Criminal Defense

Texarkana Criminal Defense Attorneys

Fighting for the Accused Across East Texas

Being arrested or charged with a crime can have a profound and lasting impact on your life. One of the most immediate consequences is the potential loss of freedom if you are held in custody or imprisoned. 

However, the ramifications extend far beyond potential jail time. A criminal record can damage your reputation, relationships, career opportunities, and financial stability. It can limit your ability to secure employment, obtain licenses in certain professions, or qualify for federal student loans. For noncitizens, it can lead to deportation.

When facing the criminal justice system, having an experienced and competent defense lawyer is not merely an advantage; it’s a necessity. A proven defense attorney can thoroughly investigate your case, navigate legal complexities, negotiate with prosecutors, and advocate for your rights and future at trial.

At Potter & Marks, PLLC, criminal defense comprises a significant portion of our practice. We handle all types of arrests and charges, from minor state misdemeanors and juvenile arrests to complicated and severe federal felonies. 

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Protecting Your Rights

As an American, you have certain inalienable rights: 

  • The right to a speedy trial by an impartial jury
  • The right to reasonable, consistent bail
  • The right to refrain from answering incriminating questions
  • The right to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures
  • The right to due process
  • The right to an attorney

These rights, plus many more, may need to be protected to ensure you are treated fairly in the criminal justice system. Our criminal defenders are here to uphold your rights throughout your case.  

Types of Cases We Handle

We handle all types of criminal matters, including those in all the local courts throughout East Texas, from juvenile hearings to complex trials. 

These include but are not limited to: 

  • Federal crimes: We tackle the intricacies of the federal court system, which differs in its laws and operation from state offenses; these generally cross state lines, violate federal statutes, or occur on federal property.
  • Sex crimes: Sex-related crimes are among the most damaging to defendants in terms of criminal and personal penalties. Your reputation and livelihood may be threatened. We protect your rights with sensitivity when facing such detrimental allegations.
  • Theft and shoplifting crimes: These can range from petty theft to grand larceny, with penalties based on the value of the stolen goods or services.
  • Burglary and robbery: These theft offenses are generally charged as felonies and can be prosecuted at the federal level when crossing state lines or involving federal banking institutions.
  • Drug crimes: From minor personal possession to large-scale trafficking, we address all narcotics and unlawful medical prescription charges. 
  • Domestic violence: These crimes include any acts of harm or threatened harm against family or household members or intimate or dating partners and can have severe consequences from fines to jail time and more. 
  • White collar crimes: These are generally nonviolent, financially-motivated crimes, such as fraud, embezzlement, and other offenses against individuals, groups, or the government. 
  • Assault: We defend against simple and aggravated assault charges, seeking to minimize legal repercussions.
  • Weapon charges: These cases involve violations of laws governing the possession, use, carrying, or sale of guns and other prohibited weapons. 
  • DWI: We fight for optimum outcomes in cases of those accused of driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
  • Violent crimes: These offenses can range from carjacking, home invasion, vehicular manslaughter, other types of manslaughter, and murder and are among the most severe charges you can face with long-term penalties. 

We also handle appeals and probation revocation proceedings. Our team can assist you with seeking an immediate release from jail if you or a loved one have been taken into custody.

The Value of Legal Representation in Criminal Cases

Hiring a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer is crucial when facing the Texas or federal justice systems. How your attorney handles your case can greatly influence its outcome and your life going forward. 

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Why Choose Potter & Marks, PLLC?

Founded in 1965 by Charles A. Potter, our family-operated firm has resolved thousands of cases. We can handle matters big and small, simple or complex. Our experienced team can review your situation from all angles, informed by our multi-faceted knowledge, experience, and skills in diverse fields.

  • 10,000+ Court Appearances
    With over 10,000 court appearances and 91% satisfactory results, you can trust in our firm's ability to deliver favorable outcomes.
  • 455+ Happy Clients
    Our firm has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional legal services and achieving positive results.
  • Free Consultations
    Learn how our lawyers can help during a complimentary, confidential consultation.
  • Licensed in Both Arkansas and Texas
    Every lawyer in our office is licensed to practice in both Arkansas and Texas, ensuring that we can effectively represent clients across state lines and in diverse legal contexts.
Protecting the Best Interests of the Texarkana Area
Contact our law firm today to start building your case and take control of your legal situation. With our comprehensive legal services and personalized approach, we are here to support you every step of the way.

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