determine the penalties you may face. For example, if you are accused of a more serious offense or have a greater criminal record, the suggested punishments will be much harsher. Our law firm treats every case with care and dedication to prevent any violations of your rights. Do not let an accusation of committing a federal crime ruin everything you’ve worked for—contact us today for quality legal representation.Read More
According to the first amendment, citizens have the right to film police officers performing their official duties. There are some restrictions though- for example, if a person causes problems or gets in the way of an officer doing his job, that person can be arrested.
A person cannot “impede, disrupt, or otherwise interfere” with a peace officer performing an official duty. – Texas Penal Code 38.15 “Interference with Public Duties”
If you’re on private property, the restrictions are generally more strict. The property owner gets to make the rules and if they ask you to leave and you don’t, then you can be arrested for trespassing.
Best Way to Film Police
Simply put, the best way to film police officers is from a reasonable distance and on public property.
Did you know that despite what the law says, police officers can wrongfully arrest individuals if they so desire? I have seen this happen where people are arrested for offenses such as resistance to arrest, interference with public duties, and even assaulting a public servant–all because the person annoyed the arresting officer. If you find yourself in this predicament, be sure to seek out legal representation immediately so your case can be fought thoroughly. And remember: according to the 1st Amendment of The Constitution, citizens have every right to film police officers while on duty as long as it isn’t done in a way that disrupts or impedes their workflow; however, should an individual be caught interfering with an officer’s ability do their job description, that person can be legally arrested.Read More
How to Avoid a Simple Assault Charge
What if one poor choice could deracinate your entire future? If you have been accused of assault, that may be the case. No one wants to do time behind bars if they can help it! But there are some plea options that may assist you. With the help of an attorney, options like those below could help you beat a simple assault charge.
What Is a Plea Agreement and Its Purpose?
A plea agreement is when you confess guilt to a crime in order to receive a lighter sentence. The court system often encourages people to take this deal. In this guide, we will explain how such an Agreement can help if you’re being charged with simple assault.
The reason that lawyers encourage plea bargaining is that it saves both time and money for all parties involved. Although plea agreements are often thought of as being only beneficial to the court and state, they can also be advantageous for an individual accused of a crime like simple assault.
Are There Benefits of Entering Into a Plea Agreement?
While the advantages of plea bargaining fluctuate per case, it is almost always wiser to accept a plea bargain than gamble with jail time. To provide an instance, you might be given a shorter sentence. Plus, depending on your criminal history, you may evade jails entirely (as our notes explain below).
A plea may even Drop related charges. You can avoid more prison time by pleading guilty to just one crime. When offered, a plea agreement should be taken into consideration before automatically deciding whether or not to go to trial. There are potential risks regardless of the route chosen.
Disadvantages of Plea Agreements
The primary downside to taking a plea agreement is that, by accepting the deal, you are pleading guilty to a crime. A plea is a great way to shorten your prison sentence, but it may come with long-term consequences like a criminal record. Only you can decide whether accepting guilt is better than going to trial. As always, we recommend consulting with an attorney before making any decisions about your case.
What is the definition of “simple assault”?”
It’s crucial that you comprehend what “simple assault” involves (and does not). As the name suggests, this is a lighter form of assault. There are only two cases in which you can be charged with this misdemeanor crime.
There are two types of simple assault. The first is when you try to physically harm someone but fail. The second is when, through words or actions, you make someone think you’re going to commit an act of battery against them.
In Texas, these types of assaults are felonies. But if you manage to hurt someone without intending to during this act, it’s only a Class A misdemeanor. “Simple” assault charges may not sound serious, but the state can give some harsh sentences for them. That’s why it’s key to know what kinds of plea deals you might be offered.
Plea With No Jail Time
Plea agreements that don’t involve any jail time are the best kind. This is also called a deferred sentence. Unless you break the law while on probation, you won’t go to prison. In some cases, this means you won’t have a conviction on your record at all. However, there are plea deals where you “serve” probation instead of time in prison but still end up with a conviction on your record.
If you receive a plea with no jail time, it likely means that you had little to no criminal history or there were extenuating circumstances surrounding your assault (such as being attacked first).
Plea With Some Jail Time
If receiving a long jail sentence is your number one fear, then pleading guilty may be the best option for you. This way, you avoid risking the maximum possible sentencing if convicted in court.
