Being charged with any crime brings stress and anxiety — especially without a Collin County criminal attorney fighting for you. With an extensive background in law enforcement and investigations, Collin County criminal attorney Al Rowland utilizes his unique experience and wealth of knowledge of the criminal justice system to aggressively fight for your rights and devise your best defense so you could obtain the results you deserve.
Personalized Client Attention
Every case is important. Each client deserves to receive dedication, compassion, loyalty and respect. At the Law Offices of Al Rowland, PLLC, we strive to provide this to every single one of our clients. It is of utmost importance for us to know and understand the details of your story, the occurrences leading to your arrest and subsequent events, and your life and legal goals.
Al Rowland is a Collin County criminal attorney who tailors his services to each client’s particular situation and challenges. He understands that it is his responsibility to guide you through the unfamiliar, often complex and risky realm of the criminal litigation process. He takes the time to educate you on the legal proceedings, your case weaknesses and strengths, and your potential strategies and the ramifications.
At the Law Office of Al Rowland, PLLC, we tenaciously defend our clients in all phases of the criminal process in the following matters:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Drug crimes
- Assault offenses
- Family or domestic violence
- Criminal theft
- Vehicular manslaughter
Often, the penalty of your crime may include not just fines, but also prison time. The potential loss of your freedom and your rights is serious. But convictions for many crimes could have long lasting and severe consequences, including loss of:
- Employment opportunities
- Professional licensure
- State occupational licenses
- Personal and/or professional relationships
- Child visitation or custody rights
- Ability to obtain loans
- Ability to obtain housing
- Opportunity to participate in government assistant programs
- Right to vote
- Right to buy or own a gun
Our goal is to protect your future. Our legal team effectively utilizes the knowledge and skills developed and honed over decades of criminal law experience to plan and implement strategies so we can help you minimize or avoid punishment and maximize your available benefits and opportunities. Collin County criminal attorney and former police officer Al Rowland understands how the other side works and will fight to protect your constitutional rights.
Differences Between Misdemeanors and Felonies
Every crime has a classification – misdemeanor or, for more serious crimes, felony – and carries a punishment. Misdemeanors are crimes that do not carry a punishment of more than a year imprisonment. Felonies are all crimes not classified as a misdemeanor. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, the penalty may include fines and jail or prison time, outlined in the Texas Penal Code.
In Texas, misdemeanors are classified by categories A, B, and C, with A being the most serious misdemeanor crime. Punishment range from:
- Fines not to exceed $4,000
- Confinement in county jail for up to a year
- Both fines and confinement.
Misdemeanors include simple assault, theft, first or second offense DWI, and minor drug crimes.
Texas classifies felonies in five categories, from most serious to least, as follows:
- Capital felonies
- First degree felonies
- Second degree felonies
- Third degree felonies
- State jail felonies
Punishment for felonies range from:
- Death penalty (capital felonies only)
- Imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from two years to life without parole
- Imprisonment in the state jail for 180 days to two years (state jail felony only)
- Fines not to exceed $10, 000
Felonies include aggravated assault, burglary, third offense DWI, murder, manslaughter, and serious drug crimes.
Although the facts to each case are unique, there are common defenses that could reduce or dismiss a charge. These defenses center on:
- The prosecutor’s failure to meet the heavy burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime, such as mistaken identity, lack of admissible evidence, or lack of mens rea for crimes requiring intent
- Illegal or wrongful conduct of law enforcement or prosecution, such as constitutional violations
- Legal excuse from being punished for the crime, such as self-defense or defense of others
Some of the most frequently involved constitutional violations are:
- 4th Amendment rights: freedom from unreasonable search and seizures
- 5th Amendment rights: right to due process, e.g. right to be silent, Miranda rights, and right against double jeopardy (protection from being charged more than once for the same crime)
- 6th Amendment rights: right to representation, speedy trial, and public jury trial
Contact a Seasoned Collin County Criminal Attorney
Being charged with any crime is a serious matter that needs to be handled immediately. Not only is your freedom at risk, but so is your future. Call a tenacious Collin County criminal attorney with the Law Offices of Al Rowland, PLLC at (469)-425-2427 today for a free consultation.
Cities in Collin County, Texas include:
- Blue Ridge
- Van Alstyne