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Debunking Common Myths About Criminal Law in Texas

By Sholdon Daniels

Artistic render of a statue of lady justice in front of a texas flag.
Ya know what they say about assuming.

Throughout my career practicing criminal defense lawyer in Texas, and my interaction with thousands of people, I've heard many misconceptions about criminal law from clients and the general public. These myths can be damaging and can prevent people from seeking the legal help they need. That's why I'm here to debunk some of the most common myths about criminal law in Texas.


Myth #1: All court-appointed lawyers are bad lawyers.


This is simply not true. While it's true that some court-appointed lawyers may be overworked or inexperienced, there are many who are highly skilled and experienced in criminal defense. In fact, many court-appointed lawyers are experienced criminal defense lawyers who choose to take court-appointed cases to help those who can't afford to hire a private attorney.


Myth #2: If you're arrested, you have to talk to the police.


This is another common myth about criminal law in Texas. You have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. It's important to exercise these rights and not to say anything to the police until you've consulted with an attorney.


Myth #3: If you're charged with a crime, you're automatically guilty.


This is one of the most damaging myths about criminal law. The truth is that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. It's up to the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime you're charged with.


Myth #4: You don't need a lawyer if you're innocent.


This is a dangerous myth that can lead to serious consequences. Even if you're innocent, the criminal justice system is complex and confusing. It's important to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can protect your rights and build a strong defense for your case.


Myth #5: If you're convicted, you'll automatically go to jail.


While it's true that many criminal offenses carry the possibility of jail time, there are many alternatives to jail such as probation, community service, or fines. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the potential consequences of your case and work to achieve the best possible outcome for you.


There are many myths and misconceptions about criminal law in Texas that can be damaging and prevent people from seeking the legal help they need. You don't want to make a poor and uninformed decision regarding your legal rights. You need to understand your rights and to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer like me, who can protect your rights and build a strong defense for your case.


If you're facing criminal charges in Texas, don't hesitate to contact my office at 1-844-SHOLDON for a consultation, and follow me on twitter for more at @SholdonDaniels.

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