Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer
Law Firm OverviewJohn M. Petruzzi, Attorney at Law is a Houston, TX based criminal defense attorney providing legal representation to clients facing criminal charges throughout the metropolitan Houston area as well as its surrounding counties. Mr. Petruzzi has focused the entirety of his 30-plus years in the legal profession in the area of criminal law. His experience as a former prosecutor is especially valuable in his current defense practice because it allows him unique insight into how prosecutors put together a case and what strategies can be used to most effectively counter their arguments.
Through the course of his career, Mr. Petruzzi has successfully defended countless clients against all manner of criminal charges such as DUI/DWI, violent crimes, weapons charges, drug charges, sex crimes, burglary and theft, juvenile crimes, and student. Mr. Petruzzi is also able to assist clients with probation violations, as well as defending against arrests made by using improper search and seizure procedures.
Facing criminal charges can be a daunting experience, as prosecutors and law officials are often fanatical in their desire to come down upon individuals facing criminal charges. Mr. Petruzzi assists his clients by making their options clear to them as well as aggressively representing them in court. Mr. Petruzzi is committed to ensuring that your rights are protected, as is guaranteed by the United States legal system and the constitution.
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
- Criminal Defense
Our Houston criminal defense firm is ready and equipped to put all our resources into defending you, whether you are accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI/DUI), manslaughter or a drug crime. With more than 30 years criminal law experience and over 150 criminal jury trials under his belt, League city criminal defense attorney John M. Petruzzi is ready to aggressively defend your rights.
- Drug Crimes
The consequences of a drug crime conviction in Texas are serious. Your future and your freedom are at stake. Drug crimes lawyer John M. Petruzzi knows how to aggressively defend you against drug charges like possession, distribution, manufacturing and trafficking. A former chief prosecutor in Texas felony court, his knows the criminal justice system and will use that knowledge to fight for your rights.
- Cocaine Possession
Cocaine possession is a serious charge in Texas. The more you are convicted of possessing, the more severe the punishment. If you are convicted for possessing less than one gram of cocaine or crack, you face up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. For possession of more than 400 grams you face up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. You could also lose your car or other property.
Do not jump to the conclusion that you are guilty simply because you have been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). Being pulled over and accused of drinking and driving is so intimidating that many people cannot pass the police officer's field sobriety tests even when they are stone cold sober.
Assault is a serious criminal charge that carries consequences that may dog you the rest of your life. Whether you have been charged with assault, domestic violence or aggravated assault, you have a right to a defense and a qualified attorney before any Texas court of law. Exercise that right wisely, because your future may be at stake.
- Family Violence
If the police have been called to your house because of alleged domestic violence, someone is going to jail. The Texas criminal justice system has no tolerance when it comes to domestic violence of a spouse, partner or girlfriend. In most cases, the State will pursue an assault or family violence case against you.
John M. Petruzzi, Attorney at Law, is a former chief prosecutor in Texas felony court and he knows the difficulties you face in defending against a murder charge. It is critical that you retain the services of an attorney who has the ability to handle a serious murder charge, one that has tried murder cases and knows what is involved in this kind of defense.
- Theft Crimes
Many people who have been arrested, particularly for the first time, do not appreciate the consequences of pleading guilty to theft, burglary or shoplifting. Younger people whose whole lives are ahead of them may not realize that a burglary or theft conviction could remain on their record for the rest of their lives and that it can seriously affect their ability to get a job down the road.
Defense attorney John M. Petruzzi is one of few Texas Board Certified Criminal Defense attorneys. He also served as a chief prosecutor supervising other prosecutors in Texas felony court and is a former Harris County Assistant District Attorney. He uses his insider knowledge and experience of over 30 years to strive for the best resolution in each case.
- Sex Crimes
When you talk about draconian consequences, sexual offenses are up there at the top of the list. If you are convicted of a sex crime, not only will you be facing prison time, but once you are released, you will need to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
- Felony Defense
Have you been charged or are you being investigated for a major felony? From felony DUI to murder you face severe consequences including life in prison, seizure of property, loss of driving and professional licenses and large fines if convicted. With so much at stake, it is crucial that you have an experienced and determined attorney on your side.
- Financial Fraud
Financial crimes usually involve the theft of money or benefits through fraudulent means. They may also involve mismanagement of investors' money. It is not uncommon for errors to occur when you are responsible for handling corporate finances and assets. Even a simple mistake in the financial statements or with investment of funds could lead to an investigation.
- Juvenile Crimes
John M. Petruzzi, Attorney at Law, understands how difficult it can be to learn that your underage child or teenager has been arrested and charged with a juvenile crime. You need help from an attorney who has extensive experience as a former chief prosecutor in juvenile criminal court and who knows how to talk with both kids and adults in a sympathetic yet effective manner.
- Probation Violations
You are not automatically going to jail simply because you have been accused of a probation violation. There are many ways to deal with probation violations and attorney John M. Petruzzi, of Houston, has extensive, effective experience helping clients overcome probation violations and motions to revoke probation.
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