Although a person may be charged with a crime, it should never imply that the person charged with that crime is guilty, by no stretch of the imagination.
Everyday in Harris County, TX people are arrested for suspicion of a criminal act, people are accused of a crime they committed, and others are accused of a crime they didn’t commit. In all these cases, regardless of the guilt or innocence of the accused, suitable legal counsel will serve to eviscerate unnecessary difficulties that plague criminal cases as they makes their rounds through the litigation process in Houston.
When you’re fighting a criminal charge and your fate relies mainly on forensic evidence, the contrast between an inexperienced criminal defense lawyer, the public defender, and the hardened criminal defense attorney with experience, will shine like a beacon of blinding light in the darkness.
The Inexperienced Criminal Defense Lawyer
The inexperienced criminal defense lawyer probably isn’t a bad lawyer, but probably has most of his/her experience in another field of law practice such as personal injury law, bankruptcy, or contract law; and, in most cases, shouldn’t be fooling around in criminal law in the first place; putting people’s lives at risk.
While they may be of above average competence in their main field of practice, the defendant isn’t usually the wiser of the fact that their prospective criminal defense attorney lacks the specialized training and expert course-work needed to accomplish the academic engineering of an effective barrister for criminal trials.
While these well-intentioned would-be criminal defense attorneys mean well, these lawyers often wind up taking on cases of serious criminal nature as a favor to friends and family, or as an attempt to enter the criminal law practice area, but are not the best lawyers to put your life in the hands of.
Again, although they mean well, these criminal lawyers must be identified and avoided if the defendant is facing serious felonious criminal charges, and expects or NEEDS to win in court.
The Public Defender
I’ve been a criminal defense attorney in the Houston, TX metropolitan area for over 25 years and I can say, without a doubt, that some of the best lawyers in Texas are public defenders. I can also say that some of these lawyers should never touch a case beyond that of a Class B Misdemeanor in severity.
The really good public defenders may be highly competent, but, truth being told, these good people don’t have the time or the resources to give their criminal cases the analytical oversight they deserve. Indigent criminal defense counsel, as they’re often referred, all over the nation, complain and campaign to bring awareness to their plight; too little resources, too many cases, and too little time.
This conundrum puts the defendant in between a rock and hard place, and this scenario plays out everyday in Houston, in Texas, in America. For balance’s sake, one must add that the Constitution of the United States provides for a guaranteed right to counsel, but not the right to competent defense.
The Experienced Criminal Trial Attorney
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- If you’ve been accused of murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, or another serious felony, you’ll be better off with your life in the hands of the one the best criminal defense attorneys in Texas.
What most folks don’t realize is that attorneys are generally focused on 1, 2, or 3, areas of the legal spectrum, and are highly specialized in their particular fields of practice. The same is true of some the most dedicated criminal defense & criminal trial attorneys in Texas today, as much more than a “law degree” is necessary to demonstrate prowess in criminal case litigation.
There are 3 main facets which could be considered illustrative of a competent criminal attorney;
- Extended Training & Study,
- Associations & Memberships,
- & Experience.
The very best criminal defense lawyers run in packs, and are generally members of the same organizations; many of which are dedicated to improving the criminal defense bar and spreading the availability of justice.
A great example of two organizations that house the most dedicated in criminal lawyers are the National College of DUI Defense, and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Both organizations require some work and study from their members prior to earning membership, for the purpose of earning related credentials indicative of the attorney’s association with said organization.
Extended study also speaks volumes as to the seriousness of the criminal lawyer to their field, to their clients.
Attorney Tad Nelson is an ACS/CHAL Lawyer-Scientist, Founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, member of the National College of DUI Defense, and Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law. These accomplishments require years of study, experience, dedication, knowledge.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys understand the importance of being ready for trial, being ready to examine evidence, and being ready to thwart half-hearted & half-empty prosecutorial aggression on defendants in their care. Experienced criminal defense attorneys know how to brave the courtrooms and fight for the rights of their clients.
If you’re facing criminal charges, and prefer to avoid being a statistic/victim of the lack of a guarantee of competent legal defense & a good lawyer by our criminal justice system, contact The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates.