Tarrant County Criminal Law Attorneys
Serious Charges Require Serious Lawyers
A criminal charge is a serious event in anyone's life. The potential of punishment involving the loss of liberty, and effects beyond the punishment sanctions in criminal court demands professional legal representation. Some of the collateral consequences involve damage to careers by creation of a criminal record. Background checks are now commonplace by employers, lending institutions, apartment rental applications and others. To protect your rights and freedom, you should have an attorney preparing your legal defense as early as possible.
The criminal defense lawyers at Ball & Hase, in Arlington, Texas, focus exclusively on the defense of those accused of violating criminal laws. We represent persons charged with both misdemeanor and felony offenses in state and federal courts.
People accused of a crime face the overwhelming resources of the government. Police officers and prosecutors have a wide range of resources at their disposal to collect evidence to be used in court against you. The lawyers in this firm work hard to protect your rights and identify effective defense strategies. Our vast experience serves to level the playing field. We represent people in the investigative stages, at trial, in plea negotiations, and on appeal in Texas state and federal courts. We also handle probation revocation and bond hearings.
If you face criminal charges, you should be represented by an experienced attorney who understands the complexities of the criminal justice system. We are criminal law specialists, and former prosecutors. Being former prosecutors provides us with the knowledge and perspective that our opponent, the government prosecutor, possesses. Both Wes Ball and Don Hase are board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In Texas, only a lawyer who is board-certified can call himself or herself a specialist in a particular area of law.
4025 Woodland Park Boulevard, Suite 100
Arlington, TX 76013
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Attorneys
A DWI/DUI is not a traffic ticket. It is a more serious offense that carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine for a first offense. Repeat DWI offenders increase their exposure to fines and jail sentences. If you are convicted of DWI/DUI, you will have a permanent criminal record. You will have to pay a Texas driver's license surcharge of $1,000 a year or more for at least three years. Your auto insurance rates will increase. In certain professions, such as professional drivers or pilots, a DWI conviction can destroy a career.
Drug changes can range from possession of a marijuana cigarette to possession with intent to deliver of a significant quantity of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, or other narcotics. In addition to the concerns of possible jail or prison time, a drug conviction can have serious collateral effects on your life. It can lead to a loss of driving privileges and a permanent criminal record. If you are a college student, it could make you ineligible for student loans. If you are not a citizen of the United States, you could be subject to deportation.
People who are accused of sex crimesand child sex crimes in particular are terrified for good reason. These cases carry with them a negative stigma just because someone is accused. The legal presumption of innocence does not remove this stigma. A conviction carries with it sex offender registration that can be for the remainder of a person's life. Sometimes these cases arise from a related family law case where child custody and other issues give an incentive for false claims of this type. Great care must be taken to examine available evidence such as child testimony and forensic evidence.
Examples of computer or Internet crimes include possession of child pornography, identity fraud, and financial fraud. Other crimes may involve computer evidence, such as e-mail messages or files stored on a computer hard disk drive. If you have been charged with crime that involves computers, it's important to hire a lawyer who understands computer evidence.
Theft includes shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud and other offenses. Theft is considered a crime of moral turpitude. A conviction for such a crime can carry additional consequences beyond that of many other offenses. Often in the cases where proof of guilt is clearly established, plea negotiations can produce results that avoid many of the harmful consequences that would result with a conviction.
So-called white collar offenses typically involve allegations of fraud. The more serious cases are frequently prosecuted in the federal courts and involve agencies such as the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspectors, IRS, Office of Inspector General among others. State prosecutions of this type are commonly handled by the Economic Crimes Division of the District Attorney's Office. We have vast experience dealing with these investigative agencies. We frequently represent clients when these cases are still in the investigative stages. We work to influence the course of the investigation to maximize favorable results.
Assault & Family Violence
Many domestic violence charges result when police are called to a residence after a spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, or sibling calls 911. Even if family members tell police they don't want to press charges, Prosecutor's offices have no-drop policies in place. Police agency policy is usually to make an arrest on the scene. This means that if police are called to someone's residence, somebody is going to jail that night and will face criminal charges.
When a person under 17 is accused of committing a crime, this case is usually handled in Juvenile Court. Even though juvenile cases are technically civil proceedings, these are still serious events with serious consequences. If your child is adjudicated as a juvenile delinquent, he or she will have a record, which could affect them if they are later charged with a crime as an adult. Juveniles may also receive indeterminate sentencing, in which they are sentenced to a juvenile detention center and then are transferred to adult prison when they reach age 17.
Most vandalism or criminal mischief cases are charged as misdemeanors. If more than $1,500 worth of property is damaged, the case may be charged as a felony. In either case, it's important to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The earliest legal intervention can maximize a positive outcome.
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Wes Ball received his law degree in 1980 from Texas Tech University School of Law and joined the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office as a prosecutor at that time. While in the DA's office, he prosecuted cases in both Felony and Misdemeanor courts. He was a Chief Felony Court Prosecutor, and later, the Chief of the Misdemeanor and Juvenile Trial Section. He left the DA's Office in 1987 and became a founding partner of Ball, Hase & Wisch, which in 1995 became Ball & Hase.
He is active in the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and was President in 1994. He is also a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Arlington Bar Association.
Year Joined Organization:
Areas of Practice:
Grand Jury Proceedings
Parole & Probation
White Collar Crimes
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1980
U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas, 1980
Doctor of Jurisprudence
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 1977
Bachelor of Arts
DWI Trial Manual, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, May, 1986
Involuntary Manslaughter and Criminally Negligent Homicide Manual, Texas District & County Attorney's Association, Aug., 1986
Francis v. State, 1999 WL 993669 (Tex.Crim.App. 1999)
Jordan v. State, 928 S.W.2d 550 (Tex.Crim.App. 1996)
Reeves v. State, 969 S.W.2d 471 (Tex.App.-Waco 1998)
Lara v. State, 909 S.W.2d 615 (Tex.App.-Fort Worth 1995)
Heath v. State, 817 S.W.2d 335 (Tex.Crim.App. 1991)
Yeary v. State, 734 S.W.2d 766 (Tex.App.-Fort Worth 1987)
Ector v. State, 634 S.W.2d 69 (Tex.App.-Fort Worth 1982)
United States v. Michael, 894 F.2d 1457 (5th Cir.)
Instructor, Faculty Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Project, 1994 - 1997
Speaker, Colorado DWI Seminar, Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 1998
Speaker, Colorado Seminar/Expunctions, Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, 1999
Speaker, Criminal Law Seminar, DWI Topic, The State Bar of Texas, 1990
Co-Moderator, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, 2009
Honors and Awards:
Texas Monthly Super Lawyer, 2008
Texas Monthly Super Lawyer, 2009
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1991 - 1993
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1993 - 1994
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1997 - Present
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1987 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1987 - Present
Arlington Bar Association, 1994 - Present
Tarrant County Bar Association, 1987 - Present
Fort Worth Inn Of Court, 1992 - 1995
Past Employment Positions:
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1980 - 1987
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, Chief of Misdemeanor & Juvenile Trial Section, 1984 - 1987
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, Felony Court Chief, 1983 - 1984
Texas Tech University School of Law