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Criminal Defense & Appeals


Your Legal Advocate for Criminal Cases

If you are arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, Mr. Woods will provide you with aggressive criminal defense. Representation is provided in Tyler, Longview, Lufkin, Marshall, and throughout Texas. At the Law Office of Patrick K. Woods we focus a significant portion of our practice on criminal defense. Our firm concentrates on these areas of the law because we believe deeply in upholding the rights of individuals as they interact with the power of the government. When you need an experienced attorney dedicated to fighting for your rights and guiding you through the bureaucratic maze, please contact our office for a free telephone consultation.

Our firm can explain the difference between state and federal crimes and inform you about your rights concerning Miranda warnings and parole. We can detail the potential consequences you may face if you are convicted for a sex offense, DUI, drug possession, illegal re-entry, or any other criminal act, and we can help you formulate a solid defense. 


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Criminal Defense

Getting arrested and charged with a crime can be a scary and stressful event. You need an aggressive attorney to represent you and your rights in court. Mr. Woods represents clients with criminal offenses in any court throughout Texas. He will give your case the time and attention to detail that you deserve. Contact his office to discuss your case with a criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights in court.

Drug Crimes

A drug crime is considered a criminal act that involves an illegal controlled substance or narcotic. If you have been accused or suspected of committing a drug crime, you must contact an experienced and aggressive Texas criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Drug cases have the potential to be highly complex and to present numerous severe penalties if the defendant is convicted.

In Texas, there are a number of illegal drugs that are commonly used to commit a drug crime, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, and crystal meth. Attorney Patrick K. Woods has handled countless cases involving these types of drugs, and can competently defend clients charged with the following drug crimes:

Drug possession
Possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or distribute
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Cultivation
Manufacturing
Trafficking and distribution
Transportation
Driving under the influence of drugs

It is also considered a drug crime to use a prescription or over-the-counter drug for an illegal purpose. A drug crime conviction will result in serious legal ramifications, including long-term jail and prison sentences, probation, large fines, mandatory drug treatment, community service, driver's license suspension, and a mark on your permanent record. In addition, a drug crime conviction can seriously damage your reputation and destroy your relationship with your family and friends.  Drug crimes are covered by both federal and state laws in Texas.

Federal Criminal Defense

Most criminal cases in Texas are heard in the state district courts or in county courts at law.  State criminal laws generally cover any area of criminal law not exclusively reserved by the federal government. This means that most crimes against a person or property are state crimes, including homicide, sex crimes, robbery, burglary, and domestic violence.

However, some crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the United States government and are prosecuted in federal court.  Only certain attorneys are admitted to practice in federal court, so it is important to seek a federal criminal defense attorney if you are facing federal criminal charges or under federal indictment. Crimes commonly prosecuted as federal offenses include the distribution of child pornography, perjury, gun manufacturing, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and other offenses.


White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes often take the form of a complex civil case but with criminal penalties.  Therefore, an understanding of both civil and criminal law is essential when representing a client accused of a white collar crime.  White collar crimes are also prosecuted in federal court.  If you are facing white-collar criminal charges or have reason to believe you are the target of a criminal investigation, it is important to consult with an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.  Your career, your reputation and your very freedom may be at stake.  Examples of white collar crimes often prosecuted in federal court include fraud, sex crimes, drug crimes, embezzlement, conspiracy, and public corruption.

Federal Sex Crimes

Rape, sexual assault, and child molestation are typically charged as state crimes. With the proliferation of the Internet, however, if such a crime involves multiple states or has occurred overseas, the offense may be prosecuted in federal court.

Child pornography, for example, is commonly prosecuted in federal court when someone in Texas allegedly distributes or receives sexually explicit images of a minor to or from someone in another state or from abroad.  This can occur through file sharing on the Internet or even directly sending child pornography through email or instant messaging, all of which are forms of interstate/international wire communications.  Federal child pornography laws are codified in 18 U.S. Code, Chapter 110, entitled “Sexual Exploitation and Other Abuse of Children.”

These laws prohibit the solicitation, manufacture, production, distribution, and possession of child pornography. They also mandate a legal requirement for adults to report child abuse, and they authorize several agencies to investigate and prosecute the sexual exploitation of children.

The federal government also investigates and prosecutes other Internet-related sex crimes—such as the online solicitation of a minor, which occurs when an adult has sexually explicit chats with a minor in another state.  If the internet-based conversation leads to travel across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sex with a minor, the adult may be charged with several federal sex crimes.