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Assault Offenses

If you have been charged with any Assaultive Offense your freedom can be at stake.

Depending upon the assault offense charged the punishment ranges from misdemeanor jail time to 99 years in prison. If the alleged assault involved a deadly weapon and serious bodily injury to the victim, you could be facing a 1st degree felony and 5-99 years in prison.

If a conviction results in probation it also involves the loss of the right to own a gun, fines, and mandatory anger management class. There are numerous sexual assaults that require you to be a registered sex offender even when the punishment is probation or deferred adjudication for terms of ten years to life.

When your freedom and future is at stake, you need the aid of a serious, aggressive attorney who can mount every conceivable defense to the prosecution’s case.

Charles Caperton is a former Dallas County Chief Felony Prosecutor, and he knows the law and the criminal justice system. With more than 30 years’ experience, he is committed to giving his clients the best possible representation. His goal is to have your charges dismissed or reduced. If your case goes to trial, he is well-equipped to handle that as well. His trial preparation skills are second to none.

Caperton has successfully represented hundreds of clients facing all types of assault charges from simple assault to aggravated sexual assault, family violence, terroristic threats, telephone harassment, stalking, intoxication assault, intoxication manslaughter and assaults with a deadly weapon or motor vehicle.

Most family violence cases stem from temporarily heightened emotions and momentary lapses in judgment. His goal is to avoid a punishment that could damage the clients family and make it impossible to find or keep a job.

If you have been charged with any assaultive offense, contact Charles Caperton for a free consultation. He will explain how he can win or minimize your case, and the fees and expenses required in order to give you the best possible defense.
Misdemeanor Criminal Offenses

Although a misdemeanor charge may not sound like much, it means the offense is punishable by jail time rather than prison. You don’t want such a charge on your record. Not only can a misdemeanor conviction mean possible jail time, but it can also prevent you from getting jobs or losing the one you have. With certain offenses, repeat convictions can become felonies.

This is serious business. Now is the time to hire a serious lawyer who will give you the legal representation you need.

Charles Caperton is a former Dallas County Chief Felony Prosecutor, and he knows the law and the criminal justice system. With more than 30 years’ experience, he is committed to giving his clients the best possible representation. His first goal is to have your charges dismissed or reduced. He is well equipped to handle your case if it should go to trial. His trial preparation skills are second to none.

Caperton has represented hundreds of clients facing misdemeanor charges, including:
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Aggravated assault
  • Domestic violence – Family Violence
  • Resisting arrest – Evading arrest Shoplifting – theft by check
  • Drunk driving – Driving while intoxicated DWI, DUI
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Prostitution
  • Telephone Harassment
  • Drug possession
  • Internet fraud
  • Probation Violation
DWI/DUI

If the government, with all its unlimited resources, has charged you with DWI or DUI, you are facing, among other things, loss of your drivers license, thousands of dollars in fines and surcharges, jail time, and permanent criminal record.

This is not the time to take chances with the DWI/DUI lawyer you hire.

Charles Caperton is a former Dallas County Chief Felony Prosecutor who has more than 30 years’ experience navigating the criminal justice system. The laws affecting DWI and DUI prosecutions in Texas are complex and constantly evolving, so your lawyer has to have solid experience in this area. Charles Caperton has successfully handled more than 500 DWI/DUI cases as a prosecutor and defense attorney; he is committed to ensuring his clients’ rights in the face of even the most aggressive prosecution.

Among the kinds of DWI/DUI cases he has handled are:
  • Driving While Intoxicated - DWI
  • Driving Under the Influence - DUI
  • Intoxication Manslaughter - Homicide
  • Boating While Intoxicated - BWI
  • DWI suspensions and hearings from Drunk Driving
  • Drivers License Hearings
  • Administrative License Revocation - ALR
  • DWI with child passenger
  • Felony DWI
  • Intoxication Assault
DWI/DUI isn’t your average criminal case. The laws are complex and highly technical. In addition, the science of breath or involuntary blood tests requires that your lawyer knows how to challenge the results, how a false positive can happen, and how to have such evidence either thrown out or minimized.

Even before you go to court, you can face the loss of your license. Under Texas law, you have 15 days from the date of your arrest to request a hearing to fight to save your driver’s license. Failure to ask for this hearing will result in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license and you will need us to file a petition in court to obtain an occupational license to operate a motor vehicle.

The government has a wealth of lawyers, scientists and police officers standing by to try and convict you of DWI. You have the right to an attorney who can take them on.
Expunctions – Non-Disclosure of Arrest and Criminal Charges

If a criminal charge against you was dismissed or if you were found “not guilty” in a criminal case, you may believe that you no longer have a criminal record. You would be wrong.

