Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Hawkins, TX

When you are seeking a lawyer to represent you on a criminal case, you should hire the most experienced lawyer you can afford. You should ask the lawyer you are considering hiring how many felony cases he or she has tried before a jury, what types of misdemeanor and felony cases he or she has handled, and how many, if they have ever been a prosecutor, and most importantly, you should feel like you have a good connection with the lawyer you hire.

Matt Bingham was the former elected District Attorney for Smith County and the longest-serving prosecutor in it’s history. Matt was appointed as District Attorney by Governor Rick Perry in 2004 and served in that capacity until he retired from public service at the end of 2018 to open his firm dedicated to the defense of citizens accused of crimes.

Among the 150 felony cases he successfully tried before a jury, over 25 of them were murder, capital murder, and death penalty cases, along with many of the most high-profile cases in East Texas. Matt has handled tens of thousands of criminal cases in his career.

Hawkins, Texas, residents can talk to Matt Bingham and schedule an appointment so that he and his staff can get to know you and your case and provide you with the legal representation you deserve. The Law Offices of D. Matt Bingham, PLLC, represent clients in all types of criminal proceedings and cases, in Hawkins, TX.

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Matt was licensed to practice law in 1993. He served as a prosecutor for almost 25 years, sixteen of those as the elected District Attorney of Smith County, Texas. Matt was appointed as District Attorney by Governor Rick Perry in 2004 and served in that capacity until he retired from public service at the end of 2018 to open his firm dedicated to the defense of citizens accused of crimes. Among the 150 felony cases he successfully tried before a jury, over 25 of them were murder, capital murder, and death penalty cases, along with many of the most high-profile cases in East Texas. Matt has handled tens of thousands of criminal cases in his career.

With thousands of criminal cases under his belt, Matt has used his experience to teach other lawyers about the intricacies of capital murder litigation at the Center for American and International Law.

Matt prepares for your case with a client-first approach. He wants to get to know every aspect of his client’s lives. Matt believes the best results are achieved in any criminal case with extensive preparation in every aspect of the case, as well as knowing as much about his client and their life up to the time of arrest. Matt has tried before a jury many of the highest profile cases in East Texas over the past 25 years. Matt is not only relentless in preparation of each client’s case but puts 28 years of comprehensive trial and litigation experience to work for you. What lawyer you hire really does make a difference. Whoever you decide to have represent you, make sure you ask about their experience handling complex criminal litigation, their first chair jury trial experience, how many juries they have picked and experts they have cross-examined. With 150 jury trials and tens of thousands of criminal cases under his belt, Matt is ready to represent you no matter the complexity of the criminal case. Experience does matter. Hire the most experienced criminal defense lawyer you can afford.

For more information on the legal services provided by The Law Offices of D. Matt Bingham, PLLC, near Hawkins, Texas, contact us today for a consultation on your case. MORE ABOUT US

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Drug crimes and the potential punishment in an individual case can vary significantly based on the type and amount of drug or controlled substance alleged to be involved. Additionally, whether it is a possession case, or a delivery can affect the seriousness of the charge and the potential punishment in the case. Also, the criminal history or lack thereof is also very important.

It is also very important to look closely at and develop the reason why an individual may have had the drug on them in the first place. One aspect of our firm is that we want to get to know our clients as people. We want to know as much about them and their life as we possibly can. Many times, when people are in possession of drugs, it is because they have some other area in their life that needs to be addressed. Whether the individual is dealing with a past trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression or a mental illness, there is often a reason behind them finding themselves in this situation other than a disregard for the law.

It is also a must that you look at all the Constitutional aspects of the law that are in play in these types of cases, such as a reasonable suspicion to stop, and probable cause to search. Why did the police stop you, and how did they find the drugs?

Your lawyer should look closely at the chain of custody on the evidence and the testing protocol used to test the substance.

You should always hire the best lawyer you can afford. The lawyer’s experience in the investigation and litigation of these types of cases is a crucial consideration. 

From a misdemeanor drug charge to a felony charge, you need a criminal defense attorney who knows the law and has extensive experience with cases like yours.

