Matt Horak - Attorney at Law, PLLC

Houston Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with a criminal offense can be one of the most stressful and frightening experiences someone will ever face. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney can greatly reduce the emotional, financial, and legal difficulties that can follow a criminal accusation for years to come. Matt Horak has devoted his career to representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses throughout the greater Houston area.

Call Matt Horak, Attorney at Law, PLLC, if you have been arrested for any kind of criminal offense in Southeast Texas, including Houston, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, or surrounding areas of Harris County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Galveston County, Liberty County, or Waller County. You can call attorney Matt Horak at (713) 225-8000 or toll-free at (800) 225-8009 or you can fill out an online case evaluation form to schedule a free case evaluation.

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Don't face the judge and prosecutor alone. Matt Horak fights for his clients by pursuing pre-trial motions to exclude testimony, suppress evidence, or dismiss the criminal charges. Call to find out more about how your criminal defense lawyer can fight to protect you and your good name.

This website was created to provide general information about many specific criminal offenses and possible defenses under Texas law. No substitute exists for speaking directly with an attorney about the specific facts of your case.

Avoid the Consequences—Both Direct and Indirect

A criminal accusation may affect you far beyond the punishment that the court will announce. Many indirect consequences occur after the conviction that can last for a lifetime.

A criminal conviction can be a career ending event for professions that require special certification such as law enforcement officers, doctors, nurses, school teachers in private or public institutions, pilots, or members of the military. These individuals may be unable to continue in their chosen fields even if their criminal cases are resolved without a conviction.

Being accused of serious offenses relating to drug crimes, violent crimes, or other felony offenses can have considerable implications on your future career and educational opportunities. Even high school and college students can face challenges with their educational opportunities for years to come following a criminal investigation.

Don't let this happen to you. A Houston criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate the Texas legal system as you fight to obtain the best possible result in your criminal case. Matt Horak takes a full-service approach to helping his clients deal with the indirect consequences of the criminal case. When eligible, he advises his clients on their rights to seal or expunge the criminal record to avoid many of the indirect consequences of an official criminal investigation.

Dedicated Criminal Defense for Your Best Interests

After an arrest, an experienced attorney can contact the prosecutor's office before they make a filing decision. Whether you were wrongly accused of a crime or the prosecutor lacks sufficient evidence to support a conviction, having the backing of a skilled lawyer can make all the difference. An attorney knows what defenses work well with juries and judges as well as what it takes to get a prosecutor to drop the charges that have been filed.

Our goal is to get your charges dropped or reduced. Using expert witnesses and private investigators during pre-trial negotiations or at trial can often help tip the scales in your favor against a determined prosecutor. Based on the circumstances of your case, a criminal defense attorney may find any number of problems with the prosecution's case, including evidence that should be excluded or suppressed. When there is insufficient evidence to support the charge, your criminal defense attorney can fight to have the charges dropped completely.

Securing an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Houston or The Woodlands can help you in this stressful time. Attorney Matt Horak is dedicated to representing clients charged with criminal offenses—including driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges, marijuana crimes, and traffic offenses—throughout the greater Houston area, serving areas such as The Woodlands, Humble, Conroe, Spring, Tomball, Baytown, Pasadena, Cypress, Katy, Sugar Land, Pearland, Galveston, and Missouri City.

Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent

What you say to police is very important. You should never say anything to law enforcement aside from identifying yourself by name and date of birth. It is the job of police officers to gather the evidence needed to successfully prosecute and convict alleged offenders. In most cases, your silence cannot be used against you.

Our forefathers had the foresight to provide protection for those who have been charged with crimes. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution prevents you from being forced to testify against yourself, even before a criminal trial at the time of your arrest. Exercise your right to remain silent and avoid the possibility of unjust prosecution. Before you give any statement to a law enforcement officer, always speak to a criminal defense attorney who will be on your side and help protect your rights.

Exercising your Miranda rights is easy; just inform the officer that you wish to remain silent. While you may want to argue your case and present information that will help, this will often backfire. In the process of presenting your story, you could make a mistake in explanation that could incriminate you further, and these kinds of mistakes would be used against you in court to weaken your case.

The law enforcement officer is not on your side, no matter what they may tell you. Additionally, an officer who took your statement would act as a witness against you in trial and could remember your statement incorrectly, further implicating you and negatively coloring the jury's perceptions of you.

Always rely on a dedicated criminal defense lawyer to help you explain your side of the story. A free consultation for your case is simply a phone call away, so don't hesitate to secure your future before and during your criminal trial.

Houston Criminal Defense Resources

Houston Police Department (HPD) — This is the official website of the largest municipal police department in Texas with more than 5,000 officers. You can find information about the agency’s organization chart, city ordinances, and crime statistics on this website. There are also videos, a sex offenders database, and links to report theft, criminal mischief, or other suspicious activity.

901 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 837-0311

Houston Bar Association — This nonprofit professional association for attorneys has more than 11,000 members. The website contains a wide variety of information for the public, including legal handbooks, a public information brochure, and a directory of the courts. You can also find news and updates about the association as well as press releases and other publications.