Even when charges against you have been dismissed or you have been found not guilty, there is still a record of your arrest and charge—and that record can prevent you from getting certain jobs, a bank loan, receiving some professional licenses and simply getting on with your life. You may be entitled to a petition for non-disclosure if you received a deferred adjudication. Upon proper pleadings the court can seal or order non- disclosure of this record to the public.

If charges against you were dismissed, no probable cause was found or if you were found “not guilty,” you may be eligible for a full Expunction of your criminal records. Expunction, also called expungement, essentially clears your record and orders the record destroyed and allows you, in most circumstances, to deny the arrest and even the existence of the Expunction order.

Through the Expunction process, the court can order any person or agency with information about your arrest including the FBI, DPS, local police and sheriff office to destroy those records. However, this is not a simple process, and not just any Criminal Defense lawyer can handle it. You need a lawyer familiar with the Expunction process, who knows how to petition the various agencies who may have a record of the charge against you, and who knows the ins and outs of this unique side of the criminal justice system. Expunction and non-disclosure are not the same in eligibility requirements or results.

Charles Caperton, a former Dallas County Chief Felony Prosecutor, will fight to clear your record. With more than 30 years’ criminal defense experience, Caperton has represented hundreds of clients in the Expunction process and has published articles and been featured as a speaker at legal seminars on the subject. He is committed to making sure that your criminal record will not come back to haunt you any more.
Federal and State Drug Crimes

The U.S. government combined with the efforts of local and state law enforcement has dedicated the resources of 11 federal agencies and thousands of agents to its "War on Drugs.”

The stakes couldn’t be higher. The federal government has given top priority to the disruption and prosecution of drug possession, manufacturing, delivery and transportation or smuggling of drugs. Prosecutors at the federal, state and local level have at their disposal a complex web of laws that allow them to prosecute anyone suspected in a narcotics scheme. Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Marihuana, Hash, Ecstasy, drug precursor chemicals, prescription drugs and all controlled substances.

Anyone facing a federal or state drug charge, or is a target of an investigation, requires immediate help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer who knows the law, knows the system, and has a track record of successfully defending hundreds of misdemeanor and felony drug cases.

Charles Caperton, a former Dallas County Chief Felony Prosecutor, is committed to providing his clients with the most effective legal counsel available. Through a combination of diligent preparation and innovative defense strategies, he works hard to have charges against his clients dismissed or reduced to a lesser misdemeanor charge, or tried before a Judge or Jury to a not guilty verdict.

Caperton has more than 30 years’ criminal defense experience and during that time he has handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor drug cases, including those involving conspiracy to manufacture and possess, or sale, distribution and trafficking of illegal drugs (controlled substances), in both state and federal courts, across Texas and the United States.

Among the issues Caperton will raise is the constitutionality of your arrest and how the drugs were found. Was the search done properly and were you accorded all of the rights guaranteed to you by the U.S. Constitution? Was there sufficient probable cause for the search of your property and video surveillance or wiretapping? Did the police comply with the law during your traffic stop? Did the informant entrap you? Is the snitch working off his criminal charges?

Illegal search and seizure and wiretaps, invasive surveillance or use of entrapment informants are prohibited by the U.S. and State Constitutions and the evidence obtained is not admissible against the accused and can result in the dismissal of charges.

A criminal defense lawyer’s most important job is guaranteeing that all persons, particularly those accused of crimes, are accorded their rights.
Federal or State White Collar Crimes

In the wake of the home mortgage fiasco, Enron, WorldCom and other such wide-ranging corporate meltdowns, the prosecution of White Collar Crime is front and center for the Federal and State governments.

Overly aggressive prosecution tactics have swept up business people into wide-ranging investigations. Once the government has dedicated its financial and personnel resources to a long-term, expensive investigation, it’s unlikely to give up without a fight.

Charles Caperton is there to give them that fight.

If you have been charged with a Federal or State White Collar Crime, or you are the target of any Federal or State investigation, you need strong, aggressive legal counsel. You need a lawyer who knows the system and who will be your advocate at the earliest stages of a probe.

Caperton, a former Dallas County Chief Felony Prosecutor, will represent individual and companies facing a wide range of White Collar criminal prosecutions, including: but not limited to:
  • Larceny
  • Embezzlement
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Insider trading
  • Securities fraud
  • Business fraud
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Public corruption
  • Computer and Internet fraud
  • Accounting fraud
  • Conspiracy
  • Counterfeiting
  • Tampering with government document
  • Interstate transportation of stolen goods
  • Wire Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Environmental violations
  • Real estate fraud
  • Construction fraud
The laws affecting these issues are complex and, often, contradictory. Because of that, many people and companies have found themselves the target of a criminal investigation and prosecution. These cases require a high degree of legal sophistication.

