Allen Criminal Defense Attorney

Have you been arrested for a crime or are you currently under criminal investigation in Allen, TX? Even a misdemeanor can come with life-changing penalties and a permanent criminal record. Call 972-424-0760 and speak to an Allen criminal defense attorney at the Edgett Law Firm.

When you are facing potential jail time, penalties, and irreversible damage to your reputation and career, you deserve a passionate legal advocate by your side.

Our legal team has represented residents of Allen, Texas for more than 22 years. We’re here to fight the charges you are facing and give you the aggressive defense you need. Contact our Collin County law office today for a free case review to discuss your defense options. 

Why Should I Hire an Allen Criminal Defense Attorney at the Edgett Law Firm?

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Even a seemingly minor criminal offense can have a lasting effect on your life. Certain types of criminal convictions can strip you of your professional licenses and make it challenging to find gainful employment, even without jail time. You may also face the loss of your rights and freedom.

At the Edgett Law Firm, we take your defense seriously. We understand the stakes you are up against as an unsympathetic prosecutor seeks the maximum penalties possible. Our Allen criminal defense lawyers have more than 22 years of experience fighting for clients at the negotiating table and in the courtroom.

Turn to our Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Allen, Texas for the legal defense you deserve. Here is how we will work with you to build the strongest defense possible.

We Conduct a Thorough Investigation into Your Case

We won’t rely on the evidence the prosecution has gathered against you to build a defense. Law enforcement and the prosecution are not looking for evidence that benefits you. Their priority is finding evidence to build a case against you – and that may cause them to ignore any evidence that points guilt away from you.

We believe that careful preparation and a thorough investigation is key to building a solid defense. We will not only investigate whether your rights were violated but search for exculpatory evidence that supports your defense. During our investigation, we will review everything from photographs and video surveillance to witness statements and expert testimony.

This investigation also helps us assess the strength of the prosecutor’s case against you to determine the best approach to your defense and discussions with the prosecuting attorney.  

We Will Find Out if Your Rights Were Violated

Law enforcement has a duty to follow careful procedures during both investigation and arrest. If your constitutional rights are violated, evidence may be excluded from your trial. When crucial evidence must be excluded, it can even break the case against you.

The Edgett Law Firm will carefully review the circumstances of your arrest and how evidence was gathered and preserved. Your rights can be violated in many ways by careless police or even through intentional civil rights violations. The following are just some ways in which your rights may have been violated.

  • You have the right to legal counsel. If you were denied the opportunity to contact a lawyer during questioning, or law enforcement listened to your conversation, statements can be excluded.
  • The Fifth Amendment protects you from being forced to testify against yourself. If you are forced to make incriminatory statements without a lawyer present, they may be excluded.
  • You must be read your Miranda rights when you are in custody before you are questioned by law enforcement. When this right is violated, the information law enforcement learns through interrogation may be excluded.
  • The Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable search and seizure. If the police do not have a search warrant or probable cause for a search, evidence can be excluded.
  • You have the right to know the charges you are facing soon after you are arrested.

When you hire the Edgett Law Firm to defend you, you can count on your Allen defense attorney to carefully review the circumstances of your arrest and seek to have evidence thrown out when it’s obtained improperly.  

We Work with Top Experts

The Edgett Law Firm works with many top experts in a variety of fields to give you a sound legal defense. These experts may counter testimony from experts the prosecution calls or interpret exculpatory evidence in your case. They may also introduce alternate possibilities for how a crime occurred to raise reasonable doubt or offer psychological insight to present a case for a reduced sentence.

We work with:

  • Forensic experts
  • Ballistics specialists
  • Mental health specialists such as gang psychology experts
  • Fingerprint experts
  • Medical experts
  • Computer scientists
  • Crime scene reconstruction technicians
  • Breath test specialists
  • DNA testing experts 

These experts fall under two main categories. Consulting experts work behind the scenes to help our legal team with aspects of your case. Testifying experts prepare written reports and testify at your trial.

We Aren’t Afraid to Take Your Case to Court

One of the biggest drawbacks of working with a public defender is they are often very overworked. Their caseload may mean they simply do not have the time to take all of their cases to court and they may push you to accept a plea deal, even if it’s not in your best interest.

At the Edgett Law Firm, we recognize the benefits of resolving your case outside of court, but we will not encourage you to take a deal that is not fair when we believe you have better chances in court.

We assume every case we accept will be heard by a jury and judge. Our Allen, Texas criminal defense lawyers are prepared to present your defense to a jury and fight for the best possible resolution to your case.

