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Austin Criminal Defense FAQ

Being charged with a crime in Austin is a serious matter, and a conviction can affect your entire life. You could lose certain rights, have trouble securing a good job, and face a host of other negative consequences.

Below are some frequently asked questions our Austin criminal defense attorneys receive.

Why not use a public defender?

Public defenders don’t always have the resources available to thoroughly investigate and defend you against conviction. Also, their caseloads are often extremely high, meaning they may have very little time for you and your case.

What if there's a warrant for my arrest?

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, a criminal defense attorney can help. Often, your attorney can arrange a self-surrender, also called a walk-through. An attorney can also work to have bail set beforehand so you’ll quickly be released following your booking.

What's an expunction?

An expunction, also called getting your record expunged, is when you apply to have a charge on your record erased or destroyed permanently. Only certain charges will qualify for expunction, so you should speak to an attorney to see whether you qualify.

What's the impact of being a convicted felon?

There are many lifelong consequences of being a convicted felon. You can lose certain rights, such as the right to bear arms, the right to sit on a jury, and the right to vote. You can also be refused certain housing and job opportunities because of your felon status.

How long will a conviction stay on my record?

Unfortunately, convictions stay on your record permanently. That’s why it’s very important to fight against a conviction. Charges can be removed from your record through the process of expunction, as long as the charges were dropped or dismissed or you were found not guilty.

Contact an Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer

Being charged with a crime is scary, but a conviction is life-changing. Once a crime is on your record, there’s no taking it back. That’s why you should use every option you have to avoid a conviction.

Call an Austin criminal defense lawyer with Tillman Braniff, PLLC to discuss your options. We offer a free consultation when you call 512-236-0505 or complete the form below.


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