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How to game plan your legal defense in West Texas!

I grew up in a small town with less than 4,000 citizens. Like most small towns in West Texas, the people have a fairly harsh view of crime and criminal activity. This also tends to hold true with the elected officials and prosecutors in the Lubbock and West Texas area. As a former prosecutor for nearly a decade in Lubbock County, I have tried over 100 jury trials and been involved in thousands of criminal cases. One thing I have learned is that jurors in West Texas tend to lean to the right. So, if you are arrested or charged with a felony offense in Lubbock County or surrounding communities, or charged with a DWI in Lubbock County or any other crime, what is the best course of action for you? To start, you must have a game plan. This game plan must be clear and the planner must be proactive. If you have been charged or indicted in Lubbock or West Texas, you need an experienced and aggressive attorney to help you plan your legal defense. Particularly, an attorney who is West Texan!

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What are the steps in a good game plan?

To start, it is imperative that you hire an attorney immediately. There are many fine attorneys in the Lubbock area and region. I believe that your attorney selection is the key to ensuring your rights are protected and that you receive the best "game plan" available. Second, make sure your attorney is proactive and knows where the case is in the process. Has the case been presented to the prosecuting office? Is it still with the law enforcement agency? Does your attorney have the proper contacts to know where the case is? Third, ensure your attorney or the attorney you are considering hiring is well versed in criminal law. Many attorneys will "dabble" in criminal law to make a quick buck. It is a bad idea to hire an attorney not experienced in criminal law. At Tray Payne & Associates, PLLC, we know criminal law and more importantly, we understand how the criminal process works in Lubbock County and West Texas.

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What should I do after hiring an attorney?

Crime is typically committed by two types of people. Good people who make poor decisions and bad people who make bad decisions. Most crime is committed by the first. You are not a bad person just because you have made a poor decision, so don't stop living your life. Judges, attorneys, prosecutors, probation officers, law enforcement agents and others involved in the criminal justice system want productive citizens and want people making good choices. This makes society better and richer. So, stay in the game. Don't give up on life just because you are facing a difficult situation. Stay employed, if you are not employed, find a job. This is extremely helpful when plea bargaining with the State. Again, they want to see people trying. Enroll in classes to help with your problem. Get proactive and make sure your attorney stays proactive with you. At Tray Payne & Associates, we will assist you in finding classes to help fit your needs and assist you in staying in the game.