According to statistics from the Texas Department of Public Safety, 805,879 crimes were reported to law enforcement statewide in 2019, including 120,508 violent crimes and 685,371 property crimes. In the state of Texas, crimes are categorized into felonies, misdemeanors, and minor offenses, depending on the severity of the offense. A person convicted of a crime may be facing a lengthy prison sentence, huge fines, a permanent criminal record, and other life-altering ramifications.
If you've been arrested and charged with a crime, retaining a highly skilled and aggressive Texas criminal defense attorney is paramount to protect your rights and help build your defense. Attorney Mekisha Jane Walker is dedicated to offering comprehensive legal guidance and reliable representation to clients facing criminal allegations. As your legal counsel, she will evaluate and investigate every detail of your case, explore your possible legal defenses, and help you seek the most favorable outcome available.
Walker Law Office proudly represents clients in Houston, Texas, and throughout Harris, Galveston, Montgomery, Fort Bend, and Brazoria counties.
Breaking the law or committing an offense may result in criminal charges being filed against you. In Texas, criminal acts are classified into three categories, depending on the seriousness and severity of the offense. These categories include:
A minor offense is a crime or infraction that is less serious than a misdemeanor or felony. Examples include disorderly conduct, littering, excessive noise, and traffic offenses. Punishments for minor offenses often include a simple warning, a citation, a small fine, or imprisonment of up to three months.
Misdemeanors are offenses that are considered less violent or less serious than felonies. Examples include assault, DWI, marijuana possession, theft, vandalism, indecent exposure, and prostitution. Based on the severity of the offense, there are three classes of misdemeanors, including:
Class A Misdemeanor — Punishable by up to one year in county jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both.
Class B Misdemeanor — Punishable by up to 180 days in county jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.
Class C Misdemeanor — Punishable by a fine of up to $500. There is no jail time.
Felonies (also referred to as "true crimes") are the most serious kinds of criminal offenses in Texas. Examples include murder, rape, armed robbery, domestic assault, drug possession, kidnapping, and arson. Felonies are further divided into the following degrees.
Capital Felony — Punishable by death or life imprisonment in the case of juveniles
First Degree Felony — Punishable by life imprisonment or five to 99 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Second Degree Felony — Punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Third Degree Felony — Punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
State Jail Felony — Punishable by 180 days to two years in state jail and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Walker Law Office is dedicated to providing outstanding legal services and aggressive representation to clients facing different criminal allegations, including, but not limited to:
Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing or threatening to cause physical or bodily injury to another person.
In the state of Texas, drug crimes include drug possession, manufacturing, cultivation, trafficking, delivery, and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance.
An individual faces Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges for driving or operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or drugs, or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or more.
Under Texas law, a person commits the offense of sexual assault when the defendant intentionally or knowingly penetrates the anus or sexual organ of another person by any means without the victim's consent.
In Texas, a person commits theft if they unlawfully take another person's property without the owner's consent and with an intent to deprive the owner of the property.
Weapons violations occur when a person knowingly carries a handgun at a location other than their personal property or motor vehicle.
This is not a comprehensive list, and attorney Mekisha Jane Walker defends clients in several other criminal cases. If you're facing criminal charges, contact Walker Law Office to review the details of your case and explore your possible legal defenses.
Trying to defend yourself against criminal allegations could expose you to being convicted and receiving the maximum punishment. With limited available resources and lots of casework to deal with, a public defender may not devote sufficient time and resources to investigate and defend your case.
As a result, a public defender may pressure you into taking unfair plea deals that can result in life-long ramifications to your personal and professional future. When facing criminal allegations, it is imperative to retain a skilled Texas criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and outline your defense strategy.
Attorney Mekisha Jane Walker has devoted her career to handling criminal cases and defending clients charged with a wide range of offenses. She has the experience and resources to review all the facts of your case, conduct a comprehensive, private investigation, and strategize an effective defense to pursue a favorable result in your case.
As a former assistant district attorney and felony prosecutor for Harris County, Mekisha Jane Walker knows the law and will help you navigate the Texas criminal justice system. She will represent you through every phase of the legal proceedings and work zealously to protect your rights. She will continue fighting for your freedom and attempt to keep your record clean.
Don't face your criminal charges alone. Contact Walker Law Office today to schedule a one-on-one case evaluation. Attorney Mekisha Jane Walker can offer you the experienced legal counsel, reliable advocacy, and representation that you need throughout the legal proceedings. Walker Law Office is proud to serve clients in Houston, Texas, and throughout Harris County, Galveston County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, and Brazoria County, Texas.