San Antonio Charges Require an Experienced Texas Defense Lawyer
Mr. Floyd Travels to State Courts Throughout Texas and Federal Courts Nationwide. Principal Office located at 2000 Smith St. Houston, Texas 77002. All other locations by appointment only.
Most of the world remembers San Antonio for The Alamo and the Spurs, but everyone who lives there know there’s a lot more to their city than that. Locals and tourists alike mingle on the popular River Walk along the banks of the San Antonio River. The Tower of the Americas, which has been standing for almost 50 years, offers an unforgettable view of the city. And the history here is palpable, with Spanish colonial missions dating back to 1691.
Longtime residents have witnessed San Antonio grow, becoming the second most populated city in Texas and now the seventh largest in the United States. Tourism is a major economic boon for the city, and like any city with high tourists traffic, San Antonio experiences it share of crime. The constant stream of tourists coming to snap their picture at the site where the Battle of the Alamo took place expect the city’s police department to protect them, and it does.
NeighnorhoodScout rates the nation’s most dangerous cities with a population of more than 25,000. San Antonio is not on that list; in fact, only three Texas cities made the list: Houston (68), Odessa (80), and Beaumont (100).
But the vigilant efforts by local law enforcement to keep tourists safe too often leads to local people being unfairly targeted for scrutiny by the police. If you are one of those individuals who get caught up in this constant law enforcement effort to keep the crime rate low and find yourself facing a criminal charge, you will need a qualified criminal defense attorney who can, and will, aggressively represent your interests.
Board Certified criminal defense lawyer, John T. Floyd is the attorney clients trust when they are facing the most difficult and trying time of their lives. With over 20 years of experience defending the rights of people accused of crimes, Mr. Floyd is committed to providing the best defense possible for clients in San Antonio. He will make sure your rights are valued, respected, and protected from the moment he takes your case. His ultimate goal is to help you get back your normal life. With Mr. Floyd as your attorney, your case will always be in the most experienced hands.
In 2006, the U.S. Justice Department launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Antonio vigorously prosecutes all cases brought under this project. For example, in November 2015, following the successful prosecution of a defendant on two counts of production, receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography, Chief United States District Federal Judge Fred Biery sentenced the man to 135 years in prison.
In fact, the judge encouraged the U.S. Attorney’s Office to go after the defendant’s military disability or retirement money to provide his victims’ with restitution and to cover court costs.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office Antonio stoutly pursues investigations and prosecutions of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (“OCDETF”) Program whose primary goals are to disrupt domestic drug trafficking and production. These goals are achieved through partnerships with state and local authorities to investigate, arrest, and prosecute violent offenders and illegal firearms traffickers.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is also charged with the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting corruption, economic crimes, and transnational organized crime under the Justice Department’s Transnational Organized Crime initiative.
The Office has an array of seasoned, experienced prosecutors who must be met with a vigorous defense.
The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office is led by Nicholas LaHood.
The District Attorney’s Office is strong on victims’ advocacy. It provides trained advocates to assist victims with the criminal justice system, how to apply for crime victims’ compensation, and how to track the status of cases in the system.
The District Attorney’s Office, under Nicholas LaHood, has established a Conviction Integrity Unit as an independent section of the office. The CIU investigates claims of actual innocence or wrongful convictions of defendants who have been through the trial and appeal processes.
Concerned about the high incidence of child abuse in the city, DA LaHood has established the Child Abuse Unit comprised of 18 prosecutors charged with the responsibility of aggressively pursuing cases involving children who have been abused or neglected.
DA LaHood has also formed a Human Trafficking Task Force whose responsibility is to prosecute individuals charged with exploiting adults by making them engage in sex or labor by force, fraud or coercion, and children by making them engage in sex by any means.
The District Attorney’s Office, thus, maintains a severe prosecution policy which must be met with a highly qualified defense team.
