Attorney John Cossum's twenty five years of experience in criminal law, as a prosecuting attorney and as a criminal defense attorney, have enabled him to develop not only knowledge and understanding of criminal law defense but most importantly the wisdom and creative thinking of how to apply the law to the facts of your case. John Cossum defends clients in Harris County, Montgomery County and all surrounding counties.
When you hire Mr. Cossum as your attorney, you are assured that he personally handles your case and personally returns your phone calls. Unlike many other respected firms, where your case may be handed off to a less experienced attorney, Mr. Cossum will handle your case from start to finish.
Most of Mr. Cossum's clients are middle to upper income defendants who are prepared to pay for quality legal representation from a respected criminal defense attorney. While quality representation comes with a cost, it also comes with the peace of mind of knowing that an experienced professional, dedicated to meeting and exceeding your expectations, is handling your case. John S. Cossum is a respected criminal defense attorney experienced in the trial of complex criminal issues.
So if you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offense and is need of an attorney who will represent your interests zealously, then contact John Cossum at 866-821-7294 or by completing the attached contact information form
What happens at a criminal law preliminary hearing?
Every individual who is charged by warrant is entitled to a preliminary hearing. If a person remains in jail, he or she is entitled to a preliminary hearing usually within 10 days of arrest. If a person is released from jail on bond, he or she is entitled to a preliminary hearing usually within 30 days of arrest.
A preliminary hearing is an examination of the charge against the accused. The prosecutor must present evidence and witnesses that prove an offense has been committed, and that there is probable cause to believe that the accused committed the offense. The accused may cross-examine witnesses, and may present evidence if he or she chooses.
If the judge finds probable cause after hearing the evidence, the charge is sent to the grand jury. If the judge does not find that an offense appears to have been committed, or that the accused is not likely the person who committed the offense, the accused is released and the charge is dismissed.
What is the sentencing hearing?
Except for minor offenses, such as infractions, a sentencing hearing is held where the final sentence or penalty is determined. The character of and circumstances surrounding the defendant can be as important as the severity of the crime, in determining what sentence will be imposed.
At the sentencing hearing, both the prosecution and the defense are given the opportunity to present evidence and testimony to recommend an appropriate sentence. The judge is free to ignore these recommendations, even if the prosecutor and defense lawyer have agreed to a sentence as a part of a plea agreement.
With two convenient locations in Houston, let Attorney John S. Cossum help you defend your criminal case.
Downtown Houston Office:
Houston, TX 77002
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