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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.


Parnham & McWilliams – Criminal Law Attorneys in Houston, Texas

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.


Texas Criminal Law Frequently Asked Questions

Our Criminal Law Attorneys:

Our attorneys are intimately familiar with all facets of criminal defense and may help clients with the following:

  • Work to get the charges dropped or lowered
  • Interview police, involved parties, and any possible witnesses to expose any lies or exaggerations
  • Make sure that no evidence against our client was obtained illegally
  • Conduct a thorough pre-trial investigation
  • Employ a private investigator, ballistics expert, polygraphist, or any other experts that may be able to help strengthen our client’s defense
  • Obtain expert witnesses to testify on behalf of our clients
  • Negotiate with prosecutors to make sure our clients face the minimum possible penalties

If you have been accused of a crime, please contact us today for a free consultation with an aggressive and resourceful criminal defense attorney. We will work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

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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.


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