Criminal Defense

I am Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Out of 70,000 attorney’s in Texas less than 900 are certified in Criminal Law.

Texas Criminal Law

The initial act of being charged with a crime can have a long-lasting impact on a person’s family, employment opportunities, immigration status, and many other aspects of his or her life, regardless of whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony charge.  As such, it is critical to do everything possible to minimize the fallout of criminal charges.  The Law Office of Shawn McDonald will scrutinize every aspect of the case in order to expose due process violations and evidentiary flaws, as well as other weaknesses, in order to get the right results for our clients.  We are committed to advocating aggressively on behalf of our clients.

Criminal charges lead to emotional turmoil and stress for the person being charged.  Many times, a person who has been charged with a crime, or who has learned that he is being investigated for criminal activity, believes that he can talk his way out of the charges if he can simply explain things to the investigating officers or prosecuting attorney.  This is the worst possible decision that a person can make.  It is crucial to assert the right to remain silent and contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.  Attorney Shawn McDonald was an effective prosecutor for many years, so he understands how the prosecution is going to go about putting together a case.  This enables him to attack the various aspects of the case in order to expose weaknesses.

Our firm handles all types of criminal actions, including:

  • Capital Murder;
  • Murder;
  • Aggravated Assault;
  • Drug Cases;
  • DWI;
  • Burglary;
  • Theft;
  • Robbery;
  • Sex crimes; and
  • White Collar Crimes

A good criminal defense strategy focuses on the entire case from the investigation to the presentation of the prosecutor’s case to a jury.  There may be violations of a person’s due process rights, improper search and seizure, or chain of custody problems.  In addition, it is important to investigate independently the evidence that is being used by the prosecutor to make the case.  Many times, there are weaknesses in witness testimony or reliance on faulty evidence.  Further, many prosecutors do not have the strong case that they claim to have, relying on threats and intimidation to force the accused to accept a plea deal that is not in his or her best interest.  The Law Office of Shawn McDonald has the experience to recognize these tactics and will not allow the prosecutor to bully our client into a bad deal.  Although we do negotiate on behalf of our clients when it is in their best interest, we do not recommend plea deals unless we are certain that it is a favorable outcome.

We are ready to go to trial in order to protect our clients’ rights.  We have tried over  one hundred jury trials, most of which are felony cases.  This is important because many criminal defense attorneys avoid trial as much as possible.  We understand how to build a strong defense strategy and we do not hesitate to put it into effect.  We are skilled in defending cases in both state and federal court.  Attorney Shawn McDonald is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization demonstrating the skill and dedication that he brings to every criminal defense matter that he undertakes.