Dallas, TX Criminal Defense Attorney & DWI Lawyer Kent Starr Fiercely Protects Your Rights in Court!
How many years of a prison sentence, fines, and probation are you facing for the actions you are accused of? Whatever the potential is, it’s literally life-changing – if you get the full punishment. However, criminal defense attorney Kent Starr doesn’t take your sentence at face value.
Learn how he helped a client accused of negligent criminal homicide, and facing up to 20 years in prison, get a “not guilty” verdict:
Both Kent and the defendant acknowledged he in fact killed the victim. Kent hotly contested the charge of “negligent criminal homicide” with the Collin County district attorney. He maintained a prison sentence was not acceptable for his client.
However, after the conversation, the district attorney attempted to intimidate Kent by charging his client with the more serious crime of manslaughter. Typically, the strategy is to get the defending attorney to agree to a plea bargain and accept lesser charges. The district attorney maintained all he would accept would be a prison sentence.
Unwilling to agree to those terms, Kent rejected the offer and instead presented numerous cases with similar circumstances that resulted in the accused going free. The district attorney, and later the judge, did not agree with Kent’s argument, so the case went to jury trial in Collin County (in 2008). After a trial that lasted a week, the jury found the defendant not guilty of manslaughter.
Many Criminal Defense Attorneys in Dallas Do Not Have the Experience or Aggressive Nature to Fight for Your Legal Rights
A large part of the legal outcome you get in any case involves the skill and aggressiveness of the prosecuting and defending attorneys. Choose one that’s not as passionate about their job or who isn’t as knowledgeable about the legal system and previous similar cases, and you could end up in prison for years – instead of walking free!
Criminal defense attorney Kent Starr has been practicing since 1997, and has an impeccable reputation with clients and other attorneys to show for it (feel free to research him online). In his life as a young adult, Kent was a Golden Gloves boxer, and he also has a first degree black-belt. He no longer fights physically, but that intense, aggressive nature now goes to use for you in the legal system.
Kent now has more than 17 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney. He routinely receives praise for helping clients achieve better legal outcomes than they would have gotten with other criminal defense attorneys.
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If you have been accused of a crime in the Dallas area, it’s important you get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Kent will give you the explicit facts and his honest legal opinion. If he can’t help you, you’ll know. On the other hand, if he can improve your legal outcome, he’ll intensely advocate for your rights.
Why experience unjust legal consequences that could last for years simply because other attorneys don’t know the best way to represent your case?
Contact Kent Starr online, or call 469.500.0000 to learn your legal rights today!
The consultation is yours – FREE, and payment plans are available to make your legal expenses affordable.
Kent Defends You Against All Types of Crimes
Criminal defense lawyers vary in what types of cases they defend, but Kent handles all types of cases. This could include something as small as a speeding ticket, to something more serious like sex crimes.
Below are Kent’s practice areas, the types of crimes that you may be accused of, and some general information regarding each:
Driving While Intoxicated
This crime applies to both minors and adults. You can be guilty of DWI if you have a BAC of .08% or more, or if you don’t have your normal mental and physical faculties due to consumption of alcohol or drugs (including prescription drugs). For a first-offense DWI, you can go to prison up to 180 days, get a fine of up to $2,000, and be forced to perform up to 100 hours of community service.
Driving Under the Influence
This crime exclusively applies to minors under the age of 21 who have any alcohol in their bodies at the time of driving. You can get up to a $500 fine, driver’s license suspension at the time of arrest, and an additional license suspension if you are convicted of the crime.
In addition to physical abuse of a spouse, domestic violence can also include the abuse of:
2. Romantic partners
3. Any family members related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption
4. Any person who lives with you
5. Your foster child or your own foster parent
In Texas, domestic violence falls into one of three categories:
1. Domestic assault – Knowingly threatening to harm another person physically, or causing bodily injury to that person. Intentionally causing physical contact with another person you know they will find offensive.
2. Aggravated domestic assault – This is a little more serious than domestic assault. In this case, you knowingly cause serious bodily injury to another person or use a deadly weapon while committing the assault.
3. Continuous violence against your family – You can be convicted of this crime if you commit two or more domestic assaults within 12 months. You can also be convicted even if you have not been arrested or convicted for domestic assault twice in the last 12 months.
Depending on the seriousness and extent of the crime, you can be convicted to up to 99 years in prison and face a fine of up to $10,000.
Texas drug law is very complex. One of the more common offenses is marijuana possession of less than 2 ounces. This carries a maximum of 180 days in jail, but you can often get a deal for probation if you attend and successfully complete a drug treatment program. This may also result in the charges being dropped (but there’s no guarantee).
If you get accused of possessing more than 2 ounces of marijuana, things get much more serious. You can get up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If you have more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana in your possession, you can get a life sentence in prison.
If you manufacture drugs and deliver controlled substances, you can get up to 99 years in jail and fines up to $250,000.
If you are high in public and get arrested for that behavior, you may get accused of public intoxication. In Texas, you can be legally considered “intoxicated,” if you don’t have the normal use of your physical and mental faculties due to the use of alcohol or drugs. If your appearance causes danger to you or another while in public, this satisfies the “public” aspect of “public intoxication.”
Texas has an extensive list of sex crimes it prosecutes. Some of those include sexual assault, indecency with a child, indecent exposure, aggravated sexual assault, prostitution, obscenity, and possession or promotion of child pornography.
If you are accused and convicted of these crimes, you can suffer irreparable damage to your reputation. The State of Texas can also restrict where you live and work. They may also hold you beyond your sentence in “civil commitment.” This is where you are held securely in a facility beyond your sentence to prevent future criminal sex offenses.
You can be accused of technical parole violations (not reporting a change of address to your parole officer), or new offenses (committing a crime while on probation). When you are accused of a parole violation, you get a “Blue Warrant” notifying you of the accusation. Once that’s issued, you are arrested the next time you report to your parole officer or are stopped by a police officer.
Since you’re on probation, if you are guilty of the accusation, you can face the full consequences of your original charges, plus charges for any new crimes you may have committed. You do have the right to a criminal defense attorney, but the state is only required to provide one if you have a mental illness, or if the new offense you are accused of could result in a violation of your constitutional rights.
Dallas, TX Criminal Defense Attorney Kent Starr Gets You the Just Legal Outcome You Deserve
The legal system doesn’t always get it right. And not all lawyers are experienced or passionate enough about their jobs to get you the best legal outcome possible.
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All you have to do is give Kent a call and discuss the facts of your case. He’ll be completely honest with you and let you know exactly what he can do for you.
Don’t be intimidated by his aggressive personality. In person, he’s calm, understanding and has a good sense of humor to help you get through this difficult time.
Simply call Kent at 469.500.5000 or contact him online to get your FREE consultation today!
…and payment plans are available to help make your legal expenses affordable!