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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…


Being charged with a criminal offense can be one of the most stressful and frightening situations anyone could experience in their lifetime. Regardless of whether the case is a murder charge or a misdemeanor drug charge, it is important to act quickly and have an attorney fighting for you that knows the procedure, knows the law, and knows what needs to be done. Lawyers at the Cogdell Law Firm have successfully represented individuals in almost every situation imaginable – from misdemeanor assault or drug possession, to aggravated sexual assaults and capital murders – and have the dismissals and “not guilty” verdicts to prove it.


Felony charges are the most serious of crimes and carry the most severe punishments. A felony conviction can result in jail time, expensive fines and even the possibility of life in prison. Thus, as soon as possible after your arrest, it is imperative that you retain a proficient Texas criminal defense attorney. Dan Cogdell can provide you with the competent representation you need when you are facing charges such as:

  • Arson
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Internet-related crimes
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Possession of drugs with intent to distribute
  • Sex offenses
  • Theft/Robbery
  • Weapon offenses

Hiring a criminal defense attorney to represent you is the most important step you can take to protect your rights. Dan Cogdell has the skills, resources, and experience to build a strong case in your defense. Don’t put your future in jeopardy, contact us today.


Misdemeanors generally include crimes that are non-violent and carry a maximum possible sentence of one year in jail. Although the criminal justice system considers misdemeanors as less serious than felonies, the long term reputational and economic impacts of a misdemeanor conviction can be just as great. On top of potential jail time, a misdemeanor conviction can result in hefty fines and a permanent record that makes normal life activities more difficult. A misdemeanor charge can appear on background checks, which may impact your ability to secure post-conviction employment or housing. Examples of common misdemeanor charges include DWI, reckless driving, possession of drugs, theft, weapons charges, and simple assault. In some cases, a misdemeanor charge can even be elevated to a felony with the allegation or discovery of additional facts.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you do not need a criminal defense lawyer for misdemeanor charges. When your freedom and reputation is at stake, you need the aggressive assistance of seasoned criminal defense attorney Dan Cogdell.

When Experience Matters

A criminal case of any scope carries real risks to your personal liberty. When selecting a criminal defense lawyer, you should be absolutely certain that your attorney is courtroom-proven and has the experience to effectively try your case. Every lawyer at the Cogdell Law Firm is trained to aggressively defend our clients in court, drawing from the accumulated knowledge of our firm. Dan Cogdell has litigated over 300 criminal trials to verdict, and has been repeatedly recognized one of the
“Woodward White, Inc. Best Lawyers 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015” and “Thomson Reuters Service Super Lawyers 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015”. We have focused our efforts and expertise squarely on criminal defense since our firm’s founding, and that’s what makes the Cogdell difference.

Call us now at (713) 426-2244 to set up a consultation.