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Criminal Defense Lawyers For Atascosa, Frio, Wilson, Bexar & Karnes Counties

South Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorneys for DWI, Drug Charges, Felonies, and Juvenile Offenses in Frio County, Bexar County, Wilson County, Karnes County, and Surrounding Counties


If you face criminal charges, you may be overwhelmed and frightened by the potential impact this could have on your life. While you might be intimidated by the legal process, when you hire an effective defense team, it can make all the difference when it comes to securing a favorable result. With so much at stake, choosing the right lawyer is a critical decision.

When you entrust BCP Criminal Defense Attorneys to handle your case, our experience and aggressive approach are invaluable as we pursue a positive resolution. Our attorneys include skilled judges and former prosecutors who provide determined and diligent legal counsel for individuals who face misdemeanor or felony allegations. We understand the magnitude of a conviction, and we will do everything in our power to keep a guilty verdict off your criminal record and minimize the effect of these charges on your life. Our primary goals are to protect your rights and protect your future.

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Case Results

  • Continuous Sexual Assault

    Client faced anywhere between 25 years to life in prison for the offense. After an exhaustive jury trial, he was found not guilty.

    Felony Assault by Choking

    Client faced anywhere between 2 and 10 years in prison. After investigating facts and presenting evidence to the District Attorney, case was dismissed.

  • Aggravated Assault

    Client was accused of a violent stabbing and faced years in prison. After presenting sufficient evidence to sway the district attorney's office, case was dismissed.

    Family Violence

    Client faced up to a year in the county jail. After extensive preparation for trial, case was dismissed by the state prior to trial.

  • Burglary of a Building

    Client was facing 6 to 24 months in a state jail facility. Found not guilty at a jury trial.

    Possession of a Controlled Substance – 4-200 Grams

    Client faced up to life in prison for drug possession. After a jury trial, he was found not guilty.

  • Violation of a Protective Order

    Client faced up to a year in the county jail and possible civil consequences. After gaining access to GPS records, phone records, and social media contents, the State had no choice but to dismiss due to conflicting evidence.

    Intoxication Manslaughter

    Client was facing 2-20 years in prison. Received probation at a bench trial.

Felony Crimes


Felonies are the most serious criminal charges a person can face. With five levels of felonies in Texas, punishments range from 180 days to two years in jail for a state jail felony, up to the death penalty for murder. Crimes charged as felonies include theft valued at $1,500 or higher, interfering with child custody, drug possession or distribution, fraud and embezzlement, aggravated assault, some weapons violations, human trafficking, and capital murder.

If you have been accused of a felony crime, do not wait any longer before enlisting the help of an adept legal professional. With our judicial, prosecutorial, and defense background, BCP Criminal Defense Attorneys provide the elite-level representation you can trust. We will analyze the facts of your case to determine the best path toward a positive conclusion.

Biggest Drug Busts in Texas History

Felony Crimes

On Wednesday, October 4, 1989, a raid on a home near the Mexican border and a Panamanian ship off the Texas coast netted 28,000 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $1 billion. Both were part of a massive 35-ton cocaine seizure by U.S. narcotics agents nationwide over a five-day period.

Texas Police Net $50 Million in Seized Property

Felony Crimes

Under Texas civil forfeiture statutes, law enforcement can seize money and property from individuals accused of criminal activity and keep much of the proceeds after prosecutors file suit against the property. In 2017, this resulted in $50 million worth of cars, cash, jewelry, and other valuables that went toward the bottom line.

Nearly 30,000 Machine Guns Registered in Texas

Felony Crimes

While the production and sale of new automatic weapons were banned in 1986, thousands are owned by Texas citizens. Machine guns made before May '86 may be owned and transferred legally if registered through the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms & Explosives.

The Death Penalty in Texas

Felony Crimes

While the number of death row inmates in Texas has steadily declined since its peak of 460 in 1999 down to 232 in 2018, the state leads the country in executions carried out since 1976. In 1998, Karla Faye Tucker became the first woman executed in the U.S. in 14 years and the first in the Lone Star State since 1863.

DWI


Law enforcement and the legal system aggressively enforce the state's driving while intoxicated laws. Approximately 100,000 DWI arrests occur each year in Texas, and nearly 70 percent result in convictions. BCP Criminal Defense Attorneys possess the legal acumen it takes to either beat a DWI or arrange an occupational license that allows you to drive. Whether you are a minor charged with DWI, a first-time DWI offender, or have had repeat DWIs, we will fight to preserve your driving privileges. That starts with an investigation to ensure police followed correct procedure in administering field sobriety tests and your blood-alcohol concentration test. If they failed to do so, we will ask for a full dismissal. We will review the DWI video, including any body cameras, to find weaknesses in the state's case against you.

Testimonials

  • “Barrera was my attorney for a criminal and misterminor case. I couldnt ask for a better attorney. At first I was a little nervous because he is a very quiet man, but when he is up there asking questions and cross examination Stephen is amazing and I knew i would be alright. We won both cases with no plea deals. I would recommend Stephen Barrera to everyone. I wish his law firm many years of success. Thank you for helping me keep my freedom.”

    - Laura Egelston

  • “Chris was very professional and knowledgeable of what I was needing taken care of. He handled everything for me and I am so very grateful for his help. I would highly recommend him and his firm. Thank u Chris and Im looking forward to remaining friends. Thanks again, Michael Levick”

    - Michael W. Levick

  • “I was really impressed with Christopher Cavazos and how well he knew the law. On several occasions hes given us valuable legal advice and has been respectful and professional no matter how many questions we had. I recommend him to everyone I know!”

    - Tracy Garcia

  • “Stephen is wonderfully articulate. He has a very organic way of explaining things so that they are clear, concise, and comprehensible to the average person; that coupled with his level of professionalism, empathy, and direct line of communication makes for an easy endorsement and recommendation.”

    - Andrew Sanchez

In The News


Jury acquits Karnes City man in 2012 bar stabbing

September 20, 2018

Nearly everything went wrong for the prosecution in last week's murder trial at the courthouse, and jurors spent little time finding Jeffrey Reyna not guilty in the 2012 stabbing death of Jimmy Garcia. While the defense relied upon Reyna's DNA not being present on the weapon suspected as being used in the killing, prosecutors were depending on eyewitness testimony to implicate Reyna.

Various factors deliver "not guilty" verdict

Wilson County News, May 31, 2017

Attorney Stephen C. Barrera was explaining possible factors in the "not guilty" verdict in an April 24-27 jury trial of Robert Azevedo. Barrera and Attorney Brian Powers defended Azevedo against charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer, and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after a September 2015 event.

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