Strategic minds for criminal defense
Being accused of a crime and being convicted of it are two different things. Unfortunately, many in our country — including some in the justice system — have lost sight of that fact. Don’t believe us? Look no further than people who plead guilty to offenses based solely on their inability to fight back.
They can’t afford a lawyer so they settle with an uninspired public defender. They can’t make bail, so they end up taking the “easy way out” to get out of jail and back to work (if their job is still waiting for them). It happens way too much in the land of the Free.
At Davis, Ermis & Roberts, P.C., we believe everyone deserves a fair chance at quality legal representation when they’re accused of a crime. Here’s what you can expect when you reach out to us.
First Off, We Listen
Law enforcement personnel have a tendency to be dismissive of a person or persons accused of a crime. They are under intense pressure from the public and their superiors to crack case after case. Unfortunately, that means focusing on the guilty, not clearing the accused.
That’s not to say police set out to falsely accuse or imprison. Far from it. But the nature of their job slants their perspective to seek guilt where they can find it instead of slowing down to listen to what you have to say.
At David, Ermis & Roberts, P.C., providing the best possible criminal defense is our purpose. Our function within the justice system is to listen and to advocate for our clients.
Then We Build a Strategy
Legal defenses vary depending on the nature of the crime, the level of guilt or innocence, and the amount of evidence available. No attorney can develop a quality criminal defense strategy without first crafting a diverse, extensive background in the following areas:
Assault & Family Violence
Domestic disturbances are the number one reason police officers are called to a residence. Many of these cases amount to he said/she said scenarios, where evidence is lacking and consequences are significant. We build strategies that force prosecutors to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. We do it because it’s your credibility and freedom on the line. That deserves more than hearsay. We will make sure your rights and liberties are protected. It’s important to carefully review the evidence and speak with all witnesses. “He started it” doesn’t mean “he’s guilty.”
Driving while intoxicated is difficult to prove. Arresting officers often count on the intimidation factor of stopping and arresting you to make their case. We force their hand by going for the evidence, which, in many cases, turns out to be flawed, unconvincing, or improperly obtained.
Expunctions & Non-Disclosures
These are great ways to clean up your record and take back control of your life. An expunction removes a wrongful arrest or conviction from your record while a non-disclosure is available if you were sentenced to deferred adjudication probation and you completed that sentence without any issues. In both scenarios, you can place yourself in a better position for employment and other opportunities. We’re experienced at being able to work through the purposefully complicated system of obtaining these.
Possession of Drugs
Whether illegal drugs or illegal possession of prescription drugs, we’ve worked with clients to get these cases thrown out or the charges reduced. We do this because everyone makes mistakes, and the vast majority of people charged with such crimes are non-violent offenders who need help and a second chance — something the justice system routinely (and unfairly) denies them.
The US Constitution provides for the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment. This is considered an inalienable right of every American. Taking away that right is something that should not be done lightly. We can provide our clients who are not a danger to themselves or society with a reasonable strategy that seeks to protect their constitutional rights.
The taking of another human life is the most serious crime one can commit, and Texas has a reputation for being tougher on this crime than any other state in the US. Being found guilty of such a crime can put your freedom and even your own life at stake. Before the state can be trusted with that type of power, each defendant must be given the best possible defense. We believe offering that defense is essential to the fabric of any civilized society.
Most of these are prosecuted by the federal government, and the punishments can be quite severe. The only thing more intimidating than being arrested and tried at the local level is having to deal with the federal government. Many attorneys in Texas don’t even have the track record or capacity to do it. We do, and we’ll be by your side the whole time, whether the charge is perjury, embezzlement, bribery, fraud, identity theft, or computer-related.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, we want to be your voice. Contact us today to learn about your options.
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