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Criminal Defense Attorney Fort Worth

If you are looking for an experienced, aggressive criminal defense firm to take your case in Forth Worth, Texas, look no further than the team at Cole Paschall Law. We cover a variety of cases and will be happy to discuss yours during a free initial consultation, where you will be able to speak with an attorney about your arrest, your charges, and the specifics facts about your case. In addition, you will be able to learn how we have helped others in similar situations like your own, how we can help you, and what the best next steps are in order to build a strong defense.

Read more below for a brief overview of a few of our firm’s major practice areas. If you do not see a practice area listed that resembles your charges, contact us immediately to speak directly with us. We understand that even with identical charges, no two cases are alike, and we work with each of our clients to build a custom defense to increase their chances of receiving a favorable outcome with their case.

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DWI, Drug charges, Assault, Theft, Burglary, Sex crimes, Marijuana, Edibles, Probation Revocation. We handle State and Federal charges. The following are only meant to serve as an example, not as a complete catalog of the services that we offer.

Driving While Intoxicated

Driving while intoxicated, commonly referred to as DWI in Texas, is a serious charge that can cause major complications in your life, both personally and professionally. These charges stem from driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated on alcohol or other drugs. Depending on a variety of other factors that may be involved in the charges, such as prior DWI convictions, minors in the vehicle, possession of illegal drugs, operating without a driver's license, and more, your charges and possible penalties can cover a wide range of possibilities. It is important that you begin to work with an attorney as soon as possible since there are many time-sensitive actions that you must take in order to obtain an occupational license and to maximize your chances of a positive outcome for your case.

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Drug Crimes

Drug crimes in Texas can be treated harshly when compared with other states, as illustrated by their aggressive approach to marijuana. Even simple possession of marijuana in Texas, which is either decriminalized or legalized in many surrounding states, can result in jail time. Possession of any amount of marijuana under 2 ounces can result in 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine and a serious mark on your criminal record. Possession of refined forms of marijuana such as edibles, concentrates or hash, turns the case into a felony possession.

In addition to low tolerance for marijuana, the state of Texas has similarly harsh laws for other scheduled drugs and depending on the substance, amount, and the context of your possession, you can be looking at serious penalties and prison time.

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Assault, generally speaking in terms of Texas law, takes place when an individual acts on the intention to harm someone, or leads someone to believe that they are going to cause harm to them. In fact, whether or not they are harmed is not a factor in determining whether or not an assault has taken place. This means that assault charges can stem from instances such as threats of bodily harm to a victim, causing actual bodily harm to a victim, or coming into contact with someone in a way that is intentionally offensive. Depending on the type of harm done, and the amount of harm done to the victim, charges can range from simple assault (a misdemeanor) to felony assault with severe consequences.

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A misdemeanor is a general term for “lesser” crimes, which may or may not have the possibility of any jail time and typically carry a fine and possible probation. In many cases, an individual charged with a misdemeanor may be convinced to plead guilty to the charge in order to expedite the process and get on their way. While this may seem appealing and is the best-case for a prosecutor and the court it is important that you understand all possible impacts that this plea may have on your life in the future. In many cases, working with Cole Paschall Law is the best way to find a positive outcome that will not come back to haunt you.

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A felony is a more serious crime that comes along with much more serious penalties than a misdemeanor. Charges of DWI, assault, theft, or most other crimes can be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony if the actions are determined to be serious enough, or if the person being charged has a criminal history that warrants an increased charge. A felony conviction often comes with more than a year in prison, extensive fines, strict probation, and more in order to satisfy the Tarrant County District Courts. Building a defense for a felony is more complicated than a defense for a misdemeanor, but a good outcome may also be more important because it may keep you from being a convicted felon or registered sex offender for the rest of your life.

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Cole Paschall Law is ready to take on your case. Give us a call today and learn more about why you should work with an attorney.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect when working with a good criminal defense lawyer in Fort Worth?

The most important things that you should expect when working with a defense attorney is that your lawyer is experienced in the charges that you are facing, that they have a history of success, and that you are comfortable working with them.

It is important that we have an initial consultation so that we are able to discuss your needs and our services to ensure that we will be a good fit for each other. During this call or office visit, we will be able to discuss needs such as availability, fees, and more.

If you know that you are being investigated for an alleged crime, the best thing to do is to partner with a Fort Worth criminal attorney, like Cole Paschall Law, to start working on any possible upcoming case. Do NOT speak to any officer or detective without representation. You do not need to wait until you are arrested to begin working on an aggressive defense today.

Will I need to post bail to be released after an arrest?

Each arrest is different, and your terms of release depend on the type of crime, where you are arrested, and more. Contact our team immediately to get the help of a criminal defense attorney in Fort Worth so that we can help you determine the right steps to expedite your release. We do post bonds for our clients at Cole Paschall Law.

Tarrant County Diversion Programs

If this is your first offense or you otherwise qualify, you may be able to avoid criminal prosecution via a diversion program. The following are all Tarrant County diversion programs that are available to qualifying defendants.


What Is A DWI Specialist

When arrested for driving under the influence in Fort Worth or Tarrant County, the repercussions can vary based on many variables. It is important to have representation that can provide the best outcome. Hiring the right attorney is important and finding an attorney that specializes in DWI cases is what you want. Fort Worth has, literally, thousands of attorneys. How do you pick the best one while not overpaying...