Fight Your San Antonio Charges with a Knowledgeable Texas Criminal Lawyer
If you must fight a criminal charge in either state or federal court in San Antonio, you will need a lawyer by your side who not only understands the complexities of Texas state and federal law, but also one who thoroughly investigates the facts of your particular charge. Mr. Floyd has devoted his entire career to the practice of criminal law, and has successfully defended clients against a wide variety of charges, such as:
If you have been charged with one of these crimes or any other serious offense, a conviction can carry life-altering personal and legal consequences. Along with expensive fines and the potential of years in prison, a conviction will also follow you around for the rest of your life, making it tough to land a job, attend school, or even find a place to live. On top of that, the stigma attached to a criminal record can also affect your relationships with family, friends, and the people in your life you care about most.
The Consequences of a State Criminal Record
There are also many collateral consequences for having been convicted of a criminal offense in Texas.
Employment. Many occupations (such as barber, plumber, nurse, etc.) require a license to work. Section 53.021 of the Texas Occupations Code authorize Texas licensing authorities to revoke, suspend, or deny a license to anyone convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
Education: Any student convicted of the possession or sale of a controlled substance can lose or be denied financial assistance under the Federal Student Loans and Grants program, or the forfeiture of a prepaid scholarship.
Asset forfeiture: Serious drug and white collar convictions can result of forfeiture of cash, vehicles, homes, personal property, and businesses.
Firearm: A conviction of more than one year will result in loss of the right to own or possess a firearm or ammunition.
Housing: Federal housing policies permit the exclusion of drug offenders from federally subsidized or funded housing. Most rental applications ask if you’ve ever been convicted of a felony.
Civil rights: A felony conviction results in the loss of the right to vote, run for public office, be appointed to a public office, or serve on a jury.
Because of the wide range of criminal penalties associated with state felony convictions in Texas, any one charged with a criminal offense in Bexar County needs an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney.
The Consequences of a Federal Criminal Record
Federal felony convictions can also lead to civil forfeitures that result in the loss of personal property, including cash, homes, vehicles, planes, and other personal belongings
The proceeds from forfeited property go into the coffers of law enforcement agencies, not the government treasury. Thus, the police have an incentive to seize and forfeit as much property as possible, regardless of whether it is actually tied to an offender’s offense-related activity.
Beyond these serious to severe penal consequences, federal felony convictions have significant personal collateral consequences. They can disqualify you for a job in the health care industry, government, private security, law enforcement, many areas of the criminal justice system, and any other job requiring a security clearance.
They can, and most likely will, have adverse impact on your employment prospects with companies that routinely run criminal background checks prior to their decision to hire. They can also have a serious impact on your ability to rent a suitable residence as property owners also frequently run background checks, refusing to rent or lease to ex-felons.
Let a Texas Defense Attorney Trusted by the Experts Take Care of Your San Antonio Charges
A good lawyer has satisfied clients. But a great lawyer not only has satisfied clients, but is renowned with his peers, the media, and the legal community for accomplishments that distinguish him from other attorneys.
John T. Floyd has been recognized and honored for numerous achievements throughout his legal career.
Avvo – 10/10 Rating, Clients’ Choice Award 2008-2015
H Texas Magazine – Houston’s Top Lawyers 2007-2015
National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2015
Newsweek – Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys 2014
State Bar of Texas – Top 10 Blog Posts 2015
SuperLawyers – 2014-2015
Mr. Floyd is a constant presence in the media. News outlets frequently seek him out because of his wide range of experience and knowledge about criminal law topics. He has been asked to offer his expert perspective on judicial issues to a variety of respected programs and publications.
BBC – interviewed as criminal law expert
Chron – Featured in article in 2015
CNSNews – Featured in article in 2012
Fox News –interviewed as criminal law expert on multiple occasions
HGExperts – Featured in article in 2008
Hannity and Colmes – interviewed as criminal law expert
NPR – interviewed as criminal law expert
The Huffington Post – Featured in article in 2013
Victoria Advocate – Featured in article in 2011
Fight Your San Antonio Criminal Charges – Contact a Texas Defense Lawyer Today
If you have been charged with a crime in San Antonio, contact a Texas defense lawyer you trust as soon as possible. Once you reach out to a knowledgeable criminal attorney, the chances that your charges will get reduced, dropped, or dismissed only increase. Don’t hesitate during one of the most important times in your life, because waiting for something to happen could cost you everything.
Take action now and reach out to The John. T. Floyd Law Firm by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, filling out the online confidential case review form, or picking up your phone and calling us at 713-224-0101. What do you have to lose?