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Frequently Asked Questions

When a person is facing criminal charges there are a number of questions. Most people have never been in a courtroom or hired an attorney before. Serious charges require serious help. John J. Fox, an experienced San Antonio criminal attorney can explain the specific charges you are facing, answer questions which are specific to your case, and help you with your defense.

  • What types of crimes do you defend?
    Our firm defends all types of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges, including multiple DWI, felony DWI, Intoxication Assault, Intoxication Manslaughter, drug crimes, possession, distribution, manufacturing, internet crimes, child pornography, molestation, sex with a minor, child abuse, theft crimes, burglary or robbery, traffic offenses, hit & run, violent crimes, domestic violence, murder/manslaughter, assault/ battery, juvenile crimes, white collar crimes, warrants, Motions to Revoke Probation, and others.
  • How will a conviction affect me in the future?
    A conviction is a public record and is available to the general public. Any employer or prospective employer, landlord, financial institution, education institution, or licensing agency can gain access to this information. This can affect a person's employment, a chance to go to college, or enter a profession that requires a license.
  • Will my license be suspended if I am arrested for a DWI?
    If you are arrested for a DWI, you may be at risk of license suspension. If you refuse to perform a chemical test, your license may automatically be suspended under the implied consent law. It may also be suspended if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) appears to be above the legal limit.
  • What are the penalties for a Felony conviction?
    There are several classifications of felonies. The penalties for the most serious, Capitol Felony may be a life sentence without parole or the death penalty. The punishment range for 1st Degree Felonies is a prison sentence from 5 to 99 years. 2nd Degree Felonies have a 2 to 20-year sentence range. 3rd Degree Felonies carry a 2 to 10-year penalty range. State Jail felonies, the lowest level felony offenses, may involve a prison sentence ranging from 6 months to 2 years. As in misdemeanor cases, probation instead of prison time is often a possibility, depending upon the specific facts of your felony case and your previous criminal history.
  • What are the penalties for a Misdemeanor conviction?
    Misdemeanors have three classifications, Class A, B, and C. The penalties for a Class A Misdemeanor can be up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine. Class B Misdemeanor penalties typically can be up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Class C misdemeanors almost always involve only a fine, with no jail time. It is important to point out that probation, instead of jail time, is typically offered in Class A and Class B Misdemeanor cases.
  • What is the difference between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?
    A Felony is a more serious offense than a misdemeanor and the penalties are also more severe
  • What is a Grand Jury?
    A grand jury is a group of people whose purpose it is to listen to the testimony of witnesses and review other evidence of suspected criminal activity. After reviewing all the evidence the grand jury decides if there is enough evidence to indict the person or persons with the commission of a crime
  • What is a prosecutor?
    A prosecutor is a county, city, or state attorney who works for the government. He or she is responsible for presenting the case against a defendant.