Amazing, Expert Defense for Felony & Misd-A Family Violence in Denton County -- Both Dismissed!!
This is my first trouble with the law ever that resulted from a stupid argument that got out of hand. My stepkids, one 13 year old boy and one 19 year old daughter, got physically involved in the argument and had some bruising on their arms from me grabbing their arms to prevent them from hitting me. My Colombian wife, thinking that it was like Colombia and the police would only have a chat with me and not do anything in family violence cases, went to the police two days later to see if there was anything the police could do to save our marriage. She and the stepkids went with the spirit that I was a great husband, a great father -- they did this without knowing that I had already scheduled marriage counseling. The police took the statements of the kids and my wife (except for my stepson's -- important detail) and called me a day later. Never having been in trouble with the law, I voluntary recounted what had happened to the officer on the phone (bad idea -- I basically confessed to grabbing the kids, regardless if it was for self-defense). He charged me over the phone, asked me to turn myself in, and just like that, I was an accused criminal -- one Felony charge for assault with family violence with bodily injury for the 13-year old, and another Misdemeanor A charge for assault with family violence with bodily injury for the 19-year old. This was in Denton county.
Now, as you may or may not know, family violence cases on your record will never go away. There is no option to expunge a family violence case. As a project manager with two Master's degrees and a decent career, this was hell for me -- basically everything I worked for over the years went poof! Gone due to bad decisions made one night.
After turning myself in and being arrested and arraigned (an experience in itself), I immediately looked for a lawyer. I found Avvo, and from there, had initial consultations with about 6 lawyers. All of them charged exorbitant fees and all of them were hourly and none of them gave me the confidence that they would truly work for me and my interests -- except for one: Mr. Efrain Sain. After meeting him, I saw how dedicated he was and I immediately went to the car for my checkbook and wrote him a check that afternoon. That was the best decision I made for this case.
It was a grueling 12 months until the close of these two cases (from August 2015 to May 2016). The Felony case was the most serious. Mr. Sain reviewed the evidence from the District Attorney (DA) and my stepson was willing to make an affidavit to say that the police did not ask for his statement and that his bruising caused no pain (apparently for "bodily injury," the victim has to experience some kind of pain -- another testimony to Mr. Sain's legal expertise). Mr. Sain submitted this affidavit to the DA, kept in touch with me through his secretary, and I received a call him later informing me that the jury decided not to proceed with the case. It was a no bill!
For the Misdemeanor, it was several months of going back and forth in the court, but Mr. Sain was able to negotiate with the DA for a court dismissal with the condition I took counseling. This was in Denton County, which previously did not have this program. Mr. Sain got me into the program, told me to go to counseling early, so I was able to shop around for the best price. A couple of anger management classes and an all-day parenting class later, and the case was dismissed as part of the plea! No court fees or anything.
The whole thing is finally over and there is an option to expunge my record after the statute of limitations. In the end, my wife and I are still together and the counseling improved our marriage greatly. We see this as a blessing more than anything.
I highly recommend Efrain. The only thing I suggest is to EMPATHIZE with him -- he's a busy guy, working feverishly on your case. Be patient and trust in his expertise; it will pay off.