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Criminal Law

Beaumont Criminal Defense Attorney

It is important to find an attorney who not only has experience but who also understands the subtleties of criminal statues, legal precedents, and sentencing guidelines in order to provide you with a clear picture of your available options.

If you or a loved one has been arrested in Southeast Texas, call today for a free consulation.

Our firm has years of experience defending clients against virtually every type of crime including driving while intoxicated, drug possession, assault, theft, sex crimes and federal offenses.  We are well-equipped to help you understand exactly what you are up against, outline your options, and craft a legal strategy that puts you in the best possible position.

Call (409) 832-7757 to discuss your case with a Beaumont criminal defense lawyer.
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CRIMINAL CHARGES WE CAN HELP WITH

Beaumont Drug Defense Lawyer

If you have been accused of a drug crime in Beaumont, or any of it’s surrounding areas including Lumberton, Silsbee, Kountze Neederland, Port Neches, Port Arthur, Vidor, Orange, Sour Lake, Bridge City, Mauriceville, Little Cypress, Winnie, Crystal Beach, Sabine Pass or Galveston, do not admit guilt, make any statements or speak with other inmates about the alleged event. Call the Law offices of Galmor, Stovall & Gilthorpe immediately.

Winning a drug case requires an extensive knowledge of the law, specifically related to searches and seizures.  Police officers are not attorneys and will often violate your constitutional rights when searching for drugs.

Attorney Dustin Galmor is knowledgeable in all areas of Texas’ drug laws and will make every effort to fight any alleged drug charges filed against you. Call the Law Offices of Galmor, Stovall & Gilthorpe at (409) 832-7757 for a free consultation regarding your alleged drug charge.

Examples of Drug Charges We Defend

Possession of a Controlled Substance
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Drug Trafficking
Drug Manufacturing
Prescription Drug Fraud
MDMA/Ecstasy Arrests
Cocaine Charges
Heroin Charges
Possession with Intent to Sell
Possession of a Dangerous Drug

This is not a complete list of all drug and controlled substance charges as outlined in the Texas Penal Code and consists of some of the more common charges prosecuted in Beaumont, Texas.   To discuss your specific charge in detail please contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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Beaumont Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor in Beaumont, you may initially think it is a minor criminal offense resulting in a small fine or community service. However, many people often realize later that misdemeanor charges can not only lead to serious repercussions if ignored, but can also result in disciplinary actions from your current employer and affect your eligibility for future employment.

It is important to know that an misdemeanor arrest or misdemeanor charge, an experienced misdemeanor defense lawyer can greatly decrease your chances of being convicted and having the misdemeanor charge on your permanent record.

Should the case go to trial in Jefferson County, the prosecutor is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the alleged offense. If they cannot and the judge or jury has a shred of doubt, the charges against you will most likely be dismissed. It is for this reason that hiring a skilled criminal defense lawyer to represent you for your misdemeanor charge is a vital part in a favorable outcome.

Examples of Misdemeanor Charges We Defend

1st Driving While Intoxicated
Driving While License Suspended
2nd DWI
Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana
Minor in Possession of Alcohol
Public Intoxication
Misdemeanor Firearm Offenses
Shoplifting
Misdemeanor Assault
Violation of Protective Order
Reckless Driving
Domestic Violence
Criminal Mischief
Traffic Violations
Gambling
Criminal Trespass

This is not a complete list of all misdemeanor charges as outlined in the Texas Penal Code and consists of some of the more common crimes prosecuted in Beaumont, Texas.   To discuss your specific charge in detail please contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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Beaumont Felony Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested for a felony in Beaumont, or any of it’s surrounding areas including Lumberton, Silsbee, Kountze Neederland, Port Neches, Port Arthur, Vidor, Orange, Sour Lake, Bridge City, Mauriceville, Little Cypress, Winnie, Crystal Beach, Sabine Pass or Galveston, contact the Law Offices of Galmor, Stovall & Gilthorpe immediately at (409) 832.7757 to discuss your felony case with one of the most effective felony defense lawyers in Beaumont.

Just because you’ve been arrested for an alleged felony charge, it does not necessarily mean that it will result in a conviction.   An experienced felony defense lawyer can greatly decrease your chances of being sentenced to prison, fines and/or a variety of other repercussions that can result from a conviction.

Should the case go to trial in Jefferson County, the prosecutor is required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the alleged felony offense.  If they are unable to do so and the judge or jury has a shred of doubt, the charges against you will most likely be dismissed. It is for this reason that hiring a skilled felony defense lawyer to represent you plays a vital role in the outcome of your case.

