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Houston Defense Attorney Chris Downey

Articles on Criminal Law

Houston defense attorney Christopher J. Downey writes on a variety of topics. The Downey Law Firm invites you to read the articles below and explore our site to find more information on a variety of issues related to criminal law in Texas. Of course, for more information, we encourage you to contact the Downey Law Firm directly.

Errors and the Role They Can Play in Your Criminal Defense

From street level law enforcement to the courts and penal system, following protocol is vital to proper job performance and to protecting the rights and safety of individuals involved. (read more).

What you need to know: Three Common Drug Charges Explained

While the small print and minutia may shift from state to state, these broad categories will give you some understanding of the most common charges levied against those involved in the drug trade. (read more).

When is a DWI a Felony?

A DWI is a very serious offense that has the potential to change someone’s life. The difference between whether the offense that was committed will be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor relies on multiple factors. (read more).

Criminal Defense - A Measured Approach

From the moment you are charged with a crime, it is important to make decisions carefully. From choosing your defense attorney to considering your plea, a measured approach is simply the only away to go. (read more).

Life after a Felony Conviction

A felony conviction is a very serious matter that can have lasting impacts on an individual's life. Hiring the right felony attorney to assist you might make all the difference. (read more).

Facing a Criminal Charge and an Addiction? Hire an Experienced Defense Attorney

Troubles of a legal nature often accompany drug and alcohol abuse Under such circumstances, an experienced defense attorney may mean the difference between a lengthy prison sentence and a penalty that involves treatment and therapy. (read more)

Criminal Defense Lawyer vs. Public Defender, A Clear Advantage

Courtrooms can be brutal for the uninformed. Find out why hiring a private Houston criminal defense attorney may make all the difference in your case. (read more)

Felonies and Misdemeanors: Key Differences

Being charged with any crime, especially for the first time, can be very frightening. Knowing the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is one way to begin to understand the nature of the criminal charges you are facing. (read more)

Choosing a Houston Criminal Attorney - Three Qualities to Keep in Mind

With a vast number of criminal attorneys in Houston available to you, you may ask yourself, “How do I choose the right one?” If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime and needs to seek out legal representation, keep these three important qualities in mind when selecting your criminal attorney. (read more).

Get the Best Defense for DWI

A DWI conviction can have a devastating impact on many areas of life. If you have been charged with DWI in Houston or elsewhere, there is no substitute for a top criminal defense attorney.(read more).


Houston law enforcement’s crackdown on pain management clinics gets more aggressive, prompting some targeted health professionals to seek legal representation.(read more).


Texas law not only prohibits the possession of common narcotics, but also many unusual chemical compounds often found on synthetic marijuana, Kush, bath salts, and analog drugs. (read more).

Professional Memberships
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section
  • National College of DUI Defense
Professional Positions
  • Instructor, DWI "Top Gun" School , Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Faculty, State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Co-Chairman, Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory Serology Investigation Panel

  • Author, Instructing the Jury, 2012 State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Author, Subpoenaing Big Brother, 2010 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Author, Picking a Skeptical Jury in A Short Amount of Time, 2008 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Former Felony Prosecutor, Harris County District Attorney's Office

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