Criminal Law

The Woodlands Criminal Law Attorney

At Ronnie Yeates Law, we handle a variety of criminal law matters for Texans in and around The Woodlands. Our attorney is backed by impressive experience, aggressive trial skills, and a commitment to every client in seeking optimum results. 

Our firm knows being faced with criminal arrests and charges can be life-changing. You could lose your job, have your reputation destroyed, and your future jeopardized with jail or prison time, heavy fines, and a permanent criminal record upon a conviction. Because of the high stakes, you need legal help you can trust.

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Attorney Ronnie Yeates has over 20 years of experience in criminal law. Get the representation you need by filling out an online contact form or calling our team today: (832) 957-9077.

Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Legal troubles can be overwhelming and have a lasting impact on your life. Ronnie Yeates Law, your trusted legal ally, is here to guide you through the complexities of the criminal justice system. Here are some reasons why having a criminal attorney on your side is essential: 

  • Protecting Your Rights: Navigating the intricacies of criminal law demands a thorough understanding of both state and federal statutes. We bring extensive experience to the table, ensuring your rights are protected at every stage of the legal process.
  • Understanding the Charges: One of the primary reasons to enlist the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the charges against you. 
  • Strategic Defense Planning: Crafting an effective defense strategy requires a meticulous approach. We leave no stone unturned, leveraging our expertise to identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case and present compelling arguments in your favor.
  • Negotiating Plea Deals: In some instances, negotiating a plea deal may be in your best interest. Our criminal defense attorneys in the Woodlands leverage their extensive knowledge of the legal landscape to achieve the best possible outcome for your unique situation.
  • Courtroom Advocacy: When a case proceeds to trial, having a seasoned advocate by your side is paramount. We understand the importance of effective communication and persuasive argumentation, ensuring your side of the story is heard loud and clear.

Our Criminal Law Practice Areas

Our firm provides legal guidance in the following areas:

  • DWI. Charges related to drunk and/or drugged driving can have serious consequences, from hefty fines to potential jail time or restrictive probation. Find out how our firm can help you fight charges through extensive investigation and legal strategy.
  • License Suspensions. Losing your license can be a hardship for you and your family. Our firm can help you protect and fight for your license through Administrative License Hearings.
  • Occupational Drivers Licenses. We can help you seek a restricted license in cases where your license has been suspended by the Texas Department of Public Safety or the court.
  • Firearms / NFA (National Firearms Act). Attorney Ronnie Yeates is a licensed firearms dealer with years of experience in advising Texans on all matters related to firearms.
  • Expunctions and Nondisclosures. Don’t let mistakes of the past harm your future. Our firm can help you clear criminal records through appropriate legal proceedings.
  • Gun Trust Pro, including information for dealers, our services, and a Gun Trust Pro Gallery.

The Woodlands criminal law attorney Ronnie Yeates has a unique and impressive background of experience, training, professional association memberships, and legal industry awards that put him in a class by himself. With his invaluable experience as a former prosecutor, weapons expert, and trial lawyer, you can have confidence that you will be represented with skill and competence. 

When charged with a crime or needing help with any of the above practice areas, get the advice you need to understand where you stand, your options, and how to best proceed. With Ronnie’s help, you will have a proven defender and firearms professional fighting aggressively on your behalf.

Common Defenses in Criminal Cases

When you are charged with a crime in The Woodlands, it's essential to have a robust defense strategy to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome. Here are some common defenses available to individuals facing criminal charges:

  • Alibi: This defense asserts that the defendant was somewhere else at the time the crime was committed, making it impossible for them to be guilty. Providing credible witnesses or evidence, such as receipts or video footage, can strengthen an alibi defense.
  • Self-Defense: Used primarily in assault and homicide cases, this defense argues that the defendant's actions were a necessary response to an immediate threat of harm. To establish a self-defense claim, the threat must generally be proven to be imminent and the force used proportionate to the threat.
  • Lack of Intent: Many crimes require a criminal intent or a "mens rea" to be proven. If a defendant can demonstrate that they had no intention of committing a crime—such as in the case of accidents or misunderstandings—they may avoid conviction.
  • Mistaken Identity: In some cases, the defendant may be wrongfully accused due to mistaken identification by witnesses. This defense often involves presenting evidence or witnesses to show that it was actually someone else who committed the crime.
  • Entrapment: This defense is applicable when a law enforcement officer induces an individual to commit a crime they otherwise would not have committed. To successfully claim entrapment, it must be proven that the defendant had no predisposition to commit the crime before the inducement.
  • Duress: This defense involves showing that the defendant committed the crime because they were under immediate threat of harm to themselves or their loved ones. Like self-defense, the threat must be imminent, and the response must be proportional.
  • Consent: In cases where the alleged crime involves another person, such as in certain assault cases, proving that the other party consented to the actions can serve as a defense. This is only applicable if it can be shown that consent was freely and willingly given.

No matter what defense is appropriate for your case, having experienced legal representation is crucial. Ronnie Yeates Law is equipped to evaluate your situation, advise on the best defense strategy, and work diligently to protect your future.

Protect Your Rights with an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

When facing criminal charges, it is essential to have a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side. At Ronnie Yeates Law, our team is dedicated to protecting the rights and best interests of our clients. Whether you are facing charges for DUI, drug offenses, assault, or other criminal matters, our Woodlands criminal law attorney will provide you with the aggressive representation and personalized attention you deserve.

Benefits of hiring a criminal defense lawyer include:

  • Legal expertise and knowledge of the criminal justice system
  • Strategic defense strategies tailored to your specific case
  • Advocacy to ensure fair treatment and protection of your rights
  • Negotiation with prosecutors for potential reduced charges or plea bargains
  • Guidance and support throughout the legal process

Testimonials From Former Clients

  • "From the first five minutes of my initial conversation with Ronnie, he seemed to know exactly what I was going through and I knew he was who I needed"
    Bert S.
  • "From day one he listened and made sure I was taken care of"
    Jason B.
  • "I trusted him throughout the process and he always kept me informed and made me feel at ease."
    Lorissa P.
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