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Updated: May 9, 2024 @ 2:40 pm

The Importance of Early Legal Counsel in Criminal Cases

When you’re facing criminal charges in Harris County, every second counts. The period before charges are formally filed is a window of opportunity—a chance for you to shape the outcome of your case. With the help of our seasoned legal professionals, it could mean shaping the outcome of the matter in your favor.


At Tad Nelson & Associates, we’re here to offer you a lifeline if you’re expecting criminal charges. If you need help, speak with an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer today by calling 713-659-0909.

Why Act Before Charges Are Filed?

It’s a common misconception that the involvement of a criminal defense lawyer begins at the moment charges are filed.

However, if the groundwork is laid in advance, it can influence the favorable trajectory of your case. Engaging with our legal team early can drastically affect the amount and quality of evidence available to the prosecution. In fact, it can potentially deter charges from being filed at all.

Gathering and Preserving Evidence

Evidence is the cornerstone of any criminal case.

Before charges are filed, law enforcement may be actively collecting evidence to support criminal charges for use by the prosecution.

The police and District Attorney’s office work together. Don’t think that they don’t.

Moving on, during this phase, it benefits you if your lawyer is in a position to act swiftly to gather countervailing evidence. Such evidence might include surveillance footage, witness statements, or other forms of proof that may exonerate you. If it sheds a different light on the alleged incident, we could use it as a demonstration of that.

Our law firm has extensive experience conducting investigations that parallel those undertaken by law enforcement. By securing evidence early, we ensure that valuable information is preserved. It’ll give us an opportunity to present it in the most favorable light to the prosecutors. If necessary, the court, too.

More Info: Understanding Evidence in Criminal Cases

Strategic Pre-Charge Negotiations

Pre-charge negotiations are an overlooked strategy in criminal cases.

These discussions with prosecutors can set the stage for reduced charges—or, in some cases, prevent charges from being issued altogether. At Tad Nelson & Associates, we use specific tactics to leverage our comprehensive knowledge of both Texas law and the Constitution to advocate effectively on your behalf during these negotiations.

Advising on Law Enforcement Interactions

Interacting with law enforcement can be risky. What you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Our legal team provides advice on best practices when interacting with law enforcement officials. Our goal is to arm you to protect your rights. We will guide you on how to respond to questions and effectively assert your rights.

Impact on Professional and Personal Reputation

The mere hint of criminal activity can tarnish your professional reputation and personal relationships. For folks in some professions, the stakes can be incredibly high.

By allowing us to intervene early, we can manage the situation discreetly. This can help prevent public humiliation. In social media, unwanted media attention can cause a social stigma that’ll stick. This can do nothing but make a bad situation worse. With our legal team on the job, such a reality can be avoided.

Expecting Criminal Charges?

Put Tad Nelson & Associates In The Battle

Houston criminal lawyer Tad Nelson

If criminal charges against you are inevitable, early legal intervention allows us to prepare comprehensively for what lies ahead.

Since 1991, Tad Nelson has worked to defend people in Galveston County and Harris County courts. If you’re seeking legal representation for a federal, felony or misdemeanor criminal offense, contact our law firm immediately.

We can be reached 24/7 at 713-659-0909. Tad Nelson is Board Certified® in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization™.

The Importance of Early Legal Counsel in Criminal Cases

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The Importance of Early Legal Counsel in Criminal Cases
The Importance of Early Legal Counsel in Criminal Cases
The Importance of Early Legal Counsel in Criminal Cases
The Importance of Early Legal Counsel in Criminal Cases
The Importance of Early Legal Counsel in Criminal Cases
The Importance of Early Legal Counsel in Criminal Cases