Can a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Guarantee a Dismissal?

I often get asked as a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer if I can guarantee a dismissal. No criminal attorney can ever guarantee any outcome on a case, especially if they know nothing about the case. 

My name is Eric Benavides and I’m a Texas criminal defense lawyer.

I want to talk to you today about something that clients ask me all the time. Now when a new client comes in to potentially hire me they always ask me, “well can you guarantee a dismissal?”

The answer is no.

No attorney can ever guarantee you a dismissal. Now does it happen? It might, but if an attorney ever tells somebody that they can guarantee a dismissal
they’re lying. Because at the point where you are first meeting a lawyer, your lawyer knows nothing about your case.

The lawyer needs to see the evidence, the offense report, the videos, witness statements, medical records. They need to see the entire case before they can have
even the slightest idea of what could happen. Even when lawyers have all the evidence, there’s sometimes no way to guarantee an outcome on a criminal case.

So criminal cases are very complex. Every one is very different and you should never expect a guarantee, and you should never ask for one either.