Pleading not guilty and going to trial becomes less likely to happen if (1)you have prior criminal history or (2) more serious crimes have been charged against you alongside other charges.
Jail time is more likely if you are accused of domestic violence, particularly in Texas which has a zero-tolerance policy.
Plea to Other Charges
Being charged with other crimes in addition to simple assault can happen, and if it does, you may be able to plead guilty to some charges as a trade-off. When you do this, it’s an admission of guilt for one or more crimes; however, the state agrees to dismiss some of the other charges against you.
A misdemeanor charge like simple assault is often the better option than a felony, especially if it means avoiding potential prison time.
Entering Special Programs
The final plea option to avoid prison comes with conditions, which are decided by a judge. For example, someone who commits assault while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be offered a plea deal that includes staying off drugs or going to Alcoholics Anonymous.
If you want the court or probation officer to show leniency, you must provide evidence that demonstrates your good character. If you don’t successfully finish any programs ordered by the court, it will be assumed that you committed the original crime and you’ll be sentenced as such.
How to Beat a Simple Assault Charge: The Bottom Line
At Edward Law, we know what it takes to beat the charges and get your life back on track. All you need to do is give us a call, and we’ll take care of the rest.Read More
Federal cases: parole has been abolished for the most part. The majority of federal criminals will serve 90% of their sentence. Texas cases: it varies depending on the crime and the decision of the Parole Board.
For capital murder, as of September 1, 2005, Texas will have a life without parole option available. A capital murder defendant sentenced to life in prison before September 1, 2005, is eligible for parole after serving forty years- but this isn’t automatic. In order to be released, they need full votes from members of the Board of Parole.
For the next group of legislatively designated serious offenses, such as murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, and aggravated robbery, the defendant must generally serve at least half of their actual sentence to become eligible for parole.
However, being eligible does not mean they will be released. In reality, most prisoners are not granted parole when they first become eligible.
For other first, second, and third-degree felonies, the prisoner is eligible for parole when one-fourth of the sentence has been served. This takes into account both calendar time and good conduct time. Good conduct time is earned by participating in work and self-improvement programs but can be lost through disciplinary violations.
For state jail felons, parole eligibility does not apply. State jail felons generally serve every day of their sentence.
The length of time a person incarcerated for a misdemeanor serves in Texas differs based on the county they are jailed in. For example, in Harris County defendants usually receive two days’ credit for each day served. However, this may be different in other counties where jails are more or less crowded; resulting in three or no days credited per day served respectively.Read More
If you’ve been drinking, it’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel. In 2017, 1,468 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Texas. Everybody has a different alcohol tolerance, and factors like how much you’ve eaten can affect how it hits you. Once your blood alcohol level reaches a certain point, you’re considered too impaired to drive or operate machinery. This can be determined by several elements – some of which might surprise you.
Keep reading to find out the legal alcohol limit and other conditions that can lead to a DWI arrest.
Know the Laws
If you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, Texas state law prohibits you from driving. Factors like your height, gender, and weight can affect how quickly your BAC rises after drinking. The number of drinks you have and their strength also play a role.
Intoxication doesn’t only refer to alcohol; you can be impaired by other drugs regardless of your blood-alcohol content. If you’re a passenger, you can also be fined up to $500 if there’s an open container in the vehicle.
Before driving in Texas, there are a few things to keep in mind. “Operating” refers to any type of functioning while using a vehicle here. You could be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) even if you’re not actually driving.
If you are under the legal drinking age of 21, you will be automatically prosecuted if any alcohol is detected in your system while driving. This policy has a zero-tolerance attitude towards anyone breaking this rule, regardless of their Blood Alcohol Content.
Legal Alcohol Limit Isn’t the Only Factor
You can still be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas even if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below .08%. This is because the level of intoxication is at the discretion of the police officer.
For example, you may test below the legal limit, but show other signs of intoxication due to drugs, alcohol, or any other substance. According to Texas state law, this would be enough for you to be charged with a DWI.
In most cases, a DWI arrest is based on your blood alcohol content (BAC), as opposed to other impairment factors.
If you choose to drive while impaired, you not only endanger your life but also the lives of others on the road. Further penalties are in place if you have children under the age of 15 as passengers. Child endangerment charges can result in a fine of $10,000 and up to two years imprisonment. In addition, your driver’s license could be suspended for up to 180 days.
