San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney
If you’re facing criminal charges, your freedom, your rights, and your reputation are on the line. Don’t face the State of Texas alone. Hiring a San Antonio criminal defense attorney can be your best opportunity to rebuild your life. If you or someone you love is facing a criminal charge, contact us now to schedule your free consultation.
Getting Arrested and Charged with a Crime Is the Start of a Long Journey
If you’re arrested and charged with a crime, you’re at the start of a long journey through the Texas court system. There’s a lot on the line. You could lose your job. You could be evicted. You could lose custody or your children. If you’re a college student, you could be expelled and prevented from returning. You could also lose your right to vote, to own a gun, or the ability to qualify for federal student loans.
With all of that stress comes pressure from the State. Should you plead? What happens if you go to trial? Does the State really have enough to prove your guilt? Should you really trust that law enforcement can and will follow through on their offer to help you or to tell the prosecutor that you cooperated?
Ask yourself whether you should put your freedom and your future into the hands of a public defender. Most Texas public defenders do their best to help, but they often have few resources and our severely overworked. San Antonio criminal defense attorney Kurt Gransee has the distinct job of looking out for your best interest while mounting a vigorous defense to protect your freedom and your rights.
How Will a Criminal Charge Affect a Professional?
If you’re a professional and you’re facing a criminal charge, you won’t necessarily be cut any slack by the Prosecutor. In fact, you could lose your job and any professional license you hold. Professionals should consult with a San Antonio criminal defense attorney to determine whether a dismissal is probable with a zealous defense.
How to Choose a San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney
Not all Texas criminal defense lawyers are the same. When you’re looking to hire a lawyer, look for the following traits:
- The lawyer is a well-respected member of the south Texas legal community.
- The lawyer has verifiable experience handling the type of charge or charges you’re facing.
- The lawyer has a verifiable track record of success with the type of charge or charges you’re facing.
- The lawyer treats you like a person and takes the time to answer your questions and explain the process.
- The lawyer is willing and able to mount a vigorous defense that fits your circumstances.
- A lawyer with both negotiation and trial experience.
While not mandatory, you can also look for an attorney who offers free consultations. This can be an important step to help you determine if the lawyer is someone you feel like you can trust. It’s imperative that you feel like you can be totally truthful with your lawyer. Here at Rush & Gransee, we offer free consultations for all criminal defense matters.
How Are Crimes Classified in Texas?
Crimes are classified as felonies and misdemeanors. Texas uses determinate sentencing. This means that the State has sentencing guidelines that help determine the punishment for a crime. Here are the classifications from lease serious to most serious:
- Class C misdemeanor – fines of no more than $500 and no jail sentence.
- Class B misdemeanor – fines of up to $2,000, up to 180 days in county jail, and up to three years of probation.
- Class A misdemeanor – fines of up to $4,000, up to a year in the county jail, and up to three years of probation.
- State jail felony – This is a state crime that doesn’t fit into the felony degree classification system. You could be ordered to pay a fine of up $2,000, spend between 180 days and two years in jail, and you may be subject to probation.
- Third degree felony – fines of up to $10,000, a prison sentence between two and ten years, and the possibility of probation.
- Second degree felony – fines of up to $10,000, a prison sentence between 2 – 20 years, and the possibility of probation.
- First degree felony – fines of up to $10,000, a prison sentence between 5 – 99 years (or life), and the possibility of probation.
- Capital felony – life imprisonment or the death penalty.
What Factors Are Considered During Sentencing?
Ultimately, no two charges are alike. The facts surrounding the situation can mean that some, all, or none of these factors are considered during sentencing. This is another reason why it is vital for you to seek out the help of an experienced south Texas criminal defense lawyer. The factors include:
- Whether you’re a first-time offender
- Whether you’re considered a repeat offender
- Whether you are considered an accomplice or the main suspect
- Whether someone was harmed
- Whether the commission of the crime was unlikely to cause injury to anyone
- Whether the suspect was suffering from mental illness, including extreme stress
- Whether the suspect acted in a way that would be considered especially cruel or destructive
- Whether the suspect appears remorseful for what happened
If you’ve been arrested and you’re being charged with a criminal offense, schedule your free consultation with our south Texas criminal defense lawyers. Know your rights. Let us help you protect your freedom and your future!
An experienced San Antonio criminal defense attorney can make the difference between going to jail and going free, or the difference between a clean record and a criminal conviction that will haunt you for years to come.
Kurt Gransee is a former assistant district attorney and Bexar County DWI Task Force prosecutor who has defended the accused for more than 25 years. He is knowledgeable about the Texas Penal Code and local criminal justice system in San Antonio and surrounding jurisdictions. He leverages those insights to protect your rights and mitigate the consequences of an arrest or criminal investigation.
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If you are accused of a criminal offense in Bexar County, call and speak with a dedicated San Antonio criminal defense attorney at the law firm of Rush & Gransee, L.C., at (210) 239-0771.
You Will Benefit From an Experienced San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney
We handle the full spectrum ranging from serious felony to misdemeanor offenses, including:
- DWI (drunk driving)
- Drug crimes
- Sex offenses
- Assault or domestic violence
- Fraud and white collar crimes
- Theft offenses
- Probation violations
- Computer crimes
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You have legal and constitutional rights that need to be protected from the moment you become a suspect in a crime. While we cannot guarantee a particular result, we can assure you that we will put our experience to work defending the charges against you and protecting your valuable and inalienable rights. One of the most valuable rights is the right to remain silent and to not answer questioning by a police officer or prosecutor. This right must be properly invoked to be effective.
When interviewing a criminal law attorney, make sure that you are not feeling rushed to make a decision and that the lawyer will put your interests first. Make sure that the lawyer has the office facilities and staff to prepare a thorough defense. It is preferable if the lawyer has a full-time secretary to assist and not just answer phones. A qualified defense lawyer should have a modern library and a portfolio of motions to be deployed in your defense. Too many lawyers rely on outdated seminars and manuals to evaluate their clients’ potential defenses.
Getting a great result for a criminal defendant takes time, effort and cunning. Cases will usually improve with the passage of time, as opposed to accepting the first plea offer. By preparing for a trial, we find and exploit the weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case to put you in the best position to win an acquittal, get the case dismissed or negotiate the best possible deal.
Work One-On-One With a Top San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney
Being accused of a crime is a frightening and stressful event. The prosecutor will attempt to use all evidence, however it was obtained, to find you guilty. You need a lawyer who can challenge that evidence from every angle. Kurt Gransee has been designated by S.A. Scene magazine as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in San Antonio. He personally handles your case and keeps you informed of your options throughout the process.
Contact our law firm today to arrange a free initial consultation.
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