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  • Homicides

    Criminal Homicide in Texas includes Criminally Negligent Homicide, Manslaughter, Murder, and Capital Murder. In all these cases, one individual is alleged to have caused the death of another individual. What distinguishes criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, murder and capital murder from each other is the culpable mental state, or intent, of the actor when he allegedly caused the other's death.

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  • Drug Crimes

    Possession, Manufacturing, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance crimes can range from misdemeanor cases of possession of marijuana to first-degree felony cases involving the possession, delivery or manufacturing of methamphetamine, crack cocaine, LSD, heroin, or other controlled substances where the defendant could face a maximum sentence of life in the penitentiary.

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  • Sexual Crimes & Sexual Assault

    Sex crimes, including Sexual Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Solicitation and Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography are very serious crimes, especially in Texas. They can take place in nearly any context, including in cyberspace (i.e., social media, sexting), at home (i.e., sexual abuse of a child or family member), at an institution (i.e., school, church), and elsewhere.

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  • DWI's

    A DWI conviction can carry severe sentences and cost thousands of dollars in fines and fees. DWI cases, whether felony or misdemeanor, are aggressively prosecuted in East Texas. A conviction for DWI can directly impact your ability to drive, hold a job, and in some cases, from being employed in certain fields. There are also social stigmas attached to DWI convictions.

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  • Theft

    Every theft, no matter how small, is considered, under Texas law, to be a crime of "moral turpitude," which means the law considers it a crime that is inherently dishonest. Theft is committed when a person unlawfully appropriates property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property.

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  • Violent Crimes

    In Texas, crimes of violence can often result in very harsh punishments. This is because the evidence can be very shocking to a jury. The prosecutors will show the jury the weapon, crime scene photographs, and the jury will hear evidence from the victim if they lived, as well as crime scene investigators, DNA and ballistic experts, and, often times, the family of the victims.

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  • Burglary

    Burglary is not the same as theft. Burglary is committed when someone, without the owner's consent: (1.) enters a habitation or any portion of a building not then open to the public, with intent to commit a felony, theft or an assault, or (2.) remains concealed, with intent to commit a felony, theft, or an assault, in a building or habitation, or (3.) enters a building or habitation and commits or attempts to commit a felony, theft or an assault.

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  • Fraud

    Fraud and theft are closely related but are outlined in different sections of the Penal Code. Theft is when someone takes something of value by unlawfully appropriating it from the owner without his or her consent, and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the item.

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  • Weapons Offense

    In Texas, Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon (UCW) refers to the illegal possession of a firearm, club or illegal knife. This article will discuss the law as it relates to when it is legal and illegal to possess a firearm in Texas, which is covered by Texas Penal Code section 46.02 UCW.

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  • Bribery

    A person commits the offense of bribery if he or she intentionally or knowingly offers, confers or agrees to confer on another, or solicits, accepts or agrees to accept a benefit as consideration for the recipient’s decision, opinion, recommendation, vote or other exercise of discretion as a public servant, party official, voter, or exercise of official discretion in a judicial or administrative proceeding or for any violation of a duty imposed by law on a public servant or party official.

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  • Organized Criminal Activity

    The crime of engaging in organized criminal activity (EOCA) requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted with intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination (defined below), to conspire to commit one or more of the enumerated offenses set out below.

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  • Conspiracy

    The charge of Conspiracy is one level lower than the most serious felony that is the object of the conspiracy, and if the most serious felony that is the object of the conspiracy is a state jail felony, the offense is a class A misdemeanor.

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  • Perjury & Aggravated Perjury

    A person commits the offense of perjury if, with an intent to deceive and with knowledge of the statement’s meaning, the person makes a false statement under oath or swears to the truth of a false statement previously made under oath.

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  • Abuse of Office

    Abuse by a public servant of his or her office, government property and the power inherent in their position has become a popular political topic recently. Abuse of office can refer to any action by an individual in public office where he or she uses their position to gain some unlawful benefit or to defraud another.

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  • Child Endangerment

    An experienced child endangerment lawyer, in building a compelling defense, will look at not only challenging the defendant’s alleged intent, but also looking closely at the toxicology, including the collection and testing of hair samples from the child and the defendant.

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  • Probation Revocation

    Probation is where the Judge or Jury sentences a defendant to incarceration in a jail (misdemeanor offenses) or prison (felony offenses) but suspends that sentence for a period of time (months or years in misdemeanors) or for a number of years (felony offenses).

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Why Hire Matt

  • Available to Clients 24/7

  • Believes clients deserve to be frequently updated on the status of their cases

  • 25 years Criminal Law Experience

  • Former Elected District Attorney

  • Smith County’s Longest Serving Prosecutor

  • Successfully handled many of the highest profile criminal cases in East Texas over the past twenty years

  • Successfully tried to a jury over 150 felony cases

  • Successfully tried to a jury over 25 Capital Murder and Murder cases

  • Detail oriented and aggressive case preparation

  • Understands the best defense strategies because he knows from his own experience how a prosecutor prepares

  • Known for his ability to connect with juries and his intense cross-examination skills

  • Has lectured and taught other lawyers about litigation strategy at the Center for American and International Law

About

D. Matt Bingham

PLLC

The Law Offices of D. Matt Bingham serves East Texas as a premier Criminal Defense Firm. No matter the scale or complexity of your case, Matt Bingham will thoroughly investigate your case and aggressively defend your rights. There’s nothing more important to our firm than being a strong advocate for our clients and helping them navigate through this difficult time in their life. When you are facing criminal charges, you want the most experienced criminal trial lawyer you can hire. Matt has that experience, having successfully litigated many of the highest profile criminal cases in East Texas over the past 23 years. We would love to help in the resolution of your criminal case as your Criminal Defense Attorney. Please contact us to set up your initial consultation, at no cost to you.

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Matt's Results

Recent Notable Cases

A Tyler man under investigation for Sexual Assault of a Child


After speaking with and providing the investigative law enforcement agency with digital evidence they did not have, the case was closed as unfounded

A Dallas man arrested and charged with Felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon


Defense prepared a power point presentation to the Grand Jury, and case was No Billed by the Dallas County Grand Jury

A Dallas man arrested and indicted for the offense of Official Oppression


Defense negotiated a Dismissal in the case

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To learn more about how we can help you achieve desirable outcomes for your case, contact the Tyler, Texas Law Office of D. Matt Bingham, PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation.