Andrew Deegan DWI Attorney / Criminal Defense
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I provide High-Level Criminal Defense that Gets Results. My Practice Focuses on my Clients. I Listen to my Clients, and Pursue the Outcomes They Want
I practice DWI Defense and Criminal Defense in Fort Worth and surrounding cities and counties. I have consistently been recognized by the legal community as an outstanding attorney that gets phenomenal results. Over and over, my clients are thrilled with the outcomes to their cases that I provide and give me great reviews. I have an Avvo rating of 10/10, which is the highest available rating. I am driven to work hard for my clients and for their families. My practice centers on helping my clients and their families get out of difficult situations. My approach and philosophy is simple. I focus on communicating with my clients. I make sure that my they know exactly what is happening with their criminal defense. I go to great lengths to fight relentlessly for my clients to secure the best possible outcome.
If You’ve Been Arrested, Come See Me
If you have been arrested for DWI, or for any other crime, that comes with pain and anxiety. Getting arrested and going to jail is a very anxious event. In jail, all that you have is time to think about it and dwell on what went wrong. In these bleak moments you feel shocked and powerless. I have met countless people who find themselves in this situation. I know exactly what to do. From my experience, what you need is answers. Whether this is your first time to get arrested, or you’ve been through this before, you need a plan. If you or a family member are going through this, having a roadmap and a plan means everything. The simple act of knowing how things will go will calm and center you.
My Approach as a Criminal Defense Lawyer
From the time we first meet and I hear your story, I am shaping your case. I am thinking about the closing argument for your trial. This doesn’t mean that your case will end in a jury trial, but, from the beginning, I am thinking about how to tell your story and frame your case. When we first meet, we will discuss the goals of your case and develop a plan for your defense. We will assess your case and identify both the strengths and the weaknesses. There are two things that I can promise you from the beginning. The first is that I will be there with you throughout your case. I make myself available to you to discuss your case, and I can always be reached to answer your questions. The second promise is I will fight relentlessly for you. I am a skilled and driven criminal defense lawyer. If you decide to go with me, there will not be an aspect of your case that I have not closely examined. There will not be an angle that I will not consider. And if we do go to trial, I assure you that I will be the most prepared person in the courtroom. I will know more about your case than anyone else.
I am Always Available to My Clients
I make it a priority to communicate with my clients and inform them about what is happening as their case winds through the criminal justice system. I know that there are a lot of questions along the way and I am there to answer all the questions you or your family may have. From the first time that we meet, I will assure you will have a clearer idea of how your case will go. I will sit down with you and with your family, if you choose to include them. I make it a priority to explain the criminal defense process clearly and patiently. Regardless of whether you are charged with DWI or any other crime, I will walk you through the entire process, from arrest until the end of the case. There are too many lawyers that do not explain to clients what is going on with their case. I have seen this too often and this is not how I operate. Read the testimonials from my clients below to see what my actual clients say about how I make myself available and walk them through their case.
I Will Fight for You
When I get retained on a criminal case, you and I will establish the goals of the defense. My goal is to assess the case, and then to pursue and obtain the best possible result depending on the facts of the case. I investigate my cases completely, and consider all facets of every case. Each charge is different and every case requires a unique defense and a unique approach. An attorney that takes the same approach to every case is not getting the best results.
Getting a great result requires a lot of effort and a lot of hard work and dedication. It also requires going above and beyond and continuing to learn the latest techniques. I am constantly learning and growing as an attorney. It is my passion to study new tactics and learn new techniques and approaches from great lawyers. I spend a great deal of time away from the courtroom reading and studying. For defending the modern DWI or drug case, a criminal defense lawyer must understand and know how to attack the science. Whether it is a blood test or breath test or a chemical analysis of a controlled substance, confronting and scrutinizing scientific evidence is everything.
