Conviction for a violent crime in Texas carries life-changing punishments including damage to your reputation that will follow you indefinitely. In addition, a conviction may affect your relationships with your family, employment prospects, professional licenses and your right to own a weapon.
When the stakes are high, when your freedom and future depend on the outcome of a criminal trial, you will need an attorney that understands the components and dynamics of a violent confrontation. Doug Emerson is an experienced lawyer with the ability to assert favorable evidence and legal defenses on your behalf.
Facing drug charges in the State of Texas is a matter not to be taken lightly. Even relatively minor offenses can result in serious penalties if convicted. Drug laws in Texas are very complex, and there are many variables, including the type and amount of drug alleged. If you are charged with a drug crime, you may face prison time, loss of your driving privileges, professional licenses and lengthy Court ordered treatment programs. Having an experienced attorney in essential in obtaining a favorable outcome in your case.
People charged with theft crimes need a dedicated and aggressive defense. Many times an allegation of theft arises from a simple civil dispute and a complainant wants the State to be their free lawyer. There is much more at stake than jail time, fines and restitution. A theft conviction can affect employment prospects and civil rights for the rest of your life. Doug Emerson has defended many theft cases since 1987. The primary consideration in a theft case, or any criminal case, is to seek a dismissal of the case, or in the alternative, avoid a conviction and any other collateral consequences.
Weapons & Firearms Offenses
Given the recent public outcry regarding the availability and deadly use of firearms across the country, Texas, like many other states, is taking a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who lawfully or unlawfully processes or uses a gun. The laws of self defense, castle doctrine, stand your ground and deadly force are not usually as clear cut as one might think.
In addition to defending clients against crimes like homicide, assault, and robbery that may involve the use of guns, the Law Office of Doug Emerson has extensive experience dealing with weapons and firearms cases.
We investigate the charges to determine any law enforcement overreach, discrepancies in the evidence and defensive issues relevant to your case. Doug Emerson will aggressively negotiate with the prosecutor for a reduction of charges (if appropriate) or an outright dismissal of your case. When necessary, we persuasively litigate your case before a judge and
jury in court.
If your college-enrolled minor child is in trouble with the law, you need skilled legal help on your side that protects your child's rights, calms your concerns and spares you the inconvenience of long-distance travel.
Expunctions & Non Disclosures
A criminal record can show up on background checks for housing and employment. If left alone, it can also affect your goal of an academic career or professional license. You may be eligible for an expunction helping to clear your record so that you can resume a normal life. In some cases a Motion for Non-Disclosure may be filed to limit access to your records.