Criminal Practice Areas
Strategic & Effective Counsel for State & Federal Cases
When other lawyers have problems or cases they can’t solve, they come to The Akers Firm. From high-stakes criminal cases to complex fraud matters, the Houston-based criminal attorneys at the Akers Firm provide counsel through every stage of legal proceedings from investigation to trial.
At the Akers Firm, we develop a team approach so that our experience is effectively utilized personally and efficiently for each individual client. Every attorney at the Akers Firm is intimately familiar with their own area of expertise, which makes our team approach specifically effective. The Akers firm has built a reputation as a leading criminal defense firm based on unparalleled results for individuals and corporations facing allegations in both federal and state courts across Texas.
The entire criminal justice system is built by the government to do one thing: pressure a nice and easy guilty plea for the government. But there is nothing “nice and easy” about effective criminal defense. We pride ourselves as being the shield between citizens and the government, and do everything within our power to make sure you get the best result possible. When you choose a criminal defense lawyer for your case, make sure you choose someone who knows how to fight. The lawyers at the Akers Firm are born fighters.
The unique skill sets of attorneys at the Akers Firm have lead to dozens of no-bills and acquittals and a staggering number of cases dismissed.
If you need your criminal problem solved, call the Akers Firm for a free consultation at (713) 877-2500.
It has become increasingly rare for criminal defense lawyers to have experience fighting federal criminal cases. Federal criminal offenses are substantially different from state criminal cases in terms of the penalties as well as the system itself. It’s not the city vs. you, it’s not the State of Texas vs. you, it’s The United States. The United States’ prosecutors focus on a lower volume of cases and therefore devotes greater resources to each individual prosecution.
White Collar Crime
Not everyone can effectively defend a white collar criminal allegation. It takes a lawyer with patience, precision, the experience necessary to develop a long-term strategy for a complex fraud or other financial criminal allegation. It also takes someone who can deliver results in the courtroom should a trial or contested hearing become necessary. In most lawyers you’ll find either a strategist or a trial lawyer. In the Akers Firm, you’ll find both.
Homicide / Assaultive Crime
The Akers Firm has developed a reputation throughout Texas as a leading firm in our aggressive defense of individuals charged with violent crime. Homicide cases are cases in which the allegations result in the death of another. As such, prosecutors treat them as seriously as it gets, and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. In most cases, this can mean life in prison or even the death penalty.
In recent years, there has been a palpable shift in various State and Federal law enforcement agencies to more aggressively prosecute environmental crime. This may mean criminal cases filed against individuals or corporations. In the past, very few environmental cases were filed, which results in very few attorneys having experience battling them. Attorneys at the Akers Firm, however, have been on the front lines since day one.
DWI and Intoxication Crimes
An arrest or criminal conviction for DWI in Texas is a terrible and alarming event for any person. It can cost you your employment, your freedom, and thousands of dollars in fines and fees. The scariest part is this: DWI is a crime based entirely on the government’s opinion. Our job is to make sure that opinion doesn’t hold water with a judge or jury.
Even the allegation of a sex crime against you carries a stigma. Sex crimes are particularly dangerous for an individual accused for a number of reasons: most sex crimes come with registration on the national sex offender list for years, if not life. Further, by virtue of the nature of the crime –it’s often your word against someone else’s. Prosecutors will start by believing the victim –we start by fighting for you.
Any drug arrest or conviction on your record could result in monumental penalties –lost jobs, lost property, and years in jail. Some people believe that with recent pushes in different states to legalize different levels of narcotics, that Texas prosecutors have grown soft on drug crime. In reality, drug crimes are still some of the most aggressively prosecuted cases in the courthouse.
Civil Asset Forfeiture
Civil asset forfeiture, in our view, is one of the most corruptible areas in all of Texas and American law. The fact that the government has the legal ability to come to your house (or bank account), seize your property with no warrant, and then force you into a lawsuit so you have to fight to get it back is not what our founding fathers intended for this country. We’re here to fix that.