Parnham & McWilliams offers multi-lingual staff: we speak English, French and Spanish.
The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA), with a current membership of approximately 670 criminal defense lawyers, hosted their 43rd Annual Banquet on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Every year there is an awards presentation, and this year’s recipient of the Richard “Racehorse” Haynes Lifetime Achievement Award is George J. Parnham of Parnham and McWilliams.
George is a past president of HCCLA and has been a member since its inception. Their mission is to assist, support and protect the criminal defense practitioner in the zealous defense of individuals and their constitutional rights. Further, their mission is to educate and inform the general public regarding the administration of criminal justice and the need for an independent, ethical and professional criminal defense bar.
George considers it an honor to have been selected by his peers in the defense bar to receive this award, and to be the first recipient since naming the award after the prominent defense attorney Richard Haynes. Although “lifetime achievement” may indicate his work is through, Mr. Parnham maintains an active criminal law practice and has no intentions of retiring any time soon. He will continue to practice law in the criminal defense arena and continue his efforts in the advocacy of those afflicted with mental illness; especially those who find themselves entwined in the criminal justice system.
When it comes to criminal law cases, an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between a prison sentence and reduced or dismissed charges. The lawyers of Parnham & McWilliams are dedicated to defending the rights of the accused and our criminal defense attorneys are committed to the presumption of innocence. Even in less serious cases, a good criminal defense attorney can make a serious impact on the outcome of the case by ensuring that the rights of the accused are protected throughout the legal process. For these and other reasons, it is vital that those accused of a crime select the most competent, experienced and effective attorney available.
Our attorneys are intimately familiar with all facets of criminal defense and may help clients with the following:
Dee McWilliams examines the right of the accused to a public trial, which is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution. He discusses its importance, historical applications and the reasons why a judge may consider closures.
The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution confers numerous rights on the citizens of the United States in regards to their defense in a criminal prosecution. One of the most important of these is found in what is referred to as the “Confrontation Clause”, that is, the defendant’s right to be confronted by the witnesses against them in a criminal prosecution.
440 Louisiana St., Suite 200
(The Lyric Centre)
Houston, TX 77002