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Experienced Dallas Criminal Defense Attorneys



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Experienced Dallas Criminal Defense Attorneys Who Are With You Every Step of The Way

Whatever your legal needs may be, let the experienced Dallas criminal defense and DWI attorneys at Berlof & Newton, P.C. work with you “every step of the way.” We are Dallas attorneys with many years of experience practicing criminal defense/DWI law in Dallas and will work hard for you. Whether you are facing a serious felony, a misdemeanor, or need your record cleared or even something as simple as a traffic ticket, our Dallas DWI and criminal defense lawyers are experienced and aggressive. We will fight for you throughout your entire case. Free consultation. Se habla español.

If you’ve been arrested on a Dallas County criminal case, you may be in need serious legal help.  Choosing the right Dallas criminal defense lawyer can make a world of difference in the outcome of your criminal case.  Depending upon the offense, you could be facing anything from a small fine, or up to life in prison on your Dallas criminal charge.

State of Texas Felonies

In Texas, there four types of felony offenses. Capital felonies are the most serious.  These types of Dallas County criminal charges carry either a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty. Examples of these types of offenses include murder during the commission of another felony (e.g., robbing a liquor store), or murder of a child under four years of age.

First Degree Felonies

First degree felonies have a penalty range of 5 to 99 years in prison, and up to a $100,000 fine.  Premeditated murder is an example of a first degree felony.

Second Degree Felonies

Second degree felonies can land you in prison for 2 to 20 years, and result in a fine of up to $10,000.  Burglary of a habitation is one such offense.

Third Degree Felonies

Third degree felonies have a punishment scheme that contemplates 2 to 10 years in the penitentiary, and a fine of up to $10,000.  Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon is charged as a felony of the third degree.

State Jail Felonies

State jail felonies are the least serious type of felony, and have a penalty scheme of between 180 days and 2 years in the state jail.  Possession of less than 1 gram of cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin is considered a state jail felony.

State of Texas Misdemeanor Classes/Charges

Misdemeanors are classified into three types: Class A, Class B, and Class C.

Class A Misdemeanors

Class A misdemeanors carry a range of punishment of up to 1 year in the county jail, and up to a $4000 fine.  Second offense DWI’s are charged as class A misdemeanors.

Class B Misdemeanors

Class B misdemeanors can get you up to 180 days in the county jail, and a fine of up to $2000.  First offense DWI’s are charged as class B misdemeanors (unless the blood-alcohol content of the person arreseted is alleged to be greater than .015, in which case it will be charged as a class A misdemeanor).

Class C Misdemeanors

Finally, class C misdemeanors can only result in fines of up to $500.  You cannot be sentenced to jail time if you are charged with a class C misdemeanor.  However, you can be arrested for failure to appear in court on a class C misdemeanor, or for failure to pay a fine which the court has ordered you to pay.  If you’ve ever received a traffic ticket, you’ve been charged with a class C misdemeanor.  All Texas traffic ticket citations are class C misdemeanors.  Also, public intoxication, simple assault, issuance of bad check, and possession of drug paraphernalia are also charged as class C misdemeanor crimes.

About Us

Berlof & Newton, P.C. was formed in March, 2001 by Darrin Berlof and Everett Newton, both of whom were solo practitioners for many years prior the formation of the firm. By joining forces, both realized that they could combine their experience and skills to better serve the community’s legal needs. Our Dallas attorneys, as well as our staff, have the training, experience, and know-how to get the job done. We are Dallas DWI, criminal defense, traffic ticket, and expunction lawyers who fight for you every step of the way.


We’ve been handling criminal defense, DWI, traffic ticket cases in Dallas for over 20 years. 


48 years of combined Dallas DWI Lawyer experience 


Dallas Criminal Defense Attorneys Who have handled over 85,000 cases and represented over 37,000 clients. 

What our clients are saying


  • Williams

    I contacted Mr. Newton regarding a felony violation of probation warrant and the potential consequences for myself were dire. To be clear, my case gave Mr. Newton very little to work with and knowing this I was very anxious over the issue. Mr Everett went above and beyond what I have come to expect from legal representation. He worked very hard to achieve a great outcome for me. He is experienced, ethical, very smart and took a genuine interest in me personally. Too be clear, if you are facing a serious legal issue, nothing is more vital than a hard working, intelligent and adroit attorney. I have been represented by good counsel at times, however none were as capable as Mr. Newton. Frankly, he was a Godsend. Link to review

    Everett Newton saved my life when i was facing two separate 7 year old charges, one for felony probation violation and another for a DWI failure to appear. I had left the country and straightened out my life and needed to resolve these issues for business travel but had little hope. Each of these could could have easily landed me in jail for sometime or at least have tied me to some stringent probation that would have inhibited my travel needs. From the get go Everett was straight forward and genuine about possible outcomes but never over promising as most hard selling attorneys had been. In both cases he came into action rapidly and assured my freedom and quick disposal of both cases. To top it all off his office worked out a payment plan and his prices were spot on and not nearly as inflated as others. I cannot thank him and his office enough and can get on with my business and family with these cases resolved in full. Link to review
  • Joseph B.
    I've been going here for the past 5 years for all my traffic tickets and my one other incident with the law... Of all my 10+ speeding tickets they've handled for me none of them are on my record. I had some of them dismissed but the others I was just on probation for a couple of months or so. As for my other incident they handled for me.... Texas changed a law just recently that I "broke" a while back. So most likely I'll go and get it expunged or something and that's another review for later.  Also, Everett Newton has his own radio show where he gives "legal advice" on Live 105.3 and he does appearances for the Russ Martin Show every once and a while.
    Joseph B.
  •  Pamela W.
    This is an amazing firm from beginning to end. They make you feel like they  are emotionally available to your situation the moment that you enter the door. Maria is just as involved as the attorneys in our case. I have used them for traffic tickets, Public intoxication, felony. They always provide a favorable outcome. They are truly a Godsend.
    Pamela W.
  • Jack D.
    Managed to get rid of a very hard ticket thanks to them. They were always very honest and transparent and told me it would be very hard to get rid of the ticket because of the county it was on and because it was 30 miles over the speed limit. Still decided to try my luck and they managed to get it dismissed! They followed up and helped me make sure I submitted all additional documents on time and at the end of the day helped me save about $300 and keep a clean record. If you're looking for good traffic lawyers this is the place to go!
    Jack D.
  • Anthony M.
    I ran into some legal issues when a few tickets from my past became warrants. I had completely forgotten about the other tickets! But thanks to Delsy and the team, they were able to track down all of my warrants and get them lifted. The process was quick and easy with complete step by step details on what actions they were taking.
    Anthony M.

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