The Edgett Law Firm Represents Clients Facing All Criminal Charges in Allen, TX

Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a serious felony charge, you deserve a robust legal defense and the Edgett Law Firm is here to help you. 

We defend clients in Allen and throughout Collin County, TX against all types of criminal charges including:

We also represent clients seeking to have their record expunged or in criminal appeals.

The criminal justice system can be intimidating; with the Edgett Law Firm, you will have experienced legal counsel helping you every step of the way.  

Why A Public Defender May Not Be Your Best Choice

The Sixth Amendment gives you the right to a defense attorney when you are facing prosecution. When you are facing criminal charges in Allen, Texas, you have a very important choice to make. Should you work with a court-appointed public defender or a private defense attorney? This decision can have a major impact on the quality of your defense and the outcome of your criminal case.

Public defenders are typically skilled and passionate criminal law attorneys. However, they are often chronically overworked with caseloads exceeding recommendations by the American Bar Association. This means that, despite the best intentions, a public defender may not have the time or resources to commit to your defense.

Every county determines how to appoint public defenders and pays them for their services in Texas. However, there were more than 474,000 indigent cases in just 19 public defender’s offices that were shared by 39 Texas counties in 2018. Counties often underfund their public defender’s offices which forces public defenders to take on more cases than they can realistically handle. This is often true with the Indigent Defense of Collin County as well.

Texas has one of the lowest rates of per capita spending on indigent cases in the U.S. The average public defender in the state earned only $247 for a misdemeanor case and $598 for a felony case in 2017.

When you are facing serious criminal charges that threaten your freedom and rights, you deserve an Allen criminal defense lawyer who has not only the time and attention but also the resources to dedicate to your case. With the Edgett Law Firm, you are not just another case number. You will always be able to speak with your attorney and trust that we are hard at work for you.

Our Allen, Texas Practice Areas

At the Edgett Law Firm, our Collin County criminal defense attorneys in Allen represent clients in many practice areas. Learn more about how we are committed to helping you.

DWI Defense

Texas takes DWI very seriously. When you are arrested for a DWI, you face the loss of your license, high penalties, and possible jail time. These penalties are even more serious for subsequent DWIs or DWIs that result in injury or death. The Edgett Law Firm will investigate your case to determine if your rights were violated and challenge the reliability of tests and law enforcement testimony.

Drug Crimes

Drug offenses like trafficking and drug possession are among the most serious in Texas. The prosecution is unlikely to be sympathetic, no matter the circumstances of your arrest. Our Allen criminal defense attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation into your case and help you craft the best possible defense.

Domestic Violence

As soon as you are arrested for domestic violence, you face life-changing consequences. Your good name is damaged and you can be served with a restraining order that forces you to leave your home – before you can even defend yourself. We are here to fight the allegations against you.

Juvenile Crimes

While the Texas juvenile criminal justice system focuses on rehabilitation over punishment, juvenile offenders still face harsh and life-changing penalties. At the Edgett Law Firm, we represent minors and their families in seeking the best possible resolution in juvenile cases.

Federal Crimes

Have you been charged with a criminal offense by the ATF, DEA, or FBI? You need a federal defense lawyer with experience defending clients against serious federal charges. The stakes are very high with criminal cases thanks to mandatory minimum sentences, longer prison terms, and higher fines.

Sex Crimes

No type of offense carries the social stigma of a sex offense. At the Edgett Law Firm, we will give you the vigorous defense you deserve to not only protect your reputation but fight to avoid consequences like a prison term and sex offender registration. We represent clients facing all types of sex crimes in Allen, TX.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes like embezzlement may not have the stigma of sex and drug crimes, but the penalties can be just as harsh, even when no one is physically harmed. Prosecutors in Collin County may try to make an example out of you when you are facing a white collar crime and push for the highest possible penalties. We work with financial, technology, and computer experts to build the strong defense you deserve.

Violent Crimes

When you are facing a violent criminal charge, time is of the essence. You are facing some of the harshest penalties allowed under Texas law and the prosecution will try to upgrade your offense whenever possible. Conviction of a violent offense can affect you for the rest of your life, but the Edgett Law Firm is here to give you the sound legal representation you need.

Contact Our Allen Criminal Defense Attorneys for a Free Case Review

Do not let a criminal conviction ruin your life without a fight or count on the prosecution to offer a fair plea bargain. You deserve sound legal advice and a defense attorney who will give your case the attention and vigorous defense you deserve.

Contact the Edgett Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with an aggressive Allen criminal defense attorney who will give you the legal defense you need. We put our decades of experience to work for you.