CLINESMITH CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW CENTER

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I represent individuals who have been arrested on a wide variety of misdemeanor charges. I have vast experience helping people navigate the criminal justice system and contest the misdemeanor charges brought against them. I will fight your misdemeanor case aggressively. Let me negotiate on your behalf or represent you at trial against the State if its attorneys will not agree to a reasonable deal.


The penalties for a misdemeanor offense are not as severe as the penalties for a felony offense, but can still be very serious, even if it is your first offense. The possible penalties include:
  • Up to one year in the County Jail
  • Up to 2 years of Probation
  • Suspension of your Texas Drivers License
  • Registration as a sex offender
  • Community service
  • Random testing for drug and alcohol use
  • Fines, court costs and restitution
  • Attendance in alcohol or drug treatment programs

Whether your misdemeanor charge is for Posession of Marijuana, Driving While Intoxicated, Assault, Hot Checks,Terroristic Threat, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, Deadly Conduct, Burglary of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Trespass, Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Indecent Exposure or Theft, a misdemeanor conviction can affect your life in many negative ways that can interfere with your social life and future employment opportunities.

I want to help you avoid all of this by clearing your good name and keeping your reputation intact.

The extensive expertise I have gained over the years can help ease the negative impact of a misdemeanor conviction on you and your family. I will put my experience to work for you to help you reach a favorable outcome, and I will work with you and the other parties involved in your case to prevent the full weight of the law from falling on you and your family.

Contact me online, or call me at (940) 566-4600 to set up a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.



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A person can have many reactions when being charged with or even investigated for a felony offense in Texas. The reaction that is most damaging is to not hire a lawyer early on in the process. Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer, even before you are formally charged or arrested, increases your chances of a successful outcome. That is because there are more options available at that time but these options slowly go away with the passage of time. Do not delay. Act now and let me negotiate on your behalf or represent you at trial against the State if its attorneys will not agree to a reasonable deal.


The penalties for felony offenses are very serious and often severe, even if it is your first offense. The possible penalties include:
  • Prison terms
  • Up to 10 years of Probation
  • Suspension of your Texas Drivers License
  • Registration as a Sex Offender
  • Community service
  • Random testing for drug and alcohol use
  • Fines, court costs and restitution
  • Loss of your ability to vote
  • Loss of your ability to own a weapon
  • Loss of your ability to hold public office
  • Loss of you ability to serve on a jury
  • Attendance in alcohol or drug treatment programs
  • And other significant penalties

Types of felonies include aggravated assault, robbery and other theft crimes, attempted murder and homicide, serious sexual assaults, and other serious offenses. Besides a possible long period of time behind bars, there can be fines, registration requirements for certain sex crimes, community service and other things that can interfere with your family, future employment opportunities, and more.

I want to help you avoid all of this by clearing your good name and keeping your good reputation intact.

The extensive expertise I have gained over the years can help minimize the negative impact of a felony accusation on your life. I will put my experience to work for you to help you reach a favorable outcome, and I will work with you and the other parties involved in your case to prevent the full weight of the law from falling on you and your family.

Contact me online, or call me at (940) 566-4600 to set up a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.



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Your license is not automatically suspended!!! Generally, you have only fifteen (15) days from the date of your arrest to notify the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) that you want to contest the suspension of your driver's license. If you fail to notify DPS of your desire to contest the driver's license suspension you will have missed a great opportunity to get a look at the State's case against you. Many times I am able to save your driver's license which saves you lots of money in surcharges, increased insurance rates and reinstatement fees.


I represent drivers all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex who have been arrested for DWI. I have the experience necessary to help you navigate the criminal justice system and contest your DWI charge. Let me get started on your case right now by contesting the suspension of your driver's license before it is too late. I will also negotiate on your behalf or represent you at trial against the State if their attorneys will not present us with a reasonable deal. The penalties for a DWI offense are very serious, even if it is your first offense. The possible penalties include:
  • Jail time
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Random testing for drug and alcohol use
  • Restricting your travel out of Texas
  • Fines, court costs and restitution
  • Attendance in alcohol treatment programs
  • DWI education classes
  • DWI Victim Impact classes

Criminal punishment aside, a DWI conviction can affect your life in many other ways. For example, not only does a DWI conviction potentially result in the suspension of your driver's license and increased auto insurance premiums, but you may also have to pay a surcharge of $1,000 to $2,000 per year for your driver's license for a period of three years.

I want to help you avoid license suspension or obtain restricted status, which will allow you to drive for the purposes of work and household duties.

The punishment, personal and professional consequences can become even more severe if your current DWI charge is not your first one. If the new offense has ocurred within a certain time frame, the State can suspend your driver's license and during the first year of that suspension you will not be allowed to have an Occupational Driver's License. This restriction will affect both you and your family, as it will drastically affect your ability to work and deal with your family's needs. I want to help you avoid license suspension if at all possible. In those cases in which we cannot prevent that, I want to help you obtain an Occupational Drivers License which will allow you to drive for the purposes of work and household duties.

The expertise I have gained over the years can help ease the impact of a DWI conviction on you and your family. I will put my experience to work for you to help you reach a favorable outcome, and I will work with you and the other parties involved in your case to prevent the full weight of the law from falling on you and your family. This restriction will affect both you and your family, as it will drastically affect your ability to work and provide for your family's needs. I want to help you avoid license suspensions if at all possible.

Contact me online, or call me at (940) 566-4600 to set up a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.



You are in danger. Contact me. I can help.

When you become the target of a Federal Government investigation you are facing an incredibly serious situation. There are a lot of different Federal crimes for which a person can be charged. A study by LSU Law Professor John S. Baker showed that between 2000 and 2007 the Federal Government had enacted more than one new Federal Crime every week. There are now more than 4,400 laws on the Federal books of which you might be in violation and the list is growing every week. Brian Walsh, of the Heritage Institute in Washington, D.C., commented that "[t]he proliferation of federal criminal law puts everyone at risk."


There are two possible response you can have after hearing that you are the target of a Federal investigation: (1) You can stick your head in the sand and hope that the Federal government decides on its own to drop their investigation of you. Or, (2) You can be proactive. You can really do something about the fact that the Federal government is asking questions about you. Your uninformed panic can be changed to informed decisions made by you. But you need to act now by hiring an experienced Federal criminal defense attorney before an indictment is sought against you. By doing this one thing you can take control of the situation and it could be the difference between being indicted and not being indicted.

When you hire me, I immediately go to work for you, negotiating with federal prosecutors in an attempt to achieve the best results possible in light of your situation. The choice is yours: (1) Be proactive or (2) Hold out hope that the Federal government will be merciful and drop the case against you on their own. Make the right choice and call me today.

Even if you have already been charged do not lose hope. There are still many things I can do to seek a final result that is as favorable as possible in your situation. But we need to get to work on your case today.

Contact me online, or call me at (940) 566-4600 to set up a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.