Criminal Defense

In criminal law, hiring an experienced defense attorney is paramount for  individuals facing the threat of criminal prosecution. We represent individuals who are charged with the following crimes:

  • Homicides (ranging from intentional murder to reckless manslaughter and death-by-auto)
  • Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Battery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Misdemeanor Crimes
  • DUI
  • Traffic Offenses (driving with a suspended license)
  • Firearms Violations, and Other Weapons Offenses
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Forgery
  • Drug Offenses
  • Drug Trafficking
  • & More

The offenses listed above carry the possibility of incarceration, sometimes substantial, mandatory, and subject to significant parole ineligibility, upon conviction. Thus, it is critical that a person facing consequences of such magnitude retain an attorney who is qualified and experienced.

On many occasions, seasoned attorneys, through effective early representation, can set the groundwork for positive results or secure a favorable early resolution. A person charged with this type of crime needs an advocate capable of formidably opposing the substantial resources typically available to law enforcement and prosecutors. On some occasions, these matters must be tried by a jury, making it essential that an individual retain a skilled trial attorney.

To those facing criminal charges, the choice of counsel can make all the difference. A lawyer, as vital advocate for the accused, conducts early investigation, identifies applicable defenses, analyzes strengths and weaknesses, prepares legal applications, also called motions, negotiates with prosecuting authorities, and zealously defends an accused before a jury. Additionally, a lawyer involved early in the case can expedite the client’s release on bail, allowing the client to assist in preparing the defense.

In the end, for those charged with crimes and offenses, the proper selection of counsel is pivotal. A capable and experienced attorney can often mean the difference between a finding of guilt or innocence, and, critically, incarceration or freedom.

Personal Injury

The term “personal injury” applies to a wide area of claims that arise when one party believes that his or her damages were caused by another party, resulting in a lawsuit. Examples of personal injury claims are

  • Wrongful Death
  • Defective Products
  • Car Accidents
  • Discrimination
  • Slip and Fall
  • Sexual Harassment Cases
  • & More

If the wrongful conduct of another party can be proven or if liability is accepted, the injured party (the plaintiff) may be entitled to monetary compensation from the defendant. At Houson R. Lafrance P.A. we represent clients on a contingency fee basis and receive compensation only if we recover money for the client. This allows people who would otherwise be unable to afford a lawyer to have legal representation.

If you think you have a personal injury case, it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer to explore your legal rights. Claims can, for example, be made by individuals, by a guardian, by a decedent’s estate, as well as by larger groups in class action lawsuits, depending upon the nature of the case. Key factors to consider in hiring a personal injury lawyer is his or her’s willingness and ability to take your case to trial and a proven track record in obtaining settlements or winning jury trials – whether its a big case or a small case.

Because the plaintiff has to prove their case. Hiring a skilled lawyer who is prepared to take your case into litigation is critical. Most important you need a lawyer who will not ask you to take a settlement because they are afraid to go to trial.