Victory Can Mean Different Outcomes
I consistently get great results for my clients. However, there is not just one way to win a criminal case. As discussed above, every case is different and must be handled and defended on its own merits. A victory can mean different things, depending on the facts of the case. A victory can mean a Not Guilty verdict at a jury trial. A victory can mean a dismissal of the case. However, a victory can also mean a reduction of the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. A victory can mean getting deferred adjudication and keeping a conviction from your record. A victory can mean keeping you out of jail or prison. All cases must be defended aggressively. But, the approach to each case will be determined by the facts of the case as well as what the client wants. When we meet, we will talk about your defense and identify the positive and negative aspects of your case. We will discuss your goals and discuss the possibilities of reaching those goals during the first time we talk.
What Do My Clients Say About Me?
I love battling for my clients and I love helping people. I am so grateful that my clients allow me to work for them and fight for them. Here are some of my many positive reviews from actual clients. It gives me so much satisfaction to hear from them and read the things they write for me. These are all actual reviews that you can read on google, and I am so proud of them. Here are just a few of the reviews that my clients write for me.
“Andrew is a great attorney to work with. He is a very good listener and has a way of making you feel good about everything. He is very confident and shoots it straight. He is very attentative with communication and does what he says he is going to do. I knew when I met him for the first time, he was meant to help me and he did quite a bit. I will always think of him if I ever need help with advice or counsel in the future.”
“Andrew Deegan is a skilled attorney. My family required his services, and he did not disappoint. He has great communication skills and is very reasonable. He gave reliable advise and was always punctual. I would definitely recommend him to family and friends.”
“I called Andrew in a panic on a Sunday morning to handle a case regarding a DWI probation and Motion to Revoke. He handled our case in a very professional manner, was very efficient and got us results better than we ever expected. He also made himself available to assist us with other issues we we needed resolved afterwards. His dedication to his clients is apparent and I would highly recommend him.”
“Andrew is an amazing attorney. He treats every person and case as if it were the only one he was working on and operates with his clients' best interest in mind. There is no attorney that rivals his work ethic, accessibility, and personality.”
“I would have to say that this guy is maybe the best I've seen or heard of. If anyone feels that there situation is done and nothing good can come from it "think again"!! He was readily available at all times, allowed me to make the final decision, clearly laid out the possibilities, and stuck with me not only through the process but also after. All thumbs up!!!!!”
“Mr. Deegan did an excellent job with my DWI cases. It was a tough caseload, and it ended far better than I could have expected. Honest guy and easy to work with, highly recommend.”
“ANDREW IS AWESOME. As ya'll can tell by all the other reviews.. you wouldn't be making a mistake hiring this guy. He's not only just an awesome person to talk to but he goes above and beyond FOR you. He was always available to talk/text regarding any questions I had (no matter how stupid I felt they were, he assured me they weren't). He could tell I was nervous before court a few times and took a moment to talk with me about it to calm me down. He's straight forward and doesn't BS you with lawyer babble. This is a real guy just doing his job - and he does it awesomely. I hope I won't need his services in the future - but in the event I do, I will go back to him every single time.”
I Handle All Kinds of Cases
I have successfully handled all kinds of criminal defense cases in many different County and District Courts, both across North Texas and across the state, and I defend people of all misdemeanors and felony charges. Examine all the content I have on all the charges I defend under the Criminal Defense tab at the top of the page. Much of my practice is defending DWI cases, and I have effectively resolved DWI cases in many different courtrooms. However, I also have experience defending assault cases and drug cases of all shapes and sizes. I have taken many misdemeanors and felonies to trial. I have negotiated many different kinds of pleas and reduced charges on all kinds of cases.
Where Do I Practice?
My office is in Fort Worth, Texas. Most my cases are in Tarrant County and Parker County, but I also have successfully resolved criminal cases all over the state. I practice criminal defense in all surrounding Counties. I have taken cases in all the surrounding Counties in North Texas, including Dallas, Johnson, Denton, Palo Pinto, Wise, and Ellis. I have also handled cases in different parts of the states and I will travel anywhere in Texas. I handle all state and federal cases across the metroplex and across the state. I work in the following cities: Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Weatherford, Bedford, Burleson, Grapevine, Euless, Hurst, Keller, Azle, Crowley, Mansfield, White Settlement, and many other cities and towns. If you or a family member are accused of a crime, call my office to discuss the charge.
