Criminal Defense Attorneys Fighting For Your Rights

Southlake Criminal Defense Attorneys

Work with a Reputable Attorney to Protect Your Future

At The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, our criminal defense attorneys know how serious the consequences of a criminal accusation can be. We understand how it can lead to social, familial, and professional mistreatment. We are dedicated to helping you avoid a damaged reputation and challenges securing future employment. When you face criminal charges in Texas, a conviction can result in a variety of consequences that include probation, restitution fines, and jail time.

Our team combines legal expertise and creativity when you trust us with building your criminal defense. We are committed to getting a dismissal of charges against you and we tirelessly advocate for your rights. No matter how challenging your situation is, we can find a solution. We always recommend you contact us as soon as you face accusations to maximize your chances of preserving your rights and freedom.

Contact The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, today at (817) 497-8148 to schedule an appointment with our criminal defense attorneys in Southlake. Se Habla Español.

Cases Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Handle

Our attorneys at The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, can help you against the following criminal charges:

  • Assault
  • Felony Defense
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Offense
  • Weapons Charges
  • DWI
  • Theft
  • Juvenile Crime

Under Texas law, an assault is when you willfully cause injury, threaten physical harm, or inappropriately touch someone else. An assault conviction, whether as a misdemeanor or a felony, stays on your criminal record for life. If you ever get another conviction, a judge will take the one for assault into account when determining penalties.

Texas recognizes three degrees of domestic violence: domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, and continuous violence against the family. If you are facing wrongful accusations of domestic violence, our lawyers can help build a strong defense to prevent a conviction.

A DWI charge happens when you are driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Depending on whether this is your first DWI offense, or whether someone else got injured due to this, you can face significant fines, jail time, and probation, among other possible consequences.

A judge can classify a drug offense as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the type and quantity of prescription drugs or illicit substances the police seized during your arrest. The Texas Controlled Substance Act determines the penalties, including the duration of a jail sentence.

Weapons charges can also fall under the misdemeanor or felony category depending on their type and severity. Common weapon accusations in Texas include unlawfully selling weapons and assault with a deadly weapon. Our criminal defense attorneys can help you avoid long-lasting legal consequences,

If you get accused of taking something that does not belong to you without its owner’s consent, a court can consider your theft a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor theft conviction can result in up to $4,000 in fines and up to a year in state prison, while a felony conviction can involve up to $10,000 and 99 years in prison.

Hiring us can make the difference between exoneration and jail when you face felony charges. Various types of criminal accusations can result in felony convictions. We always review your situation to find an appropriate course of action that may involve your rights under the Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Amendments, to build your defense.

Texas criminal law can charge and convict a minor between 10 and 17 years old. While juvenile crimes involve lighter sentences, a juvenile criminal record has a long-lasting impact on someone’s life. Our lawyers have extensive experience defending minors facing juvenile crime accusations.

What to Do If You Face Criminal Charges in Southlake

Knowing the appropriate steps to take when accused of a crime in Texas can increase your chances of obtaining a dismissal of charges. If you interact with the police when facing charges, including if they come to your house to search it and arrest you, you should remain quiet as the prosecution could use anything you say against you.

Remember your right to an attorney and contact us right away. This helps us ensure that the process is fair to you and that we build a solid defense to protect your rights and freedom. Most criminal defense cases can resolve in a few months. If you go to trial for felony charges, the legal process may take over a year. No matter your situation, our criminal defense attorneys accompany you at every step so you can move forward with your life.

Contact The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, today at (817) 497-8148 to get started with your criminal defense in Southlake to obtain a dismissal of charges. Se Habla Español.

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Legal Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Melissa S. Mozingo
  • Kristie M. Falbo
  • Rick J. Mitchell
  • Brenda L. Colon
  • Jordan P. Alvarez
  • Megan M. Weiershausen
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Melisssa Hernandez
  • Tiffany Y. Washington
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Award-Winning Fort Worth Divorce Attorney Attorney Mark M. Childress For over two decades, our founding attorney has taken ...
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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 Lead Litigator, 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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  • Melissa S. Mozingo Melissa S. Mozingo

    Senior Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Fort Worth Family Law & Divorce Lawyer Attorney Melissa S. Mozingo After working as a legal assistant for a year, Melissa S. ...
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  • Kristie M. Falbo Kristie M. Falbo

    Senior Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Fort Worth Family Law & Divorce Lawyer Attorney Kristie M. Falbo Kristie M. Falbo is a Houston native who worked as a ...
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  • Rick J. Mitchell Rick J. Mitchell

    Senior Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Accomplished Personal Injury Attorney in Fort Worth Attorney Rick J. Mitchell Rick J. Mitchell earned his J.D. from the ...
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  • Brenda L. Colon Brenda L. Colon

    Senior Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Family Law & Divorce Attorney in Fort Worth Attorney Brenda L. Colon Brenda L. Colon is originally from San Juan, Puerto ...
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  • Jordan P. Alvarez Jordan P. Alvarez

    Associate Attorney

    Experienced Family Law Attorney in Fort Worth Attorney Jordan P. Alvarez Jordan P. Alvarez was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She ...
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  • Megan M. Weiershausen Megan M. Weiershausen

    Lead Litigator, Attorney

    Family Lawyer in Fort Worth, TX Attorney Megan M. Weiershausen Megan M. Weiershausen grew up in Aledo, Texas. After ...
  • 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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  • Melisssa Hernandez Melisssa Hernandez


    Experienced Family Law Paralegal in Fort Worth Melissa Hernandez Our firm is proud to have Melissa Hernandez on our team of ...
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  • Tiffany Y. Washington Tiffany Y. Washington

    Office Administrator

    Tiffany Y. Washington Office Administrator at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress Our firm is thankful to have Tiffany Y. ...
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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.

  • Top 10 Family Law Award 2022 - Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • Top Attorney Award winner at
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Award
  • Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth - Three Best Rated
  • Top Attorneys
  • 360 West Top Attorneys
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth - Expertise 2020
  • Fort Worth Texas City Magazine - Top Attorneys
  • Rated by Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
  • Top 10 Business - Thervo
  • Client Champion 2020- Martindale Hubbell
  • Top Attorneys 2020 Rated by Fort Worth Magazine
  • Top Attorneys 2020 - Rated by 360 West Magazine
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth- Expertise 2021