What if You Refuse a Breath Test?
If you are pulled over by the police, they may ask you to take a breathalyzer or blood test in order to determine your BAC. If you are detained on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Texas, the law stipulates that you must agree to a breath or blood test. If you refuse, there will be consequences.
If this is your first DUI offense, you can anticipate that your license will be suspended for 180 days. If it is not your first offense but rather your second or third, then your license could possibly be suspended for up to two years. The number of offenses multiplies based on whether you have previous convictions, refused blood alcohol tests, and failed BAC test results.
Any offenses within the past ten years would count as an offense. However, it’s always a good idea to avoid driving no matter what your blood alcohol content (BAC) is. One offense can stay on your record for an extended period. Conviction of a DWI in Texas results in varied penalties that are contingent on other past convictions and the unique circumstances of your case.
What Are the Penalties?
For your first offense, you could end up spending anywhere from 72 hours to 6 months in jail. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .15% or higher, that number jumps to 12 months! Not to mention, you’ll probably be facing some hefty fines as well.
The fines for a first offense are up to $2,000. If your BAC is .15% or more, you can expect up to $4,000 in fines. But the penalties become worse with each subsequent offense.
For a second offense, you could face between 30 days or up to one year in prison. If this is your third offense then it is between two and ten years in prison. Fines also increase substantially for each additional offense, maxing out at $10,000 for a third offense
Not only will you have your license suspended, but this can also affect many other aspects of your life such as getting to and from work. If this is your first offense, you could lose your license for a duration of anywhere between 90 days to 12 months. However, if this is your second or third offense, the length of time you could lose your license increases significantly to up to two years.
What Is an IID?
Lastly, you might be required to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) placed in your car. This device is a breath tester that is connected to your car’s ignition system and prevents individuals with alcohol in their system from starting the vehicle. If your breath test comes back alcohol-free, then you will be able to start your car as normal.
An IID may be required in your car after your first offense if you obtain a restricted license. With this type of license, driving is allowed but only to certain places. For example, if not having a license would make it hard to get to work or school, you might be able to drive with strict rules.
If it is your second or third offense, you could be required to have an IID in your car for as long as two years. The specific requirements for having an IID will depend on your case.
The installation of an IID can cost you between $50-$150 and the constant maintenance plus lease is within that range as well. To get it removed again will cost another $50 to $150.
Are You Facing Charges?
If you’re caught driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit in Texas, you could be charged with a serious, life-changing crime. No one wants to make a mistake like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but if you already find yourself in this situation then you need professionals to help guide you through the process. Give Edward Law Group a call today to speak with one of our expert DWI attorneys!Read More
If you live in Texas, Deferred Adjudication probation is a great opportunity to keep your conviction off your criminal record. With this plea, which is either “guilty” or “no contest”, the judge may choose not to enter a finding of guilt and instead place you on probation. Remember that only a judge has this power- juries cannot put you on Deferred Adjudication probation.
Deferred Adjudication can help you avoid jail time if you’re charged with a felony. With this, your probation sentence is typically 10 years. If you follow the terms and conditions of your probation successfully, then your charges will be dropped and there will be no record of the crime on your criminal history.
If you go against the terms of your probation while on Deferred Adjudication, the presiding Judge can punish you by giving a sentence that falls within the range of what is allowed for your criminal offense.Read More
People often inquire about whether a criminal conviction disappears from their record after seven years. Unfortunately, the answer is no.
To clarify, your criminal history record is a list of your arrests and convictions. When you apply for employment, an employer will more than likely hire a consumer reporting agency to investigate your background thoroughly. The report the agency provides, however, is not really your official criminal history; it’s merely what they discovered based on public records.
The Seven Year Rule
The seven year rule pertains to consumer reporting agencies under federal law- in essence, these agencies cannot report an arrest that took place over seven years ago. Although they may report a conviction no matter how old it is. So if you are arrested but the charges eventually get dismissed, the agency isn’t supposed to include this information in your report if the arrest occurred more than seven years ago.
However, if the arrest leads to a conviction, then the agency can report the information forever.
The seven year rule inhibits agencies from reporting arrests to potential employers unless the salary for the position is over $75,000. With this said, anyone with an arrest in their past has little chance of being hired if their desired occupation pays less than these means.
