If you have been charged with a crime in Texas, chances are, at some point, you will be offered the opportunity to enter a plea agreement to avoid the uncertainties of trial. Every criminal defendant needs to consider the future implications of such an offer before accepting a plea agreement from the prosecution. And only the advice of an experienced criminal trial attorney can take into account all the ramifications such an agreement can have.
What is It?
For instance, you may be offered the time you have already served in jail as punishment for misdemeanors such as theft or assault. At first this sounds like a good offer–you’ve already served the jail time, and you will be released without any additional punishment. But accepting this means there is a final conviction which may never be erased from your criminal record. Every time you apply for a job or credit or for an apartment, it will show up in a background check.
These days employers are using background checks more and more, and a conviction will usually keep an otherwise good person from getting a job for which he or she is qualified. If you are accused of a crime, an experienced criminal attorney should explain the effects of a plea agreement on your criminal record. And remember, not all criminal offense records are eligible to be sealed.
Let Us Fight for You
Sometimes a defendant’s best choice is to fight the charges and seek a not guilty verdict. We have over 40 years of experience in representing people charged with crimes in the plea bargaining phase as well as at trial. We will answer your questions and provide clear, objective legal advice. Call Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Tim Clancy & Kevin Clancy at (214) 550-5771 or email us to schedule a consultation.