Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Your Freedom & Future Depend On It

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If you are facing charges for a criminal offense, it is essential that you act fast. Begin your defense today by contacting our firm.

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Facing criminal charges can be overwhelming. Find the answers to your questions so you can move forward.

Winning Track Record

Matthew Pillado PLLC. was established with the intent of providing quality legal representation clients can truly rely on.

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Do you qualify for the new cite and release program? Our attorneys can help you with marijuana and other drug charges. Learn more.

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Every Second Counts

  • The prosecution has already begun building their case against you.
  • Behind the scenes, they are working aggressively to strengthen their case.
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Who's Helping You?

  • The prosecution has tax dollars to spend and can work tirelessly in their efforts.
  • Criminal charges very often have life-altering consequences, your chances of beating the prosecution are limited.

What You Need To Know

Fight Federal & State Criminal Charges.

A quick overview of what Matthew Pillado, PLLC can do for you:

  • Conduct a thorough pre-trial investigation. Most attorneys do not do this themselves, but we do!
  • We work aggressively to try and get the charges dropped or often times reduced.
  • We make sure that any interviews and potential evidence gathered by the police is legit and accurate.
  • We provide the necessary expertise to give you advice about your case and evaluate any plea deal or offer the prosecution may present you.
  • In federal court, we accurately review all federal sentencing guidelines.
  • We prepare a strong legal defense if we need to go to trial. You must be tough and smart when defending against criminal charges, and our criminal attorneys at Matthew Pillado LLC embody those characteristics. We are always ready to go to trial, no matter the charge.

We Practice Aggressive Criminal Defense.

We like to get the evidence ASAP and then review it ASAP. Once we review the evidence, we like to sit down with our client and discuss how we can begin attacking the legal case. Every case is different, but we can typically gather most of the evidence and do an initial review of the evidence within one week of hiring us. Keep in mind sometimes lab reports for blood or DNA can take longer. In those cases, we still like to get whatever discovery is available. Communication is also a big part of our practice. We always strive to keep our clients updated and let them know what is going on with their cases.

Do The Criminal Charges Fit The Crime?

In the field of criminal law, every crime contains certain elements that must be proven by the State of Texas or United States government. If the State of Texas cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt each and every element of the criminal offense, then the Defendant should not be found guilty.

This matters because often times the State of Texas, through the local prosecutors, will try to overcharge an individual. Prosecutors want to gain a conviction on the most severe crime possible. As such, they may get overzealous and charge someone for a crime for which they are not guilty. For example, a person may be guilty of manslaughter, but not necessarily of capital murder. Both crimes indicate that some crime has been committed, but capital murder means that the Defendant could be executed.

It is important to make sure that the Defendant is being prosecuted for the right crime. If the Defendant is being overcharged by the prosecutor’s office, then the Defendant may not be guilty of that crime.

What Does "Cloak of Innocence" mean?

The truth is that even though a person is arrested, they are still considered innocent until proven guilty. Given the television crime shows and lawyer movies, it may seem that a person is actually guilty until proven innocent. Sadly, this is the perception of the normal average person.

One of the roles of a criminal defense attorney is to ensure that the individuals sitting in the jury box know and understand that the person on trial is innocent. It is not until all the evidence and defenses have been heard can this cloak of innocence be removed.

Any good criminal defense attorney will tell you that this battle to find objective and balanced jurors is fought and won during voir dire, otherwise known as a preliminary examination.

How To: Affidavit of Non-Prosecution

An Affidavit of NonProsecution is a sworn statement filed by an alleged victim in a criminal case that tells of their desire to drop the charges.

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Our Areas of Practice

Criminal defense is our passion. We practice both federal and state criminal defense, and we can handle almost any kind of crime for which you are being charged. Below is a list of the most common types of crimes we deal with:

Aggravated Assault - Deadly Weapon
The court defines “deadly” weapon as anything that inflicts or causes death or serious bodily injury to someone. The most common deadly weapons…

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Aggravated Assault - Deadly Conduct

Aggravated Assault is a serious crime, and penalties depend on the degree of injuries and the use of  “weapons” in the committal of the assault…

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Assault Bodily Injury Family Violence
In Texas, the family violence laws or domestic violence laws apply not only to spouses or family…

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Assault Family - Impede Breath
The Texas Penal Code says an assault is subject to felony enhancement when:

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Larceny - Theft - Shoplifting
Larceny is a crime involving the unlawful taking of the personal property of another person or business. It is also what most people think of as being common theft…

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In Texas, Robbery is considered a crime of violence. There does exist an aspect of theft, but because there is also violence or the threat of violence,

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Aggravated Robbery
Aggravated Robbery is a far more serious charge than a normal Robbery charge that you might be facing. It is classified as a first-degree felony, which carries up to 99 years in prison

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In Texas, burglary is defined as the unlawful entry or remaining in any home or building with the intent to commit a felony, theft, or assault inside…

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Intimidation means to make fearful or to put into fear. Note: proof of actual fear is not required to establish intimidation. Rather,

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Evading Arrest: On-Foot - Motor Vehicle

A person is guilty of evading arrest or detention when they intentionally flee from a person who they know is an on-duty police officer

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Simple Assault
Having skilled and aggressive representation is imperative in a Simple Assault case.