It is essential to remember that a consumer reporting agency cannot report non-public information. If your arrest is expunged by a court or if you have a Deferred Adjudication, the agency can no longer report the arrest regardless of when it took place.Read More
Facing an aggravated kidnapping charge does not always mean you will be convicted. In order for a conviction, the prosecution needs to prove without a reasonable doubt beyond every element of the aggravated kidnapping offense, which can be difficult to do.
If the judge or jury has any doubts, it could result in a reduction or dismissal of the charges against you. So if you’re being investigated, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced family crimes lawyer immediately to falsehoods.
At Edward Law Group, we understand how complex these types of cases can be and our criminal defense attorneys will provide you with compassionate counsel during this difficult time.
According to Section 20.01 of the Texas Penal Code, “aggravated kidnapping” generally involves either of the following elements: Abduction – This term is defined as holding an individual with the intent to prevent them from being released by using or threatening to use deadly force against them, or hiding or holding the individual in a place where they are unlikely to be found.
Restraint – This term is defined as restricting an individual’s movements without their consent, by confining them so the restraints substantially interfere with their ability to be freed, or by restricting their freedom by moving them from one place to another. An individual is restrained without consent if:
- The victim is either tricked, forced, or threatened into submission;
- The victim agrees to the movement or confinement under false pretenses
- They are unable to consent because they are children under 14 years old, and their parent, guardian, or caretaker did not agree to the relocation; or
- The victim must be aged 14-16, moved outside of their home state, and not within 120 miles of their home without parental consent.
What happens if you are falsely accused of aggravated kidnapping in Texas?
False accusations of aggravated kidnapping in Texas can result in serious penalties and consequences, including any of the following: jail time, a fine, and a criminal record.
Some of the common consequences for convicted criminals include:
- A criminal record
- a prohibition from owning a firearm
- issues being admitted into schools or universities
- a prohibition from voting or holding public office
- Eligibility to apply for certain jobs, occupations, or professions, and/or Long prison sentences.
In Texas, an individual can be charged with aggravated kidnapping if they intentionally or knowingly abduct another person in order to:
- charge someone with the ransom,
- Flee after the attempt of commissioning a felony,
- Interfere with governmental or political functions,
- Terrorize an individual or third person, using them as hostage or shield, and lastly
- Violate, sexually abuse-or inflict bodily injury on the individual.
Furthermore, if somebody intentionally or knowingly abducts another person while utilizing a deadly weapon, they can be charged with aggravated kidnapping. For this to occur, the individual’s actions must have been intentional. According to the Texas Penal Code, these mental states are defined as such:
- Knowingly – An individual can act knowingly if they are aware that their conduct is reasonably certain to cause the desired result.
- Intentionally – An individual is only acting intentionally if they desire to commit the act, or if it is their conscious objective to engage in the act itself or produce a specific result.
The criminal penalties for aggravated kidnapping in Texas are defined as follows:
The sentence for aggravated kidnapping convicted as a felony of the first degree can result in imprisonment from five to 99 years or life imprisonment, and/or a fine up to $10,000. If the kidnapper voluntarily releases the victim safely, then the conviction is classified as a felony of the second degree. The sentence includes two to 20 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000.
Several factors will affect the punishment if someone is found guilty, such as:
- The age of the victim. For example, was the alleged victim a child or an elderly person?
- Whether the accused has previous felony convictions.
- If they are considered a habitual offender.
Overcome the Allegations Against You With an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of an aggravated kidnapping offense in Texas, contact Edward Law Group today for a free consultation. We have experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys who will make every effort to fight the false accusations against you. Call now for a free case review on the details surrounding your charges.Read More
How to Beat a Solicitation Charge in Texas
Over the years, states have taken a harder stance against prostitution. Texas is no different. According to the Texas DPS Crime Records Report and Statistical Information, there were almost 20,000 people convicted of solicitation or prostitution offenses from 2016-2020.
In September 2021, Texas legislators passed stricter laws against prostitution in an effort to crack down on the rise of trafficking cases. With this new legislation, Texas became the first state in the country to make soliciting a prostitute a felony offense.
The law has changed and the punishment for those caught ‘purchasing’ sex services is now much harsher. If you are facing solicitation charges, it is more important than ever to find a qualified and experienced lawyer who can help you build a solid defense. Call us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable defense attorneys about your case.
