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The Impact of a Criminal Accusation in Texas

A criminal accusation is a serious offense that can have dire consequences on your life. At the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, we understand the impact of being accused of a crime and know how to help. Allegations of misconduct can be harmful, whether they are true or not. Some of the short-term and long-term effects of being accused of a crime include but are not limited to the following:

  • Mistreatment by family, friends, your community, employers and/or employees
  • Damaged reputation
  • Difficulties finding a job
  • Prejudices against you

If you have been accused and/or arrested for a crime in Texas, you could face a criminal conviction that might include probation, restitution fines, and, in some cases, jail time. To protect yourself from these potential consequences, consult with a Fort Worth criminal defense attorney you can trust.

What to Do After Being Accused of a Crime in Fort Worth

The actions you take after you are accused of a crime are crucial to the outcome of your case. Here are some steps to consider after being accused of a crime in the state of Texas:

  • Know Your Rights

If you have been accused of a crime, you may have to deal with the police. Police officers might come to search your house and arrest you. In the event this happens, remember your right to an attorney. The best step to take after being arrested is to remain quiet as anything you say could be used against you in your criminal proceeding.

  • Hire a Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyer

Find an experienced attorney who has worked on cases like yours and will fight to protect you. Once that relationship has been established, work with your lawyer to build a criminal defense strategy. Be truthful with you lawyer and do your best to be patient as you work through your defense strategy with him/her.

  • Determine Your Best Options

Depending on the severity of the crime, criminal defense cases can be resolved within months, or, if a felony trial occurs, over a year. As such, it is important to speak with your lawyer to determine your best course of action after being accused of a crime. In many instances, a lawyer can fight for a plea bargain to reduce your sentence.

If you were falsely accused of a crime, our Fort Worth criminal defense attorney will help you build a case and determine what actions are in your best interest as you move forward.

Consult with a Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Whether you have committed a crime or were falsely accused of doing so, consult with a criminal defense lawyer in Fort Worth with professionalism and tact to help you determine your next move. At the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, we strive to deliver our clients the best results possible for their criminal defense case.

Let one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Fort Worth help with your case. Contact our office online today or call us at (817) 497-8148.

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Legal Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Konnor N. Lee
  • Laura E. Richardson
  • Melissa S. Mozingo
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Kristie M. Falbo
  • Rick J. Mitchell
  • Kelsie Connell
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Honors & Awards Top Young Lawyers in Texas Tarrant County's Top Attorney's Top Attorneys – Fort Worth Magazine - 2008 TO ...
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  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen Desiree A. Hartwigsen

    Managing Attorney

    Desiree A. Hartwigsen grew up in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During her time at Tarleton, Desiree studied abroad in London, England at Queen Mary’s University where she studied Comparative Criminal Justice.
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  • Sarah E. Robbins Sarah E. Robbins

    Senior Litigator

    Sarah E. Robbins is the newest member of the team at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC. She was born and raised in Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in communications. After a visit to her uncle’s law office at the age of six, Sarah decided to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and become a lawyer.
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  • Konnor N. Lee Konnor N. Lee

    Supervising Attorney

    Konnor Lee was raised in Arlington, TX and attended the University of Arkansas , where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts ...
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  • Laura E. Richardson Laura E. Richardson

    Senior Litigator

    Raised in Westchester County, New York, by two corporate attorneys, attending law school after graduating from Dartmouth was ...
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  • Melissa S. Mozingo Melissa S. Mozingo

    Lead Litigator

    After working as a legal assistant for a year, Melissa knew she wanted to pursue a career in law. Melissa graduated from the ...
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  • Amie M. Wilson Amie M. Wilson

    Senior Paralegal

    Amie began working in family law as a receptionist in a small private practice where she was tasked with answering the telephone, corresponding with clients and court staff and handling a multitude of other administrative duties. Amie’s ability to multitask and her attention to detail lead her to be tasked with handling an overflow of paralegal work.
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  • Kristie M. Falbo Kristie M. Falbo

    Lead Litigator

    Associate Attorney Kristie M. Falbo is a Houston native who worked as a prosecutor for nine years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ...
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  • Rick J. Mitchell Rick J. Mitchell

    Senior Litigator

    Rick Mitchell graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2001, where he was a two-time member of the Dean’s ...
  • Kelsie Connell Kelsie Connell


    Kelsie grew up in Denton, Texas where she discovered her passion with helping others through law. Kelsie began as a legal ...
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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.

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