Criminal Defense Attorneys

Southlake Criminal Defense Attorneys

Work with a Reputable Attorney to Protect Your Future

At The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, our Southlake criminal defense lawyers know how serious the consequences of a criminal accusation can be. We are dedicated to helping you avoid a damaged reputation and challenges securing future employment – and, not to mention, the consequences of a criminal conviction, which may 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: 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.
  • Felony Defense: 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 to build your defense.
  • Domestic Violence: 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.
  • Drug Offense: 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: 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.
  • DWI: 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.
  • Theft: 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.
  • Juvenile Crime: 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.

Why Should I Hire a Lawyer If I'm Not Guilty?

Even if you're not guilty of the crime for which you are being accused, it's still crucial to hire a criminal defense lawyer for several reasons. A lawyer can help you understand the legal process, which can be complex and daunting to navigate alone. They will ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal proceedings and can prevent any violations of your rights during investigation, interrogation, or trial. 

Additionally, an attorney can help build a strong defense strategy to prove your innocence or mitigate potential consequences if found guilty. Lawyers have specialized knowledge of criminal law, courtroom procedures, and evidence rules, which can be invaluable in your defense. They may also possess negotiation skills that could lead to a plea deal or reduced charges, minimizing potential consequences.

Facing criminal charges can also be emotionally taxing. Having a lawyer by your side can provide support and reassurance during this stressful time. Overall, hiring a criminal defense attorney doesn't imply guilt; rather, it's a proactive step to ensure your rights are protected and to give yourself the best chance at a favorable outcome in your case.

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 our criminal defense lawyers in Southlake, TX today at (817) 497-8148 to get started on your defense with a free consultation. Se habla español. 

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.