San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers
More Than 50 Years of Experience Defending the Accused
If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a crime in San Antonio, come to Masson & Peranteau for help from a husband-and-wife team of criminal defense attorneys with more than half a century of combined experience. We have successfully represented hundreds of adults and juveniles over the past 25 years and we are ready to fight to defend your future and your freedom. We know Texas and federal law and we use our extensive understanding of courtroom procedure, motion practice and criminal defense strategies to fight aggressively for our clients. Being charged with a crime is one of the most serious and devastating events that can happen to anyone and you may feel frustrated, distressed and worried about what will happen next. Fortunately, this experience is not one that you have to face alone. We work hard to preserve and protect the dignity, privacy and reputations of our clients and we urge you to take action by seeking our help now.
Why Choose Masson & Peranteau?
As San Antonio criminal defense lawyers, we have achieved a reputation for being compassionate advocates and tough litigators who are willing to do what it takes to defend our clients' rights. Consequently, we have earned the sincere appreciation of the many people we have helped. We have also received considerable recognition from our peers in the legal profession. For example, Patrick T. Peranteau has been honored with the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rating, the most trusted and sought-after peer review rating for ability and ethical standards in the legal profession. We are licensed to practice in both state and federal courts, including appellate courts. We are personable and caring, and we offer our services on an affordable basis.
How a San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
Each client we represent is unique; therefore, every case must be thoroughly investigated. During our investigation, we leave no stone unturned in our search for evidence that can be used to prove our client's innocence. We also scrutinize each case to determine what the prosecutor knows — and at least as importantly, what he or she does not know. You are legally considered innocent until proven guilty and you cannot be convicted until the prosecutor has proven your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. By suppressing evidence that has been gathered in violation of your constitutional rights, by introducing evidence and witness testimony in your favor, and by pointing to a lack of evidence to prove your guilt, we may be able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charges or obtain an acquittal at trial.
Facing Federal Criminal Charges
If you or a loved one is charged with a federal crime, it is crucial to locate and retain an attorney who is experienced in federal criminal law. At Masson & Peranteau, we are experienced in federal criminal law and have represented people in federal court in Texas and many other states in the United States. Criminal charges in federal court are extremely serious, and the sentences for federal crimes are significantly longer and harsher than those in State court. Probation is rarely even available as an option. Before charges have been filed, federal agents often execute a search warrant by surprise, and obtain recorded statements from the person they later accuse of a crime. Many people do not realize the most damaging moment in their case may be the moment they choose to speak with federal marshals or agents without first consulting with a lawyer experienced in federal law. If you are facing federal criminal charges, call us at Masson & Peranteau. We can help you.
Defending Juveniles Against Criminal Charges
An arrest can have devastating consequences for anyone, but this is especially true of a young person. In the event that your child is adjudicated delinquent — the juvenile justice equivalent of a conviction — he or she can end up being sent to a detention center or placed on a lengthy period of probation. Having a juvenile criminal record can cause serious ramifications for your child's academic and professional career. Furthermore, you must take into account the psychological and emotional trauma that young people frequently suffer when they have been placed in handcuffs, labeled a criminal, and prosecuted by the state. We place a special focus on helping San Antonio families navigate the complexities of the juvenile justice system and often turn what could be a disaster for your child into a valuable learning experience.
Handling Drug Crime Charges in San Antonio
A large percentage of the cases we handle involve drug crimes, particularly marijuana offenses. Patrick T. Peranteau has been a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) since 1993, and is on the NORML Legal Committee. As supporters of NORML, we advocate in favor of the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use and for recreational use by responsible adults. From our experiences, we know that most people who are arrested for drug crimes are not hardened criminals, and the majority of them have done nothing to harm others. The harsh penalties for drug possession are slowly changing for the better, but, unfortunately, at present, an arrest for a drug-related offense can lead to jail or prison, steep fines, a lengthy terms of probation and a future of trying to find employment burdened by having a criminal record. The so-called "war on drugs" has led the United States to a point where it now has the largest prison population in the world . At Masson & Peranteau, we want to help you avoid the harsh consequences you face when arrested for a drug-related offense.
Confidential Consultation with a San Antonio Criminal Attorney
As soon as possible after your arrest — or even if you are still only under investigation — contact us for a free case evaluation. We handle cases ranging from first-time charges of simple possession of marijuana and
driving while intoxicated to
assault and sex crimes, and murder. We are prepared to take immediate action to defend your rights. During your consultation, we take the time to listen to your side of the story, discuss the sentence you could receive if convicted, and help you choose a course of action for defending against the charges. You cannot safely discuss the case with anyone but your attorney, since statements you make to investigators and others may end up being used against you as evidence. Don't take any chances with the outcome of your case. Let us put our skill and experience to work for you.
Contact us today.