Do YOU Need The Fighter Mindset
For Your Legal Defense?
The Prosecutors will do their best to prove your GUILT!
As A Former Federal Criminal Prosecutor For The Northern District Of Texas
I Never Lost A Trial Or An Appeal.
Federal Crimes, Drug Trafficking, Criminal Appeals,
Securities Fraud & Healthcare Fraud
My Experience With State Charges Include Domestic Violence, DUI or DWI, Sexual Offenses, Assault And Homicide.
I CAN HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE COMPLEX
AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Call John Helms Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer NOW!
You Need to Know the FACTS!
Don’t take a chance on an inexperienced attorney. Your FREEDOM is at RISK
I will fight to get your life back as with countless clients before YOU.
As A Federal Criminal Prosecutor For The Northern District Of
Texas I Have Never Lost A Trial Or An Appeal.
“If you have been charged with a crime in Texas and are facing serious jail time, you need someone who will provide you with honest answers and personal service and who will fight for results that are in the best interest of you and your family. My 20+ years experience as a lawyer, including service as a federal prosecutor and a state special prosecutor, make me uniquely qualified to assess both sides of a Texas state or federal criminal defense case and to be a trusted advocate for those in need of a strong criminal defense.”
There are Many Stories Like Yours
DISMISSAL BEFORE INDICTMENT OF A DEFENDANT ACCUSED IN A CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE
Northern District of Texas (Fort Worth).
Upon arrival in the US Mr. Helms’ client, a Mexican national, had been arrested at DFW airport after he was sent to secondary screening. Agents found what they believed to be child pornography on his cell phone. Mr. Helms immediately met with the prosecutor and provided evidence that the photos were of the client’s son sent by the mother to show that the child’s daycare facility was not properly treating a medical condition called phimosis, which affects the foreskin of the penis. The next day the prosecutor dismissed all charges, and the client was able to return home.
SUCCESSFUL JURY TRIAL OF A DEFENDANT ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MOLESTATION.
State District Court (Dallas County).
Mr. Helms’ client was accused of sexually molesting his niece-by-marriage on multiple occasions. At trial, Mr. Helms used photographic evidence, demonstrative diagrams, and a detailed comparison of the alleged victim’s video interview with her trial testimony to defend his client. The jury found Mr. Helms’ client not guilty, and he was able to return home to his wife and children.
GRAND JURY VOTED NOT TO INDICT DEFENDANT IN A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ASSAULT CASE.
The Dallas Police arrested Mr. Helms’ client for domestic violence. Mr. Helms put together a package of materials for the grand jury that included a sworn statement by a neighbor from the apartment next door showing that Mr. Helms’ client had not, in fact, assaulted his common-law wife and that he was defending himself. The grand jury voted not to charge the client, so the case ended and never went to court.
I Have Represented Some Of The Country’s Largest
CRIMINAL DEFENSE AREAS OF PRACTICE
Federal And State Drug Cases
Theft And Crimes Of Fraud And Deceit
About John Helms
Top Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney John Helms
Hello, my name is John Helms I have been a criminal justice trial attorney for more than 20 years. As a federal criminal prosecutor for the Northern District of Texas, I never lost a trial or an appeal.
If you are reading this message, it means that you or someone you love has been charged, or soon will be facing charges, for a criminal offense in the state of Texas. Because of my background prosecuting criminal cases against defendants who were facing serious jail time in Federal and State penitentiaries, I am uniquely positioned to evaluate and assess both sides of a criminal defense case.
My experience with federal crimes includes drug trafficking, criminal appeals, securities fraud, and healthcare fraud, and my experience with state charges include domestic violence, DUI or DWI, sexual offenses, assault, and homicide. I have even helped clients facing overlapping civil and criminal issues, which can include securities fraud, trade secrets, computer crimes, and internal corporate investigations. This diverse experience helps me anticipate the prosecution’s strategies and tactics assuring my clients achieve the best possible outcome.
I have been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine and have been included on the list of Best Lawyers in Dallas in D Magazine.