Examples of Felony Charges We Defend

Intoxication Assault
3rd DWI
Felony DWI
Drug Charges
Intoxication Manslaughter
Burglary
Felony Marijuana Possession
Aggravated Assault
Child Abuse
Family Violence
Sex Crimes
White Collar Crimes
Criminal Mischief
Retail Theft

This is not a complete list of all felony charges as outlined in the Texas Penal Code and consists of some of the more common felony crimes prosecuted in Beaumont, Texas.   To discuss your specific felony charge in detail please contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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Beaumont Family Violence Defense Lawyer

Family violence in Beaumont is a very serious matter that can result in serious repercussions. Statistics from non-profit Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) indicate one in three Texans have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. (The Examiner: Nov. 2-8, 2017, Sanctuary)

Family violence or domestic violence accusations often arise from related underlying situations. Frequently, the alleged victim will falsely accuse a family member, friend or someone they are involved in a relationship with of committing domestic violence. These accusations are most commonly born out of anger, jealousy, or during custody disputes, where the accuser hopes to obtain a favorable position during a divorce.

If you have been accused of family or domestic violence in Beaumont, it is important that you contact a skilled domestic violence defense lawyer with knowledge of domestic violence laws in Beaumont to defend you against the accusations being levied. Galmor, Stoval & Gilthorpe have successfully defended a number of clients against family violence accusations and will stand up for you, your rights and your reputation in court.

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Beaumont White-Collar Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a white collar crime in Beaumont, your future could depend on your choice of legal counsel.  Prosecutors are now treating cases relating to white-collar crime with the same amount of intensity as was previously applied to violent criminal offenses.

Whether you are facing credit card fraud, forgery, bribery, insurance fraud, money laundering, government fraud, identity theft, antitrust violations, mail fraud, public corruption, tax evasion, counterfeiting, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud or any other white-collar crimes in Beaumont its imperative that you hire an attorney who has a successful record defending against white-collar criminal charges and has extensive knowledge of these type of laws.

In both state or federal white-collar cases, the prosecutor has the highest burden of proof and must show you committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.  The Law Firm of Galmor, Stovall & Gilthorpe has over 10 years experience in white-collar criminal defense and will work tirelessly to create your best defense and ensure the prosecution does not satisfy their burden of proof.

Examples of White-Collar Crime We Defend

Credit Card Fraud
Forgery
Bribery
Insurance Fraud
Money Laundering
Government Fraud
Identity Theft
Antitrust Violations
Mail Fraud
Public Corruption
Tax Evasion
Counterfeiting
Bank Fraud
Bankruptcy Fraud

This is not a complete list of all types of white collar crime as outlined in the Texas Penal Code and consists of some of the more common white collar crimes prosecuted in Beaumont, Texas.   To discuss your specific white collar crime charge in detail please contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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Criminal Court Legal Process

What to expect

Your drunk driving, sexual assault, domestic violence, theft, or any other case begins when there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed. There are three ways that a case can be brought to court:

  • arrest of the accused at the scene of the crime or soon thereafter
  • arrest based on a warrant issued by a court as a result of a sworn complaint
  • arrest based on an indictment by a grand jury after investigation

The arrested individual may be taken to various substations and city jails before eventually being housed in the County Jail. Very rarely will he be available immediately to be bailed out of jail. Until the network of government clerks, prosecutors, and law enforcement have completed the paperwork and computer entries necessary for identifying and formally charging the individual, he won’t be recognized on the system. (This is commonly called “making it on the computer”). No notice will be given to family or friends waiting to bail out the accused when the accused has made the computer. The best they can do is to have a bondsman continuously check the status of the accused’s case.

If a warrant is issued as a result of a complaint or indictment, the accused will be subject to arrest at any place and at any time. The accused cannot assume that if the crime is a misdemeanor, law enforcement won’t knock down his door or embarrass him at work. Very often there are financial incentives to peace officers serving warrants and a misdemeanor warrant may be more palatable to a peace officer than some Murder warrant.

Our advice is to contact us or another qualified lawyer when it becomes known or suspected that a warrant has been issued. We have access to the local county computer systems and can verify and monitor warrants.

In most Texas counties, the district attorney makes the decision whether to charge a person with a crime. A federal prosecutor is more likely to seek an indictment before issuing an arrest warrant or summons.

In the majority of cases, one of the assistants stationed at the intake division of the District Attorney’s office will review a case for filing. More often than not, this will involve a single phone call from an officer on the scene. During the call, the officer will explain to the assistant the facts of his case and the assistant will make the immediate decision whether probable cause exists to charge a crime.

