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CRIMINAL DEFENSE CASES

These kinds of cases require you to think and act cautiously. Insisting that you have an attorney present while the police question you is entirely within your rights, and does not mean that you are in any way behaving in an uncooperative manor: all you’re doing is asking the police to respect your constitutional rights. You, and every other citizen in this country, have the right to remain silent. This means that choosing not to answer any questions before your attorney has arrived is not an act of aggression; it’s being cautious, and acting wisely.

You want an attorney who is dedicated to your case and willing to consider all the individual factors that concern it. Your lawyer should take the time necessary to understand you and your legal situation, as well as all the thoughts and feelings that you might have pertaining to your case. Your lawyer should always be optimistic and encouraging, supporting you and your case while always remaining honest. They should respect and honor your opinion while providing the appropriate legal advice. In short, your lawyer should be a member of the Hill Law Firm.

As a result of their tendency to have severe fines and penalties, all criminal cases are important. Any negative repercussions from these cases can have far-reaching consequences, hurting both you and the rest of your family. Different kinds of cases require very specific knowledge and expertise in a particular area of criminal defense, and circumstances that pertain to your arrest and charges will determine the defense strategy that your attorney chooses. To make these kinds of assessments, you will need a Houston criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience in all kinds of areas of criminal law.

DWI cases are inherently serious, and often very complex. They contain a variety of variables that lead to a plethora of options. Our Houston DWI lawyers understand the science, legal process, and the laws that will be applicable in your case. These trained professionals know the proper time to challenge evidence, and their expertise provides their clients with an incredibly favorable advantage.

Drug Charge

The State Legislature recently passed the Controlled Substances Act, whose laws have reformed guidelines and penalties in relation to drug violations. It has raised the possession penalty of heroin, speed, and LSD to life imprisonment and lowered the fines and penalties in place for marijuana possession:

  • Not more than two ounces 6 months in prison $1000 fine
  • Not more than four ounces 1 year in prison $2000 fine
  • More than four ounces 2-10 years in prison $5000 fine a felony

Judges have the power, in certain circumstances, to reduce a felony to misdemeanor, something they will do if they believe that this satisfies the intent and spirit of the law while corresponding with the principles of justice.

The Controlled Substances Act has been surrounded by controversy, with the District Attorneys and the Board of Pardons and Paroles vehemently resisting the re-sentencing of drug charges

Our attorneys are more than capable of navigating the complexity of the Texas legal system. You can rest assured that your case will not be lost in the Texas political arena.

Appeals/Post-Conviction Writs of Habeas Corpus/Innocence Claims

Are you entirely innocent of all charges that have been laid against you? Do you consider your conviction to be unjust? Take action and contact the Houston appeals lawyers at Hill Law Firm. They will guide you through the appeal and writs of habeas corpus process. Habeas corpus is a Latin phrase meaning “you have the body.” A writ is a court order that commands a government official, such as a warden, to produce a particular prisoner at a designated time and place so that the court can establish the legality of custody and determine whether or not to order the prisoner’s release.

Writs of habeas corpus are your last chance to raise arguments relating to your innocence or any possible mishandling of your case that you feel has significantly affected your constitutional rights. Reasons to apply for a writ might include ineffective assistance of counsel, prosecutorial misconduct, or procurement of new evidence that establishes innocence.

Post Conviction Writs of Habeas Corpus

To bring a post-conviction attack on a criminal conviction after the appellate process has ended, you must file a writ of habeas corpus. In order to do this, you must be able to show one of the following:

  • An error which will render the conviction void
  • A jurisdictional error
  • Violation of a constitutional right
  • Actual innocence (requires clear and convincing evidence after the hearing of which reasonable jury would convict you)

You are only able to pursue a second writ of habeas corpus under very limited circumstances, which might include:

1. Based on grounds that were not available when the first action was brought (such as new DNA evidence); or

2. You can establish that both your federal constitutional rights were violated, but for this violation no rational jury could reasonably find you guilty.

The Hill Law Firm | Why Experience Counts

You only have one chance to prove your innocence. The lawyers you hire are entrusted with preserving your life, future, and freedom, and you can count on our lawyers to provide you with the best service possible, giving you a much-needed advantage.

  1. We have extensive criminal defense experience.
  2. We have participated in numerous habeas corpus reviews.
  3. We have the necessary expertise to write a persuasive motion that is tailored to produce a positive response from the court.
  4. We diligently adhere to all deadlines and legal requirements to ensure fair and equitable treatment of your case, as seen under the law.

We understand the importance of your final appeal. It is the last legal avenue available to you that may lead to overcoming an improper conviction violation. We look forward to hearing from you. Our firm considers it an honor and a responsibility to promote justice for everyone; an honor that we gladly accept. Please contact our law offices today at (713) 352-1559.