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Sexual Assault
Sexual assault or rape is a serious crime under Texas state law. According to Texas Penal Code 22.011, a person is guilty of sexual assault when the defendant intentionally or knowingly causes

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Bond Reduction - Lowering Bond
If a defendant’s bail is too excessive, then the defendant has two different options–either a Motion for Reduction of Bail or an Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus.

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ALR Hearings (DWI)
An ALR occurs when a person is arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). When a person is arrested for a DWI in Texas, two distinct cases against the arrested person are created

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Deferred Prosectuion Program
What is the current 2018 version of the Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP) in Tarrant County?
In short, it is a second chance for people who have broken the law for the first time. It allows the young first-time offender a chance to keep the stigma of arrest off the young person’s record…

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Texas Expunction Criminal Records
An expunction of criminal records also called an expungement is defined in Chapter 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

If your charge is expunged all records of the arrest, case and criminal charges are gone-done-destroyed.

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Sometimes people commit arson for a variety of reasons. Whether the intention was to cause damage or harm to a structure or building

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The penalties for vandalism or criminal mischief can range from a Class C misdemeanor bearing a fine to a 1st Degree Felony that can lead to up to 99-years in prison.

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Drug - Marijuana Possession
The penalties for drugs like marijuana (pot, weed, ganga, dope, mary jane, skunk, bud, etc) vary depending on how much marijuana a person was arrested with (aka the weight).

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Drug Paraphernalia

Drug paraphernalia is any item that can be used as a drug processing, packaging, or consumption mechanism.

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Drug - Possession of Controlled Substance
If you have been arrested for a drug possession offense in Dallas or Fort Worth, it is crucial that you contact an experienced Texas drug defense lawyer.

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Drug - Manufacturing
Manufacture” means the production, preparation, propagation, compounding, conversion, or processing of a controlled substance other than marihuana, directly or indirectly by extraction from substances of natural origin…

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Drug - Trafficking
The manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver an illegal drug is referred to as drug trafficking…

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Drug - Dealing
Drug dealing, or drug sales charges are criminal charges for the sale or attempted sale of any type of illegal controlled substance…

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Manufacture Delivery Cntl. Substance

The manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in Texas is a serious allegation…

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Drug - Intent To Distribute
Possession with intent to deliver and possession with intent to distribute are serious charges in Texas.

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Driving While Intoxicated DWI - DUI
If you get pulled over for suspicion of DWI or drunk driving in Texas, here are some simple steps you may want to consider. Keep in mind, that by following these simple steps…

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You Need an Attorney With a Proven Track Record of Winning.

The Law Firm of Matthew Pillado PLLC. will help fight your federal & state criminal charges. We conduct thorough pre-trial investigations of ALL of the prosecutor’s evidence, and find the key to your freedom.

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What is a Criminal Trial?

Read more on the facts and processes of legal defense and what is involved when defending yourself in the courtrooms of Texas. Read more on our legal blog.

Federal v. State Criminal Cases


In our country, we have two sets of courts that hear cases: State and Federal. State courts include municipal, justice of the peace, county and district courts. These courts hear local ordinances, traffic violations, certain civil matters and criminal cases where the alleged offense is a state law violation. Federal Courts, on the other hand, are established by the constitution and deal with matters involving federal law like immigration, intellectual property, anti-trust, crimes involving federal officials, or the commission of crimes across state lines, among other kinds of cases.

For an attorney to practice in state court, they must pass the bar exam of the state or be admitted after meeting certain qualifications. For an attorney to practice in Federal court, they must meet certain qualifications and apply to be admitted into the different districts. Although they are similar, there are distinct differences in procedures, deadlines, and other rules.

Knowing the differences, as well as local rules and caveats for the different courts could be the difference in getting a case dismissed or serving time in state or federal prison. Here at Matthew Pillado, PLLC, we are experienced in the state courts throughout Texas, as well as admitted to practice in federal court.

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Payment Methods Accepted

The law firm of Matthew Pillado PLLC. accepts the usual methods of payment for legal services including cash, check, and major credit & debit cards. We also offer options for legal financing for our lawyers’ services. The details of the financing available for legal cases can be obtained by contacting our law office or scheduling a consultation with one of our attorneys.

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