Denton Criminal Defense Attorney

CRIMINAL LAW ATTORNEY SERVING DENTON & SURROUNDING AREAS

If you find yourself being handcuffed for a criminal offense in Texas, there are likely many things that will race through your mind. You will likely have questions about what will happen to your family and responsibilities, about your future, about how this incident will affect your job, about how you will secure your release, about how to defend yourself. It can be confusing, disorienting even. These questions and fears are certainly justified and need to be addressed quickly. You could face fines, jail time, probation and a permanent criminal record for crimes like theft, assault, possession of marijuana or other controlled substances, forgery, or even criminal mischief here in Texas.

If you or someone in your family is in a situation like this, the first thing to understand is that you do still have options and rights. Those rights include the right to legal counsel to aid in your defense in a court of law. If you are accused of a crime in Denton, Aubrey, Pilot Point, Sanger, Krum, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Anna, McKinney, Allen, The Colony, or the surrounding areas, Underwood Law Office is here to help. Brandi Underwood has practiced law in North Texas for the past ten years and is a member of the Denton County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Brandi is familiar with the criminal assistant district attorneys, court staff and judges in both Denton and Collin counties. Brandi understands Texas criminal law and the court system and can help you through the process by exposing weaknesses in the case against you and building a strong defense to help you secure the best possible outcome. For a free consultation about your case, contact Brandi to schedule a free consultation at 940.372.0931 or by filling out the online contact form.

Underwood Law Office offers criminal defense to individuals in North Texas accused of crimes such as:

DWI / DUI / Alcohol Related Crimes

If you’ve been charged with a DWI in the state of Texas, you need to act fast because you have just 14 days to file a request for an Administrative Law Review hearing to dispute the automatic suspension of your license. In the event that your driver’s license is suspended, Underwood Law Office can assist you in obtaining an Occupational Driver’s License which will allow you to drive to and from work and for necessary errands to transport your children, visit the doctor, shop for groceries or visit family while your driver’s license is suspended. Brandi can also guide you through the process of seeking reinstatement of your driver’s license when it becomes possible. Finally, Brandi can assist you in defending your rights or securing the best possible deal in the underlying DWI case before the court. There may be any number of ways Underwood Law Office can argue in your favor, including outlining improper procedures when you were pulled over, methods for challenging field sobriety tests and possible options for negotiating a reduced charge.

THEFT

In the state of Texas, theft is criminal charge for the act of taking the property of another without their permission and with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. Do not assume that because you obtained the stolen property from a third party and didn’t directly take it from the actual owner that you will not be charged or convicted with the offense of theft. Do not assume that you cannot be charged with a criminal offense if you are present when the theft occurs but you do not personally take any of the items stolen. If you are present during and aware of a criminal offense occurring and you do not take action to prevent the crime or notify the police you can be charged just as if you had personally stolen the items yourself. If you are accused of theft in Denton or Collin County, contact Underwood Law Office at 940.372.0931, or by filling out the online contact form for a free consultation about your case.

ASSAULT

Assault is one of the more serious crimes you can be accused of in the state of Texas as it carries with it some of the harshest penalties. The penalties may be increased if you are accused of assaulting a family member, if you have been convicted multiple times or if there was a firearm involved. Since these are relatively common offenses and may be a relatively minor physical altercation between, many people in Texas do not take the threat of assault as seriously as they should. However, if you are in an argument with someone while in possession of a firearm and you tap them on the chest emphatically to make a point, even though they were not harmed and the gun may not have been used or even displayed during the argument, you could be charged with a serious aggravated assault charge. Do not assume the charge will be declined or dismissed. Instead, contact an experienced and qualified criminal defense attorney like Brandi Underwood who has been serving North Texas for ten years.

BURGLARY OF A HABITATION, BUILDING OR VEHICLE

Burglary is the entry into a home, building or vehicle, which is not open to the public at the time, without the consent of the owner and with the intent to commit a felony, theft or an assault. Burglary is one of the most common offenses in Texas among both juveniles and adults. As it is such a common offense, it is often subject to enhancement based on previous convictions for the same or a similar offense. Again, you can be charged and convicted of a burglary when you are with another person or a group of people and you are not the person who broke in or entered the home, building or habitation. Brandi Underwood is well versed in negotiating favorable outcomes in burglary charges and the enhancements that often come with those charges.

POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/MARIJUANA

Today, marijuana laws across the country are changing, even as the current administration threatens to fight those changes. Now, people are legally obtaining marijuana in Colorado and other states and then bringing it into Texas. However, possession is still a crime in the state of Texas. Similar to theft or burglary, it is possible to be charged with possession of marijuana or a controlled substance even if you are not the person who is personally in possession of the substance. Under the law, possession amounts to having the ability to easily access the substance. This means that the presence of a drug in your home or vehicle, even if you did not personally place the drug there, even if you didn’t even know it was present, could result in you being charged with possession of marijuana or a controlled substance. If you’ve been caught with marijuana or any other controlled substances or are accused of having possession of a controlled substance, you deserve the chance to defend yourself in a court of law. Brandi Underwood understands that addiction is often at the heart of such cases and can help you explore your options. To consult your case, contact Underwood Law Office at 940.372.0931 or by filling out the online contact form

CREDIT CARD IR DEBIT CARD ABUSE

In Texas a person commits the offense of credit card or debit card abuse if, with the intent to obtain a benefit fraudulently, they present or use a credit card or debit card with the knowledge that the card has expired, been revoked or canceled, has not been issued to them or is fictitious or has a false number. Many possible defenses to this charge exist, including lack of knowledge that the card was expired, revoked, canceled or fictitious. Underwood Law Office can assist you in evaluating all the possible options for defending your case.

FORGERY

In the state of Texas, Forgery is changing information or providing false information designed to mislead another person for your own benefit or gain. It typically results in harm or certain actions being taken against the person who is being misled. The good news, if you are accused of Forgery, there are many arguments Brandi can make to defend you, including that the forgery was an accident, that someone else is responsible, or that there simply is not enough evidence for a conviction. Protect your future and rights by calling Underwood Law Office at 940.372.0931 or by filling out the online contact form.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

In Texas, destruction of property is considered criminal mischief. This could be the result of a damage during a hit and run accident, or the deliberate defacing (like keying) of property like an automobile. It could also be a charge for the destruction of property resulting from a domestic dispute. It’s a good idea to have an experienced criminal defense attorney like Brandi Underwood representing you for criminal charges. Though a criminal mischief charge may not seem serious, it can still result in a fine, a probationary period or in some cases even jail time.

CRIMINAL REPRESENTATION IN TEXAS

If you are accused of a crime in the state of Texas, your freedom is at stake. The best thing you can do is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area, like Brandi who will discuss your case personally and explore best options for you. If you are in Denton, Aubrey, Pilot Point, Sanger, Krum, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Anna, McKinney, Allen, The Colony, or any of the other surrounding areas and in need of a reputable, experienced, and dedicated criminal defense attorney, call today to schedule a free consultation with Brandi. There is no cost or obligation.

If you live in North Texas, contact Brandi Underwood for a free consultation and evaluation of your criminal defense case. With ten years of experience serving clients in Denton, Aubrey, Pilot Point, Sanger, Krum, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Anna, McKinney, Allen, The Colony, and the surrounding areas, Brandi has the compassion, legal expertise, and dedication to give you the defense you will need in the state of Texas. Call today at 940.372.0931 or fill out our online contact form.