When you are facing any criminal charges, Scot Courtney will leave no defense in fact or law unexplored in defending you. Clients who choose our services are those committed to the best possible outcome and routinely demand a trial when suitable resolutions are not offered by the State. Scot’s trial experience and philosophy are indicative of an attorney that is not afraid of the courtroom. He is prepared to take your case to trial and has garnered much success for his clients when doing so.
Don’t Proceed without Talking to a Criminal Lawyer First
Scot’s reputation is that of an ethical, prepared and dedicated advocate for his clients. Often, this experience and reputation, coupled with thorough investigation, legal research, and preparation, results in our clients being presented with alternative options that may offer the most secure future, reduce anxiety, and accomplish goals without a trial in the form of negotiated dispositions.
The most important aspect is that after the case has been thoroughly vetted and you are apprised of all relevant facts, circumstances, and possible ramifications, you will make the final decision.
A Criminal Defense Attorney Focused on One Thing: Protecting Your Freedom
Unlike other firms that may spread their focus over a number of practice areas, The Law Office of Scot Courtney is committed to helping those charged with criminal offenses. We believe the ramifications that a criminal conviction can have on your life requires our complete attention.
We can help with a complete range of charges including, but not limited to:
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
DWI is the most frequently prosecuted misdemeanor offense in the State and one with some of the most damaging and far-reaching ramifications of a citizen’s everyday life, if convicted. Every other offense in the State of Texas, if the sentence is probated, cannot be used to enhance punishment of subsequent charges, but DWI is the one exception. A first offense is a Class B Misdemeanor and a second is a Class A Misdemeanor. A third charge is a Felony of the 3rd Degree, with the very real potential of incarceration in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division, better known as prison. It is critical to work with an experienced San Marcos DWI attorney for the best chance of avoiding conviction.
The War on Drugs resulted in a dramatic rise in arrests for drug offenses. Texas jails and prisons are full of non-violent drug offenders. It is critical if you are facing a possible drug conviction to work with the best drug crimes attorney possible. Scot Courtney is board certified in criminal defense by the Texas Board of Specialization, which means that you will be working with someone who has been recognized as one of the best in helping those who face conviction to find the best possible outcome to their situation. Drug crimes include possession, distribution, manufacturing, trafficking, and other charges. Regardless of the charge you face, you should contact us right away so we can protect you and your freedom.
Texas weapons charges can range from unlawful possession of a firearm to unauthorized trafficking in weapons. They can be classified as either felonies or misdemeanors. The Law Office of Scott Courtney is committed to protecting the rights of Texas residents that have been arrested for the complete range of weapons charges. If you have been arrested because of a weapons charge or think that you might be, contact us immediately. We will start work right away to help you avoid conviction.
Domestic violence and abuse allegations can be devastating. The penalties that follow an arrest can be removal from your home, loss of contact with your children and spouse, and other immediate consequences. It’s not uncommon for false charges to be filed in an emotional moment or as leverage in divorce proceedings. Once the accusation is made, prosecutors take over and the need for an experienced San Marcos domestic violence attorney becomes crucial. In serious cases involving use of a deadly weapon, prior convictions, or bodily damage, domestic violence cases can result in a felony charge. Don’t lose your opportunity to be heard. We can help and provide the answers you need.
The nature of sex crimes can lead to a bias towards the accused. We believe that you are innocent until proven guilty and will work to provide the thorough investigation and understanding that is often overlooked in these cases. Sex charges can include sexual assault, rape, statutory rape, computer or internet sex crimes, failure to register as a sex offender, and others. Contact our office for help regarding your legal needs.
Violent crimes include armed robbery, kidnapping, battery, murder, manslaughter, arson, terrorist threats, domestic violence, assault, and other charges. A conviction for a violent crime can have a serious impact on the rest of your life. Besides the immediate penalties, which could be extreme, you may lose your opportunity for future employment, your rights, and your ability to pursue the quality of life you deserve. Don’t take chances. Call our office to speak with a board certified criminal defense attorney and violent crimes lawyer.
Criminal defense charges can have a serious impact on your future. When those charges are against a child, that impact becomes even more serious. The juvenile system features unique rules and requires someone with the knowledge of those rules to keep your child’s future open to the positive opportunities they deserve. Children make mistakes. It shouldn’t cost them the rest of their lives. We can help with all juvenile charges including arson, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, robbery, vandalism, shoplifting, drug charges, DUI, and others.
White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes are complex. In most cases, charges aren’t filed unless prosecutors believe that they have a solid case against you. You want an experienced and skilled white collar crimes lawyer by your side to ensure that your defense has the same thorough, complete approach. Many times, you may know that you are under investigation prior to an arrest. If this is the case, it’s important that you contact our office right away! White collar crimes are serious matters and most are classified as felonies, which means that the minimum prison sentence for conviction is one year. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, computer or internet crimes, or any other white collar charges, talk to us immediately.
Under certain circumstances, records of arrest and prosecution can be expunged. An expunction is a civil lawsuit that orders all government agencies and parties named in the lawsuit to destroy all records relating to the arrest and prosecution, if any. Failure to do so can lead to civil and criminal action should the order be disregarded. We are highly experienced in helping you put your past behind you through expungement or nondisclosure orders.