Possible ways to beat a Texas solicitation charge
- You can prove police entrapment.
- You can prove you agreed to engage in the conduct against your will.
- You can prove that you didn’t know the other person was a prostitute.
- You can prove the evidence against you is insufficient or untrustworthy.
- You can prove that you did not agree to exchange money in exchange for the act.
- You can prove that it was legally impossible for you to have engaged in the act of solicitation.
What is Solicitation in Texas?
If a person offers or agrees to engage in sexual acts for money, they are considered to be prostituting or soliciting as defined by the Texas Penal Code, whether or not they actually receive or pay any money.
- Prostitution: If somebody offers or agrees to receive payment for sexual favors, they have committed a crime.
- Solicitation of prostitution: If somebody offers or agrees to pay another person in order to have sexual intercourse with them, they are committing an offense.
- Promotion of prostitution: Pimping, or pandering, is a crime. It is an offense to knowingly: (1) receive money or property from the proceeds of an act of prostitution; or (2) solicit someone to engage in sexual conduct with another person in exchange for compensation.
- Online promotion of prostitution: If an individual owns, manages, or operates an interactive computer service or information content provider intending to help another person prostitute themselves or solicit prostitution from others, they have committed an offense.
- Aggravated promotion of prostitution: If somebody is aware that they are owning, investing in, financing, controlling, supervising, or managing a prostitution enterprise with two or more prostitutes working for it, then they have committed an offense.
- Aggravated online promotion of prostitution: If a person owns, manages, or operates an interactive computer service provider or information content provider with the intent to promote prostitution for five or more persons, they have committed an offense. The same is true if they operate as an information content provider and facilitate five or more solicitations of prostitution.
- Compelling prostitution: If a person knowingly causes another to commit prostitution by force or threat, they have committed an offense. If a person by any means causes a child under 18 years old to commit prostitution – even if the actor didn’t know the age of the said child – they have also committed an offense.
What is the new solicitation law in Texas?
If convicted of solicitation in Texas, you are now looking at a state jail felony charge. This means that you could serve up to two years in prison and have to pay a fine no larger than $10,000. If this is your second offense, the penalties become much more severe- serving time ranged between two to ten years and/or receiving another fine not exceeding $10,000.If you’ve been charged with solicitation in Texas, these newer, harsher penalties mean you need an exceptional criminal defense firm on your side. At Edward Law Group, our criminal defense lawyers have years of experience handling cases like yours. You cannot risk prison time and your future – call us today to see how we can help!
How can an experienced solicitation lawyer help?
The new penalties for solicitation in Texas are rather severe, but an attorney experienced with solicitation charges can help you. There are legal defenses that can be utilized to defend you if the case goes to court, but only a criminal defense firm that has handled many of these cases will understand the subtleties involved. It’s important to remember that the prosecutor does not need to prove much beyond intent in most solicitation cases and entrapment claims are very difficult to win. The criminal defense attorney you choose to stand by your side throughout your case is crucial. To ensure the success of your case, it’s only advisable that you discuss details with your defense lawyer. So call us today for a consultation.
Texas Penal Code Title 9, Sec. 43.021. SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION
Sec. 43.021. SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION.
If you knowingly offer or agree to pay someone a fee in order to engage in sexual conduct with them, you have committed an offense.
(b) If an individual commits an offense under Subsection (a), they will receive a state jail felony, unless:
(1) the actor has been previously convicted of an offense under Section 43.02(b), as that law existed before September 1, 2021; in which case it would only be a third-degree felony.
(2) However, if the person with whom the actor agrees to engage in sexual conduct is:
(A) younger than 18 years of age, even if the actor is unaware of the person’s age at the time of offense.
(B) falsely led the actor to believe that they were younger than 18 years of age; or
(C) the actor believed them to be younger than 18 years of age.
If convicted, the court may choose to enhance the sentence under this section or Subchapter D, Chapter 12A defendant is considered to have been previously convicted of an offense under this section if the defendant was adjudged guilty of the offense or entered a plea of guilty, regardless of whether the sentence for the offense was ever imposed.
This act was added in 2021 by the 87th Legislature and will take effect on September 1st of that year. It has been amended by Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 807 (H.B 1540), Secs 28-30, all with an effective date of September 1st, 2021Read More
In order to entrust your case with a lawyer, you should first ensure that he is legitimate and licensed.
