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Knowledgeable, Reliable Defense Representation

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime or if you are concerned that criminal charges may be looming in your future, you may feel overwhelmed by questions, fear and pressure to make immediate decisions.We will review each legal matter on a case-by-case basis. Our attorneys have extensive experience in drunk driving, misdemeanor and felony representation. We leverage options that may be available for first-time offenders and students. We offer aggressive, experienced and ethical representation when you need it most.

Emotional Stress And Practical Considerations

At Harris Cook, LLP, our attorneys understand the emotional distress and practical considerations for a person facing criminal charges — or a parent or concerned family member — especially if that person has been unjustly accused. The outcomes of your case can have long-lasting implications, particularly if there is potential for incarceration and a felony conviction.

Trust our firm to vigorously protect your constitutional rights, mount an excellent defense and thoroughly evaluate any and all options available for the most favorable disposition possible. Depending on your situation, this may include deferred prosecution programs, dropped charges or other outcomes.

Contact Us For A Confidential Case Consultation

Every case is different. We cannot guarantee results, but we can describe how we have been effective on behalf of hundreds of clients struggling to overcome criminal charges.

Contact Harris Cook, LLP, to schedule a confidential case consultation. Our offices are located in Arlington, Mansfield and Flower Mound, Texas.

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A Texas Theft crime is defined in the Texas Penal Code, Title 7, Chapter 31, Sec. 31.03, as an offense that occurs when someone “unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property”. Other circumstances are involved, including whether or not the accused takes property without an owner’s consent, or they accept stolen property knowing it was stolen by another person.

Harris Cook, LLP, Theft Attorney

We help people who are accused of Theft in Texas, and others who need an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to handle their cases. Our Harris Cook, LLP, Theft Attorney understands the lengthy and confusing Penal Code regulations that apply to theft crimes. You may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony offense, depending on the value of items stolen, how you obtained the alleged stolen items, your prior offense records, what item was stolen (including livestock), who you stole from and the circumstances that led to the offense.

There are many other considerations that only an experienced Theft Attorney will be able to help you with; this is not the time to even think about self-defending. Some possible defenses include lack of intent, mistaken facts, your age and possible duress in the situation.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney

Being convicted of a Theft crime in Texas is a serious matter, with long-lasting effects. Not only will you be fined, you may wind up in jail for many long years. There is a wide range of potential consequences to face, so it is important that you get our Texas Criminal Defense Attorney working on your behalf immediately.

There are some cases where we can get charges reduced or eliminated. We understand what defenses there are against these charges, and how to present that evidence in court to the judge in the best possible effort while representing you. Financial penalties range up to $10,000; jail sentences range up to 99 years for a felony, first degree. Again, penalties all depend on the individual case details and circumstances of the offense.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Assault” tab_id=”1506024890494-56431e65-e132″][vc_column_text]

Assault

An accusation or charge of Assault is a serious problem that needs prompt attention. You can find the help you need at Harris Cook, LLP, by working with our Criminal Defense Attorneys to protect your rights and freedom. If you neglect this matter, you risk jail time, high fines and other penalties with a conviction. Convictions can be appealed, but the best solution is a strong criminal defense from the start.

Harris Cook, LLP, Criminal Defense Attorney

Our experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys have successfully presented cases and won excellent results for clients who were charged with Assault and other crimes in Texas. Waging a strong defense can help you now and in the future. If you are found guilty of Assault in this state, you may face up to 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, depending on the severity of the offense.

Felony crimes carry the highest penalties, while even a Misdemeanor leaves you with a criminal record to follow you around forever. If you have already been convicted of Assault, there may be the opportunity to appeal for a reduction in charges or to request an expungement. Our Harris Cook, LLP, Criminal Defense Attorneys have obtained favorable results for many Assault cases for clients, and our Attorneys are aggressive legal professionals in the courtroom, fighting diligently on behalf of our clients.

Texas Assault Offenses

Assaultive offenses that are included in the Texas Penal Code, Title 5, Chapter 22, are numerous and complex in nature. Typical charges for Assault range from obvious attacks to more subtle actions of a threat or harassment in the workplace. The Harris Cook, LLP, Criminal Defense Attorneys understand every part of this long and complex list of offenses; they can help you with a strong defense against even the most serious charges.

