Criminal Charges Can Have Long-Term Consequences

Pleading guilty and paying your fine may seem like the easiest way to deal with a criminal charge. Unfortunately, what is easiest now can make your life much more difficult later.

At The Garza Law Firm in Corpus Christi, Texas, we offer a free initial consultation so you can discuss criminal charges with an experienced attorney. Call 210-294-5233 to schedule a consultation with lawyer Veronica Garza.

Keeping Your Record As Clear As Possible

Anyone can make a poor decision. What you do next can keep a poor decision from becoming a permanent criminal record. Here are some examples of how pleading guilty to a criminal charge can come back to haunt you:

  • If you are an immigrant, pleading guilty to certain crimes could result in your being deported.
  • If you are a college student, pleading guilty to any crime would make it harder to get a good job in the future. Every time you apply for a job, you would have to disclose your criminal record.
  • If you have a professional job, pleading guilty could result in loss of your career and your reputation.

In many cases, attorney Veronica Garza can resolve criminal charges without a conviction, especially if you are a first-time offender. She handles all types of criminal charges in Texas, including:

  • DUI charges
  • Possession of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin
  • Possession of prescription drugs without a prescription
  • Assault
  • Theft and shoplifting
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Terroristic threats
  • Sex charges

Can I Clear My Criminal Record?

If you have a past arrest or conviction that is causing problems in your life today, lawyer Veronica Garza may be able to help. One of two options may be available to you:

  • Expunction: If your criminal case was resolved through pretrial diversion or a not-guilty verdict, your arrest records can be cleared through an expunction. Following an expunction, you can answer "no" on an employment application if you are asked if you were ever arrested.
  • Nondisclosure: If your case is resolved through probation (known as deferred adjudication), nondisclosure would make your record visible only to law enforcement and educational institutions.

Get answers to your criminal defense questions:

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Schedule A Consultation About Criminal Charges

To discuss criminal charges with lawyer Veronica Garza, call 210-294-5233 or complete our simple contact form. We offer evening and weekend appointments.