I have to tell you right up front here, my 25 year old daughter LOVES Texas. We have visited several times and she enjoys the Texas sized attitude. We have visited the Texas Ranger museum a couple of times and my whole family enjoys reading about the stands that were taken by the Texas Rangers. With that in mind, it is no surprise that Texas is so hard on criminals.
Now after saying that I need to stress here that sometimes you get charged for something you didn't do. When that happens you want the right Criminal Defense Lawyer on your side. One who knows the ins and outs of the Texas Justice System. You need someone whom you can easily reach and trust. Do your research and choose wisely.
Take a minute and check out this site: http://www.texasdefenselaw.com/. Now, anytime you have been falsely accused and and charges are dropped you want to make sure your record is expunged. This can also be done if you have been tried and found guilty. This firm can handle that.
One important aspect to finding a lawyer who will represent you in court, is to make sure he is accessible. What good is an attorney if you can't get hold of them, or they just brush you off when you have a question about your case?
Of course, you also want an attorney who will be thorough in their research and investigation. You don't want someone representing you who takes everything at face value, rather than digging to find the truth! I certainly wouldn't! Do your own research, and make sure the attorney will work for you.
Lastly, be sure the lawyer is knowledgeable about the law. Don't just choose some Joe Schmo who has a commercial on tv, or an ad in the local paper. Especially if you ever need a criminal lawyer, be sure he stays up-to-date on current criminal law, and laws that will affect your case.