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Criminal Defense

We know that facing any criminal charge can be a stressful experience. Whether you are a first-time offender or you have been through the Texas criminal justice system many times, a supportive, knowledgeable attorney at your side can have a substantial effect on your experience with law enforcement and prosecutors. At the Law Office of David E. Dilley, we work hard to ensure your constitutional rights are protected and we spend the time necessary to understand your case thoroughly and to provide clear answers to the many questions that our clients ask:
Criminal Defense
"Am I going to jail?"
"What will happen to my job?"
"What about my family?"
"Will this be on my record forever?"
"Who can see my record?"

Our clients in the armed services often have additional questions: "Will I face court martial or premature, dishonorable discharge?" Attorney Dilley, in his capacity as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer in the US army reserve, understands these concerns, too, and is well-equipped to answer them.

The answers to all these questions usually differ from case to case, depending upon the level of offense committed.  At the Law Office of David E. Dilley, our goal is to fight hard to protect your rights.  At the Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC, we have over 22 years of courtroom experience handling all types of criminal cases.   When our clients decide to retain our services, they can be confident that they have hired a knowledgeable, distinguished, and tenacious legal team that will place every effort into helping them avoid a criminal conviction and keep them out of custody.

For a FREE initial consultation with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyer in the San Antonio area, contact the Law Office of David E. Dilley to schedule an appointment.

To learn more about types of criminal defense simply click on the following...

Domestic Violence DUI Defense Juvenile Crimes Drug Offenses
Federal Crimes Warrants Probation Violations  



Domestic Violence

As a lawyer with over 22 years of court room experience, our firm has had very good success in getting the results for our clients when they are charged with assault, terroristic threats and other Domestic Violence charges.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is physical or verbal abuse that occurs within a family or intimate relationship.  Incidents of domestic violence may happen only once, or over an extended period time.  Violence of this nature may occur between spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, or siblings.  In most domestic violence cases, physical force and/or verbal abuse is used to instill fear in the victim.  For this reason, many domestic violence incidents are not reported to law enforcement. 

Texas Domestic Violence Legal Penalties

Domestic violence is usually classified as a misdemeanor offense.  However, the offense may be categorized as a felony if the defendant sexually abused a minor, assaulted a minor, or caused substantial bodily damage to the victim.  Once a person is convicted of domestic violence, he/she may be punished with:


  • Imprisonment
  • Restitution
  • Large Fines
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Court Ordered Counseling

If the defendant has a prior criminal offense on his/her record, he/she may be subject to enhanced criminal charges and sentencing if convicted.  Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight domestic violence charges.  Additionally, it is important that people charged with domestic violence seek guidance from a lawyer as they may be subject to the strict terms of a restraining order or an order of protection, which may prohibit them from having contact with the alleged victim or entering their own residence. 

Hiring an Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney

Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC is a criminal defense law firm that has been helping clients throughout Central and Southern Texas contest their criminal charges and obtain superior results for years.  Our skilled domestic violence attorney has over 22 years of court room experience and we are fully prepared to undertake our clients’ cases.  When we work with our clients, we do everything possible to make sure that they receive the attention, resources, and dedicated legal counsel that they deserve. 

If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, do not hesitate to call Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC at (210) 733-4669.  Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.

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DUI Defense

We have more than 22 years experience in aggressively defending all criminal matters in state and federal court.

What is DUI?

Driving under the influence (DUI), or driving while intoxicated (DWI), is the criminal offense of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol; or operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.  In the state of Texas, DUI is considered a serious offense that can lead to harsh legal consequences if the person is convicted.    


Texas DUI Legal PenaltiesDUI defense Attorney

Once a person is convicted of DUI, he/she may be punished with:



  • Jail Time
  • Large Fines
  • Vehicle Impoundment
  • Driver’s License Suspension
  • Community Service
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • DUI School

If the defendant is a repeat DUI offender, his/her criminal charges and sentence may be enhanced.  Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of a DUI defense attorney who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight DUI charges.  


Hiring an Experienced DUI Defense Attorney


Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC is a criminal defense law firm that has been helping clients throughout Central and South Texas contest their criminal charges and obtain superior results for years.  Our skilled defense attorney has over 22 years of court room experience and we are fully prepared to undertake our clients’ cases.  When we work with our clients, we do everything possible to make sure that they receive the attention, resources, and dedicated legal counsel that they deserve. 