Assault charges involve the actions of intentionally and knowingly causing physical harm or psychological fear to another person. The actions can be made by physical contact or offensive behavior, verbally, or with a weapon. Charges range from simple Class A Misdemeanors to serious Class C Felonies. The level of seriousness attached to criminal assault charges depends on the action of the perpetrator.  Assaults involving family violence can have devastating effects on not only your family life, but your employment.  Using a weapon or causing serious bodily injury will raise the charge to aggravated assault, which carries stiffer fines and penalties. Who that person threatened can result in higher level criminal charges as well.

Texas Criminal Defense

Get the legal advice, counsel or representation you need to protect your rights, freedom and finances by working immediately with our Texas Criminal Defense attorney. We serve people statewide and we are ready to answer your inquiries now.

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DWI

DWI Attorneys at Harris Cook, LLP, are helping an increasing number of people fight Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas has more drunk driving accidents and fatalities than any other state, one every 20 minutes. Although the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) level is 0.08, you can be stopped and arrested for DWI no matter what your BAC is, if an officer believes you are driving impaired from alcohol or drugs, whether the drugs are prescribed for you, or are illegal drugs The Texas Penal Code defines “Intoxicated” as meaning “(A) not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or (B) having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.” A person under twenty-one can be charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) if they have any amount of alcohol in their system.

Harris Cook, LLP – DWI Attorneys

People cited for DWI should work with our Harris Cook, LLP, DWI Attorneys to fight this offense. We are experienced with all the complexities of these laws and, in appropriate cases,know how to challenge evidence for you.

It is important to know what to do if you are stopped by a Texas officer who accuses you of DWI. The reality is that you can be arrested regardless, but here are the main points to remember:

  • You do not have to be advised of your rights nor that you do not need to submit to field sobriety tests.
  • You must show your driver license and proof of insurance.
  • Many field sobriety tests are totally subjective to the opinion of the officer; however, if you are given one of the three tests that have been scientifically validated, you must be given detailed instructions for the tests to be reliable: One Leg Stand, Walk and Turn, and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus.

Texas DWI Penalties

High fines, loss of license, jail time and other penalties are levied when you are charged and convicted of DWI in Texas. If you refuse blood or breath tests, your driver’s license will instantly be suspended for 180 days. Open alcohol containers will lead to additional charges for the driver and even the passengers. Texas DWI Penalties increase according to BAC, if there is a child passenger younger than age 15 in the vehicle, and if you have prior convictions for DWI.

  • Fines – from $500 to $2000 for a first offense and up to $10,000 for a third. Driver license renewal fees may be levied at $1,000 to $2,000 for three years.
  • Jail – from three days to a year in jail or 10 years in prison, depending on the number of offenses.
  • Loss of Driver License – can be suspended automatically, or from one year up to two years.

And these are for cases where no bodily injury or death is involved. Intoxication Manslaughter can result in a sentence of up to life in prison if the person killed is a peace officer, a firefighter, or emergency medical services personnel who are in the actual discharge of an official duty.

Harris Cook, LLP – Arlington, Mansfield & Flower Mound, TX

We know how to challenge DWI charges and protect your rights. We know what conditions can invalidate test results and help you avoid or reduce fines, jail time, higher insurance rates, loss of freedom and the financial impact a DWI conviction will cause you.

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Juvenile Crimes

Persons who are under age 17 in Texas are considered to be juveniles and they receive special consideration within the state criminal justice system. In general, the system attempts to rehabilitate and redirect the youthful offenders, so they do not continue on into the adult criminal realm. Juveniles commit all of the same crimes that adults commit, from petty larceny to murder, and they also are entitled to a jury trial. At Harris Cook, LLP, our Criminal Defense Attorneys understand the unique elements that apply to Juvenile Cases.

Harris Cook, LLP, Criminal Defense Attorney

When you work with a Harris Cook, LLP, Criminal Defense Attorney, your child is in good legal hands. We realize the importance of helping youthful offenders deal with the Texas court system and the process they must go through during a trial or court hearing. We help young offenders understand the seriousness of their charges and how a conviction will change their entire future. We coordinate with parents who are on the same wavelength and who want a strong legal professional working diligently to help their youngster get the best possible outcome.

Texas Juvenile Offenses

Under the Juvenile Justice Code, Juvenile offenses include a long list of charges that also apply to adults, but they receive different treatment due to their age. Juvenile cases are categorized as Misdemeanors or Felonies, depending on the case details. Youngsters under age 10 are not considered to be juveniles,because they lack the capacity of criminal intent. Juvenile offenders may be accused of simple to complex criminal activity, including the following and more:

  • Drug crimes
  • Gang related crimes
  • Traffic offenses, truancy
  • DUI/DWI
  • Theft, burglary, larceny, shoplifting
  • Assault, rape
  • Arson
  • Misdemeanors & Felonies
  • Capital crimes – murder

Offenders and parents must appear before a judge to enter a plea, and a dress code is in effect. If the offense is alcohol-related, the offenders and parents will be sent directly into court. Some cases can be sent into a special Teen Court. The system offers special protections for juveniles, including security of information, photographs, records and other aspects of the case. For repeat offenders who are over age 14 and commit serious crimes, cases may be sent into adult court and the normal juvenile protections would not apply.

