If you are a defendant and you are charged with a felony you should almost never plead guilty before your case is indicted. In Texas every felony case is passed in front of a grand jury who decides whether or not to indict the case. If you have a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney they will probably talk to you about the indictment and explain the process to you. Most of the time cases seem “hopeless” and it is a foregone conclusion that the case will be indicted, but every once in a while a case who everyone (including defense attorneys and prosecutors) think will be indicted gets no billed (or dismissed).
The biggest mistake a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney can make is telling their clients after a deferred adjudication probation, that their record is clean. Deferred adjudication is a type of probation where your case is dismissed if you finish the probation successfully. So it is true that you do not have a conviction…BUT THE ARREST RECORD REMAINS VISIBLE TO EVERYONE!
As a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney I get the opportunity to defend many young individuals during stressful times in their life. I see many young adults (17-21) who have gone their entire lives without being in trouble. Usually they are charged with some misdemeanor such as theft that stemmed from a brief lack of judgment. They typically enter my office scared that they ruined their future and are looking for guidance. Luckily in Harris County there is a pre-trial intervention program that is set up to give a second chance to young people who deserve it.
Sometimes a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney recommends that a client take remedial action to help their court case. Some examples include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for clients with drinking problems, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for clients with drug problems and Battering Intervention Prevention Program (BIPP) for domestic violence issues. While it is true that these types of classes can be used to help in the “damage control” portion of a criminal case, what is truly important is using these programs to make an individual a better person.