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Beating the Case: How to Get Charges Dropped or Dismissed in Houston

Published: Jan 26, 2024 in Criminal Defense

Being arrested is scary, and dealing with criminal charges in Texas is serious. But just because you were charged with a crime does not guarantee you’ll be convicted. Police frequently make arrests based on the evidence at the time and their judgment. But both can be wrong – leading to overcharging and wrongful arrest. Other times, legal errors can weaken the case against you, allowing the entire case to be dismissed, dropped, or drastically reduced. So, no matter the charge, do not unquestioningly accept a conviction because you think the…

Accounting Mistake or Embezzlement?

The Fine Line Between Accounting Mistake & Embezzlement in Texas

Published: Nov 15, 2023 in Criminal Defense, Federal Crimes, Theft Crimes

No one goes to work thinking they’ll be accused of embezzlement. However, charges related to embezzling funds happen constantly, even though they frequently stem from mere misunderstandings or internal company disputes. Embezzlement charges usually come as a shock to the accused. Many people are quick to defend themselves and explain the matter. However, this could easily worsen a situation, even if it was an honest accounting error. In such crucial moments, an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Houston’s Ned Barnett becomes indispensable. With over 30 years of experience, Ned Barnett provides…

10 Ways a Criminal Record Hurts Your Future & How a Right Lawyer Can Help

Published: Oct 28, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Living with a criminal conviction in Texas extends beyond your sentence. Even if you avoid time in custody and deal with charges through probation, house arrest, or a suspended sentence, the ripple effect of a conviction on your record will influence multiple facets of your life, casting a shadow over your entire future. No matter the offense or seemingly favorable plea offer in exchange for pleading guilty, you need to think long-term and consider what a lasting conviction means. When in doubt, consult an experienced criminal lawyer in your area…

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Jury Selection in Harris County, TX: A Guide for the Accused

Published: Sep 25, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Facing criminal charges in Texas is no one’s ideal situation. Most want matters wrapped up as soon as possible, either by getting the case dismissed or negotiating a plea. But unfortunately, sometimes things aren’t that easy, and going to trial might be your best – or only option. For those considering a trial in or around Houston, TX, it’s vital to understand the charges and evidence and the intricacies of Harris County jury selection. The jurors chosen will hold your fate in their hands, and their biases, beliefs, and experiences…

Man in Prison Uniform Answering Questions about Sex Crimes Cases

Setting the Record Straight: How to Defend Against Sex Crime Charges & What Not to Do

Published: Aug 20, 2023 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Navigating sex crime allegations is delicate, legally and otherwise. These are incredibly sensitive situations for anyone embroiled in such accusations. Missteps can result in unjust convictions, tremendous stigma, and devastating penalties. Most people accused of sex crimes think all they must do is cooperate, and misunderstandings will give way to reason. But law enforcement is quick to file sex crime charges. Prosecutors will aggressively seek a conviction, and much emphasis gets placed on what’s best for the alleged victim. The accused essentially must look out for themselves – along with…