After you have been in jail, you probably feel anxious and fearful about your case and about the future. it's reasonable to feel anxious and fearful of what's going to happen. Sitting in jail is no fun and all you have time to do is think. You feel regret for what happened and fear for what might happen. Jail is disorienting and shocking. I am very aware of the anxiety that exists in the days following an arrest. Much of the anxiety comes from the uncertainty, and getting your questions answered can relieve a lot of the stress.
I've met and helped so many people who have been in this very spot. You need guidance on how things will go. When you know what is ahead, much of the anxiety will dissolve. Whether it is your very first arrest or you have been arrested previously, you'll need a strategy to minimize the damage a criminal case could have on your life. If you or a loved one is facing this situation, contact me and we will sit down and discuss it. Having a plan and a strategy is crucial, both for the defense of your case and your well-being.
If you or a loved one has been arrested and is facing a criminal charge, or a DWI. Or any other charge, in Fort Worth, you should call Andrew Deegan Attorney at Law immediately so I can start protecting your rights and preparing your defense.
It is very important to me to develop relationships with my clients to build trust, and to make sure that we are both on the same page. Each client is an individual priority to me. I have a small, boutique law firm for this reason. I do not have any lawyers working for me. I work on all of my cases personally. I show up to court for all of my clients. I make it a priority to know all of my cases very well.
There are two promises I will make and keep. I promise you is that I will relentlessly fight for you, and I promise you that I will always make the time to communicate with you about your case and answer your questions. I will never promise you anything that I cannot deliver. When you contact me, we will have a one-on-one meeting, and I’ll take the opportunity to get to know you and the circumstances of your case.
Each case is different, just as each client is different. After reviewing your case, I will give you honest and clear guidance about how to resolve your case in the best possible way. We will discuss the ideal strategy to achieve your objectives.
I will carefully listen to you and evaluate your situation. I will develop your defenses. Throughout the process, I will keep you updated as the case progresses. I tackle every case with the same devotion, persistence, and the highest ethical standards possible. When you engage me as your criminal defense attorney, you can expect to be treated with the courtesy and care you deserve. To ensure the best possible outcome for my clients:
- I emphasize the client-attorney connection
- I only take on clients that I know can benefit from my services
- I give your case personalized and meticulous attention
When your case goes to court, you'll need a lawyer who you trust and who can show you results, because it is your life on the line. You’ll need a lawyer who is effective in the courtroom and has had great results in the past. The decision of which lawyer to hire is very important. There is a lot at stake.
Have you been arrested over the weekend? Have you been arrested very late at night or on a holiday? Give me a call. If I am not in the office, my answering service picks up 24/7. If I’m not there, I will return your call promptly. My office is available to take your call at any time.
Your choice of attorney will have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Time is of the essence, and you need to decide quickly. If you or a loved one has recently been arrested, please contact me right away.
Whenever your future is on the line, you wouldn't want a criminal defense lawyer who has never seen the inside of a courtroom or who does not have trial experience. It has been my job to fight criminal matters in the courtroom. That's something I've done successfully for many years as a criminal defense attorney in Fort Worth. You need a lawyer with extensive criminal trial experience. You need one that has handled many jury trials and won. I have tried all kinds of cases, both misdemeanors and serious felonies.
The prosecution presents the case. The defense lawyer tries to destroy it. Effective defense lawyers are hardworking, creative, and persistent. To prove a case against a person, the prosecution must prove that someone is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Everyone has heard this phrase before. This is the standard of proof in a criminal jury trial throughout Texas and the United States. What does reasonable doubt mean? It simply means that any doubt about any aspect of the case is sufficient for a jury to say Not Guilty. Part of my job is to identify the holes in their case, and highlight these flaws to the jury, and to do so in a forceful and convincing way.
There are many aspects to consider in evaluating a criminal case, and each case is unique. The law stays the same, but the story of each case is always unique. Cases are never identical. Each case requires a creative and thoughtful approach. This depends on many factors. I always start with the story, told to me by my client. I take notes and ask questions to develop a sense of the case. But there will be another story as well, the story from the police. Police reports only tell a police officer’s side of the story. Police sometimes ignore parts of the story that are very important to the defense. Because of this, a criminal defense lawyer needs to do their own investigation. This requires an attorney who gets to work quickly, because evidence can often be destroyed or compromised.
Although not every case ends up in a jury trial, if a criminal defense attorney is ineffective in trial, he or she will not be very effective at anything else. This cannot be overstated. Many cases resolve in plea bargains that avoid jury trials, but the lawyers who have not shown prosecutors that they can prevail in a jury trial do not have the same ability to secure the best plea deals. If prosecutors know that a defense lawyer has hesitation about trial and will eventually fold, there is not the same incentive to offer favorable plea deals. In a jury trial, there are many skills that a great defense lawyer must possess. Here are a few very important skills:
- Communicating with the jury effectively and honestly in a way that establishes credibility.
- Telling the story of the case effectively and powerfully
- Understanding the law that applies to the case and succinctly making legal arguments to the judge
- Questioning witnesses who testify, especially cross-examining prosecution witnesses like police officers
Jury trials are the crucial backbone to our justice system, but not every case ends up in a jury trial. This is simply impossible with the overwhelming number of cases that end up in the courts. In many cases, working a case out before trial is the right move.
Whatever your case looks like, there will be a creative and thoughtful way to approach it. I frequently get very good results on cases in the before trial, even on cases that clients consider lost causes or bad cases. There are many ways a criminal defense lawyer can with any given case. This is where the craft and skill show up during plea negotiations. I'll work with you to guarantee that your rights are protected and that you are given the best shot to succeed. In situations involving DWI and other criminal accusations, I will vigorously fight for you to avoid harsh punishments since a conviction might have far-reaching consequences for years, if not decades.
It is important to retain a criminal defense lawyer soon after the arrest. The earlier you call me, the earlier we will start building your strong and comprehensive defense.