Attorney Casey Davis offers 17 years of experience as a Texas prosecutor and a Collin County criminal defense attorney. She has presented over 1,000 felony cases to a grand jury and tried over 55 cases to a jury, and she carries her substantial courtroom experience as a prosecutor into her defense practice. Attorney Davis understands how to apply insights and experience gleaned as a prosecutor to secure the best possible outcome for her clients. A criminal conviction can change your life forever. Whether you are charged with assault or a drug crime in Texas, it is important to find a skillful criminal defense attorney who can provide a strong, strategic defense when negotiating with prosecutors and at trial. An aggressive and hard-hitting attorney, Casey Davis leaves no stone unturned when investigating a case, and she is passionate about defending each of her client's rights.
Assault cases can be sensitive and may affect the lives of family members. Often, there are alternative ways to handle an assault case that protect your record. To establish simple assault under the Texas Penal Code, the prosecutor will need to show one of three things. Either the defendant recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally caused a bodily injury, they knowingly or intentionally threatened an imminent bodily injury, or they knowingly or intentionally caused physical contact with someone when they knew or should have known that the other person would view the contact as provocative or offensive. Assault is usually charged as a misdemeanor, but it can be charged as a second- or third-degree felony when it is perpetrated under certain conditions.
Plano criminal attorney Casey Davis has outstanding assault case results, but it is critical for her to get started early in the process. She handles the defense of charges such as Class C assault by threat or offensive contact, assault bodily injury, assault bodily injury family violence, assault by impeding the airway family violence, aggravated assault deadly weapon, aggravated assault deadly weapon family violence, aggravated assault deadly weapon public servant, aggravated assault serious bodily injury, aggravated assault serious bodily injury family violence, and aggravated assault serious bodily injury public servant.
Driving while intoxicated is an offense that is taken seriously in Texas. If you are convicted of a first offense, and you had less than a .15 blood alcohol content, you may face a sentence of incarceration from 3-180 days and a driver’s license suspension of 90-365 days. If you had a blood alcohol content of .15 or greater for a first offense, however, you may face a $4,000 fine and one year in jail. The penalties are greater for subsequent offenses. You can face 2-10 years of incarceration, fines of up to $10,000, and a driver’s license suspension of 180 days-2 years. A DWI conviction can result in probation, but it can also result in much harsher penalties, so it is important to retain a criminal attorney in Plano who can craft a strong strategy for you.Juvenile Law
Many of the juvenile cases that we handle involve assault, drug possession, criminal mischief, and theft. Casey Davis began her career as a teacher and enjoys working with children and their families. When children are charged with crimes, they are usually arrested and put in the county juvenile detention center, with a detention hearing to follow the next day. The stress for parents can be immeasurable, and it is important to choose the right attorney to defend a child. Most juvenile charges are brought under Title 3 of the Texas Family Code, which is intended to remove the stigma of criminality from a child’s illegal acts. The Family Code provides a simple judicial procedure to ensure a fair hearing that respects a child’s constitutional rights and to provide for rehabilitation.Drug Possession
Texas has exceptionally harsh laws surrounding drug possession and other drug crimes. We handle both felony and misdemeanor drug possession cases. Texas drug laws classify offenses and punishments in four penalty groups, and various factors and circumstances affect the charges for drug possession in each group. Penalty Group I substances, for example, include cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. More minor drug possession charges are Class A or Class B misdemeanors. When there are larger quantities of particular substances involved, a charge may be a felony charge for drug possession with intent to distribute. Factors that can affect the severity of the charge include whether it is classified as possession with intent to distribute, whether the drugs were concealed and how they were stored, and whether drug paraphernalia and large quantities of cash were involved.Sex Crimes
Sex crime charges can have devastating consequences. In this area, Plano criminal lawyer Casey Davis focuses on possession of child pornography charges. Under Texas Penal Code section 43.26, you can be convicted if you intentionally or knowingly possessed or intentionally or knowingly accessed with intent to view visual material that depicts a person younger than 18 engaging in sexual conduct, and you knew that the material depicted a child. Visual materials can include any photograph, video, film, slide, negative, disc, or other physical medium that allows an image to be shown or transmitted to a computer or video screen.Theft Crimes
You can be charged with a theft crime under Penal Code section 31.03 if you illegally appropriated property while intending to deprive the owner of the property. The appropriation is considered illegal if it was done without the effective consent of the owner, or if the property was stolen and appropriated with knowledge that it was stolen. These cases often come down to whether the prosecution can prove the defendant’s intent or knowledge, or the owner’s lack of consent. A criminal lawyer in Plano can investigate the details of your situation and gather evidence to attack the prosecution’s case.Felonies
Felonies are serious crimes that can be punished harshly. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you have been charged with a felony. There are four levels of felonies in Texas, and the penalty range for each level is different. These levels are first degree, second degree, third degree, and state jail felonies. A first-degree felony is the most serious type of felony. A conviction of a first-degree felony can result in life imprisonment or 5-99 years of imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. State jail felonies, which are the mildest felonies, can be punished by 180 days to two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine. When a crime is identified as a felony, but it is not designated as a specific kind of felony, and a specific sentence is not set, the felony is a state jail felony. In some cases, an experienced criminal attorney in Plano may be able to argue that a defendant should receive probation or deferred adjudication rather than prison time or state jail time.Misdemeanors
Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, but they should still be handled with careful attention. There are three levels of misdemeanors: Class A, Class B, and Class C. As with felonies, the penalty range differs at each level. You may face a term of incarceration in jail, probation, or deferred adjudication for a misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanor charges, and you can face up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines. It may be possible to get deferred adjudication or a non-disclosure or expunction, but it is vital to retain a knowledgeable lawyer to help you navigate the criminal justice system.Expunction and Non-Disclosure
Even if you are found not guilty or if your charges are dismissed, the charge and case disposition will appear in your Texas and national criminal history reports and in the computerized databases of the county and district clerk. Employers and landlords may notice the criminal information on your record when you apply for a job or apartment. You can be eligible for an expunction if your case is not prosecuted or if it winds up with a dismissal, a not guilty verdict, a no bill by the grand jury, or a class C deferred disposition. You will need to file a petition, and if the expunction is granted, you can deny the arrest and the existence of the expunction order. In some cases, you may want to retain a criminal lawyer in the Plano area to help you obtain an order of non-disclosure, which stops certain public entities from disclosing certain criminal records.Consult an Experienced Criminal Attorney in the Plano Area
If you have been charged with a crime in Texas, it is important to retain a tough, aggressive criminal defense attorney to build the strongest possible defense strategy. Casey Davis represents people throughout Collin and Dallas Counties, including in Dallas, Garland, Irving, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Richardson, McKinney, Carrollton, Frisco, and Allen. Call us at 972-715-1929 or complete our online form.
Criminal Law has been my passion from day one and I focus my practice solely on protecting the rights of those accused of a crime.Casey Davis
Casey Davis began her career as a teacher and enjoys working with children and their parents. She helps moms, dads, step parents, kids and other family members work through a very stressful situation with compassion and skill. When parents find out that their child is facing a criminal charge, and is now part of the Juvenile system, the stress is immeasurable and having the right attorney is very important. Please contact Casey today so she can help you with your Juvenile situation.