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If you’ve been charged with a crime, you need to secure legal representation from a criminal defense attorney in Dallas who has the skills and experience to create a sound defense strategy that will lead to positive results in your case. A criminal defense lawyer can also help prepare you for the mental and physical toll of sitting through a trial. Before your first meeting with your Dallas defense attorney, keep these tips in mind to prepare for the stress of going to trial.
Mind Your Appearance
Believe it or not, how you look in court can have an impact on the outcome of your case. A defendant with a clean, neat appearance shows respect for the court and an understanding of the seriousness of the charges brought against him. While you shouldn’t overdress for the occasion, do come to court wearing clean and wrinkle-free clothing. You should also try to cover up any visible tattoos, especially those that might be considered offensive or convey gang affiliation.
Control Your Body Language
As important as your appearance is, your behavior in court is even more important. Judges and jurors carefully study defendants during criminal proceedings to determine whether they are lying or telling the truth. To make sure that your body language doesn’t mislead the jury, don’t avoid eye contact with the witnesses or jurors, don’t look ashamed or embarrassed, and don’t stare down or attempt to intimidate anyone in the courtroom.
Let Your Lawyer Do All the Talking
The most important thing to remember during trial is that your lawyer should be the only one talking on your behalf, unless you are directed otherwise by your attorney or the judge. This is especially important if emotions are high during the trial, as one emotional outburst can have a significant impact on how the judge and jury view you and your guilt or innocence in the case.
If you’re looking for a criminal defense attorney in Dallas, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to schedule your free initial consultation. Our law office handles state and federal criminal defense for clients in Dallas and the surrounding communities of North Texas. Visit our website to learn more about our areas of practice, or call us at (214) 613-1972 to schedule your consultation.
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In Texas, the main difference between DUI and DWI is the seriousness of the penalties. Although both charges will get your license suspended, a DUI charge carries much shorter suspension periods than a DWI. DUI charges are also reserved for minors, since Texas law has zero tolerance for minors with any detectable amount of alcohol in their blood system. DWI can apply to both minors and adults who have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater. Watch this video to learn more about the difference between DUIs and DWIs.
Texas drunk driving laws are extremely harsh. If you are facing DUI or DWI charges in Dallas, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass. Our criminal defense lawyers will investigate all elements of the stop and arrest to determine if there are weaknesses in the case against you. Call us today at (214) 613-1972 to set up your free initial consultation to discuss your case with a DWI/DUI defense lawyer.
Last updated 14 days ago
Police interrogators are highly trained in the psychological tactics of social influence and psychological manipulation. The fact that detectives sometimes end up with confessions from people who are otherwise innocent of the crimes they are charged with is a testament to their expertise in psychological manipulation. This is why it’s crucial that you not say anything without your criminal defense attorney present. Here are a few things you can expect during an interrogation before your lawyer arrives.
The first part of the Reid technique (the basis of the widely used “Criminal Interrogation and Confessions” manual) is to confront the suspect with the evidence against him. This evidence might be real or made up. Either way, the detective will be looking for nervous ticks or poor body language to determine if he’s on the right track.
The interrogator will then create a story about why the suspect committed the crime. If the interrogator believes that he is on to something, he will continue to develop that theme until the truth—or supposed truth—come out. If the detective believes the theme is off the mark, he’ll pick a new theme and start over.
After a long and psychological draining interrogation, suspects often become frustrated and unsure of themselves. Police interrogators will try to capitalize on this insecurity by pretending to be the suspect’s ally and offering a way out. Most of the time the interrogator will say something to the extent that if the suspect confesses, everything will be easier and the court may even be more lenient. Don’t confess to anything or make any deals unless directly advised to by your criminal defense lawyer.
Police interrogators are skilled at manipulating your words to fit their narrative of what happened. Before you say anything that might be used against you in a court of law, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass in Dallas, TX. Our criminal defense lawyers will assist you during police questioning to make sure that you are not taken advantage of or manipulated in any way. Call us at (214) 613-1972 to speak with us today.
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The State of Texas and the Federal Government prohibit the use, promotion, or exploitation of children under the age of 18 for performance, employment, or conduct of sexual acts or depictions of acts of a sexual nature. Intentional possession of child pornography is also a crime and is charged as a third-degree felony. If an individual has in their possession six or more identical visual depictions of child pornography, Texas law presumes that the individual had the intent to distribute the material, which elevates the charges to a second-degree felony.
While federal prosecutors would have you think that there’s no point in fighting child pornography charges, the truth is that computer crime cases are not so easy to prove. And considering the life-changing consequences of a guilty verdict, you would be foolish not to contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss how our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Dallas can defend you against child pornography charges. Call our law office at (214) 613-1972 to schedule your free initial consultation with a criminal defense lawyer in Dallas today.
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With more than 20 years of legal experience, Dallas attorney Jeffrey C. Grass has developed the ability to evaluate cases quickly and determine the best strategy for resolving those cases. The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass defends clients in state and federal criminal cases ranging from DUI and drug possession charge to sex crimes, burglary, and aggravated assault. Watch this brief clip to learn more about our law offices and how our Texas criminal defense attorneys can help you.
Facing criminal charges can be a pivotal moment in your life. That’s why the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass in Dallas, Texas is committed to providing the most aggressive legal representation to dismiss the charges against you or reduce the consequences of a guilty verdict. A criminal conviction can permanently change the course of your life, so contact us today to give our criminal defense attorneys ample time to prepare your legal defense strategy. For additional information on our practice areas, or to discuss your case with one of our attorneys, call us at (214) 613-1972.