In most federal cases and some state cases, a lengthy investigation ensues before the decision is made to file a charge. Usually the person being looked at knows of the investigation. If that person has experienced legal counsel, he may be able to re-direct the focus of the investigation, or at the very least provide the investigator exculpatory information.

The person making the arrest must, without unnecessary delay, take the accused before a magistrate. The magistrate must inform the accused of his constitutional rights and determine whether probable cause exists for the arrest. This first appearance usually occurs within twenty-four hours of the arrest.

Sometimes the accused bails out of jail before he can be brought before the magistrate. In those cases, and sometimes irrespective of whether he has seen a magistrate, the trial judge may bring the accused before her bench on the first setting to explain his constitutional rights and review probable cause to determine whether bail is sufficient. This in one of the most important reasons we advise charged citizens to get legal representation early. A skilled lawyer may be able to dissuade her honor from raising bail or attaching bail conditions.

For many crimes, bail has been previously determined by the courts and is in a list of standard bail amounts. In certain circumstances, bond is denied to the accused. The judge assigned to the case may set bail or change the bail amount depending on the circumstances. In federal court, the magistrate will usually require that an accused satisfy the conditions of a pretrial release.

In some circumstances, bail is set too high for the accused to get out of jail. This happens quite often in theft or drug cases since the bail amount is initially determined by a multiplication of the value of the alleged loss in the theft case or the street value of the drugs. (notwithstanding the recognized unconstitutionality of this approach.)

When bail is set too high, there are formal and informal techniques the accused’s lawyer must use to reduce the amount. Since bail is supposed to be set for the purpose of assuring the accused returns to court, often the relationship the lawyer has with the prosecutor plays a role in getting the bail amount reduced. If the prosecutor is comfortable that the accused is not about to flee, he may agree to a reduction. If no agreement can be made, then the lawyer must turn to the judge. The Judge may, after hearing the facts of the case and the life circumstances of the accused, informally reduce the bail amount. In other cases, a writ of habeas corpus must be filed and prosecuted.

Every person accused of a crime has the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the state must provide one, although you do not have the right to choose a particular attorney.

The federal system has a pretrial service agency that administers the pretrial release of prisoners. Essentially, pretrial service has replaced the familiar bail system found in State courts, and it does a very good job.

Some Texas counties have a pretrial release department. Paradoxically, the department is rarely used to replace the traditional bail system. In many courts the judge only uses the pretrial department to administer additional conditions attached to the accused’s bail.

That’s not to say that a Judge can’t release a prisoner on pretrial supervision without requiring a surety bond, and Pretrial will interview the accused shortly after his arrest, but this will continue to be a rare occurrence unless legislation forces a philosophy change in our judges.

The district attorney is required to present felony cases to the grand jury. Most presentations before the grand jury are without witnesses. A misdemeanor charge does not require a grand jury indictment.

In some cases, it might be advantageous for an attorney to fight the case at the Grand Jury stage in order to convince them to dismiss his client’s case.

It should be remembered that the Grand Jury does not determine guilt or innocence. The members of the Grand Jury can very easily have serious doubts about the guilt of the accused and still indict. It is concerned only with probable cause. The body understands that it is only one step in the process of prosecution. As such, it indicts in the overwhelming majority of cases.

Only on rare occasions will we allow our client to testify in front of the Grand Jury. There is no right to representation in the Grand Jury room and the prosecutor has unimpeded access to the accused while he is testifying. The accused is placed under oath and everything he says is taken down by a court reporter. Once his testimony is memorialized, there is no reworking of his defense. Therefore, unless we feel perfectly comfortable that the prosecution is on board with our version of the facts, we don’t run the risk of leaving our client unprotected in the Grand Jury room.

An indictment is the loss of a battle, not the war. Most of our dismissals are given after indictment. However, there is at least one very important reason for attempting to achieve a “no-bill” if possible or a dismissal before indictment. In such a circumstance, the accused may have the ability to have his case expunged from the record. This is an obvious advantage in serious felony cases.

The first appearance of the accused after indictment is called an arraignment. Unless formal arraignment is waived, the judge will verify the identity of the accused and ask for his plea.

Except in Federal Court, which continues to maintain its formality, arraignment has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Very likely, if the accused is represented, arraignment will be anticlimactic. He will probably not be called on to do anything at the first setting but identify himself at docket call.

Seek the support you need to understand Texas criminal procedure. Whatever crime you have been charged with, contact us today for a free consultation.

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