Our Approach To Criminal Law Is Wide-Reaching

Our Arlington, Texas, defense practice encompasses state and federal criminal matters, including those listed below. Our clients come from all social statuses, including minors, immigrants, working people and professionals. Thanks to our years of experience and strong track record, we provide sophisticated defense strategies.

Common Offenses

If you do not see your particular criminal charges listed, please talk to us anyway, as the list of offenses is vast. It is highly likely that we have represented clients with your particular issue. Call 817-412-7449 or send an email regarding any of the following:

  • Homicide: There are various forms of homicide, including murder, intoxication manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. We have vast experience trying and investigating homicide cases. Homicide is one of the most serious crimes with which a person can be charged. Our experience allows us to evaluate the strength of the district attorney's case and prepare a strong defense.

  • Assault and family violence: Domestic violence charges often result when police are called to a residence after a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or sibling calls 911. We represent people accused of both family violence and other forms of assault.

  • Drug offenses: Drug charges can range from possession of a marijuana cigarette to possession with intent to deliver a significant quantity of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin or other narcotics, including prescription drugs.

  • DWI/DUI defense: A DWI/DUI is not a traffic ticket. It is a more serious offense that carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine for a first offense. Repeat DWI offenders increase their exposure to fines and jail or prison sentences.

  • Computer crimes: Examples of computer or Internet crimes include possession of child pornography, identity fraud and financial fraud.

  • Juvenile crimes: When a person under 17 is accused of committing a crime, the case is usually handled in juvenile court. We can defend you (a young person) or your son or daughter (speaking to parents) in any court.

  • Sex crimes: People who are accused of sex crimes — and child sex crimes in particular —are terrified for good reason. These cases carry a negative stigma just because someone is accused. The legal presumption of innocence does not remove this stigma. A conviction carries with it sex offender registration, possibly for life. Sometimes, these cases arise from a related family law case where child custody and other issues provide an incentive for false claims of this type. Great care must be taken to examine available evidence such as child testimony and forensic evidence. It is extremely important that you talk to a criminal law specialist BEFORE you speak to police.

  • Theft crimes: Theft includes shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud and other offenses. Theft is considered a crime of moral turpitude. A conviction for such a crime can carry additional consequences beyond that of many other offenses.

  • White collar crimes: So-called white collar offenses typically involve allegations of fraud. The more serious cases are frequently prosecuted in the federal courts and involve agencies such as the FBI, Customs, U.S. postal inspectors, the IRS and the Office of Inspector General, among others. State prosecutions of this type are commonly handled by an Economic Crimes Division of the District Attorney's Office. We have vast experience dealing with these investigative agencies. We frequently represent clients when these cases are still in the investigative stages. We work to influence the course of the investigation to maximize favorable results.

  • Weapons charges: There are many kinds of weapons law violations in Texas, including Federal offenses, some of which can happen to regular and otherwise law-abiding citizens. At Ball & Hase, our lawyers are experienced in defending clients who are charged with misdemeanor or felony weapons charges. We have vast knowledge concerning self-defense rights including the implication of handgun licensing and open-carry laws.

  • Vandalism and trespassing: Most vandalism or criminal mischief cases are charged as misdemeanors. If more than $2,500 worth of property is damaged, however, the case may be charged as a felony. In either case, it's important to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The earliest legal intervention can maximize a positive outcome.

  • Expungement: Texas allows expunction or clearing of law enforcement records in certain situations. The outcome of an expunction or expungement proceeding is to remove all records of an event from any law enforcement, court or governmental database. An expunction is a desirable goal that can give you a clean slate. At Ball & Hase, our lawyers have helped many clients through this process.

  • Jail release: It is always startling to find that a loved one or someone close to you has been arrested and is in police custody. Most people who have been arrested by the police are entitled to be released while the charges are resolved later in court. At Ball & Hase in Arlington, Texas, our lawyers often help arrange that release.

  • Criminal investigations: As everyone knows, anything you tell the police can be used against you in a court of law. If police or other law enforcement investigators contact you, you may feel that what you have to say will show that you are innocent. However, the police may have a different point of view when they interview you. This is actually the best time to contact an attorney. We frequently appear with clients at police interviews. Our appearance with you changes the format of police interviews dramatically. We also know when it is best to remain silent.

If a police investigator attempts to interview you about a criminal matter, the wisest course is to remain calm, be polite, and identify who the investigator is and what agency he or she is employed by. Advise the investigator that you want to seek the advice of an attorney. Then contact a criminal law specialist immediately.

Free Consultations For People Charged, Arrested And Investigated On Suspicion Of Crimes

If you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation in Tarrant County or anywhere, you should hire an attorney. If you seek a thorough, personalized approach, contact a board-certified criminal law attorney at Ball & Hase in Arlington. To ask a question or in an emergency, call 817-412-7449, twenty-four hours a day.