If you are charged with a drug crime in Hawkins, TX, call Matt Bingham and set up a time for a free consultation to ask about his criminal law experience and learn about your options going forward. MORE ON DRUG LAW

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Driving While Intoxicated cases are one of the most commonly charged crimes in Texas. They are aggressively prosecuted in most counties and can result in not only jail or prison sentences, but also severe fines under the Texas Penal Code and Article 709 of the Texas Transportation Code. Additionally, even a deferred probation on a Class B misdemeanor DWI can result in the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. Additionally, there can be drivers license suspensions as a result of a DWI conviction.

If you are arrested for DWI you need to call a DWI lawyer as soon as possible. You have 15 days from your date of arrest to request an ALR hearing. This hearing is separate from the DWI criminal case and deals only with the suspension of your license. These hearings are conducted in front of an Administrative Judge and prosecuted by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

A lawyer representing you on a DWI charge should (to name a few):

The proper defense of Driving While Intoxicated cases is complex and involved, if done correctly.

The legal, personal and professional ramifications of a drunk driving conviction can be serious and long lasting.

If you have been arrested for DWI, please call Texas DWI attorney Matt Bingham as soon as possible to make sure your rights are protected and no important legal deadlines are missed. MORE DWI INFORMATION

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Theft convictions have lifelong consequences, whether Class C misdemeanors or first-degree felonies. The law, and most employers, consider thefts as crimes of moral turpitude and therefore disqualifying for many employers.

The law determines the severity of the theft charge by the total value of property that was alleged to have been taken. Hawkins defense attorney, Matt Bingham, has handled thousands of felony and misdemeanor theft cases.

If you've been arrested for a theft offense, whether a misdemeanor or felony, you need an attorney experienced in handling these types of cases representing you in Hawkins, TX. MORE THEFT LAW INFORMATION

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While the crimes of Fraud and Theft are closely related, and the distinction can be confusing, the Texas Penal Code outlines different sections for these crimes. Theft occurs when someone takes something of value from the owner of the property, without the owner’s consent and with the intent to permanently deprive that person of the property. Fraud also involves the taking of something of value from someone else, but involves doing so by deception more than the outright physical taking of the property or thing of value.

Some crimes, such as credit card abuse, allow for the filing of either a theft or fraud case by law enforcement.

The following are examples of Fraud cases in Texas:

If you have been charged with any criminal offense, such as fraud, Texas Fraud Attorney in Hawkins, TX, Matt Bingham, is available anytime to meet with you and discuss the case.

When you hire us, Matt will immediately begin working on and investigating the facts of your case. MORE FRAUD LAW INFORMATION

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Child Endangerment is committed when a person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act, or omission, engages in conduct that places a child younger than 15 years of age in imminent danger of death, serious bodily injury or physical or mental impairment.

Under the case Hernandez v. State, 531 S.W.3d 359, to be “imminent”, the situation must be immediate and actual, not potential or future, at the moment of the act or omission by the defendant. In other words, the danger must be imminent at the moment the defendant engages in the conduct. Conduct that places a child in a potentially dangerous situation is not sufficient for conviction.

Whether an act or omission is “imminent” is a question for the jury, or finder of fact. This is only one example of the complexity of these types of cases.

Child victims make these cases very emotional for prosecutors and juries. Everyone wants to make sure children are protected and safe. However, not every act or omission by a person that prosecutors believe is a criminal event legally warrants prosecution.

The investigation and preparation of these cases can be very complex. Your best chance of achieving a favorable outcome is to hire an experienced child endangerment lawyer.

Call Matt Bingham for legal representation if you've been charged with endangering a child. MORE CHILD ENDANGERMENT INFORMATION

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Sexual crimes are aggressively prosecuted in Texas and just being accused of such a crime can have life changing consequences. One of the most devasting consequences of these allegations is the potential for having to register as a sex offender. In Texas, even if a defendant receives deferred adjudication probation, which will result in no felony conviction if the probation is completed, he or she will still have to register as a sex offender. Unfortunately, these cases have the highest occurrences of false accusations. For example, many times, these accusations will result from one party in a divorce trying to gain the upper hand, and using the criminal justice system as a sword, even when the accusations are not true. No matter the motive, or if the accusation is true, you need an experienced defense attorney.

