Knowledgeable El Paso Attorney Defends Clients against Felony Charges

Defending the constitutional rights of clients

A felony is the most serious type of crime you can be charged with in Texas. The possible punishments for these crimes include crippling fines and lengthy prison terms, including life sentences in certain cases. At Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC, we represent clients throughout El Paso County who have been charged with a felony in either state or federal court. With years of experience, our attorneys have the experience and knowledge you need on your side as you fight against these charges.

What is a felony?

A felony is a legal term designated for the most serious crimes you can be charged with, above misdemeanors and citations. Felonies include a broad range of crimes, but the most common ones are:

  • Murder
  • Aggravated assault
  • Rape
  • Arson
  • DWI 3rd Degree or DWI with a child passenger
  • Drug crimes
  • Burglary of a habitation
  • Theft enhanced
  • Manslaughter

Differences between felony and misdemeanor charges

The differences between felonies and misdemeanors often have to do with the severity of the crime. While simple assaults may involve light injuries and fall under the categorization of a misdemeanor, felony assaults involve serious bodily harm and the use of weapons. Certain drug charges, burglary and DWI cases can also be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the seriousness of the crime and whether anyone was hurt during the process.

The felony process

Unlike in misdemeanor cases, jail time is always a potential threat if you are charged with a felony. For felony cases, clients will always face a jury of 12 of their peers who must vote unanimously on a verdict. There is a pre-trial process, and clients must be able to post bail to avoid waiting in jail until the trial begins. Our attorneys will defend your constitutional rights from the pre-trial process all the way through to resolution. Along with a staff of legal aides and professional investigators, our experienced criminal defense lawyer guides you through the felony trial process and gives you the representation you need in court.

Get the skilled criminal defense you need today

If you have been charged with a felony in El Paso County, call Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC today at 915-201-0590 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our office is located in El Paso, Texas, right across from the federal courthouse.