Criminal law involves the prosecution by the government of a person for an act that has been classified as a crime.  A crime is an offense against the State or United States.  In a criminal case, the state, through a prosecutor, initiates the suit. Persons convicted of a crime may be incarcerated, fined, or both. Punishments vary depending on the offense and the specific facts of the case. Criminal convictions can be serious enough to affect you for the rest of your life. You may not be able to get a job, get into a specific school, vote, obtain a loan or live as freely as you did before the conviction. 

Most crimes in the United States are established by local ordinances or state and federal laws.  Criminal laws or the punishments assigned to them may vary significantly from state to state.  Crimes may include both felonies and misdemeanors. You have a right to an attorney in a criminal case where there is a possibility that you could receive jail time. You also have a right to a jury trial in the State of Texas for all criminal offenses. It is very important to have an attorney when dealing with any criminal matters.  Please contact Carrabba & Associates, P.C. if you have been charged with a criminal offense so that we can determine if we can assist you and help with protecting your rights.