If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, do not hesitate to call Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC at (210) 733-4669.  Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.

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Juvenile Crimes

We have more than 22 years experience in defending all Juvenile criminal matters.

Juvenile Crimes Attorney

What is a juvenile crime?

A juvenile crime is any criminal act that is committed by a minor (person below the legal age of 18).  All too often, juveniles and their parents assume that because the crime was committed by a minor, the minor will not be subject to harsh legal penalties if convicted.  This belief is far from the truth.  In Texas, all juvenile crimes are taken very seriously by law enforcement and are vigorously prosecuted.  Additionally, if the juvenile is close to the legal age of 18, or has committed a felony offense, he/she may be charged as an adult. 



 

Frequently Committed Juvenile Crimes

In the state of Texas, commonly committed juvenile crimes include:  DUI, petty theft, shoplifting, assault, battery, drug possession, gang crimes, carjacking, vehicular theft, burglary, drug possession with intent to sell, sex crimes, and vandalism.    


Texas Juvenile Crime Legal Penalties

Once a minor is convicted a crime, he/she may be punished with:



  • Jail time
  • Placement in a juvenile detention center
  • Large fines
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Mandatory drug and alcohol counseling
  • Court ordered therapy

If a juvenile is convicted of a criminal offense, the court will usually focus upon rehabilitating the minor instead of punishing them.  It is believed that juveniles can change their actions and delinquent behavior if they receive proper counseling and treatment.  Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight juvenile crime charges.   

Hiring an Experienced Juvenile Crimes Attorney

Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC is a criminal defense law firm that has been helping clients throughout Central and Southern Texas contest their criminal charges and obtain superior results for years.  Our skilled attorney has over 19 years of collective court room experience and we are fully prepared to undertake our clients’ cases.  When we work with our clients and their parents, we do everything possible to make sure that they receive the attention, resources, and dedicated legal counsel that they deserve. 

If you have been charged with a serious juvenile offense, or if your child has been charged with a crime, do not hesitate to call Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC at (210) 733-4669.  Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.

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Drug Offenses

What is a drug crime?

A drug crime is a criminal act involving the manufacturing, trafficking, possession, or sale of an unlawful narcotic.  Unlawful narcotics include:  heroin, LSD, cocaine, crack, marijuana, methamphetamines, and unauthorized prescription medications such as OxyContin or Vicodin.    

 

Frequently Committed Drug Crimes

The state of Texas has zero tolerance when it comes to drug related offenses.  All drug crimes are taken seriously by law enforcement and prosecuted to the fullest extent.    Commonly committed drug crimes include:  drug possession, drug possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, drug distribution, drug cultivation, and money laundering. 


Texas Drug Crime Legal Penalties

Once a person is convicted a Drug Crime, he/she may be punished with:

  • imprisonment
  • large fines
  • restitution
  • community service
  • probation
  • parole
  • mandatory drug and alcohol counseling

Drug crime charges and legal penalties will depend upon the type of crime committed, the type of drug under possession, and the amount of the drug under possession.  If the defendant is a repeat offender, or if the defendant solicited to minors, he/she may be subject to enhanced criminal charges and sentencing. 
Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight drug crime charges.

Hiring an Experienced Drug Crimes Attorney

Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC is a criminal defense law firm that has been helping clients throughout Central and Southern Texas contest their criminal charges and obtain superior results for years.  Our skilled drug crimes attorney has over 19 years of court room experience and we are fully prepared to undertake our clients’ cases.  When we work with our clients, we do everything possible to make sure that they receive the attention, resources, and dedicated legal counsel that they deserve. 

If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, do not hesitate to call Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC at (210) 733-4669.  Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.

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Federal Crimes

Our firm is aggressive in Criminal Defense work in Federal Courts.  We have more than 19 years of representing people charged with federal crimes throughout Texas and in other states.  Let our experience go to work for you.

What is a federal crime?

Federal crimes are violations of laws that are passed by the United States Congress.  A federal crime is also any crime that takes place on federal property.  Federal property includes courthouses, airports, designated parks, and government owned buildings.  All federal crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  Once a person is charged with a federal crime, he/she will be prosecuted by a US Attorney.   


