Practice Areas

Criminal offenses are classified as either felonies or misdemeanors. All criminal offenses fall into one of these two categories. Although all criminal offenses are serious matters, felony offenses carry more severe potential punishments than misdemeanors.

Felonies

The Law Office of Scott Brown handles all types of felony cases in both State and Federal District Courts throughout Texas. Mr. Brown utilizes his extensive trial experience and knowledge of the law to aggressively represent individuals charged with serious felony offenses.

Mr. Brown handles all State felony cases including Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Assault, Felony DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, Indecency, Manslaughter, Intoxication Manslaughter, Kidnapping, Injury to a Child, Forgery, Felony Theft, Weapons Offenses, and Burglary. Mr. Brown handles all types of Federal felony charges including mail fraud, tax fraud, and white collar crimes.

Misdemeanors

The Law Office of Scott Brown handles all types of misdemeanors cases.

Mr. Brown will aggressively represent you if you are charged with any misdemeanor offense including DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), DUI (Driving Under the Influence), Possession of Marihuana, Assault, Theft, Indecent Exposure, Public Lewdness, Terroristic Threat, Deadly Conduct, Public Intoxication, Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, Handgun Offenses, and Obscenity.

 

Drug OffensesAlcohol Related Offenses
Sexual OffensesAssaultive Offenses
MurderDNA Relief for the Convicted
AppealsExpunctions and Nondisclosures
Juvenile

Drug Offenses

The Law Office of Scott Brown has extensive experience in representing individuals accused of committing all types of drug offenses – from possession of a small amount of marijuana to manufacturing large quantities of controlled substances. The current drug laws are vigorously enforced at the state and federal level. Many times this leads to situations where law enforcement agents overstep their bounds and violate a person’s constitutional rights.

Mr. Brown will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case in order to determine whether law enforcement agents violated your constitutional rights. If this appears to be the case (and it often is), Mr. Brown will aggressively argue this issue to the presiding judge of your case.

Another key issue in drug cases is the weight of the controlled substance. Many times the weight will be purposely or inadvertently overstated by the police or the lab. Since larger amounts of narcotics carry stiffer penalties, it is important to examine the prosecution’s evidence in every case. This could be the factor that changes a case from a potentially long prison sentence to probation without a conviction. Mr. Brown will protect your rights and prevent the prosecution from pursuing a greater than warranted charge against you.

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Alcohol Related Offenses – DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), DUI (Driving Under the Influence), Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges account for a large percentage of the criminal cases prosecuted in Texas. The penalties for a first time DWI offense are severe, including the possibility of: thousands of dollars in fines, up to six months in jail for your first offense, driver’s license suspension, and $1,000.00 per year for three years in order to avoid additional suspension of your driver’s license. Penalties increase for subsequent DWI charges; an arrest for a third or greater DWI can result in felony charges with the possibility of considerable prison time.

The majority of people charged with DWI have never been in trouble before and are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system. Mr. Brown has been handling DWI cases since he first began practicing law in 1990. Mr. Brown knows how to evaluate all aspects of a DWI case, including the offense report, the videotape and the breath or blood test (if applicable), in order to obtain the best possible result for his clients. Mr. Brown has an exceptional record in DWI jury trials, obtaining not guilty verdicts in a large majority of his misdemeanor DWI trials. Additionally, Mr. Brown has obtained favorable plea bargains to lesser charges for many of his clients charged with DWI.

Mr. Brown is also skillful at representing individuals charged with other alcohol related offenses such as intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter. These types of cases require special care and preparation due to the additional element of serious bodily injury or death. Mr. Brown has successfully represented numerous clients charged with these types of offenses.

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Sexual Offenses

Allegations of criminal sexual misconduct are on the rise across Texas. These types of cases have become so prevalent that a large number of police departments and District Attorney’s offices have special task forces specifically assigned to handle certain types of sex crimes.

The punishments for sexual offenses are among the most severe in our judicial system. In addition to substantial terms of incarceration in prison, many sexual offenses carry the added penalty of registering as a sex offender for life.

In the face of these extreme potential punishments, Mr. Brown aggressively represents his clients charged with committing sexual offenses. Too many people are falsely accused of committing these types of crimes. Many times, thorough investigation and preparation can lead to a favorable resolution prior to jury trial. A substantial amount of cases can be resolved favorably before they are filed or indicted. If a trial is necessary, Mr. Brown utilizes his formidable knowledge of the law and diligent preparation with regard to the facts in order to achieve the best results possible for his clients.

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Assaultive Offenses, INCLUDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

The Law Office of Scott Brown handles misdemeanor and felony assaults, including family violence cases. Many District Attorney’s offices have special divisions devoted solely to prosecuting family violence cases. A sentence for an offense involving family violence can lead to felony charges for a subsequent family violence arrest.

Mr. Brown has successfully defended many individuals charged with these types of offenses. On numerous occasions, Mr. Brown has been able to resolve these cases by obtaining affidavits of nonprosecution from the alleged injured party. Mr. Brown will conduct a thorough investigation of all of the allegations against you, and, if necessary, aggressively present your side of your case to a jury.

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Murder

If you are facing this serious felony charge, you need an attorney with significant experience in this specific area of criminal law. Mr. Brown has successfully defended numerous individuals charged with murder. Mr. Brown will conduct a thorough investigation of all of the facts of your case, and use his substantial knowledge of criminal law, in order to present the best defense possible. When presented with the proper facts, a jury will many times be willing to consider a much lesser charge than murder, or outright acquittal.

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DNA Relief for the Convicted

In April, 2001, the Texas legislature enacted a law that allows some convicted individuals to assert their innocence through the use of DNA testing. Before a person will be entitled to DNA testing, his case must meet numerous very strict requirements. Mr. Brown is a preeminent practitioner in the area of post-conviction DNA relief. Through the procedure outlined in the DNA Act, Mr. Brown successfully obtained the release of a man who had spent 13 years in prison for the offense of aggravated sexual assault. This was the first Tarrant County man to be released based upon the recently passed DNA law. Due to Mr. Brown’s extensive knowledge of this area of law, several Tarrant County judges routinely appoint Mr. Brown to assist convicted individuals seeking DNA testing of evidence in their cases.

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Appeals

The Law Office of Scott Brown handles appeals of all types of criminal convictions. Mr. Brown will tirelessly research the law applicable to your particular case in order to present the legal arguments most likely to result in appellate relief. In the past few years, Mr. Brown has an exemplary record with regard to appeals, achieving reversals of convictions in numerous cases.


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Expunctions and Nondisclosures

Many individuals with criminal blemishes on their record are entitled to have these impediments completely removed or access to them significantly restricted. The laws regarding these procedures are complex and exacting. Mr. Brown is thoroughly familiar with this area of the law and has successfully “cleansed” the records of numerous individuals. Having these blights removed can make a huge difference when applying to college or interviewing for employment.

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Juvenile

Juveniles are being arrested and prosecuted at an ever-increasing rate. The potential penalties are severe, including the possibility of incarceration with the Texas Youth Commission. Furthermore, a poor juvenile record can have devastating effects on a person’s future ability to enroll in college or obtain employment.

Mr. Brown has extensive knowledge of all aspects of juvenile law, including sealing of records. Mr. Brown has handled hundreds of juvenile cases. In many of these cases, he was able to obtain dismissals or other resolutions that did not lead to a blemish on his client’s record.

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