Criminal Defense

Arlington Criminal Defense Attorney

Protecting Your Rights in Tarrant County

At the Law Office of Mark M. Childress, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of the people of Arlington. We provide aggressive, personalized legal representation to clients in Tarrant County. If you have been arrested, we will work to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are treated fairly and with respect. We are ready to fight for the best possible result in the court of law.

Our Arlington criminal defense attorney can help you with your case. Call (817) 497-8148 or contact us online today for an initial consultation.

Common Types of Crimes

In Texas, a crime is typically defined as an act or omission that violates the law and is punishable by the government through sanctions such as fines, probation, imprisonment, or other penalties.

Here are some common types of criminal offenses in Texas:

Property Crimes:

  • Burglary: Unlawful entry into a building or property with the intent to commit theft or another crime.
  • Theft: Unauthorized taking of someone else's property with the intent to permanently deprive them of it.
  • Robbery: Theft that involves the use or threat of force or violence against another person.
  • Criminal Mischief: Deliberate damage or destruction of another person's property.

Violent Crimes:

  • Assault: Intentionally causing bodily injury or threatening to do so to another person.
  • Aggravated Assault: A more serious form of assault, often involving the use of a deadly weapon.
  • Homicide: The unlawful killing of another person, which can be categorized as murder or manslaughter.
  • Domestic Violence: Acts of violence, abuse, or threats within a domestic or familial relationship.

Drug Offenses:

  • Possession: Unlawful possession of controlled substances, such as narcotics or illegal drugs.
  • Manufacturing and Distribution: Production, sale, or distribution of controlled substances.
  • Drug Trafficking: Large-scale distribution of illegal drugs.

Traffic Offenses:

  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI): Operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Reckless Driving: Operating a vehicle in a manner that endangers people or property.
  • Hit and Run: Leaving the scene of an accident without stopping to provide information or aid.

White-Collar Crimes:

  • Fraud: Deceptive practices to obtain money, goods, or services.
  • Embezzlement: Misappropriation of funds entrusted to one's care, often by an employee.
  • Identity Theft: Unauthorized use of someone else's personal information for financial gain.

Sex Crimes:

  • Sexual Assault: Non-consensual sexual contact or penetration.
  • Indecent Exposure: Exposing one's genitals in a public place.
  • Child Pornography: Possession or distribution of sexually explicit images of minors.

Weapons Offenses:

  • Unlawful Possession of Firearms: Possessing firearms without the required permits or in prohibited locations.
  • Illegal Discharge of a Firearm: Firing a gun in a manner that endangers others.

Crimes in Texas are categorized into two main classifications: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors typically involve non-violent or less severe criminal activities, such as petty theft, simple assault, or minor drug possession, while felonies are more serious crimes that often involve violence, significant property damage, or substantial harm to individuals.

We defend clients against all types of misdemeanor and felony charges, including those involving juvenile offenders.

Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Arlington

Hiring a criminal defense attorney can provide numerous benefits if you are facing criminal charges. These legal professionals are trained and experienced in defending individuals accused of crimes, and they play a crucial role in safeguarding your rights and interests throughout the legal process.

Here are some of the key benefits of hiring a criminal defense attorney:

  • Legal Expertise: Criminal defense attorneys have a deep understanding of criminal law, including the specific statutes, procedures, and precedents relevant to your case. They can use this knowledge to build a strong defense strategy.
  • Protecting Your Rights: Attorneys are well-versed in your constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent, the right to legal counsel, and protection against unlawful searches and seizures. They ensure that law enforcement and the prosecution respect these rights during your arrest, questioning, and trial.
  • Investigation and Evidence Gathering: Defense attorneys can conduct a thorough investigation into the charges against you. This includes interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and examining the prosecution's evidence for weaknesses or errors.
  • Negotiating Plea Deals: In some cases, an attorney can negotiate with the prosecution to secure a plea deal that may result in reduced charges or a more lenient sentence. They can advocate for your best interests during plea negotiations.
  • Customized Defense Strategy: Attorneys tailor their defense strategies to your specific case. They analyze the details of your situation, including the evidence and circumstances, to build the strongest possible defense.
  • Courtroom Experience: Defense attorneys are familiar with courtroom procedures and have experience arguing cases before judges and juries. They can present your case effectively, cross-examine witnesses, and argue legal points in your favor.
  • Minimizing Penalties: If you are found guilty, an attorney can work to minimize the penalties you face. They may seek alternatives to incarceration, such as probation, community service, or diversion programs.
  • Legal Counsel and Guidance: Attorneys provide you with legal advice and guidance at every stage of the legal process. They can explain the potential consequences of your actions and help you make informed decisions about your case.
  • Emotional Support: Facing criminal charges can be emotionally taxing. A defense attorney can offer emotional support and reassurance, helping you navigate the stress and uncertainty of the legal system.
  • Protection of Your Future: A criminal conviction can have long-lasting consequences, affecting your employment, housing, and other aspects of your life. An attorney can work to minimize these collateral consequences.
  • Case Dismissal or Acquittal: In some cases, a skilled defense attorney may be able to have your charges dismissed or secure an acquittal (not guilty verdict) at trial, effectively clearing your name.

Our Arlington criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress are ready to defend you inside and outside the courtroom and help you secure a favorable outcome in your case. Do not hesitate to let us protect your rights, reputation, and freedom from start to finish.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (817) 497-8148 to speak with our Arlington criminal defense attorney.


The Opinions That Matter Most

  • My questions were heard and answered without having to ask twice.

    “Value a capable team with experienced staff. For the past 9 months, the folks at the Law Offices of Mark Childress handled my case with class and empathy. My questions were heard and answered without having to ask twice. I felt like I was kept in the loop and always briefed properly. As I move forward with other ventures I wouldn't be surprised if we crossed paths again. And hats off to Konner, THANK YOU!”

  • Mark was there to answer every question, every phone call and did it in a way that I felt as if I were his only client.

    “I needed an attorney who would stand up for me and my child during a very hard time. Mark was there to answer every question, every phone call and did it in a way that I felt as if I were his only client. He was very knowledgeable not only about the law but about the opposing attorney and the judge. He prepared me well and we won our case. I would recommend Mark Childress to anyone who is fighting for custody or in need of child support.”

  • I highly recommend him and his staff. They are courteous, prompt and they care.

    “I called in inquiring about a divorce and how it all happens. I had 2 people call me back within an hour and in an hour maybe 2 I was talking with the lawyer. I highly recommend him and his staff. They are courteous, prompt and they care. Divorce is the hardest thing we will go through minus losing a kid and his team will be retained. He even called me back himself the next day to see how I was. Great service.”

  • This guy is amazing. In a matter of minutes, he accomplished what no other attorney could in 6 years.

    “This guy is amazing. In a matter of minutes, he accomplished what no other attorney could in 6 years. He had my case figured out in 1short conversation and had what he called "a convoluted mess" fixed. I'm pretty sure my ex felt like he'd been hit by a bus. My family is finally in tact and everyone is finally happy.”

Why Choose Us For Your Family Matters?
  • Direct Access To Your Attorney

    Our Attorneys personally handle each case themselves. You will have direct access to your attorney to be able to get the answers that you need. 

  • Transparency
    Honesty and transparency are critical in building trust with your attorney. You will always know what is going on with your case every step of the way.
  • Team Oriented

    At our firm you're not just a case number, our staff will always know the status of your case and help to make your situation more manageable.

  • Personalized Approach
    Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.