The Law Office of James McCalla provides personalized legal services to all its clients whether you have been charged with a criminal offense or simply need guidance for your business. What makes our firm different from others is our commitment to personalized client service. I am a full service law office, capable of handling criminal and civil matters at both the state and federal level from an initial meeting through trial or appeal.
When you call The Law Office of James McCalla, you speak directly with me, not a paralegal and not a secretary. Client cases are handled directly by James McCalla and are not “farmed out” or “referred” to other attorneys unless expressly requested or agreed to by the client.
One of the most important things you can do to help yourself in any legal situation is to act quickly and call the Law Office of James McCalla. Often, there are time limits and deadlines for taking legal action. Waiting will not make the problem go away and could ultimately make it worse.
DUI/DWI - Driving While Intoxicated
One of the most commonly charged offenses is Driving While Intoxicated (DWI/DUI). It is expensive and can cause major disruptions in your life. Depending on the facts of the case and previous convictions, charges can range from a Class “B” misdemeanor to a felony offense. Punishment for a first offense can be as much as a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Injuries or deaths that result from the DWI complicate the case even more.
In many situations a person has only 15 days from the date of the arrest to dispute a license suspension, so it is important to act quickly. Technical issues with breath samples and blood draws, as well as the subjective nature of a field sobriety test makes an experienced attorney a necessity when defending DWI cases.
Drug Possession or Drug Paraphernalia
Drug possession or drug paraphernalia charges can range from a Class “C” misdemeanor to a first-degree felony. The level of the offense depends on the type of drugs involved, the amount, and any prior criminal or drug possession history. An experienced criminal defense attorney can challenge the arrest or seizure of the drugs, which can often result in a reduction of the charges or an outright dismissal.
On top of any criminal charges, the government may try to seize any items or money found during (or after) the arrest and claim that those items are contraband and subject to forfeiture. The Law Office of James McCalla can help fight illegal seizures and forfeiture actions by the government, but there maybe limited time to challenge the forfeiture, so it is important to act quickly.
Charges against juveniles (those under age 17 at the time of the offense) are handled in juvenile court and operate under a different set of rules and procedures. The Juvenile Justice system is a quasi-criminal system, which combines elements of civil law and criminal law. Despite the child’s age, any criminal charge brought against a juvenile can have lasting consequences and can include placement in a treatment facility.
When a child is referred to the Juvenile Justice system, a child’s parents are also expected to attend court settings and be involved in any rehabilitation that may be ordered by the Court. Despite their age, the child has rights and protections under Texas Law and the United States Constitution.
Theft charges can range from a Class “C” misdemeanor to a first-degree felony. The charge depends on a number of variables including the dollar amount of what was allegedly taken, did the suspect enter a home or was a weapon involved. Common charges include shoplifting from a store to burglary of someone’s home.
Theft charges often include an initial interview between the accused and law enforcement or loss prevention officers. In order to have a successful defense, it is critical to speak with an attorney before speaking to anyone about the case. If a law enforcement officer wants to speak with you, ask to speak with an attorney before answering any questions. If you want to speak with an attorney, the police must allow you to contact an attorney. Don’t forfeit your rights.
An overlooked area of criminal law is appealing a conviction. An appeal can challenge a conviction on various grounds and seek to have the conviction overturned or amended. Rules and procedures for appeals are completely different from the trial setting, especially the deadlines for filing an appeal, so it is critical to seek out an experienced appellate attorney. Many convictions are overturned on appeal, but only if you fight.
Changes in laws and procedures may give a client an excellent opportunity to fight their case in the appellate arena. Do not give up important rights and challenges to the evidence just because a judge or jury said “Guilty.” Call today to find out if your case can be challenged at the next level.
From claims that a party is not complying with contract terms to delinquent or nonpayment, contract disputes are perhaps the number one issue for many businesses. Contracts can be lengthy documents and the details can be confusing. An attorney can evaluate a contract, either before or after execution, to determine the responsibilities of the parties involved and the best way to achieve the client’s goals. We recommend having an attorney evaluate contracts prior to signing, to make sure the client’s expectations and objectives are truly represented in the language of the contract.
Representation in Lawsuits
When a business is a party to a lawsuit, it is imperative to be represented by a skilled attorney. Lawsuits can be long and expensive, but often times they can be resolved quickly and economically. An experienced attorney can evaluate the case based on the evidence and the position of the parties involved, and then develop an economical and sound legal strategy that best supports the client’s goals.
Family law can include divorce cases to those involving custody disputes and issues with Child Protective Services (CPS). As with other types of cases, it can be imperative to contact an attorney immediately in order to comply with legal timelines. As with many cases, cooperation and courtesy between the parties can save thousands of dollars, but it is important to contact an attorney to make sure that all issues are evaluated and the client’s rights are protected.
It is an undeniable fact of life that we will all pass from this world. Families should make sure that they have a plan in place to deal with the inevitable. The bottom line is that if you do not establish a plan on how to divide your estate, the State of Texas will divide your property after your death, and without your input! Wills can be a simple or complex, depending on the needs of the client, but it is important to speak with an attorney to ensure that your assets and estate are divided the way YOU want it done, not the way the way the state wants it done.
The Law Office of James McCalla can help with many other charges and offenses. The most important thing to remember is to act quickly. Call for a free consultation if you have been arrested, charged or served.
- Criminal Mischief
- Cocaine Possession
- Controlled Substance/Drug Charges
- Disorderly Conduct and Related Charges
- Domestic Violence
- Gun Crimes
- Heroin Possession
- Hit and Run
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Marijuana Possession
- Medicare Fraud
- Methamphetamine Possession
- Murder and Homicide
- Reckless Driving
- White Collar Crimes