The Law Office of James T. Chiles

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Your Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer

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A Hard-Working Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Who Will Aggressively Defend You

If you have been charged with a crime, hiring a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney is the first step towards protecting your future.

At the Law Office of James T. Chiles, I provide dedicated support to each client I represent. I ensure your case is given the attention it deserves, no matter how long it takes to uncover all the facts or how complicated your circumstances are.

I’m attorney James T. Chiles, and I am familiar with the various facets of the Texas criminal justice system and have the skill and determination to guide you through the legal process. I know what is at stake when you’re facing a misdemeanor or felony charge: you’re worried about your future – your freedom is in question. I will passionately represent you at trial or make a strategic push for a plea agreement if that’s what you decide to do.

My Lone Star State firm takes on a wide range of criminal cases, from Class B misdemeanors to serious felonies.

DUI/DWI
If you’ve been arrested for DUI/DWI in Texas, I will examine the circumstances surrounding the stop and aim to determine whether improper police procedures could allow us to seek a reduction or dismissal of charges.

Drug Crimes
Being charged with a drug crime, such as possession or possession with intent to deliver can result in serious penalties. I will vigorously defend you against these allegations.

Sex Crimes
Sentences for sex crimes can have lifelong consequences, such as having to register as a sex offender. I will work to ensure your side of the story is heard and that your rights are protected.

Theft Crimes
My firm defends clients who have been charged with theft crimes such as robbery, identity theft, shoplifting and more.

Gun and Weapons Crimes
Detailed rules govern the possession, use and sale of firearms within the state. I am familiar with these laws and will defend you against an alleged gun and weapons crimes.

Violent Crimes
Whether you were charged with assault & battery, domestic violence or another violent crime, I will use every legal tactic available to defend you.

My Mission

Since beginning to practice law, James T. Chiles has exclusively practiced criminal defense, with a particular focus on protecting those accused of state crimes in Dallas County.

At the Law Offices of James. T Chiles, it is my philosophy that the accused and their attorney should function as a team to create the best outcome possible.

A cornerstone of this method is information gathering and educating the accused of their rights. I pride myself on spending a great deal of time getting to know each client and the specific circumstances of their case, and on making sure that each client understands their rights and their options.

For example, if the police pulled you over without a lawful reason or otherwise performed an illegal search, there are many circumstances where we can use that to our advantage.

There’s a lot of bad information out there, too. It is one of my strongest beliefs that people accused of crimes are smart enough to make their own decisions about whether to take a case to trial or to accept a negotiated agreement when they are given correct information about what the evidence might show and what types of risks they are willing to take.

If it’s a trial that you want, then it’s a trial that you will get. And I will be there to fight for you.

If you are guilty and want to make some type of agreement, then it’s only fair that you have an advocate who can show the whole story about the crime and the person accused of the crime, instead of just the one-sided version that might be shown if your attorney didn’t take the time to understand you and get all the facts.

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In short, it’s my mission to empower people to choose their own destiny in the face of a system that makes them feel powerless.

Criminal Defense Attorneys

Being accused of crimes can be frightening and nerve-racking. A criminal conviction can have severe and long-lasting consequences.
These can include fines, lengthy jail time, or a prison sentence, especially for serious crimes. Plus, you may end up with a criminal record that will follow you for life.

That’s why hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer is essential.

What Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

Criminal defense lawyers provide legal representation and defend individuals who have been accused of crimes.

Their goal is to protect their clients’ constitutional rights and freedoms and ensure that they are treated fairly by the criminal justice system.

How Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Protect Its Clients?

They develop an effective defense strategy by gathering as much information as possible about their clients.

They often work with police officers and prosecutors before trial to ensure a fair trial for their clients.

When Can I Hire a Criminal Lawyer?

You have the right to obtain legal counsel as soon as you are contacted by law enforcement for investigation or detained or arrested.

Trial or Plea Deal, Who Decides?

Your lawyer must thoroughly explain your options and all the possible outcomes of your case.
You decide what action you think is best.

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers

Many Texas offenses require the assistance of a Dallas criminal defense lawyer.

How Do I Find a Good Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Call Dallas criminal attorney James T. Chiles for a free consultation if you need a Dallas criminal lawyer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Happens at a Criminal Trial?
In criminal trials, the prosecution and defense try to present their case to the jury better than the other.

A prosecutor must prove that the defendant committed the crime they are accused of committing beyond a reasonable doubt.

The defense attorney’s job is to find any inconsistencies or other points of doubt that might lead jurors to acquit their client.

What Are Plea Deals?
These are agreements where the prosecutor provides a concession to the defendant in exchange for a guilty plea.

Suppose you are guilty and want to plead guilty. In that case, it’s only fair that you have an advocate who can show the whole story about the crime and the person accused of the crime, instead of the one-sided version that might be offered if your attorney doesn’t take the time to understand you and get all the facts.

What Type of Cases Does James T. Chiles Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Take
The Law Office of James T. Chiles criminal law firm will take on a wide range of criminal cases, from a Class B misdemeanor to a first-degree felony.
How Much Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Cost in Dallas?
Hiring a qualified criminal defense attorney is not necessarily cheap. But in complex situations, you need an attorney to fiercely represent you at trial or negotiate with the prosecutor if a plea agreement is the right option.

The cost of defense attorneys depends on many factors like the lawyer’s hourly rate, type of case, and location. Do your research before hiring an attorney so that you have a good idea of what your total costs may be.

In Which Courts Can a Dallas Criminal Lawyer Represent Me?

Criminal defense attorneys can represent you (if you have been charged with a state crime in Dallas County) in a Dallas County Criminal Court or District Court. The Law Office of James T. Chiles can help you if you have been charged with a crime or suspect that you may soon be.