If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime in Texas, you likely have a lot to worry about, including possible jail, prison, fines and other serious consequences. At the Houston area firm of Lisa Shapiro Strauss Attorney at Law, we have been representing individuals facing criminal charges for over 15 years. We are committed to protecting our clients’ rights at every stage of their cases. Our representation includes:
- Domestic violence
- Evading arrest
- Drug crimes, including Possession of marijuana
- Felony offenses
- Probation violations
- Robbery and burglary
- DWI charges
It is important to keep your criminal record clean. This can be done with either pretrial diversions, DIVERT or deferred adjudication if you are eligible. Contact our law firm today for a free initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Experience Counts: Get a Former Prosecutor on Your Side
Our legal team is directed by experienced criminal defense lawyer Lisa Shapiro Strauss, who spent two years as a prosecutor, including six months as the chief prosecutor in domestic violence court before establishing her own firm. As a former prosecutor, she understands the criminal justice system from both sides of the aisle. Her experience and unique background enable her to work with clients through many of life’s toughest situations.
She can anticipate how your case may be handled and take steps to prevent complications. She knows the prosecutors, judges, court staff and the way the system works. She understands prosecutorial tactics, the legal system and judges. She will fight for you, every step of the way.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is it Best to Have a Trial by Jury or Judge (Bench Trial)?
Knowing whether your case would be better in front of a judge or a jury can be a difficult decision. A trial by jury can often be more complicated, time-consuming, and expensive than a trial by judge. But, in Texas, a jury must be unanimous to convict a defendant, so even one jury member can block a conviction. Because every case is different, the most important decision you’ll make will be choosing an experienced criminal defense attorney who can walk you through the many steps along the way. Read more about Judge and Jury Trials, and the pros and cons of each.
What Happens if the Police Forget to Read Me My Rights?
US law states clearly that before police can interrogate a suspect, they must have been read their Miranda Rights. But this doesn’t necessarily have to be during the act of arrest. Rather, your rights must be read if officers want to take you into custody and then conduct an interrogation. But just because your rights weren’t read doesn’t mean your case will be automatically dismissed. You’ll want an experienced criminal defense attorney like Lisa Shapiro Strauss to help you decide your best course of action. Read more about your Miranda Rights, and what happens if an officer forgets to read them to you.
What Can You Expect From Your First Meeting With a Criminal Defense Attorney?
Your attorney is your advocate in the criminal justice system, and to be effective, they need to know you and your case inside and out. They will ask you a lot of questions, and may give you a questionnaire and request that you gather documents before your first meeting. In order to be prepared, it is also recommended that you write down any questions you may have for her or him, like their experience as a criminal defense attorney, and their success rate with cases like yours. Read more about what to expect during your first meeting with a criminal defense attorney.
We Are Fighting for You
As a dedicated criminal defense law firm, we have handled thousands of cases for clients throughout the Houston area. We understand how criminal charges and convictions can destroy careers, educational goals, families and futures. We devote significant time, talent and resources to each case to ensure the highest standard of client service. We tailor our representation to your unique situation with the goal of minimizing consequences and safeguarding your future.
Contact Our Law Firm Today for a Free Initial Consultation
Everyone makes mistakes. We understand that and we will work with you to make sure your mistakes do not lead to further problems. If you or a loved one needs guidance from an experienced, dedicated criminal defense assault lawyer, we urge you to contact us today. Call (713) 449-9922 to arrange a free consultation.