If you have been arrested, charged or are currently under investigation for Retaliation, you need to immediately contact The Hampton Law Firm and ask to speak to Jeff Hampton regarding your case. If you have been contacted by a Fort Worth police detective or a detective from another city in Tarrant County, Texas and asked to meet with him to give a statement so that you can “tell your side of the story,” it is critical that you tell the detective that you are only comfortable with giving a statement if you have an attorney present during questioning. The number one mistake made by citizens facing a criminal investigation is to agree to police questioning without a lawyer present. The police detective is not interested in your “side of the story.” Police detectives are trained to focus all of their efforts during suspect interviews towards interrogating the suspect and attempting to make innocent statements appear incriminating in order to justify an arrest warrant.
Under Texas Penal Code, Section 36.06, a person commits the criminal offense of Retaliation if he intentionally or knowingly harms or threatens to harm another by an unlawful act:
in retaliation for or on account of the service or status of another as a: public servant, witness, prospective witness, or informant; or person who has reported or who the actor knows intends to report the occurrence of a crime; or
to prevent or delay the service of another as a: public servant, witness, prospective witness, or informant; or person who has reported or who the actor knows intends to report the occurrence of a crime.
The most common situation where Retaliation charges are filed in Tarrant County is when a criminal defendant makes a statement to a prospective witness or alleged victim in a pending case and the witness overreacts and takes the statement as an express or implied threat and reports the statement to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. As you can see, the ability to establish the criminal elements of intent and threat are based upon the subjective opinion of the witness. It is critical that you hire an experienced criminal attorney that can evaluate the facts of your case, thoroughly investigate the facts and witnesses and determine the appropriate strategy to seek a no-bill or dismissal of your Retaliation case.
Being charged with Retaliation is a serious crime that poses serious personal and criminal consequences. The criminal offense of Retaliation is classified as a felony of the third degree, punishable by a term in prison of not more than 10 years, but not less than 2 years and up to a $10,000 fine. However, if the alleged victim of the offense was harmed or threatened because of the victim’s service or status as a juror, the offense will be classified as a felony of the second degree, punishable by a term in prison of not more than 20 years but not less than 2 years and up to a $10,000 fine.
If you are facing a Retaliation charge against you, your number one priority should be to call The Hampton Law Firm now for a free consultation do learn about your legal rights and options under the law. At The Hampton Law Firm, you will find an aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyer that will take the time to answer all of your questions and explore all possible legal defenses available to you under the law.
Call The Hampton Law Firm now for a free consultation and an opportunity to speak to me about the facts of your case and the options you have under Texas law. Call Jeff Hampton at The Hampton Law Firm at 817-877-5200.
Contact the Hampton Law Firm now to schedule a free consultation to determine your rights and legal options.