Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers
Experience, Dedication and Expertise
When searching for an experienced criminal defense attorney, call Steve Toland with the Law Firm of Peek and Toland. Steve is one of Austin's top criminal defense attorneys, possessing years of experience in federal and criminal defense law. Steve is just one of the reliable attorneys at the Law Firm of Peek and Toland who are experienced in a variety of types of laws, knowledgeable in governmental law, and able to defend clients who are in need of a dependable, bilingual criminal or immigration lawyer in Austin. It's time to put your case in the hands of our talented, caring team to help protect your rights and guide you through the criminal defense process.
If you have been arrested in Austin, you will need to act quickly to protect your rights and reputation. Having a criminal record can directly affect every aspect of your life. Your career, social standing, and finances may hang in the balance. Experienced Austin defense lawyers who have recent experience handling cases similar to yours can help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
At Peek & Toland, L.L.P., we put our clients first. We will listen to your needs, discuss your options with you, and never leave you in the dark. Our reliable Texas criminal defense attorneys pride themselves on dedicated legal representation, and we plan to maintain our reputation for as long as our firm lasts. Please let us help you and get in touch with us today by calling (512) 474-4445.
If You Are Under Investigation
In some cases, a suspect may become aware that he or she is under investigation. This is common in sex crime allegations or accusations involving white-collar crimes such as fraud or embezzlement. It is advisable in these instances for the suspect to be proactive in building a defense. Cooperating with the authorities without the guidance of a defense attorney can have disastrous consequences.
Allowing police officers and investigators to search for clues without a warrant is not in the suspect's best interest either. Even if you have not been arrested yet, what you say and do can and often will be used against you. For example, police agencies have audio and/or video recordings of the arrest and interviews. These are important pieces of evidence that are commonly used in pre-trial hearings and jury trials.
Fighting the Charges
Being arrested is not the same thing as being convicted. You have the right to fight the charges and you do not have to accept a plea deal. Remember to exercise your right to remain silent and to pursue legal guidance. You may be able to negotiate for reduced penalties or to have the charges dismissed completely. Every case is different, but no one should make a potentially life-changing legal decision without first reviewing all of the legal options available.
If You Are Convicted
A conviction for a crime in Austin, even if it is a misdemeanor, can have immediate and long lasting consequences. Even first-time offenders convicted of a misdemeanor may have to serve jail time and pay up to $2,000 in fines. For many, the consequences of a conviction do not end after a jail sentence. You may have to participate in community service or in rehabilitation programs. Potential employers may not consider you now that you have a criminal record. You may even lose your professional license or driving privilege. These are just some of the reasons why you should take every step possible to protect your rights.
How an Experienced Lawyer Can Help
A skilled Austin criminal defense lawyer can help in many ways. He or she can:
- Work with you and the prosecution to negotiate what is known as a "plea bargain." This type of a "deal" can help minimize your potential sentence or eliminate some or all of the charges against you.
- Provide you with an accurate picture of your case. Having all the facts in hand can help you make critical decisions with regards to your case.
- Navigate your case through the legal system where it is being heard.
- Explain all of the costs involved with the proceedings.
- Gather evidence and statements from witnesses who will be called by the prosecution. Defense attorneys also utilize the expertise of experienced investigators who may be able to find evidence supporting your case.
- Retain the services of expert witnesses who can help rebut the prosecution's evidence.
All of these services are essential to a strong defense. Not all criminal defense attorneys are equal; some do not even perform all of these vital services for their clients. However, the legal team at Peek & Toland, L.L.P. does, and not just simply, but professionally, properly, and efficiently. For answers to your criminal case questions, and to learn more about how we can help you protect your reputation and your future, contact us today.