Waco Criminal Defense Attorney
Get Dedicated Criminal Defense in McLennan County
Being arrested and charged with a crime is a frightening and frustrating experience. You stand to lose everything: your job, your savings, and even your freedom. You need a determined and experienced Waco criminal defense attorney to represent your best interests and ensure that you get the fair trial you are entitled to.
At Blanchard & Thomas, we will examine every detail in your case to find a legal solution that addresses your unique circumstances. Ultimately, our goal is to protect our clients' rights, future, and freedom. We cannot guarantee success in any given case; however, we can guarantee personalized service and diligent work on your behalf. We treat our clients as we would want to be treated in a similar situation.
Call (866) 219-6119 for a consultation with a Waco criminal defense lawyer.
Cases Our Waco Criminal Defense Attorneys Handle
If you are facing charges, it is important to enlist the help of a McLennan County criminal defense lawyer early in the process. In some cases, an experienced attorney can help you avoid being charged in the first place. Whether it is investigating a case, negotiating a plea deal, or representing you during a trial, we will aggressively and tirelessly fight for your freedom.
We provide legal representation in all areas including, but not limited to:
- Domestic violence
- Drug charges
- Marijuana possession
- Assault and other violent crimes
- Gun and weapon charges
- Sex offenses
Should I Talk to Police After an Arrest?
You should never talk to the police without your attorney present. Once you are arrested, you will have to give them basic identification otherwise, you can respectfully decline to answer further questions. Don’t try to assert your innocence without talking to an experienced Waco criminal defense lawyer. Your words may be twisted and used against you. An attorney can act as the middleman between you and the investigators and make sure that your rights are protected throughout the case process.
What Is an Arraignment?
Whether or not you have been arrested, you may appear in an arraignment or your first appearance in court. An arraignment is where you will have your charges officially presented to you and where you can plead guilty, not guilty, no contest, or mute plea. During the arraignment, the judge will also decide on bail and whether you will be released or detained until your trial.
How Does Bail Work in Texas?
Bail functions as a sort of collateral between you and the court so that you can be conditionally released from custody. Often, people hire bail bond companies to post bail and then they get their money back after their court appearance. Most bail companies charge a premium of up to 10 percent for this service. If you fail to show up for your appearance, then a bounty hunter is hired by the bond company to find you.
When Should You Hire a Waco Criminal Defense Attorney?
You should hire a Waco criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible if you have been arrested for a crime. It would be ideal to have a criminal defense attorney from the moment you are arrested, but since this is not realistic, you should hire a lawyer as soon as you can. You will want to speak with a defense attorney before your arraignment so that you can understand the charges being brought against you and how to best respond. An attorney can help you understand the consequences of being guilty and whether you should make a plea bargain. Do not hesitate to contact our firm for help.
Contact Our Waco Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
A McLennan County criminal defense attorney can work with you see if your charges can be reduced or dismissed entirely. Get in touch with Blanchard & Thomas for a straightforward discussion on what your legal options might entail. Our criminal defense lawyers are passionate about helping our clients overcome obstacles and move forward into a brighter future.
We play to win. While we cannot guarantee outcomes in any case, we always do our best to see that our clients come out on top. We want our clients to know without question that their success matters to us personally.
We play hard, we play fast, and we stick to the game plan. We work with every client to develop a strategy most likely to bring about their success. We work hard to ensure the strategy gives our client every advantage possible and their very best chance at success. We then implement that strategy as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We build our relationships upon a foundation of total honesty. Absolute honesty allows the client and the attorney to develop trust that will be absolutely critical to success in and out of the courtroom.
We make a commitment to communication. We begin and end many of our days communicating with clients. Our clients can count on us to return phone calls and/or e-mails within 24 to 48 hours except in emergencies or during announced absences from the office. We want our clients to know what we know and vice-versa. We want to ensure they can make informed decisions from start to finish.
While the attorney client relationship may not always result in friendship, we believe it should always result in mutual respect. We zealously advocate on our clients’ behalf whether we agree with their choices or not. We do not judge our client’s choices; we simply attempt to help them learn from them, live with them, and overcome them.
We serve at the clients’ pleasure. If for any reason whatsoever the client decides he/she is better off with a different attorney or law firm, we will respectfully and professionally do whatever we can to get the new attorney or law firm up to speed and ready to handle the case. We vow to never object to a client’s request to seek alternative counsel, and we promise to return 100% of any unearned advance payments.