Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Garland TX
Texas Authorities Take Great Pride in Punishing You (Fair or Not) –Criminal Defense & DWI Lawyer Kent Starr Gets You a Fair Legal Outcome
It’s sad, but true – the Texas criminal justice system isn’t always out to do the fair thing. In rare cases, district attorneys set out to make an example of you to others.
In both situations, you can end up spending years in prison when you should in fact go free.
Take a look at this case example, where Kent Starr got a person charged with manslaughter (carries a 2-20 year sentence) a “not guilty” verdict from a jury:
A certain client approached Kent Starr for legal representation. At the time, he was charged with criminally negligent homicide (carries a prison sentence of 180 days – 2 years).
Now, this client admitted he was involved in a situation where the life of another was taken. However, he did not agree with the charges recommended by the Collin County, Texas district attorney.
So, he got in touch with Kent, who reviewed his case. He agreed that a prison sentence for the client’s actions was unacceptable. He contacted the district attorney. And after heated arguments, the district attorney instead re-indicted the client with the much more serious crime of manslaughter (carries a 2-20 year sentence)!
Kent already had an extensive background in these types of cases. He knew the district attorney’s real goal was to intimidate him into accepting a plea deal.
Many inexperienced criminal defense lawyers, and others who don’t care about their jobs, would advise the client to accept the offer. Most likely, the client would have spent at least a few years in prison.
However, Kent conducted legal research on similar cases. In these situations, the accused person did not go to prison at all. He presented that information to the district attorney and the judge presiding over the case. Both did not agree with Kent, and so the case went to a jury trial.
After a week-long court battle, the jury declared the client not guilty of manslaughter.
Fortunately for this client, even though the legal system was not trying to do the right thing, he had a skilled criminal defense attorney who cared passionately about his future.
Many people just like this client end up going to prison for years when they should in fact go home free!
Why Choose Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney Kent Starr?
It’s not every day you find a lawyer as committed to your justice as Kent Starr. Kent is one of those rare high-integrity individuals who always does what’s right, even if no one’s looking.
He’s been an intensely aggressive person much of his life. Law school is tough, no doubt. But while Kent attended, he was a Golden Gloves boxer and also earned a first-degree black-belt.
These days, he doesn’t fight physically anymore. But, since he can’t use aggression that way, he now puts 100% of it to use for you in the courtroom.
And that’s earned him one of the best reputations in the Texas legal system. Both peers and clients alike have a profound respect for Kent. Just Google “Kent Starr Texas” to read a number of independent reviews.
Don’t worry too much about Kent’s fierce nature, though. He saves that for his legal opponents.
When you talk to him in person, he’s actually a very kind and understanding guy. It’s his goal to get to know you and the facts of your case. And if he’s able to make a difference for you, you’ll also love his sense of humor (even during very serious and stressful times).
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Kent needs to know the unique circumstances of your case to learn if he can help.
And if he can, you can expect the very best legal representation available in Garland, TX.
Kent can’t guarantee you a better legal outcome than other criminal defense attorneys. But he very often helps clients do better than they would have if they hired other lawyers.
Don’t play around with your future!
Contact Garland, TX criminal defense and DUI attorney Kent Starr today!
Just call 214-982-1408 or contact him with this online form.
Possible DWI/DUI Defenses Kent May Use If He Takes on Your Case
The first thing you need to know is that defending your DUI/DWI case is not going to be cheap. Your legal fines and expenses will run at least $10,000.
Here are some strategies Kent may use to come to your defense:
1. Challenging the Traffic Stop
A law officer must have a “reasonable and articulate basis” that you have somehow violated the law when driving your vehicle. If the traffic stop is in fact unreasonable, any evidence obtained in the case is not admissible within court.
2. Challenge the Officer’s Suspicion You Were Under the Influence of Drugs and/or Alcohol
The officer needs to show they smelled alcohol, you had slurred speech, or your eyes appeared bloodshot. However, a medical condition, allergies, or prescription medication could have caused these conditions. If that’s the case, you can have field sobriety, breathalyzer, or blood tests ruled inadmissible in court.
The prosecution can still continue with its case, but it will be difficult to prove your BAC was above the legal limit without this evidence.
3. Challenge the Field Sobriety Test
Unfortunately, these tests are often inaccurate. For example, if you are obese, uncoordinated, have an illness, very anxious, or if there’s nasty weather out, those all could affect the results of your field sobriety test. They aren’t always accurate – even in the case of perfectly healthy individuals.
If you can show the tests were not valid or the results inaccurate, this may successfully defend your case.
4. Question the Officer’s Ability to Read Your Miranda Rights
“You have the right to remain silent…” begins your Miranda rights. It doesn’t happen very often, but some officers do fail to read your rights. If this is the case, you have a good chance of having any charges against you dropped.
5. Questions Whether Your Breath Test Was Voluntary
A breath test must be given voluntarily, and not coerced out of you by an officer. This is difficult to prove, but if your officer issues you a command to “Give him a breath test right now, then you may not have given it voluntarily. Some officers have a disciplinary record that can involve previous incidences of this, which gives you a better chance of winning your case.
Top Mistakes Garland, TX DWI Defense Lawyers Make And How You Can Avoid Them
These are some of the most common mistakes they might make, and what you can do about them:
1. Not Explaining All the Possible Penalties You Face
You know you’ll be facing significant fines, license suspension or revocation, and possibly jail time. But you can also lose your ability to rent a car. Your insurance rates will skyrocket. And you may lose your job (likely so if it involves driving a lot of the time).
It’s important to be aware of these penalties and your lawyer should explain them to you without you having to ask.
2. Having You be a Witness
In most DWI cases, this is not a good idea. Since you’re not experienced, you may appear nervous, which makes people think you’re guilty or have something to hide. Police officers have experience testifying in court, so they tend to look competent and trustworthy.
Guess who the jury will believe more in most cases? However, it is a good idea for you to testify if it’s important to the outcome of your case – to place a reasonable doubt in the jury’s mind. If your testimony directly contradicts that of the officer, that’s one situation where it makes sense for you to testify.
3. Showing the Officer Lied
In most cases, trying to defend yourself this way does not work. Most jurors believe police officers tell the truth. If your lawyer attempts to show he lied, it makes your lawyer look bad to the jury.
The jury doesn’t ever want to believe the police officer lied!
To win your case, it’s not necessary to show the officer lied. All you have to show is that this time, the officer made a mistake. That’s enough to put reasonable doubt in the mind of the jury.
Get the Best (and a Fair) Legal Outcome! Learn Your Defense with a FREE Consultation from Garland, TX DWI Attorney Kent Starr
Because Kent has such a high level of personal integrity, he only takes on cases where he knows you deserve a better legal outcome than you face now. He’s not the type of lawyer to get you off of legitimate charges through legal technicalities.
Learn how Kent can help you by calling 214-982-1408 or contacting him online.