McDaniel Legal

1220 Blalock Rd., Suite 300
Houston, TX 77055


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criminal defense frequently asked questions

The Police are calling. What do I do?

If you are under investigation or suspected of committing a crime, CALL OUR OFFICE. Mr. McDaniel can speak to the Police for you. You are under no obligation to talk to the Police.

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The Police are at my door. Do I have to let them in?

If the Police are at your house, CALL OUR OFFICE. Unless the Police have a search warrant, you are under no obligation to allow their entry.

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There is a warrant for my arrest or I've been arrested. What do I do?

If there is a warrant for your arrest, CALL OUR OFFICE. We can guide you through this process. You will need to contact a bonding company . If you have been arrested, a bond company can bond you out of jail. If you have not been arrested, the bond company can post a bond for you and possibly shorten the booking process at jail. 

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What happens in Court?

After arrest, you will be scheduled for an Arraignment. At this short hearing, you will appear before a Judge and formally be advised what the charges are against you. Your bond may be reviewed and a Plea of Not Guilty will typically be automatically entered in your case. At your next court date, Mr. McDaniel will be given the opportunity to speak with a Prosecutor (Attorney for the State, City or entity filing the charge against you) to discuss the charges filed against you. At some point, Mr. McDaniel will be given the opportunity to review the evidence in possession of the Prosecutor. Mr. McDaniel will then evaluate the strength or weakness of the charge against you and discuss your options, which typically involve entering into a Plea Agreement with the Prosecutor or setting your case for a Trial, where the Prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Do I need a Lawyer?

Absolutely. Whether it is a case in Municipal Court like a bad check or traffic ticket or a case in County or District Court, lawyers will not only protect your constitutional rights, they will also advise you of your options and the consequences of your actions.

For instance, many people do not realize that paying a fine for a traffic ticket or bad check will result in a conviction. A lawyer may be able to help you avoid receiving a conviction. 

Note > some counties will allow you to talk to the Prosecutor yourself. THIS IS BAD. It is my opinion that you should never speak to a Prosecutor without a lawyer present. A Prosecutor is not there to act in your best interest. They are there to prosecute you. Anything you say to a Prosecutor can be used against you in court. A lawyer will be able to explain to you what your options are and what the consequences of your actions are.

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