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Experienced Criminal Defense

Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

Serious repercussions can occur if you are convicted of a State or Federal criminal offense. Serious State of Texas punishments can range from deferred adjudication to a life sentence or even the death penalty. A crime will fall within the Federal court’s jurisdiction if a federal law enforcement agency such as the FBI, DEA, ICE, or USPS is investigating the crime, or if the crime falls within the jurisdiction of federal charges, such as on federal property, related to interstate commerce, violating Federal Statutes or the Constitution. Penalties for Federal charges typically carry much higher sentences than State criminal charges, and federal judges have much less discretion regarding sentencing than state judges. Federal sentences may be increased or “enhanced” depending on certain factors, and in federal court you will serve at least 85% of your sentence if convicted.

Misdemeanors in Texas

Offense Level Punishment
Class C Misdemeanor Up to a $500 fine, no jail time
Class B Misdemeanor Up to 180 days in county jail, up to a $2,000 fine
Class C Misdemeanor Up to 1 year in county jail, up to a $4,000 fine

Felonies in Texas

Offense Level Punishment
State Jail Felony 180 days to 2 years in a state jail, up to a $10,000 fine
Third Degree Felony 2 to 10 years in the Texas Department of Justice – Institutional Division, up to a $10,000 fine
Second Degree Felony 2 to 20 years in the Texas Department of Justice – Institutional Division, up to a $10,000 fine
First Degree Felony 5 to 99 years, or life imprisonment, in the Texas Department of Justice – Institutional Division, up to a $10,000 fine
Capital Felony Life without parole in the Texas Department of Justice – Institutional Division or death by lethal injection

Criminal Defense

Assaultive Offenses

Diversionary Programs
Domestic Violence
Drug Crimes
DWI / Intoxicated Driving
Environmental Crimes
Expunction / Non-disclosure
Federal Crimes
Felony Crimes
Healthcare Fraud
Homicide, Manslaughter & Murder
Misdemeanor Crimes
Motions to Adjudicate Guilt
Motions to Revoke Probation
Organized Crimes
Securities / Investments Fraud
Sex Crimes
Title IX Actions
White-Collar Defense and Compliance

Experienced Civil Mediator

Jay Karahan is an experienced mediator with certification in mediation from the A. A. White Dispute Resolution Center, part of the University of Houston. The mediation certification process involves 40 hours of training through lecture, discussion, role-play and individual videotape sessions to learn mediation skills. Jay has successfully mediated over 75 civil cases ranging from automobile accidents to contract disputes.

Mediation may be the only opportunity for potential litigation to remain under your control. It provides a forum and an atmosphere in which parties gain understanding, become understood, and work together to explore options for resolution without the need or expense of a trial. By resolving disputes in mediation, with the guidance of an experienced retired trial judge as your mediator, parties determine for themselves what is important and, ultimately the outcome of the situation.

Experienced Consultant

Jay has consulted with large and small companies on corporate compliance matters, internal investigations and other criminal and quasi-criminal issues arising in corporate governance and operations.

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