I have also represented some of the country’s largest corporations, including Microsoft, Bank of America, ACE Cash Express, and Philip Morris.
If you are facing charges under the criminal justice code and you are in potential jeopardy of losing your freedom then call me so that I can evaluate your case giving you the ability to make an informed decision that will help you navigate the complex and complicated American criminal justice system.
Here Are More Stories Like Yours
Federal Criminal Defense Cases
Jury trial of a Dallas police officer accused of false arrest and lying.
Northern District of Texas (Dallas). In a highly publicized case, our firm represented a Dallas Police officer accused of lying about the arrests of persons on drug charges when the substances ended up being almost entirely pool chalk. During his cross-examinations, Mr. Helms forced the confidential informants, who worked with his police officer client, to admit that they had set up the accused drug dealers and had fooled Mr. Helms’ client. A two-week jury trial resulted in a complete acquittal on all charges.
Defendant has sentence reduced in a real estate transaction fraud case.
Northern District of Texas (Dallas).
Mr. Helms’ client pleaded guilty to creating fraudulent documents for residential real estate transactions. The Probation Officer calculated the Federal Sentencing Guideline range at more than seven years imprisonment. Mr. Helms’ objections to the Sentencing Guideline calculation and his request for a downward departure based on the lack of any actual financial loss resulted in a two-year sentence.
Reduced sentencing in an illegal reentry case after defendant was deported.
Northern District of Texas (Fort Worth).
The firm’s client pleaded guilty to illegal reentry into the United States after having been deported. The judge remarked that because Mr. Helms’ presentation of witnesses and his argument at the sentencing hearing were so persuasive he was sentencing the defendant to significantly less than what he had originally planned, based on his prior discussions with the probation officer assigned to evaluate the case.
Successful jury trial were accused allegedly pointed and fired a gun in a deadly conduct case
State District Court (Hunt County).
The firm’s client was accused of felony deadly conduct for allegedly shooting a gun at electrical workers behind her house. Mr. Helms used maps, diagrams, photos, and videos of the property to show that his client could not have shot at the electrical workers, despite their testimony that they could hear bullets whizzing by them and hitting trees and leaves nearby. The jury found the client not guilty on all counts.
Successful plea negotiation of a defendant in an attempted rape case.
State District Court (Hill County).
While on deferred adjudication probation for a previous incident Mr. Helms’ client was accused of attempted rape of a motel employee. At the beginning of the case, the district attorney told Mr. Helms that probation was completely out of the question, and he offered a plea bargain of eight years in prison. After the firm’s thorough investigation exposed significant holes in the case, Mr. Helms successfully negotiated a plea agreement for probation for his client, who was able to avoid the possibility of getting a lengthy prison sentence at trial.
Appeal of a verdict for defendants found guilty of bribing a judge.
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (highest criminal court in Texas).
The firm represented a husband and wife on appeal after they had been found guilty at trial of bribing a judge in Collin County. Through a detailed analysis of the Texas bribery law, Mr. Helms was able to show that the wrong section of the bribery law had been charged and that the evidence at trial could not support a conviction for the section that had actually been charged. Texas’ highest criminal court reversed the convictions of both clients and ordered them acquitted of all charges. Texas Lawyer Magazine named Mr. Helms “Appellate Lawyer of the Week” for the State of Texas for his work on the case.
1Q: Do I need a defense lawyer if I haven’t been arrested or charged, but I
may be under investigation?
A: If you have not been arrested or charged with a crime, but the police have told you that they would like to talk to you, what do you do? Do not say a thing; let them know you want to use your right to get a lawyer. And do it ASAP.
Whenever you have any dealings with the police, you should be represented by a lawyer. If they are looking for you, if they want to talk to you, if they want to arrest you, or if someone has contacted law enforcement and accused you of a crime, you need a lawyer.
2Q: Do I need to hire an attorney if I plan on pleading guilty?