Frequently Committed Federal Crimes

Federal crimes that are frequently committed are:  Federal DUI, white collar crimes, drug trafficking, internet fraud, internet pornography, kidnapping, terrorist threats, bank robbery, drug smuggling, mail fraud, bribery of public officials, and interstate crime. 


Texas Federal Crime Legal Penalties

Once a person is convicted a federal crime, he/she may be punished with:

  • Imprisonment
  • restitution
  • large fines
  • community service
  • probation
  • parole
  • court ordered counseling

If the defendant has a prior criminal offense on his/her record, he/she may be subject to enhanced criminal charges and sentencing if convicted.  Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight federal crime charges.  Federal charges must always be taken very seriously, as the sentencing guidelines for federal crimes are more severe than state issued guidelines.  By working with a skilled federal defense lawyer from the beginning, defendants stand a better chance of being successful in court.     

Hiring an Experienced Federal Crimes Attorney

Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC is a criminal defense law firm that has been helping clients throughout Central and Southern Texas contest their criminal charges and obtain superior results for years.  Our skilled federal crimes attorney have over 19 years of court room experience and we are fully prepared to undertake our clients’ cases.  When we work with our clients, we do everything possible to make sure that they receive the attention, resources, and dedicated legal counsel that they deserve. 

If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, do not hesitate to call Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC at (210) 733-4669.  Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.

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Warrants


What is an Arrest Warrant?

An arrest warrant is a court order that allows law enforcement to arrest an individual.  An arrest order may be issued by the court or a judge.  Usually, arrest warrants are issued when law enforcement suspects criminal activity.  Once an arrest warrant has been issued, law enforcement can legally detain the individual listed on the warrant and bring him/her to jail.  The individual will then be brought into court and appear before a judge. 

What is a Bench Warrant?

A bench warrant is a court order that is issued after a person has failed to appear in court.  If a person fails to appear in court, the judge may issue a bench warrant, which will allow law enforcement to detain the person.  The purpose of a bench warrant is to achieve the court appearance of a defendant who is involved in a pending criminal action. 
 
Once a person is aware that a bench warrant or arrest warrant has been issued in his/her name, it is always in his/her best interest to retain the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney.  A warrant can lead to enhanced legal consequences such as jail time, fines, and probation.  For this reason, it is always advisable that people consult with a defense attorney once a warrant has been issued for their arrests or detainment. 

Hiring an Experienced Warrant Attorney

Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC is a criminal defense law firm that has been helping clients throughout Central and Southern Texas contest their criminal charges and obtain superior results for years.  Our skilled warrant attorney has over 19 years of court room experience and we are fully prepared to undertake our clients’ cases.  When we work with our clients, we do everything possible to make sure that they receive the attention, resources, and dedicated legal counsel that they deserve. 

If you have been charged with a serious criminal offense, do not hesitate to call Law Office of David E. Dilley, PLLC at
(210) 733-4669.  Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.

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Probation Violations


What is Probation Violation?

Probation violation occurs when a person fails to adhere to the terms of his/her probation.  When a person does not comply with the terms of his/her probation, he/she may be punished with the maximum sentence for the crime in which he/she was placed on probation for committing. 

After a person is placed on probation, he/she is allowed to return to his/her home environment instead of jail.  In order for a person to successfully complete the terms of his/her probation, he/she must follow the rules that were set forth by the court at the time he/she was sentenced.  Once a person has been placed on probation, he/she may have to report to a corrections officer on a regular basis, or complete community service activities.  If a person fails to complete the terms of his/her probation, he/she can be charged with probation violation by Texas law enforcement. 

Texas Probation Violation Legal Penalties

Once a person is convicted of probation violation, he/she may be sentenced with:

  • imprisonment
  • large fines
  • community service
  • counseling
  • longer terms of probation
  • drug testing

If the defendant committed another criminal offense while on probation, or if the defendant has violated his/her probation before, he/she may be subject to enhanced criminal charges and sentencing if convicted.  Due to the life-altering legal consequences that are involved, it is always in a person’s best interest to obtain the services of a criminal defense attorney who has the legal background and knowledge it takes to successfully fight probation violation charges.

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