An accusation of a sex crime can change a person's entire life. An experienced criminal defense lawyer is the best thing you can do if you are being investigated for a sex crime. You will probably be contacted by Law Enforcement, or maybe even Child Protective Services (CPS), during the investigation and asked for a statement. Do not give or make a statement to the police, CPS, or anyone else, including family members, or your clergy, without first contacting an attorney.

Your right to remain silent and not submit any statement to anyone cannot be overstated - you should use that right and hire a skilled criminal defense lawyer. With every word that you give the police, your options narrow.

Hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible if you are being investigated or charged with sex crimes. Be thorough when choosing a lawyer and hire someone with experience if a criminal charge has been filed against you by the State of Texas.

Life, liberty, and livelihood are at stake. Experienced criminal defense lawyers in Hawkins can investigate and challenge the prosecution's case, develop a strong defense on your behalf and challenge the accusations. For an attorney who will fight with you and for you, give Matt Bingham a call today. MORE INFORMATION

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Have you been charged with a violent crime in Hawkins, TX? You need an attorney with experience investigating, preparing, and winning these trials in front of juries.

Matt was licensed in 1993. Matt has successfully tried many of the highest-profile criminal homicide cases in East Texas over the past 23 years. Matt successfully tried over 150 felony cases before juries, including over 25 murder, capital murder, and death penalty cases.

You need a knowledgeable trial attorney in Hawkins, TX, to defend you if you've been charged with a violent crime. To receive a vigorous defense and a fair trial, you should hire an attorney with experience in examining the evidence, building defenses, and preparing the cross-examination of the state's witnesses and experts.

Matt Bingham has been litigating complex homicide and violent crime cases for almost a quarter-century. In an attempt to convict you, the State will use all of the District Attorney's resources. Your family, job, and freedom are at risk if you are charged with a violent crime. A criminal defense attorney in Hawkins, TX with aggressiveness and experience can protect your rights. MORE INFORMATION

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A homicide occurs when someone takes the life of another person without legal justification. It is not always a crime to take the life of another person. Whether someone’s actions, in taking the life of another person, were legally justified, depends on whether the person acted in self-defense. Self-defense is a very complicated area of the law. Although the law regarding self-defense is very specific, the fact scenarios it could apply to are not. The determination of whether someone acted in self-defense depends almost entirely on whether the persons actions were “reasonable”. That is whether a “reasonable person” would have believed deadly force was immediately necessary to stop the other person’s unlawful use of deadly force against them. This also applies when we are talking about the defense of third persons.

Crimes of homicide can be classified as capital murder, murder, manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide. What differentiates murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide is the culpable mental state of the actor at the time he took the other person’s life. The three mental states culpable in criminal homicide are intentionally and knowingly (capital murder and murder), recklessly (manslaughter), and criminal negligence (criminally negligent murder).

Matt Bingham has successfully tried before a jury over 23 capital murder, murder, and death penalty cases. He has tried numerous other manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide cases.

Matt is one of the most experienced homicide lawyers in East Texas.  Matt will investigate the allegations carefully, look at all the evidence, and will aggressively challenge the prosecution’s case.

The defense lawyer should evaluate:

  1. all affirmative defenses, such as self-defense, and necessity;
  2. the manner and cause of death;
  3. type and location of injuries;
  4. toxicology reports;
  5. autopsy reports;
  6. closely examine the alleged weapon used;
  7. investigate locations and types of bloodstain patterns;
  8. an affirmative defense or mitigation based on the medical evidence of mental illness.

If you are charged with any criminal homicide case, you absolutely need a lawyer experienced in criminal homicide litigation. MORE INFORMATION

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If you are facing a criminal charge, from fraud to a sex crime or even criminal homicide, you have a criminal defense attorney in Hawkins who will fight for your constitutional rights.

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