A: Even if you plan on pleading guilty, it is critical that you hire a criminal
defense lawyer to protect your rights. Representing yourself is never a good
idea. Even if you plead guilty, you can expect that prosecutors will try to
take advantage of your inexperience by only agreeing to a plea deal that is
less favorable than they would with a lawyer. Plus, an attorney may be able
to spot problems with the government’s case that you would not recognize,
like evidence that should be suppressed. Problems like that might result in
dismissal of the charges altogether, but just being able to spot them can help
negotiate a better deal with a prosecutor. An attorney, especially a former
prosecutor like me, can help you protect your rights, evaluate your options,
and negotiate with the prosecutors for the most favorable outcome.
3Q: Will my case go to trial?
A: Depending on your case, based on the advice of your attorney, it may be in
your best interest to go to trial. When charges are filed against you, your
lawyer will evaluate the case to determine if there is a legal basis to get the
case dismissed. If there is not, and if either the government cannot prove the
charges beyond a reasonable doubt, or if a satisfactory plea bargain cannot
be worked out before trial, then your best option will, in all likelihood, be
going to trial. If the case cannot be dismissed, it is ultimately your decision
whether you want to take a plea bargain or go to trial. Your lawyer cannot
make that decision for you or force you to decide one way or the other.
Your lawyer will advise you on what is in your best interests, but no one can
take away your right to decide.
4 Q: If they offer me a plea bargain, should I take it?
A: Any offer or plea bargain should be evaluated carefully with the assistance
of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to ensure that your rights have
been protected and that you understand the consequences of the plea. A
good criminal defense lawyer will evaluate and discuss with you your other
options, including trying to have the case dismissed, your chances if you go
to trial, and whether a better deal can be negotiated. This kind of analysis
requires experience and knowledge of the law.
5 Q: How is bail set?
A: In state court cases in Texas, a magistrate judge sets bail shortly after you
are arrested. They do this based on the crime and your criminal history.
You can hire a bail bond company to help you post bail. They usually
require you to give them 10% of the bond amount (which you get back at the
end of the case if you comply with all conditions of bond), plus a fee that
they keep. Depending on the amount of the bail and your financial
condition, they may also require putting up property to make sure they can
get their money back if you do not comply with your bail conditions.
If you know you are going to be arrested, I strongly recommend contacting a
bail bond company in advance. They can make sure that they are ready to
post the bond for you as soon as it is set by a magistrate judge. This helps
you get out as soon as possible. There are bail bond companies that I trust,
and if you hire me, I will help you through that process.
Federal court is very different. After your arrest, you have an initial
appearance in front of a federal magistrate judge. The prosecutor will tell
the magistrate judge whether the government is asking for you to be held in
custody during trial. If the government is asking for that, you have the right
to have a hearing in court in which the magistrate judge decides whether or
not you will be held in custody before trial. That hearing is usually a few
days after your initial appearance. Bail is not common in federal court. You
will usually be held in custody or released, but if you are released, there may
be conditions of your release like electronic monitoring or house arrest.
6 Q: Is it wise to have a lawyer present when you are questioned?
A: Absolutely. If you are a suspect or being investigated for potential criminal
activity, it is always in your best interest to have a lawyer present. This is
true regardless of where the questioning takes place. If the authorities want
to question you while you are in custody, you should ask to have a lawyer
present during any questioning and refuse to answer questions until your
lawyer is with you.
7 Q: How are attorney fees paid?
A: In criminal cases, we usually charge a flat rate for everything but trial and a
trial fee that is only owed if the case goes to trial. A flat fee means that, no
matter how much work the lawyer has to do, you know up front what the fee
is going to be. We base our fees on our estimate of the amount of time and
work that will be required to defend the case. We are not a factory type of
operation, so we generally do not have “grocery store” pricing, in which a
given crime costs a set amount regardless of the facts. Each case is
different, and we try to tailor our fees to your individual case. That means
that we want to find out about your case and that we try to set our fees based
on how much work we think your case will take and how complicated it will
If you are under investigation, but you have not been charged, we may offer
to represent you during the investigation based on an hourly rate with a cost
deposit that we bill against. This can benefit you because it can be difficult
to predict how much work it will take to represent someone during an
investigation, and an hourly rate means that you will only pay for the work