DWI can be a misdemeanor or a felony, but even first-time drinking and driving charges can be life-altering. Aside from getting arrested, which is horrible, a DWI can mean jail time or probation and fines and court costs and surcharges. Even while a person’s DWI court case is pending, there can be impactful consequences. Right off the bat, there is a DPS license suspension to confront. Depending on the circumstances, there could be a requirement to get the ignition interlock device installed. There will be a series of court settings. DWI can negatively impact many areas of your life, but do not fret. When you hire a very skilled DWI attorney who can weave through this maze, much of this headache can be minimized.
Drugs can affect both the lives of those directly involved and the lives of family members and those close to them. Drug charges include both possession, manufacture, and sale of controlled substances. There are many illegal drugs and prescription drugs that are controlled in Texas, and they are listed in the Texas Health and Safety Code. Controlled substances include well-known central nervous system stimulants such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and other amphetamines. They also include opioids or opiates such as heroin, hydrocodone, and fentanyl. There are well-known substances, but there are also many that are not well-known. There are hundreds of controlled substances broken into four groups. Defending drug charges in Texas requires knowledge of the chemistry and knowledge of law, and how to negotiate great offers and prevail in litigation.
Assault can be a misdemeanor or a felony. The definition of assault means to cause bodily injury. Bodily injury in Texas simply means pain. Assault bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor. If the alleged victim is a family member, the charge is assault family violence, discussed below. However, if serious bodily injury is alleged or use of a deadly weapon is present, the charge will be aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is either a second-degree or a first-degree felony. Defending assault charges often requires meticulous and detailed investigation and lawyering. Reconstructing events and developing a theory of the case is a lawyering skill that is a must for most assault charges. This is because—although there can be photographs and other visual evidence—much of the evidence of an assault charge is testimonial, one person’s word against another person’s word. A conviction for an assault charge looks bad on a person’s record, and it is important to fight the charges.
Domestic violence is what people refer to when they are talking about assault family violence in Texas. This is assault against a family member. Family member is broadly defined in the Texas Family Code and is written broadly to include former dating partners as well as roommates. Domestic violence is a very serious misdemeanor because of the collateral implications. If convicted of assault family violence, a person is banned from for life owning a firearm under federal law. Moreover, if a person has a previous conviction for assault family violence, any subsequent charge will now be a felony. This is a very serious and very quick enhancement. Domestic violence charges can also affect child custody, employment, and finding a place to live.
There are several different kinds of weapons crimes in Texas. Weapons charges can involve both Texas and Federal law. Discharging a weapon illegally can also be a crime. Some weapons are completely illegal such as brass knuckles and other things. The second amendment to the U.S Constitution protects the right to own and possess a firearm in all fifty states. However, the right to carry a firearm is still restricted, and unlawfully carrying a weapon is a charge that people get arrested for and charged with every day. If you are arrested for another underlying crime such as assault, and you are employing a weapon or a deadly weapon in commission of the crime, your underlying charge will be enhanced.
Theft doesn’t just mean stealing someone’s purse. Theft crimes can be either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the amount in question. Sometimes if an object is the item in question, such as a vehicle, the amount can be high, and the charge can be high. There are different types of theft crimes, including embezzlement, burglary, and robbery. The legal difference between robbery and burglary is that robbery carries with it the threat of imminent violence. Theft crimes are considered crimes of moral turpitude, crimes that are deemed to tarnish a person’s morality. A conviction for any theft crime can really hurt your future. A conviction for a theft can impact your employment opportunities or where you can live. If you are charged with a theft crime, it is very important to hire an attorney from the outset and work to avoid a conviction.
Sex crimes are some of the most severe and carry the most stigma of all the crimes. Sex crimes require skill and discretion on the part of the criminal defense lawyer. Sex crimes are felonies, and carry the prospect of prison, although probation can also be available. A conviction for a sex crime can haunt you for the rest of your life. Not only is prison a possibility, but certain offenses require sex offender registration for life. It is crucial from the very beginning of an investigation to consult with and retain an attorney who is capable of handling these very serious charges that can critically upend your life in every possible way.
