Criminal Defense Attorney | Houston TX

Carl D. Haggard is an expert criminal defense lawyer with over three decades of verifiable winning experience. As a former Misdemeanor and District Court Chief Prosecutor with a lengthy tenure in the Harris County DA’s office he knows how to fight to win your case. Carl Haggard maintains the highest integrity while providing the strongest criminal defense possible and is respected by both Harris County Judges and Prosecutors.

If you are charged or being investigated for a crime in Houston, Harris County, or surrounding areas, call (832) 328-0600 or use the quick form on the right for a no-obligation Free Consultation regarding your case. Carl can also help with probation, sealing records, non-disclosures, and all matters related to the criminal justice court system.

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If Convicted of a Crime

You can lose your job, your license, your gun rights, your reputation, your marriage, your ability to rent… and your sanity – getting arrested, going to jail and being accused in court are some of the worst things that can happen to anyone. The stress, anxiety, illness and turmoil it causes in your life and your relative’s lives is enormous. Carl Haggard can help

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If You’re a Repeat Offender or Have a Long Record

And are guilty of this latest charge, you may be depressed at having fallen back into old habits and facing time again. If you’re a repeat offender, accused but are not guilty of this latest charge, the anguish is greater, as you fear your past will follow you the rest of your life and that you will get convicted based on your priors. Expert criminal defense attorney Carl Haggard has helped many repeat offenders

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Confidentiality: We Don’t Judge – We Defend

Once you’ve retained Carl Haggard, everything said is protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, which Carl takes very seriously. Knowing that you have full confidentiality, there is no need to lie or conceal facts. We don’t judge – we defend. We need the truth for an honest evaluation and to provide you the strongest legal defense possible. Also, we will not talk to any relative about your case without your permission

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Criminal Defense Attorney Carl at Washington Monument
Carl Haggard giving a speech at the Washington Monument
Photo Credit Mark Milstein Solider of Fortune Magazine 1995

If A Warrant in Houston Is Issued For Your Arrest

1. Hire A Criminal Defense Lawyer.

2. Post a non-arrest bond, at which time you will receive your 1st court date. With a non-arrest bond you do not have to actually be booked into the jail. It lifts the warrant and you are no longer subject to being picked up at home, at work or if stopped on a traffic violation. Non-Arrest Bonds FAQ

3. Do not make any statements to law enforcement except upon the advice of a qualified Houston defense lawyer

5 Things To Look For In Hiring A Houston Criminal Defense Attorney

1. Experience – A criminal defense attorney in Houston, TX with a few decades of experience is ideal as criminal defense is mainly learned on the job and not in law school. You also ideally want someone with experience in your particular court if possible as each judge has different ways of handling things and looking at cases. And even though you don’t want a trial often preparing a case for one can lead to a Dismissal or a better Plea offer. A seasoned Texas trial attorney who can do that when necessary is therefore better than a lawyer who never goes to trial.

2. Results – Check their website or call to ask if they have successfully handled legal cases of the type you have. Every type of case has to be handled differently and nothing replaces experience with your type of charge. Click to see our case results for misdemeanor and felony cases in Houston Texas.

3. Honesty – You want a defense attorney who will tell you straight – what could happen, what you are looking at, their opinion of the chances of beating your case – not just what you want to hear. Use common sense – if an attorney is overly optimistic when you know the facts are against you – they are probably not being honest with you. Worse, if they guarantee you they can obtain a particular outcome ask for it in writing and watch what happens, as that is against State Bar of Texas ethical rules. Link to Carl Haggard’s standing with the State Bar of Texas.

4. Fees – Ask what their legal fees include and in particular if they include a trial in the event your attorney cannot win a pre-trial Dismissal and you are unwilling to plead. Many trial attorneys will wait to tell you that it will be more when it’s time to set a case for trial. You don’t want that to happen. Click here to view information about The Haggard Law Firm’s fees.

5. Red Flags to Avoid – Click here for a list of warning signs to avoid in your search for representation.