Attorneys at Price & Price maintain an extensive criminal law practice in Conroe, Texas, defending people accused of major felonies and other serious offenses. Firm partner Jimmie Price is Board Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Price is an experienced litigator and a member of both the Montgomery County and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
The firm engages in defense of major offenses in many different areas of criminal law, including:
Property Crimes - a wide range of offenses are included in the category of theft, including burglary, robbery, and larceny, as well as "white collar" crimes such as embezzlement, fraud, and obtaining money under false pretenses.
Crimes against the person - assault, battery, rape, homicide. Homicide includes a spectrum of offenses ranging from involuntary manslaughter to first degree murder.
Drug offenses - possession, manufacturing, distribution, trafficking. Drug crimes can be prosecuted and punished under state or federal laws.
Serious Crimes, Serious Consequences - A felony by definition is a crime punishable by imprisonment of more than one year, but often times the punishment for a conviction is much greater. For violent crimes, drug offenses, or property crimes involving substantial value, convicted offenders may be sentenced to 10, 20, or 40 years in prison, or even life. Capital murder offenses can invoke the death penalty as well. The State of Texas leads the nation in executions and has one of the three largest death row populations in the country. Over 300 convicts wait on death row, and the state conducts executions at the rate of about 28 per year in nearby Huntsville.
In addition to prison time, convicted offenders can be fined or ordered to pay restitution for property damaged or stolen. Federal drug trafficking fines can be millions of dollars, depending upon the type and quantity of drug involved.
Besides fines and incarceration, there are many negative collateral effects of a conviction. A felony conviction can seriously hamper one's efforts to seek employment, and can outright prohibit the chance of employment in many industries. The ability to obtain a professional license may likewise be hampered. Conviction of a sex crime and subsequent registration as a sex offender can limit where a person may live, and many offenses will result in the loss of a driver's license, the right to hold office or vote, or to possess a firearm. Other collateral consequences include damage to one's reputation in the community and the adverse effects on one's personal and family life.
Role of the Attorney, Role of the Client
Having an experienced criminal defense attorney is key to avoiding a conviction or obtaining the most favorable result possible. Remember that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and it is the job of the prosecution to prove every element of the crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt to a unanimous jury. It is the responsibility of the client to make ultimate decisions in the case, such as whether to go to court or accept a plea. It is also the client's job to provide honest answers and full information to the attorney. Other than that, the rest of the responsibility for the case lies with the attorney.
The lawyers at Price & Price will analyze the prosecution's evidence and formulate the best defense available. They will then negotiate a plea bargain or represent the defendant in court as the client wishes. With over thirty years in practice, the firm is well-acquainted with the people, prosecutors, lawyers and judges in the county and know how to effectively negotiate a plea or present a vigorous, aggressive defense designed to win an acquittal from the charges for the client.
For representation in a criminal defense matter by a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, contact Price & Price.