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Reliable Houston law firm works to achieve the best possible outcomes for defendants

When you have been arrested, you need a resolute attorney on your side who will fight for your interests. At Mark W. White III, Attorney At Law in Houston, I’ve been helping people in Harris, Montgomery and Galveston counties who are being prosecuted for various misdemeanor and felony offenses for 20 years. I will scrutinize all the details of your alleged crime and build a powerful defense.

Trustworthy legal advisor assists with misdemeanor and felony offenses

Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies and typically carry significantly lighter sentences. Depending on the circumstances, some crimes can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony. For example, driving while intoxicated (DWI) rises to a felony charge upon the third offense. Possession of marijuana is a lesser drug crime if it’s under four ounces, but becomes a felony over that amount. Theft, battery and some sexual offenses are charged either as misdemeanors or felonies depending upon the facts of the case. If I can’t get your case dismissed, I will explore the options for having your charges reduced.

Communicative lawyer explains punishments in criminal cases

Within both misdemeanors and felonies, there are rising degrees of seriousness. Here are the general punishments for different degrees of crimes:

  • Possession of a small amount of marijuana, stalking and other Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000
  • Class A misdemeanor crimes are punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000
  • State jail felonies involve up to two years in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000
  • You can spend up to 10 years in prison for a third degree felony and pay up to $10,000
  • A person convicted of attempted murder or another second-degree felony may spend as much as 20 years in prison and pay up to $10,000
  • For first-degree felonies such as assaulting a child, the sentence is up to life imprisonment and a $10,000 fine
  • Capitol felonies, including murder, are punishable by life without parole or death.

I will fight to prove your innocence when that makes the most sense, and in other cases, do everything within my legal power to have your charges reduced.

High-quality law firm handles white collar matters

White-collar crimes such as fraud, embezzlement and other offenses may be prosecuted at the federal or state level, depending on the specific circumstances. How they will be prosecuted depends on factors such as where they occurred, whether the alleged illegal activity crossed state lines and more. For example, mail fraud is a federal crime because it uses interstate delivery services to defraud. Fraud can be a felony or misdemeanor offense depending on the crime and the state you live in. I will advise you about potential defenses to white collar crimes based on your unique case.   

Contact an effective Houston criminal law firm when you have been arrested

Houston lawyer Mark W. White III, Attorney At Law defends clients in Harris, Galveston and Montgomery counties in a wide variety of Texas criminal cases. To schedule a free consultation, call my firm at 281-888-0714 or contact me online

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