Drug Crime Defense
Texas laws are extremely strict concerning offenses related to narcotics and other illicit drugs. Penalties for these laws can include anything from probation to fines, jail time or even loss of your Texas driving privileges. Call on Phil Gommels when you need a great criminal lawyer to help you.
Domestic Violence Law
In Texas, domestic violence cases are of two varieties: criminal and civil. This means that if someone is a victim of domestic violence, they can file criminal charges against the defendant, as well as sue them for financial remuneration in civil court.
Sex Crime Defense
False allegations of sexual crimes can ruin lives. Friends, family and even the media often turn against the accused before any evidence has been examined. Unfortunately, bogus accusations permeate this area of criminal law. Get the help you need from an experienced criminal defense attorney like Phil Gommels.
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Areas of Experience
While an attorney may have criminal defense experience, it’s important for you to find out what types of crimes he or she has handled. It is perfectly acceptable for you to ask during an initial consultation about the attorney’s specific experience. You shouldn’t consider hiring a lawyer who refuses to detail his or her experience or gives vague responses to questions.
For example, you are interviewing an attorney to represent you in a grand theft case.
Here are examples of well-thought-out questions which will help you choose a competent lawyer.
- “Have you represented people who have been charged with grand theft?”
- “What percentage of your practice involves representing people charged with grand theft?”
- “What percentage of your practice involves appearing in the court my case will be assigned to?”
Getting specific answers that instill confidence with the attorney are essential to choosing someone you can work with. It also indicates a lawyer who will do the utmost to defend you.
An attorney may be competent, experienced and successful, but it’s also important that you are comfortable in talking with him or her. The ability to freely express yourself, knowing you can ask any questions, and that you’ll receive the type of attention needed are all significant factors when choosing an attorney.
Since your attorney will be your voice in court when dealing with prosecutors and talking to the judge, you need someone who will be a voice you are comfortable with. The ideal relationship between you and your lawyer will be a partnership when it comes to making decisions, as these may be some of the most impactful and important decisions you ever make. Your attorney that will be most effective will see you as a partner in your criminal defense.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself when deciding if you want to work with a particular lawyer:
- “Does the lawyer seem willing to talk openly with me?”
- “Does the lawyer talk in plain language, so I can understand?”
- “Does the lawyer show concern for me and want to help?”
- “Does the lawyer understand me as a whole, not just the crime with which I’m charged?”
- “Does the lawyer have the type of manner who will foster trust with prosecutors, judges and, possibly, jurors?”
By following these guidelines, and asking informed and well-thought-out questions, you will greatly increase the likelihood of choosing a competent and effective lawyer who cares about your case and does the best job for you. Criminal charges may impact your life for many years to come. Make sure you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Phil Gommels who will protect your interests.
The majority of 100 Houston Police Department officers who have field tested body cameras over a recent two-month period called it a positive experience, though many expressed concern that the technology could endanger officer safety or be used by superiors to discipline them, according to an internal report obtained this week by the Houston Chronicle.
That technology is expected to be adopted department-wide beginning this summer as a way to increase police accountability.
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