With more than 30 years’ experience in criminal defense, Charles Caperton has the sophistication, tenacity, and skills to take on even the most complex government prosecution.
Juvenile Crimes

Crimes committed by juveniles are governed by different laws and handled dramatically differently than crimes committed by adults. If your child has been charged with a crime, it is imperative that you hire a criminal defense lawyer who understands the intricacies of the juvenile justice system and the unique needs of the juvenile defendant.

Charles Caperton, a former Dallas County Chief Felony Prosecutor, is committed to having charges against his juvenile clients dismissed or reduced, if possible. With more than 30 years’ criminal defense experience, he is also well-versed in the entire spectrum of alternative sentencing options for juveniles and will work hard to secure counseling, restitution or probation and avoid detention in a juvenile facility.

Caperton wants to ensure that his clients not only don’t go to “juvie,” but that they get the help they need to stay out of trouble for the long-term.

He will vigorously fight any attempt to have your child certified as an adult, which would have serious consequences on sentencing options and your child’s future.

There is no such thing as a “minor juvenile crime.” If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime of any kind, it is imperative that you get competent, qualified, aggressive legal help, and that you get it now.

Charles Caperton has handled hundreds of juvenile cases, including:
  • Assault/assault & battery
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
  • Running away from home
  • Staying out after curfew
  • Arson
  • Gang-related activities
  • Trespassing
  • Sex offenses
  • Drug & alcohol offenses
  • Theft/auto theft
  • Violent offenses
  • Criminal mischief
  • Truancy
If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime, contact Charles Caperton for a free consultation.
Drug Crimes

Methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marihuana, designer drugs, ecstasy, LSD, prescription drugs, etc.

If you are facing any drug charge, you could be facing serious jail or penitentiary time. Your real or personal property can be forfeited to the government. You need an, aggressive criminal defense lawyer who knows the law, knows the system, and has a track record of successfully defending hundreds of felony and misdemeanor drug cases.

Charles Caperton, a former Dallas County Chief Felony Prosecutor, is committed to providing his clients with the most effective legal counsel available. Through a combination of diligent preparation and innovative defense strategies, he works hard to have charges against his clients dismissed or reduced.

Caperton has more than 30 years’ criminal defense experience, and during that time he has successfully handled hundreds of federal and state drug cases including conspiracies involving the manufacture, possession, sale, distribution and trafficking of controlled substances.

Among the issues Caperton will raise is the constitutionality of your arrest and how the drugs were found. Was the search done properly and were you accorded all of the rights guaranteed to you by the U.S. Constitution? Was there sufficient probable cause for the search of your property, the wiretapping of your or others communications? Were informants and entrapment tactics used?

Illegal search and seizure are prohibited by the U.S. Constitution, and a criminal defense lawyer’s most important job is guaranteeing that all persons are accorded those rights. If they are not, it can result in dismissal of charges.

If we are unable to have the charges dismissed or reduced, we are committed to alternative sentencing for drug offenders, a system that places more emphasis on rehab and drug treatment, as opposed to useless jail or penitentiary time.

If you have been charged with a crime related to controlled substances, dangerous drugs or prescription drugs contact Charles Caperton for a free initial consultation.
Probation or Parole Violations

Probation or Parole Violations are no joke. If you have been charged with violating any terms of your probation or parole, you run the risk of having your release revoked or extended and possibly being sent to jail or back to prison.

Your freedom depends on having a competent, aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer on your side, a lawyer who knows the unique ins and outs of probation and parole revocation and is committed to keeping you out of jail.

Charles Caperton, a former Dallas County Chief Felony Prosecutor, works hard to ensure that his clients charged with Violations receive a fair hearing and are given every opportunity to persuade the court not to revoke their release. Common probation violations include:
  • Failing to report to your probation or parole officer
  • Failing an alcohol or drug test
  • New accusations of a criminal offense
  • Failing to pay court costs, fines
  • Associating with a known felon
  • Neglecting to complete your community service – or GED or required classes
  • Failing to work at suitable employment
Although there is no right to a jury trial for a person charged with a Probation or Parole Violation, and the prosecution doesn’t have to prove a violation beyond a reasonable doubt, you do have the right to fight the allegations against you. For that, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will fight for you.

With more than 30 years’ criminal defense experience, Charles Caperton has successfully represented hundreds of clients in their probation and parole revocation hearings, and he is committed to making your case before the court or parole board.

If you have been charged with a Probation or Parole Violation, contact Charles Caperton for a free consultation.