Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you are under investigation or have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, do not accept any agreement with the prosecutor's office without first speaking to a criminal defense lawyer.

At Prater & Ridley, we have an extensive background in protecting and defending the rights of individuals facing felony and misdemeanor charges under Texas criminal law. A short list of the typical charges our clients face includes:

  • Drug possession
  • Theft/shoplifting
  • Assault with bodily injury
  • DWLS (driving while license suspended)
  • Domestic violence

Whatever the charges against you, our criminal defense attorneys understand the serious effects a criminal conviction can have. And if possible, we will contest the evidence against you and fight to have your charges either reduced or dismissed.

Driving While Intoxicated

One of the most common charges we fight is DWI. Drunk driving laws are getting tougher everywhere, and Texas is no exception. Recent legislation now makes it possible for the state to place an ignition interlock on your vehicle, and at your expense, for up to two years.

Added to that are the expensive fines and court costs, surcharges, your attorney's fees, and the exorbitant insurance rates you will pay over the next several years. Contacting our firm as soon as possible after your drinking and driving arrest gives you a much better chance of avoiding these harsh penalties.


Individuals who have been charged with certain misdemeanor and felony crimes in Texas may be able to have all files and records of their arrested removed from public record — or expunged — if they meet certain criteria. Talk to an attorney from our firm for more details and to learn if an expungement is a viable option for you.


Through a petition for non-disclosure, a court can prohibit criminal justice agencies from disclosing to the public criminal history record information related to certain offenses for which the offender was placed on deferred adjudication (Texas government code 411.081(d)).

This procedure does not apply to all criminal offenses, so it is important for individuals to discuss their specific options with a criminal defense attorney.

Learn more about expunctions and non-disclosures in Texas.

Contact Us

For an experienced and aggressive Central Texas criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect and defend your rights, contact the law office of Prater & Ridley to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.