Richmond Criminal Defense Attorneys
Bringing a Range of Perspectives to Your Case
With more than 37 years of combined practice, the McDougals offer their clients a breadth and depth of criminal defense experience that is unmatched. Lead attorney Larry P. McDougal Sr. has served as a police officer, deputy sheriff, prosecuting attorney, and municipal judge. This varied experience from inside most of the criminal justice system’s different functions provides significant advantages for clients who face serious criminal charges.
Call (281) 823-9377 for advice from Richmond criminal defense lawyers who have proudly served Fort Bend County since 1990.
Cases We Handle
We handle the full spectrum of criminal matters, from traffic citations and misdemeanors to the most serious felony offenses:
- Drug crimes, including drug possession and prescription drug offenses
- Sex crimes, including sexual assault, sexual assault of a child, solicitation of minors, and child pornography
- Violent crimes, including assault, domestic violence, robbery, manslaughter, and murder
- Concealed carry permits and weapon offenses
- Theft offenses, from shoplifting and petty larceny to auto theft and grand larceny
- Juvenile crimes, including drugs or alcohol, theft, sexual assault, and school violations
- Drunk driving, including repeat DWI and DUI minor
- Expunction and nondisclosure of criminal records
- Probation violations
Consequences for a Criminal Conviction
Texas takes all criminal charges seriously, no matter the offense, the age of the accused, or the circumstances behind the arrest. This means juveniles can be treated harshly by prosecution, even for temporary lapses in judgment, and defendants of any age can be arrested or accused for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. At The Law Office of Larry P. McDougal, our goal is to protect you from the worst consequences of a criminal conviction while expanding the options that can lead to a dismissal of the charges or a victory at trial.
Whether you’ve been charged with a more minor misdemeanor or a serious felony will depend on many factors, including your prior criminal history or convictions for similar crimes; if you are charged with another offense at the same time, such as a weapons offense in additional to a theft charge; any alleged victims or if minors were involved or harmed when committing the crime; amounts involved, such as the amount of drugs in your possession or the value of goods stolen; and many other factors.
As you can see, criminal charges can be incredibly complex, which is why your Richmond criminal defense attorney needs to put the time and dedication into planning a tailormade defense in line with your particular circumstances. We can analyze the evidence against you, find flaws in the prosecution or the way your arrest was handled, and use our in-depth experience and knowledge of the law to build a strong case on your behalf.
What are the Statutes of Limitations in Texas?
Statute of limitations laws set a limit for prosecuting certain crimes. The criminal charges must be filed within the time period specified or they cannot be filed at all. The reason these laws are in place is so that evidence that has deteriorated over time is not used to make convictions.
However, there are a couple of situations that result in the period of limitation being suspended, including:
- Any time that the suspect was not in the state
- The time during the pendency of an indictment
The clock starts ticking on the statute of frauds duration on the date the crime was committed.
Generally, more serious crimes have longer statute of limitations periods, and the most serious crimes are not subject to statute of limitations laws.
Experienced Lawyers Serving Rosenberg, Sugar Land, Katy, Richmond & All of Fort Bend County
To learn how you can benefit from our firm’s commitment to client service and the strong values that have contributed to our attorneys’ reputation for excellence in criminal defense, contact The Law Office of Larry P. McDougal. We are ready to stand by your side throughout your case and we will work hard to protect your constitutional rights, freedom, and future, no matter what you’ve been accused of or arrested for.
Schedule your free, confidential consultation by calling (281) 823-9377 today.