Criminal Defense

DRUG OFFENSES

Drug crimes are serious offenses in Texas. A possible jail sentence and a criminal record may only be the beginning of your troubles. A drug crime conviction can have a negative impact on your employment, finances and personal life. Therefore, it is important to have an experienced attorney who will fight for you.

Drug charges can range from possession of a small amount of a substance to participation in a large, ongoing enterprise manufacturing or distributing drugs. At Cooks Law Firm, we are dedicated and prepared to guide you through the maze of the legal system, relieving you of some of the stress of the experience.

No matter how small or large your drug case is, the backing of a skilled, prepared and dedicated attorney is necessary. Don't take chances with your record or your freedom. If you have been charged with a drug related offense, contact Cooks Law Firm at 469-513-1590.

THEFT CRIMES

Theft - the nonconsensual taking of another person's property. This term is sometimes used as an umbrella term encompassing larceny, burglary, robbery, embezzlement, looting, and similar crimes.

Burglary is generally entering a building or residence without consent with the intention of committing theft or a felony. However, it is not required that another offense actually be committed.

Robbery is committing or attempting to commit theft either threatening or causing bodily injury.

Aggravated Robbery is robbery with either using or displaying a deadly weapon or causing serious bodily injury.

In the most general terms, White Collar offenses refer to theft or embezzlement by corporate employees.

If you or someone you know has been accused of or charged with a theft-related offense, contact Cooks Law Firm at 469.513.4299 for a free one-hour legal consultation.

DWI/DUI

There is no doubt that it takes an aggressive defense to get fair results in DWI cases. It takes research of each individual case, cutting cross-examination, diligence and awareness of what the police do to deceive juries. When police enter the time of stop in police reports, they often put the time they finish the stop. That way it appears that the individual was out late, when they would have been in bed long before had they not been stopped. I look for and recognize these deceptions so that the truth can and will come out for my clients.

At my law firm, we are doing good things for the right reasons. We do the right thing in a professional manner, so that the jury will understand the real truth. If you expect to be treated fairly at the courthouse, you need someone who is really on your side and really understands DWI laws.

Don't plead guilty without learning your legal rights! A "drunk driving" conviction could remain on your driving and criminal record for LIFE. Remember: drinking and then driving is NOT a crime (at least for adults) in many states. The crime comes from IMPAIRED driving, or an unlawful breath/blood alcohol level. Approximately 1.5 million DWI charges are filed each year. Criminal charges against many have been dismissed or found not guilty by a judge or jury.

If you or someone you know has been accused of or charged with a DWI/DUI offense, contact Cooks Law Firm at 469.513.4299 for a free one-hour legal consultation.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Imagine this situation: The police are dispatched to a domestic violence call. Upon arrival, the police will label one person the victim and the other a suspect. Usually, the first person to talk to the police is labeled the victim. One person, usually the wife or girlfriend, tells the police that she was assaulted by her husband or boyfriend and he is then carted off to jail. Later, the "victim" will tell the prosecutor and the accused person's attorney that she would like to "drop the charges."

"Dropping charges" is not as simple as it sounds.

In a Texas criminal case, only the prosecutor has the authority to dismiss it. The prosecutor is not required to dismiss a charge at the victim's request. In a family violence case, it is possible for the state to prosecute a defendant, and convict him, without the assistance of the victim. Sometimes, a spouse or girlfriend can be forced to testify against the other and the initial statements to the police or other witnesses may be introduced as evidence in the trial.

Prosecutors often try to coerce the "victim" to testify against the "suspect" by threatening to file criminal charges against the "victim." When a spouse tells a prosecutor that she initially lied to the police when she said she was assaulted, prosecutors have been known to threaten to arrest the wife and charge her with filing a false police report. The wife is then put in the position of do I tell the truth or go to jail?

In most domestic violence cases, bonds are set extremely high. Do not post the bond until inquiring if an attorney can get the bond amount lowered.

If you or someone you know has been accused of or charged with a domestic violence offense, contact Cooks Law Firm at 469.513.4299 for a free one-hour legal consultation.

EXPUNCTIONS & NON-DISCLOSURES

Background checks-once reserved only for "top secret" employment positions, are now a common practice for all jobs, scholarships, apartment rentals, loan applications and more. Anyone with access to the internet can look up your criminal history with just a few clicks of a mouse. That has huge ramifications for all Texas residents. It is vital to know what is in your criminal record and, where appropriate, act to clean up that record.

You may have a criminal record even though you did nothing wrong. Many people are forced to deal with the consequences of a criminal record even though they were found not guilty or if the case was dismissed by the State before a trial. In some cases, you may simply have been the victim of identity theft with another using your information when dealing with police. In all of these cases, even though there was not a conviction, the damage may still exist on your record.

Many others are hounded by past mistakes. Countless residents who pled guilty or were convicted of crimes diligently paid their debt and are working to move on with their lives. Yet, the damage preserved in their criminal record acts as a roadblock again and again.

No matter what your situation, everyone should understand the tools available to give themselves a clean slate.

We Can Also Help With:

Organized CrimeCredit Card AbuseCounterfeiting
ProstitutionPublic LewdnessIndecent Exposure
ArsonStalkingHarassment
Tampering With EvidenceBriberyTheft
ExtortionUnauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
Firearms OffensesBail JumpingEmbezzlement
White Collar CrimesBank FraudMurder, Manslaughter, Homicide
Weapons OffensesComputer CrimesInsurance Fraud
Mortgage FraudMoney LaunderingMail and Wire Fraud
ConspiracyGamblingAssault Offenses
SolicitationKidnappingFalse Imprisonment