Defending the accused for over 40 years



Criminal Defense

Facing criminal charges? If so, you probably have a lot on your mind.  We can help.

State and Federal Crimes Defended

Don Carter has over 40 years of experience defending the accused. His firm handles ALL State and Federal criminal matters, including:

  • Assault, Aggravated Assault, Family Violence, and related offenses
  • Computer and Telecommunications crimes
  • Conspiracy, Solicitation, and related offenses
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Public Intoxication, and related offenses
  • Drug Crimes: Possession, Delivery, and Manufacture of Dangerous Drugs, Controlled Substances, Marijuana and related offenses
  • Economic crimes: Embezzlement, Fraud, Money Laundering, White Collar crimes, and related offenses
  • Homicide: Manslaughter, Murder, and Capital Murder
  • Juvenile proceedings
  • Organized Criminal Activity, Racketeering, RICO Act offenses, and related offenses
  • Pornography, Obscenity, and related offenses
  • Public Indecency, Prostitution, and related offenses
  • Sexual Assault, Indecency, and related offenses
  • Theft and related offenses
  • Weapons Offenses: Unlawful Carrying Weapons, Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Weapons, and related offenses

Bail Bonds Posted for Clients

  • Bail bonds posted
  • Reasonable bond requests
  • Bond reduction requests
  • Modification of bond conditions

Community Supervision/Probation

Community Supervision, or as it is more commonly called Probation, allows defendants to serve their sentences out of custody as long as they meet certain conditions set by the court.  If a probationer violates a condition of Community Supervision, they may be ordered to serve their full sentence in custody.

The firm is prepared to handle any issue that a probationer may face, including:

  • Adjudications
  • Revocations
  • Modifications
  • Early Dismissals
  • Reinstatements
  • Bond requests

DWI: Additional Information Regarding DWI Defense and Related Matters

We are prepared to take our clients’ DWI cases to trial, and we handle all related matters, including:

  • ALR hearings
  • ALR appeals
  • Occupational/Restricted Driver’s License
  • Modification of Conditions of Bond
  • Modification of Conditions of Community Supervision / Probation

Expunction & Non-Disclosure

An arrest can have long term negative consequences. Background checks reveal arrests even when the arrest did not result in a conviction. Employers, financial institutions, leasing agencies, housing providers, and other entities use these background checks to exclude applicants. Expunction and Non-disclosure are procedures available to eliminate or mitigate the negative consequences of an arrest.

We can identify whether or not an arrest qualifies for one of these procedures and file the appropriate pleadings to obtain relief. If you were arrested and never convicted, then you may be eligible to have that arrest record expunged or non-disclosed.


In addition to defending the accused at the pre-trial and trial phases, our firm has the experience and knowledge to help clients in the post-conviction phase as well. Our staff handles criminal appeals, as well as Petitions for Discretionary Review (PDRs) and Petitions for Writs of Habeas Corpus.


Making Parole: Whether an inmate is released to parole is at the discretion and control of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. There are many reasons an inmate may be denied timely release to parole: criminal history issues, history of recidivism, the nature and type of offense, history of misconduct while in custody, gang affiliation, failure to complete recommended programs, and the lack of a workable parole release plan.

An experienced defense attorney can often make the difference between release to parole or continued loss of liberty. J. Don Carter & Associates can help inmates and their families prepare a viable parole release plan and present a persuasive case for release to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Contact our office for a free consultation.

Parole Violations: If on parole, a violation will often result in a warrant being issued by the Board of Pardons and Paroles. While a parolee is usually held without bond, the parolee has the right to hire an attorney, request that bond be set, and to present a defense.

Parole violations can result in either parole being revoked, intermediate sanctions being ordered, or parole being reinstated. If parole is revoked, the parolee may be ordered to serve any remaining sentence in custody. If parole is not revoked, the parolee may be otherwise sanctioned and ordered to serve a term in an Intermediate Sanctions Facility (ISF) or reinstated to parole with the same or modified conditions.