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Regardless of the crime that you are being charged with, it is important that you take advantage of your right to remain silent until you have hired the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Worth. Seemingly innocent statements that you make to law enforcement officials may ultimately complicate your case in ways that you could not have possibly foreseen, and so it is extremely important that each statement that you make is done with care and planning with an attorney present.

When you are working with an attorney and the team at Cole Paschall Law, you can be confident that we have a history of success within the Fort Worth court system that we will be happy to bring that experience to your benefit. Our experience will be a significant asset to you as we mount an aggressive defense and identify realistic goals and outcomes for your case.

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Amanda Dunn
Amanda Dunn
21:55 16 Dec 21
Casey Cole is a very good criminal attorney he got me 10 years probation I have 2 prior aggravated assaults so this makes my 3rd aggravated assault I also have 2 other felony convictions I was very scared of the possibility of going back to prison and casey put that fear to rest I d recommend casey Cole as a very competent and influential attorney that gets results. Thank you casey for your exceptional work on my case.
Oscar Trevino
Oscar Trevino
12:13 04 Nov 21
I recommend Cole Paschall for DWI lawyer. I'm my 5th DWI my sentence was 25 to life and he reduced it to 3 yrs probation.
Kathryne Burton
Kathryne Burton
16:51 27 Oct 21
This firm is that abseloute best! Was able to get me case dissmissed before the court date even happened. Every time I had questions they were able to answer them and they handled everything as far as my case was concerned.
Amanda Wilks
Amanda Wilks
03:16 13 Oct 21
I highly recommend Casey Cole. I am forever thankful and grateful for what he did for me and my son. The first day that we met him he put our mind at ease, and he ended up doing exactly what he told us he was going to do. Words can’t express just how thankful I am for what Mr. Cole did for us. If you’re ever in need of a criminal attorney, call Cole Paschall Law!
Megan Daniels
Megan Daniels
01:30 21 Aug 21
Shawn was the best court appointed lawyer. He got my 200 to 400 dropped to 1to4 and labor detail 120 days. When they wanted me to do 4 yrs tdc
Gaby Rodriguez
Gaby Rodriguez
22:04 06 Aug 21
I am more thankful to Casey Cole than words can suffice. What he did for me is amazing. My family and myself were mind-blown by the outcome of my case. I was arrested at the border in San Diego for 4 felony warrants. Mr. Cole promised me one thing and he ended up doing 10 times better than that. Within 48 hours of me hiring him he got all 4 charges dismissed and i was released. I am now back at home with my husband and children and am finally at peace after almost 2... years of living in fear of these warrants. He is an amazing attorney and was recommended to me through a friend that he also represented and helped with her criminal charges. Anyone in need of legal services - this is your guy. WORTH EVERY PENNY. Best money i ever spent. My family will never forget what this man did for us. Thank you Cole Paschall Law. You exceeded all expectations. Can't say it enough. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!read more
21:32 03 Aug 21
Casey cole was very professional and helpful through this process. I was charged with a very serious DWI, that was a class a misdemeanor and casey walked me through the process and was able to get me only 15 months of probation! I can't thank him enough!
Jason Acosta
Jason Acosta
19:55 01 Aug 21
Cole was very informative from the beginning, very knowledgeable. His team was awesome through the whole process and guided me every step of the way. Got my case reduced and with very little after effect. Thank you Casey and your team.100% will deal with him if ever in trouble again.
Aarick Stockemer
Aarick Stockemer
21:00 17 Jun 21
He is a great lawyer ! Strongly recommend, and was well priced. Thank you to you and your team. Great job.
Amber Davidson
Amber Davidson
20:08 17 Jun 21
Very helpful! I appreciate Attorney Cole and his team for walking me through all the steps of my case. He was recommended to me by a friend and I would definitely recommend him to anyone. Thank you!
Marcus Holmes
Marcus Holmes
19:44 17 Jun 21
Casey is phenomenal!! He did exact what he said he was going too from day one…if I could give a 10 star rating I would. Recommend for any criminal defense you need!! 👍👍
Cindy Felton
Cindy Felton
00:08 12 May 21
Highly recommend! Very responsive and friendly, definitely using Attorney Cole Paschall again. Happy client!
Hunter Matteson
Hunter Matteson
15:27 22 Apr 21
Wouldn’t recommend him at all, He didn’t fail to embarrass my girlfriend and himself in court by being over 2 hours late to the first hearing and over an 1 1/2hrs late to the second. Felt like my girlfriend was the least of his worries by telling me that another case took priority over hers the morning of when court dates were scheduled months in advance. 😡 definitely hope he improves his communication!
Vanessa Bayona
Vanessa Bayona
21:18 05 Feb 21
I highly recommend Cole Paschall Law to anyone needing help with a criminal case. I was extremely impressed by Mr. Cole, his professionalism, understanding, and the outcome he was able to achieve in my case. Their legal assistant Jess, was very knowledgeable, professional and quick to respond with any questions I had throughout the entire process. Thank you Cole Paschall Law for representing me! I will always recommend this law firm to anyone who needs representation.
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About Us

Attorneys Casey Cole and Shawn Paschall make an impactful difference on all of the criminal cases they handle. With more than 50 combined years of legal experience, our criminal defense attorneys in Fort Worth have a proven track record for great results at a great price. Residents throughout Fort Worth and Tarrant County have turned to Cole Paschall Law in times of trouble.

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Shawn W. Paschall is board certified in criminal law as designated by the Board of Legal Specialization.