Criminal Defense

Serving Texas with Over Four Decades of Experience

Denton Criminal Defense Lawyers

Over 45 Years of Combined Criminal Defense Experience

If you have been charged with a crime, you need to understand that you are facing severe consequences if convicted. These penalties will be enhanced if you have a prior criminal history, so you need to be sure that you work with someone who can explain the potential punishments that you are facing.

At James H. Horton Law Firm, P.C., our Denton criminal defense attorneys have over 45 years of combined experience helping clients charged with crimes in Texas. Our lead attorney, Jim Horton, is a specialist in criminal law, as certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Denton Criminal Defense


Drug Crimes


Juvenile Crimes

Sex Crimes

White Collar Crimes

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us online or by calling (940) 382-1561 to learn how our team can assist you.

The Right Representation for a Range of Cases

Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, you can rest assured that our experienced criminal defense lawyers have the knowledge and resources to fight for the outcome you deserve. Reach out to us today to discover why we are the right firm to handle your case.

  • Assault and crimes related to family violence, such as the violation of a protective order
  • Drug crimes, including drug possession and drug trafficking
  • Alcohol-related crimes, including driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI)
  • White collar crimes, such as fraud or forgery
  • Sex crimes, including sexual assault and sexual assault of a child
  • Property crimes, such as robbery and aggravated robbery, as well as other types of theft
  • Traffic tickets, including driving while license suspended
  • Other miscellaneous misdemeanors and felonies, such as resisting arrest

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Should I Take a Plea Bargain?

A plea bargain is when a prosecutor proposes a deal to a defendant. This may involve an offer of less jail time or lower fines in exchange for a guilty plea. For many clients, this type of deal is a great way to avoid trial and receive less harsh penalties than they would have received if convicted for the original charges.

However, accepting a plea bargain is not right for every situation. After all, you would still end up with a conviction on your permanent record, though for lesser charges than originally. A criminal record could make it difficult to obtain work, apply for housing, or gain approval for a loan. Also, understand that sometimes the prosecution team will offer a plea bargain because they know they don’t have enough evidence to convict you before a judge. Therefore, you should always discuss whether or not you should take a plea deal with our experienced attorneys. We can help you know for sure if the plea bargain is actually a good deal.

We Deliver the Protection You Need

You may learn that you are the target of a police investigation before you are arrested. Officers will ask you to come in for an interview, presenting it as an opportunity to clear your name. Before you meet with law enforcement, you need to contact an experienced attorney, because everything you tell police will be used against you. Without a lawyer present, you may make statements that lead to serious problems for you down the road.

No matter what stage your case is at, our attorneys are ready to present a strong defense on your behalf. You can trust that we are looking out for you and can prevent prosecutors from tricking you into making a poor decision for your future.

Not Your Average Attorneys

We have a reputation as being strong advocates for our clients. Whether attempting to negotiate a settlement or arguing for you in the courtroom, we are well-equipped to provide you with the representation that you need at such a challenging time in your life.

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Jim Horton is the attorney you want on your side.

“I can’t thank Jim enough for the years of service and friendship he and his associates have given to my family and me.”

Gigi L.

He goes above and beyond to met his clients needs.

“His staff and legal assistant all make you feel like family. I highly recommend this firm for your legal needs.”

Gregory W.

Jim Horton is not only great lawyer but, a great person.

“I owe him a great deal of gratitude for everything he did to help me!”

Christopher R.

I’ll always be indebted to him for the fantastic job he did for me.

“There’s not many people you can say in life have your back, Jim certainly had mine!”

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You will LOVE the final outcome.

“I put my full trust in him and if needed you should do the same, trust me!”

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