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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 Lawyer to Help You Sort Out Your Case

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, your 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 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 help you with your case. Contact our office online today or call us at (817) 497-8148. Se Habla Espanol.

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Legal Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Elizabeth C. Barr
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Konnor Lee
  • Laura Richardson
  • Melissa Mozingo
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Sara Brandt
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Areas of Practice Divorce Complex Divorce Family Law Custody & Visitation Property Division Adoption Military Divorce ...
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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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  • Elizabeth C. Barr Elizabeth C. Barr

    Associate Attorney

    Elizabeth C. Barr is a Dallas/Fort Worth native. She attended college at the University of North Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Elizabeth’s eagerness to learn lead her to law school at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree. While in law school Elizabeth knew she wanted to practice family law.
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  • Sarah E. Robbins Sarah E. Robbins

    Associate Attorney

    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 Lee Konnor Lee

    Associate 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 Richardson Laura Richardson

    Associate Attorney

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

    Associate Attorney

    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


    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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  • Sara Brandt Sara Brandt


    A paralegal here at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, Sara enjoys helping our team handle highly contested cases, working ...
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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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