Texas Juvenile Cases Attorney

Working with an experienced Harris Cook, LLP, Texas Juvenile Cases Attorney is an excellent way to help your juvenile realize the impact of their wrongful activities, face up to their actions and try to get the best possible outcome from the juvenile offender system.

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Special Programs For First-Time Offenders

There are many different ways to respond to a Texas criminal charge. You can go to trial to fight the charges. You can negotiate a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office.If you are a first-time offender, a veteran or a young person, you may have alternative options for avoiding a conviction altogether. Sometimes these options are referred to as deferred prosecution programs, and they can vary by the county in which you have been charged. The criminal defense attorneys of Harris Cook, LLP, based in Arlington, Mansfield and Flower Mound, Texas, understand how these programs work.

North Texas County Programs

In parts of north Texas, certain young adults, military veterans, people with certain mental health diagnoses and people in drug treatment may be granted admission to programs that can lead to dismissal of charges and other positive outcomes. For example, Tarrant County’s Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP) offers options for certain young people under the age of 24 who have been accused of crimes.

Talk To An Attorney As Soon As Possible | Do Not Discuss Your Case With Police

Every case is different. If you or a loved one has been charged, the most important thing is to obtain proper legal advice before you say anything to the police about your case.

Contact Harris Cook, LLP, for a confidential case evaluation and a discussion of your options for resolving your case. If one of our attorneys represents you, we can help you reach the most favorable possible outcome to your criminal matter.

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Felony Cases

Felony crimes in Texas are the most serious offenses, and they carry the stiffest penalties. If you are charged with a felony offense, it is critically important to get immediate legal representation. At Harris Cook, LLP, our Criminal Defense Attorneys have experience in this area of law practice. We have helped people in North Texas fight against Felony crime accusations and charges. Our knowledge is a key element of successful outcomes in cases, and helping our clients get the results they desire.

Harris Cook, LLP, Criminal Defense Attorney

As part of their job, a Harris Cook, LLP, Criminal Defense Attorney does a thorough examination of all evidence and other details of our client’s case. There are many ways to defend against Felony charges, but it takes an experienced legal professional and their skills to achieve the best results possible. We have access to an exceptional amount of resources to use for criminal defense, including reliable expert witnesses and other professionals to support our cases. We represent clients from all backgrounds, and we always treat them with respect and dignity.

Texas Felony Offenses

In the state of Texas, Felony Offenses are the some of the most serious charges you can face. A Misdemeanor can also put you in jail and bring high fines your way. Many common Felony convictions result in severe penalties, which can range from 180 days in a state jail up to 99 years in state prison, with fines up to $10,000. Each offense is rated by severity, from 3 rd degree (the least severe) up to First degree (with the most severe penalties.) Repeat and habitual offenders also face stiffer fines and jail sentences.A finding of guilty in a capital murder case results in the ultimate penalties of life in prison without the possibility of parole or death.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney

For some people who are guilty of a state jail Felony offense, the court may offer an opportunity to downgrade that charge to a Class A Misdemeanor. Other criteria can affect the level of charges, such as when an offender selects a victim who is handicapped, or if bias or prejudice is a factor in the crime.

Your Texas Criminal Defense Attorney from Harris Cook, LLP, knows all the factors that can affect your individual case. Some of these factors include committing felony crimes in disaster zones, nursing homes or while under the influence of a controlled substance. Your Felony Crime Attorney also knows how to present any mitigating evidence in your case. Our Harris Cook, LLP, attorneys will work diligently on your behalf to obtain the best possible outcome.

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Drug Crimes

A conviction for Drug Crimes, or another other criminal offense, will color your future bleak. The Harris Cook, LLP, drug crimes Attorney can help you with defense or appeals on criminal charges, including drug crimes. We have defended many people who were charged with or convicted on a variety of criminal charges related to drugs, sale of drugs, and possession. We have defended many drug crimes cases, in the courts of Texas for reduction of charges and expungements.