1111 Bagby Street
Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 759-1133

Office of District Attorney, Harris County, Texas — The official website for the Harris County District Attorney contains public safety alerts, news releases, and trials to watch. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions, various downloadable forms, and several victim resources. The website also has information about the First Chance Intervention Program for non-violent first-time offenders.

1201 Franklin Street
Suite 600
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 755-5800

United States Attorney's Office - Southern District of Texas — The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas is appointed by the President of the United States, and this district has seven divisions. These include the Brownsville Division, Corpus Christi Division, Galveston Division, Houston Division, Laredo Division, McAllen Division, and Victoria Division. You can learn more about the attorney, the divisions, and recent news from the offices on this website.

1000 Louisiana
Suite 2300
Houston, TX 77002

Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Cases in Harris County

The police want to talk to me as part of a criminal investigation. Do I need a lawyer even if I don’t believe that I am a suspect?

Just because you don’t think that you are the target of an investigation does not mean that you are not one or won’t become one. In any discussion with police officers or other investigators, it is always in your best interest to have legal representation so you can be sure that you do not say anything that incriminates yourself and is used against you later on.

How is deferred adjudication different from probation?

Deferred adjudication is a kind of probation, but the major difference is that it is not considered a conviction. This can be beneficial for offenders later on as they will be able to honestly tell potential employers or other parties that they have never been convicted of a crime. The disadvantage of deferred adjudication in comparison to “straight” probation is that any violation during the probationary period means that the offender can be sentenced to the maximum punishment for the alleged crime, whereas straight probation typically involves an offender entering a plea to a lesser sentence.

Is there any way to clear my criminal record?

You may have the ability to seal or expunge your criminal record. Depending on the specific criminal offense, a person will have to wait a certain amount of time to have his or her record sealed or expunged. Not all offenses are eligible for sealing or expunging, and people only get to do this one time.

What happens if I cannot afford to pay a fine?

Rather than simply not paying the fine and explaining your financial difficulties at a later date, you will want to go to court to request additional time to pay your fine. You should be prepared to give the court financial information that can help you make payment arrangements, and you will be asked to complete a Financial Statement Form. This is certainly preferable to simply not paying the fine without any explanation, which can lead to your arrest and jailing. If you appear in court and explain your circumstances, the court could possibly discharge all or part of your fine or court costs by having you perform community service instead.

Why should I hire an attorney if I know that I am guilty?

Even if you are certain that you committed the crime you have been charged with, you will want to be sure that you do not accept a criminal sentence that excessively punishes you and causes additional long-term difficulties. By having a criminal defense lawyer, you not only give yourself the best chance of a resolution with the fewest penalties, but you could also possibly get charges reduced or dismissed if your attorney discovers any police errors that you may not have been aware of.

Courthouses in Houston Area

United States District Court
515 Rusk Street
Houston, TX. 77002
(713) 250-5835

First Court of Appeals of Texas
301 Fannin Street
Room 208
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 274-2700

Fourteenth Court of Appeals of Texas
301 Fannin Street
Room 245
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 274-2800

Harris County Criminal Courts at Law
1201 Franklin Street
Houston, TX
(713) 755-5394

City of Houston Municipal Courts
1400 Lubbock Street
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 837-0311

Aggressive Attention to Detail in a Wide Variety of Criminal Cases

Matt Horak is experienced in dealing with numerous types of criminal offenses and is committed to the pursuit of truth in trial. Whether you have been arrested for drug charges, marijuana possession, violating your probation, gun or firearm crimes, domestic violence, theft, internet or cyber crimes, or sexual offenses, the guidance of a skilled attorney could help you get the best possible results for your case. In addition to the trial services provided, our firm offers pre- and post-trial services such as working with arrest warrants, extradition to Texas, post-conviction motions, and criminal appeals.

Call today to speak with Matt Horak about restoring your good name after a criminal accusation. Having experienced legal representation by your side will help you thoroughly investigate the details of your case and develop a strategy to best fight for the charges to be dropped completely or reduced to less serious charges.

Start Fighting Back Today

The first step in fighting the charges that have been filed against you is hiring an attorney who will aggressively fight for you. Matt Horak is a former Assistant District Attorney for Harris County who is board certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Contact Matt Horak, Attorney at Law, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation for your case and begin investigating the details that matter. We can begin your defense right away. Call our firm at (713) 225-8000 or toll-free at (800) 225-8009, or fill out the online case evaluation form right now.

Matt Horak Attorney at Law, PLCC
Principal Office
Harris County Texas
4119 Montrose Blvd. #200
Houston, TX 77006
Secondary Office
Montgomery County Texas
Two Hughes Landing Building
1790 Hughes Landing Blvd
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(office visits by appointment only)
Matt Horak, Attorney At Law, PLLC
Houston: 713-225-8000
The Woodlands: 281-907-4990
Fax: 713-521-1845

This website is sponsored by Matt Horak. Principal office located at 4119 Montrose Blvd. Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77006. Information provided on this website is for general purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice for any situation. Legal advice can only be given after an official attorney-client relationship has been formally agreed upon with the defense lawyer.