Search Site
Menu
IBC Centre, 130 East Travis Street, Suite #425 | San Antonio, TX 78205
CALL FOR CONSULTATION 210-598-8629

How Mistakes Can Jeopardize Your Criminal Case

You’ve just been arrested. You might feel like things can’t possibly get worse. But, what you may not realize is that by making certain mistakes, you could jeopardize your entire case. Criminal law is immensely complex and the justice system is practically impossible to navigate without legal skill and experience. Many crimes have a range of punishments. For example, for a first DWI offense, you face (among other penalties) between three and 180 days in jail. Your actions or inactions can affect the length of your sentence and even whether you are convicted.

Some of the specific ways you can jeopardize your criminal case include:

  • Talking to police — It is your right to remain silent — you do not have to say a word to police. Discussing your arrest in any level of detail with officers may severely harm your case.
  • Consenting to a search — Generally, police need either a warrant or your consent to search your home or vehicle. If police ask for your consent, it means they need it. Consenting to a police search prior to speaking with your San Antonio criminal defense lawyer may result in further charges against you.
  • Not hiring a skilled attorney — If you cannot afford a lawyer, the State can provide you with representation at no charge. However, if you care about your freedom or winning, avoid taking the public defender. These hardworking individuals are forced to take on numerous cases at once, preventing them from giving any one client sufficient attention.
  • Lying or failing to divulge information to your lawyer — To construct a solid defense for you, your lawyer must have the full and accurate account of your arrest. If you lie or purposely leave out details, your case may suffer down the road.
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

COVID-19 Notice
We are here to help and support you through these generally challenging times with your specific legal issues. You will be able to reach me or my staff through our main telephone numbers, and of course by email: [email protected] Phone conferences for existing and potential clients are available, as is the video conference feature through the Zoom app. Zoom may present some privacy challenges so phone conferences are preferred. Please take care of your health by following the measures recommended by the CDC, and by state and local authorities.
Firm Recognition
  • Super Lawyers
    Best Law Firms 2021
  • Three Best Rated
  • ThreeBest Rated
Client Reviews
  • yelp
    5.0/5.0

    My family was in need of a lawyer and we reached out to A lawyer we knew who referred us to Mr. Collins. Mr. Collins did an EXCELLENT job defending our family member. Everything he did was extremely top-notch and very professional and he kept us info...

    Read more

    Shaun P.

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    The best attorney I’ve ever had mr. Collins has represented me in more than one case and both times he has got the charges dismissed definitely worth every penny And above all that a man of his word

    Read more

    James Cooper

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Working with Kevin has been awesome. Due to covid and other factors my case lingered for over three years and Kevin kept with it. He’s been responsive and thoughtful when it came to navigating the situation. When we went to trial he defended me pas...

    Read more

    Victor LeMay

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    We retained Kevin for a serious felony charge against a juvenile relative. From the start Kevin gave us encouragement that he could get our case settled with no confinement. He was tenacious in insisting on probation and after several court appearanc...

    Read more

    Bob Schmidt

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Mr Kevin Collins was fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable. Gave immediate realistic expectations at all times. Covid threw a wrench in the timeline of our case but Mr Collins was excellent at communicating the entire way through. Helped get our case di...

    Read more

    Patrick Alvarado

See all reviews
Case Results
State of Texas v. J.T. Furnishing Alcohol to a minor dismissed after start of trial despite death caused by accident
View All
Videos
Contact us

Quick Contact Form