If you want to find a lawyer that will increase your chances of winning your case, it is essential that you do ample research. This includes investigating how often they win, how they work, and if others have had favorable experiences working with this particular lawyer in the past.
It’s important to do your research before hiring a lawyer. You can’t just take their word for it that they’re legit. Here are five ways to check if a lawyer is licensed in the state you’re looking for:
1. Make Sure They’ve Passed the Bar
Check to see if your lawyer is licensed in the state you need them to practice law. This might seem like an obvious point, but it is important nonetheless. A legal assistant or someone who is studying for the Bar exam has the potential to be a great lawyer – just not right now.
The lawyer you need today must have a license from each state in which they want to practice law. For example, an excellent lawyer in Oklahoma couldn’t try your case in Texas unless the lawyer also had a license from Texas.
You can quickly and easily check if a lawyer in Texas has a current license with the Texas State Bar Association by using this website. Simply type in the name of the lawyer and their law firm, and you will be able to see if they are licensed. Search results also include:
- The name of the lawyer
- The size of the company
- Their forte
- The lawyer’s alma mater and when they completed their degree
To be a licensed lawyer in Texas, you must have a bar certificate of good standing. This “good standing” is essential for the next step in becoming a lawyer.
2. Check for Grievances
Even if a lawyer is licensed, that does not mean they are automatically good. Check to see if there have been any complaints against them.
The State Bar of Texas website also reports any complaints filed against a lawyer. People can file a complaint if they feel that the lawyer has behaved unethically.
When a lawyer receives a misconduct grievance:
- The State Bar investigates complaints.
- If the grievance has no grounds, the Bar will not take any further disciplinary action against the lawyer and will instead dismiss the grievance.
- If the Bar adjudicates the grievance and finds it to be valid, then the lawyer can face disciplinary action.
If you see that your lawyer has been disciplined, it’s important to research why. There are different types of discipline, ranging from a formal warning to being removed from the practice altogether.
The Bar can choose to suspend or disbar a lawyer in more serious cases of misconduct.
It’s worth taking into account that information when hiring a lawyer, although keep in mind that not every grievance or disciplinary action implies that the lawyer is bad. Lawyers who are in good standing usually adhere to the code of ethics and conduct themselves professionally.
3. Google For Information
Using the following tips, you can learn how to pick a qualified and reputable lawyer.
Start by finding someone who is licensed and in good standing with their Bar association. Then, run a Google search for their name and see what information pops up about cases they’ve worked on as well as reviews from former or current clients.
Finally, take a look at the law firm’s website and read through any client reviews that are available. If your lawyer’s name appears in news stories, take note. Watch videos of public statements and follow links to learn more about cases and how they were handled. This will give you a good idea of what to expect from your lawyer.
4. Confirm The Info
First, check to see if the information you found about the lawyer on the Texas State Bar website matches what you found through a Google search. If it does, check to see if all of the information on both websites match. Finally, ask around to see if anyone you know has heard of this lawyer before making a final decision.
Use different sources to confirm the information you have before hiring a lawyer.
- When searching for your lawyer online, be sure to check for different spellings of their name. Consult with the lawyer if any discrepancies arise, and be sure to use different variations of the lawyer’s name when you search for their license through the State Bar.
- Prior to going to law school, make sure that the information you have regarding the institution and its licensing is accurate.
- Make sure to double-check any awards or accolades an attorney claims on their website. If it seems fake, there’s a chance it actually is.
Although it may not seem like a big deal, inconsistencies in how a lawyer spells their name or different client testimonies can be red flags. Make sure to do your research on the lawyer you’re thinking of working with to confirm they are who they say they are.
5. Ask Around
Sometimes the best way to choose a lawyer is by recommendations since they have already been vetted. Furthermore, check if they have a license and rate of winning cases.
Considering reviews from friends, family, and others close to you can give a more holistic understanding of what it would be like to work with a specific lawyer.
Although some lawyers may have an excellent online presence or look good on paper, this does not mean they will be the right fit for you. If they are difficult to work with or already have too many cases, it might be best to choose someone else.
Edward Law Group is a firm for Criminal Defense & Personal Injury:
Before you hire any lawyer, do your research to ensure they are qualified. If you live in the Houston area and need a Texas-licensed lawyer for criminal defense or personal injury, Edward Law Group is the answer.