Recent Criminal Case Results
Here are some of my actual and recent case results with actual case numbers. Most of these are Tarrant County case numbers, although results from other counties, when mentioned, are identified. The names of my clients have been abbreviated for their privacy.
Case No. 1430788
Charges: Driving While Intoxicated
Result: Not Guilty
Client had a blood test above the legal limit and admitted having two beers at a local bar. My client had just left he bar when he was arrested. The blood draw was shortly after driving. At the end of the case, I was able to help the jury see that there were reasonable doubts that my client was intoxicated at the time of driving.
Case No. 1479111
Charges: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Result: Reduced to a Deferred Misdemeanor
Client was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. I was able to both avoid a felony conviction or any other conviction and get this charged reduced to a misdemeanor, and a short, deferred probation.
Case No. 1492897
Charges: Felony Possession of Cocaine
My client was going through a very hard time in his life and got arrested with a felony possession of cocaine. I was able to help my client get this case completely dismissed for my client, and he was allowed to move on with his life.
Case No. 1487414
Charges: Felony Possession of Methamphetamine
My client had almost 4 grams of methamphetamine and was facing a felony charge and possible prison time. I was able to get this charge reduced to a misdemeanor and deferred, so my client completely avoided a conviction.
Case No. 1483620
Charges: DWI Enhanced with BAC above 0.15
My client was parked on the side of the road, asleep with his wife after a long day. My client had been drinking, there was no question. However, there was some question about who was driving. Eventually, I was able to convince the prosecutor of this problem with the case and the case was dismissed.
Case No. 1442553
Charge: Felony Theft of Firearm
Case No. 1442552
Charge: Assault Bodily Injury
My client was charged with both felony theft of a firearm and assault bodily injury. The evidence was tricky on both sides, but I was ready to go to trial on both charges and held out for a dismissal. Both cases were dismissed on the final court setting before trial.
Case Number: F140-17
Charges: Felony Tampering with Evidence Enhanced to Second Degree with Prior Felony
Result: Deferred Adjudication Probation
This was a Hill County case. It was a tough case in a tough county, and my client was facing the serious prospect of prison time for this charge. In the face of the adversity of this charge and this tough-minded county, I kept him out of prison and avoided a felony conviction and obtained deferred probation for my client.
Case No. 1497424
Charge: Possession of Controlled Substances
Client was arrested for possession of Xanax that she did not have a prescription for and this case. I was able to get this charge dismissed.
Case No. 1479952
Result: Reduced to Deferred Obstruction of a Highway
On the day of trial, prosecutors finally gave us an offer that was too good to refuse. My client’s DWI was reduced to Obstruction of a Highway and deferred adjudication with 12-months of probation. The probation is pro-forma so my client has no obligations other than to not get any more offenses and the charge can eventually be sealed.
Case No. 1455648
Charge: Felony Possession of Heroin
Result: Deferred Probation
My client got arrested at a very pivotal point in his life and I was able to avoid a conviction for him so he could get on with his life and not have his life compromised with a conviction.
Case No. 1461342
Result: Reduced to Deferred Obstruction of a Highway
This was not a great case for the defense in any way. There was a very high breath test, but my client’s job and retirement were on the line and I was able to get a reduced charge and avoid a conviction for my client. This was a tremendous victory. I am very particularly proud of this case.
Case No. 1461604
Result: Reduced to Deferred Obstruction of a Highway
My client is a very young person who was very worried about how a conviction would affect her young career. The evidence in this case was not ideal, but I was still able to get the reduced charge for my client and avoid a conviction. This was also a very meaningful victory and I had a very happy client.
Case No. CR16-0914
Charge: Felony Assault by Impeding Breath. Result: Reduced to Misdemeanor
My client was charged with a felony in Parker County, which is a tough-minded county to defend criminal charges. My client had everything to lose, and it looked like we were going to have to go to trial and potentially risk prison time to get the result we had to have. I was able to get this charge reduced to a misdemeanor. Furthermore, we avoided a conviction and his record is clean. He was very happy with the result.