Criminal and Juvenile Attorney
THE BURNS PHILLIPS LAW FIRM
If you are charged with a crime, it can affect your life forever. The consequences can extend far beyond a conviction on your record. You could be looking at jail time, probation, services, state monitoring, registration, mandatory reporting, license suspensions, fees and fines on your license, difficulty obtaining a job, and other consequences that you might not think to consider. As your attorney, it is my job to ensure that you understand the consequences of the various outcomes on your case.
No court action against your child is a minor thing, period. Your child is charged with a crime and the consequences can follow your child for the rest of his/her life. More cases are being referred to the courts than ever before. One mistake and your child may find themselves having to go to court and appear before a judge. That’s scary for an adult! In some cases, the punishment can follow your child well into their adulthood or they may even be certified as an adult on their matter. Hire an attorney, protect yourself and your child. Call me for a free consultation.
Assault Family Violence / Domestic Violence
Burglary of a Habitation
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI/DUI)
Driving While License Invalid / Suspended (DWLI/DWLS)
Failure to Identify (Fail to ID)
Failure to Stop and Give Information (FSGI)
Failure to Stop and Render Aid (FSRA)
Interference with Public Duties
Motions to Revoke / Adjudicate
Possession of Controlled Substance
Possession of Deadly Weapon
Possession of a Gambling Device
Possession of Marihuana / Marijuana
Racing / Reckless Driving
Theft from Person
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Unlawful Carry of a Weapon
About The Attorney
Allison Phillips draws from experience that extends beyond the courtroom. Allison graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Forensic Chemistry and Criminal Justice. She began her first career as an analyst with Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office in the Controlled Substances lab. She transitioned into medical research at the Michael E Debakey VA Hospital. There she worked hand in hand with one of the leading infectious diseases doctors in Houston and was honored to have her work published in peer reviewed journals in the field. In 2011, Allison traded in her lab coat to begin her legal career. She studied at the prestigious University of Houston Law Center, graduating in 2014. Allison honed her trial skills as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, specializing in juvenile matters. She opened her private practice in 2017, and spends her time helping people navigate the complexities of the legal system.
How do I go about hiring an attorney?
Come in for a FREE consult! I will sit down with you and listen to what happened. We will discuss what happens next.
How soon can you start on my case?
Immediately! Once I have been hired, I will notify the court and the DA that I am your attorney. I will begin the process of obtaining discovery and evaluating the evidence.
How much is this going to cost?
Every case is different and requires its own analysis. I charge flat fees for criminal matters and I will give you a quote during your consultation. Because there is a higher rate of cases that are resolved prior to trial, my initial fee does not include a trial fee. It is my opinion that you should not have to pay for a service that is never rendered. A separate trial fee will be discussed and due prior to setting your case for trial. By this time, you will have a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in your case so that you can make an informed decision.
Are my only options a conviction or dismissal?
No! Many counties offer other outcomes that might avoid a conviction. Your attorney can discuss these options with you and whether you qualify.
I have been charged with a crime, what happens next?
If you are at the very beginning stages of your case, you likely have been given a court date. It is now time to go to court and determine how to proceed on your matter. Hiring a lawyer provides you with an advocate to review your case and advise you on the best course of action to reach the most favorable outcome for you.
My case is over and done with, but I want to appeal. What do I do?
Come in for a consultation as soon as possible. Appeals have very strict time frames for the filing of motions.
I resolved my case in the past, but now I want it off my record. What do I do?
Come in for a consultation. We can discuss the avenues available to you, if any. If you still have a copy of your judgment, bring it with you.
My kid got in trouble when younger, and is now applying for college. What can we do about the record?
Come in and I’ll evaluate your case. We might be able to apply to have it sealed.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Unfortunately, you have been swept up in a system that is incredibly large and potentially oppressive. It can be difficult, time consuming and incredibly confusing. Hiring an attorney will allow you to smooth out the process while your case reaches the best outcome for you. Your advocate will guide you through the process, address issues, and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.
I intend to plead guilty, why do I still need an attorney?
Representing yourself is always your right. However, you do not necessarily know the rights that are available to you, and each crime has different ranges of punishment. Hiring an advocate that is familiar with the system will help you identify when the best outcome has been offered or negotiated.
What do I expect now that I’ve been charged?
That depends on the crime in question. After the charge is filed, your case is given a court date. During these court dates, the prosecutor and your attorney discuss the merits of your case, review the evidence and negotiate resolution. This could be a favorable offer or a dismissal. If no resolution is reached, the case is set for trial.
Can I just ask the prosecutor what to do?
You absolutely can. However, the prosecutor represents the State and is not allowed to advise you. Also, anything you say to the prosecutor can be used in any trial proceedings against you.
I’m not charged with anything serious, won’t this process be easier if I take care of myself?
It is your right to represent yourself. However, there will not be anyone in the courtroom who is tasked with protecting your rights, even the ones you don’t know you have. Abraham Lincoln famously stated: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”
Help! My kid has been charged with a crime! What happens next??
Your child is entitled to an attorney. Juvenile delinquency is a very different process than adult crimes, with different available outcomes and services. You want an attorney familiar with this area of law to know the best course of action. Call for a consultation and come in and see me.
“Allison Phillips is amazing! She cares about you as a person and what you are going through. She goes above and beyond; you can tell this isn’t just a job for her, she genuinely wants to help you. I’ve worked with her in the past and she is always well prepared, organized and knowledgeable. She is compassionate and committed to going the extra mile for her clients. I highly recommend her; she will fight for you!”
“We used Allison for a personal matter and she was very discrete, professional, and extremely knowledgeable of our case. She was thorough in explaining the details and what we would expect at each turn. Made the process very easy and understandable for us! We won our case and I would most definitely recommend her if you are in need of a criminal lawyer!”