Austin & San Antonio State Defense Lawyers
Comprehensive Legal Representation
Being arrested and charged with any type of crime can be frightening and stressful. A conviction for even a seemingly minor offense can still result in life-changing consequences, including damage to your reputation and greater difficulty in securing housing and employment. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty, and hiring qualified legal professionals to represent you can help protect your future.
If you have been charged with any type of crime, do not wait to get in touch with our Austin & San Antonio state defense lawyers at Peek & Toland. We are committed to leveraging our many years of legal experience to provide our clients with diligent and personalized representation in Texas courtrooms. Our team is prepared to do everything in our power to fight for your rights and secure the best possible outcome in your case.
The Importance of Fighting Criminal Charges as an Immigrant
As an immigrant, it is essential that you do everything possible to avoid any type of criminal conviction. Being convicted of certain types of crimes can make you inadmissible, meaning you will no longer be able to legally enter the United States or obtain benefits without first procuring a waiver. Qualifying for many immigration benefits requires demonstrating that you have good moral character and do not represent a threat to your community or the country’s national security.
Certain key benefits also require that you have not been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor crime of moral turpitude, or any combination of three misdemeanors. Being convicted of even a single minor drug offense can also disqualify you from obtaining immigration benefits you are otherwise eligible for.
As a lawful permanent resident, you can lose your status and be removed from the country if you are convicted of certain types of “deportable offenses.” These crimes include aggravated felonies, crimes of moral turpitude, and many types of drug crimes.
Our Austin & San Antonio state defense attorneys recognize and are compassionate to the stress and uncertainty that come with facing criminal charges as an immigrant. We operate at the intersection of immigration law and criminal defense and will work tirelessly to protect your life and future in the United States.
Cases We Handle in Texas
Our team at Peek & Toland is familiar with how to effectively navigate the Texas court system and can offer the guidance and advocacy you need to succeed in your case. We utilize creative solutions and outside-the-box thinking when developing our defense strategies and will provide you with the personalized attention you deserve.
Our Austin & San Antonio state defense lawyers can represent you if you have been charged with:
- Assault. “Simple assault” occurs when someone injures or threatens to injure another person. Simple assault involving physical contact is typically charged as a Class A misdemeanor, and a conviction can lead to fines of up to $4,000 and up to a year of jail time. An aggravated assault involves serious bodily injury and/or the use of a dangerous weapon, and this offense is considered a second-degree felony. A conviction can result in fines of up to $20,000 and up to 20 years of incarceration. Assault charges can often be defeated if the defendant can establish that they were acting in self-defense.
- Family Violence. Under Texas law, someone commits “family violence” when they physically harm or sexually assault a family or household member, a child of a family or household member, or a sexual or romantic partner or ex-partner. Family violence can also occur if someone’s conduct leads a family or household member to reasonably believe that they are in imminent danger. Family violence can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the nature and severity of the offense. Allegations of family violence can lead to the implementation of a protective order, and a conviction in a felony case can result in up to $10,000 in fines and up to 20 years of incarceration.
- Violating a Protective Order. Protective orders are typically sought following instances of family violence or stalking. These orders are issued by a Texas judge, and the subject of a protective order must abide by all of its requirements. Violating any element of an order can lead to Class A misdemeanor charges, up to $4,000 in fines, and up to one year of jail time. Repeat offenses can result in third-degree felony charges with substantially higher penalties if convicted, including up to $10,000 in fines and up to 10 years of incarceration.
- Firearm Offenses. The possession and use of firearms are heavily regulated in Texas, and someone can face Class A misdemeanor charges if they unlawfully carry a firearm or violate a rule of their permit or license. Violating gun laws in certain settings can lead to felony charges and commensurately harsher penalties. Convicted felons and individuals convicted of domestic violence-related offenses are not ever permitted to possess firearms under federal law.