Harris Cook, LLP, Drug Crimes Attorney

Being charged with criminal offenses is a serious matter. Defense against Drug Crimes or other criminal activity is best left to an experienced Harris Cook, LLP, drug crimes Attorney. You face high fines, jail time and having a criminal record that will follow you around forever, causing many problems when you try to find work, housing or travel.

We have in-depth knowledge of Texas drug laws, criminal penalties and options that may apply to your case. With our help, you may be able to get a second chance or reduce the severity of those penalties. Your freedom, your reputation, your rights and your future are at stake, so there is no time to work with anyone who is less qualified than our Criminal Defense Attorney.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney

We know the Texas court system and have an excellent record of handling cases for our clients in local, state and federal courts. We also treat our clients with respect and dignity, no matter how old they are, their income level or background. We believe everyone deserves quality defense in criminal matters. We work diligently on behalf of our clients, always with the end goal of achieving the best possible outcome.

Drug Crimes range from simple misdemeanors to serious felonies. Penalties for a conviction increase according to crime severity and with repeat offenses. Fines can be hefty, up to ten thousand dollars, and jail or prison time may also be levied against those found guilty. For the most serious crimes, the penalty could be a lifetime in jail, or the death penalty in capital felony cases.

Harris Cook, LLP, Legal Services

Our law firm offers complete Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Business Law, Real Estate, Family Law and other legal services. We welcome new clients and are ready to help you with all legal matters. You deserve top quality legal advice and representation; we have the answers you need, now!

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Drug Possession

If you are accused of a Possession Charge in Texas, you face strict drug crime penalties, high fines and jail time, from 180 days to 99 years in prison. You also could have your driver’s license suspended. Simply having a joint on hand when you are stopped by police is enough to get you into serious trouble. At Harris Cook, LLP, our Possession Charge Attorney knows how to help you with defense against a Possession Charge, as well as fighting other drug crime accusations.

Drug Crimes Affect Your Future

The state of Texas is well-known for having very strict drug crime regulations, stiff penalties and long jail sentences for those who are convicted. If you are found guilty of Possession of controlled dangerous substances (CDS), you are in hot legal water. In this state, if you do not have a valid medical prescription from a doctor for CDS, you can be charged with Possession. Being convicted of Drug Crimes will affect your entire future. With this on your criminal record, you may be denied employment, housing or your rights to travel freely. Your very freedom is also at stake.

There are four different classes of Drug Crimes that involve controlled dangerous substances (CDS). Penalties increase, according to the type of offense, amount of CDS on hand, if a child is involved, and if you have previous drug offenses. Penalties for Drug Crimes, including Possession, range from fines of $2,000 to $250,000 and jail time from 180 days to 99 years in prison.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney

Our Texas Criminal Defense Attorney has the experience and knowledge of Texas drug crime laws that you need for your defense in court. The court must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you knew about and intentionally possessed CDS. Drugs listed in the statute as prohibited or CDS include a very long list of various stimulants, depressants, narcotics and hallucinogens, such as: Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, LSD, Ecstasy, PCP, Mescaline, Valium, Ritalin and Marijuana.

Defense Against Possession Charge

There are several defenses to use against a Possession Charge. Our Harris Cook, LLP, Possession Charge Attorney will examine all evidence and reports thoroughly, to see what your best defense plea should be. We have helped many clients fight against drug crime charges; we will work diligently on your behalf to help you keep your freedom and achieve the best possible result for your case.

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Possession Of Marijuana

Even a minor drug charge is cause for concern because it can negatively impact job-related background checks, university applications and other future endeavors.Harris Cook, LLP, understands Texas drug laws, particularly those related to possession of controlled substances. We provide strategic, aggressive, thorough representation to clients accused of marijuana possession — whether they were accused following a traffic stop, an arrest for another offense or other circumstances.

What You Should Do Now

If you are concerned about a marijuana charge, there is no substitute for legal advice. In general, there are three things you should know about how to proceed:

  • Do not talk to the police: You and your family members should not talk to the police about a drug possession case until you have consulted an experienced lawyer.
  • Get strong legal representation: If you want to successfully navigate a system that can be confusing and hostile to defendants, you need strong defense representation.
  • Explore your options: Make sure you explore your options for addressing the charges you face. You may be eligible for deferred prosecution, particularly if you are a first-time offender; you may want to negotiate with the prosecution or you may be able to successfully fight the charges.

Contact Us | Discuss Your Legal Matter In Confidence

Every drug possession case is different. If you have questions, talk to an experienced attorney for marijuana possession charges in Texas.

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