Houston Criminal Attorney

Passionate about the Law & People

Alan CohenAttorney Alan Cohen has been in practice for over 35 years. Honest, Reliable No Bull Shit. We offer Reasonable Rates and Payment Plans. If you need help with your Sexual Assault, Indecency with Child or Robbery case, Call Attorney Cohen at 713-623-4828.

I provide each client with an honest and straightforward evaluation of their case and am committed to offering my clients the best representation. I personally handle each case. When necessary a private investigator, polygraph examiner and a forensic psychologist are available to form a team defense.

Being arrested and charged for a crime can be a terrifying experience. A felony will leave an indisputable stain on your life. This can be all the more frustrating if you are charged with a crime that you may not be guilty of in the first place.

  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault on a family member
  • Burglary
  • Capital Murder (Non-Death Penalty Only)
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Driving With a Suspended License
  • Drug Crimes
  • DWI
  • Forgery
  • Indecency with a Child
  • Injury to a Child
  • Injury to an Elderly
  • Juvenile Offense
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Parole Violations
  • Prohibited Weapons
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Offenses
  • Theft
  • Weapons and Gun Charge

The following aren’t criminal charges but a Houston criminal defense attorney will also be able to use their network and experience to help you with the following court issues as well:

  • Probation (Early Termination)
  • Record Expunction
  • Sealing Your Record
  • Sex Offender Registration

If you are facing sex crime charges in the Houston and Galveston areas, call Alan Cohen now. It doesn't matter if you're being charged with indecent exposure, sexual assault or rape--these are all serious allegations that can have long-lasting effects on your personal and professional life even if you're innocent.

Do not face these charges alone - CALL TODAY.

Miranda Rights

Your First Line Of Defense Is To Remain Silent!

A statement of an accused may be used if it appears that it was freely and voluntarily made without compulsion or persuasion.

No statement by the accused as a result of custodial interrogation is admissible unless:

Prior to making the statement the accused received a warning that:

Miranda image


Murder case resolved. Client cleared of charges.

News Screenshot of the Client

A simple exchange of auto insurance involving a minor traffic accident evolved into a killing and charges of murder against my client. Analysis of the 911 emergency call coupled with interviews of eye witnesses cleared my 21 year old client of wrong doing. Christopher has regained his freedom. He has resumed life with his family and the woman he loves.

Justice was served.

An 11 minute journey into hell and a 7 month ordeal out of it.

April 6, 2023 a minor traffic accident morphed from a peaceful exchange of insurance information into a deadly encounter resulting in my client being charged with murder. After submitting our findings to the Grand Jury the case was NO BILLED.
Christopher Santos with his mother and father at the Court House

Photo of Christopher Santos with his mother and father at the court house.

In 2018 grandma was accused of molesting her grandchild. Facing 25 years to life. Super Aggravated Sexual Assault. Granny stood firm that it was a false allegation linked to a custody battle for the kids.On the day of trial August 2022, the State dismissed the case. Over the four years she was terminated from her job; her husband passed away Christmas 2021 and she was forbidden to be with the children. She lost everything. Photo provided by family of her first reunion with the kids. Granny is slowly regaining her life… free and clear of the most disturbing allegations that were made against her.

Grandmother with kids

I didn't know where to start. I had so many questions and no answers available to me. Facing the possibility of a charge against me, I found Alan Cohen, a Houston criminal attorney. I found his web site to be informative and helpful and was generally a good overall starting point for my situation. His firm is well versed in several areas of the law and I found myself learning a lot more than I expected. It's hard to find a lawyer you can trust, but based on my experience, I can recommend him as someone who can be helpful to your case.

Alan Cohen is a highly experienced and professional lawyer of Houston. Many clients have benefited from his experience and have been highly satisfied with his services. Thanks to resolve my drunken driving case.

Alan knows his business. My Case was dismissed and on I go with my life! Thanks Alan!

I have worked with Mr. Cohen previously and have always been completely satisfied and impressed by his diligence, legal knowledge, and dedication to his clients. Should you choose to work with Mr. Cohen, you will get an honest lawyer who will do everything he can to get you the best possible results in your case.

Doll in jail

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a criminal charge in Houston, please contact Alan immediately to discuss your case. Alan is committed to helping those who have been arrested defend their legal rights in the state of Texas. Here are some of the most common criminal charges and defenses in Houston, Texas.

Assault and Domestic Violence

The charges can vary from a Class A misdemeanor to a second-degree felony. Factors looked at are injuries to the victim and whether a weapon was used or displayed. Strict bond conditions limiting contact with your spouse or family member will be set including obtaining separate living arrangements while the case is pending if charged with domestic violence.

Drug Crimes

Texas has very strict drug laws, and possession of an illegal substance can range from a misdemeanor to a felony charge. A laboratory test of the substance is essential to determine the weight and confirmation of the contraband seized. New programs are available to eliminate the stigma of a criminal record.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes are serious allegations, and the state of Texas imposes harsh penalties on those charged with such crimes. If you have been arrested for a sex crime, Alan can defend your case by fighting to get the charges dismissed or dropped so that your life is not permanently ruined.

Each crime carries its own set of penalties. Some of them can be harsher than others. That’s why criminal defense experts suggest speaking with a Houston criminal attorney about ways to have your charges dismissed or dropped.

In The News

Why was an Uber driver wrongly charged with rape? His attorney says police missed obvious clues.

photo of Uber Driver Read Full News

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Houston, hire an experienced and affordable criminal defense attorney. I have extensive experience providing cost effective criminal defense to people in Houston and the surrounding areas. I provide each client an honest and straight-forward evaluation of their case. I am committed to offering my clients quality representation that is reasonably priced. Call today to schedule your initial consultation. I accept Visa and MasterCard. Payment plans and financing are available.

Life Sentence for Suspected Texas Serial Rapist

September 13: Defendant Billy Joe Harris enters the Jackson County courtroom in handcuffs and leg shackles in Edna, Texas. (AP/The Victoria Advocate, Todd Krainin)

EDNA, Texas – A former Texas prison employee suspected of a being a serial rapist who targeted older women was sentenced Friday to life in prison for sexually assaulting a disabled woman.

Jurors who deliberated Billy Joe Harris' sentence for less than 10 minutes also fined him $10,000, The Victoria Advocate reported.

The jury also took less than 10 minutes last week to convict the former state prison worker of sexually assaulting a 59-year-old disabled woman in Edna, about 100 miles southwest of Houston.

Harris, 54, claimed he had been having an affair with the woman and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. But jurors rejected claims that he suffered from multiple personality disorder.

Authorities say DNA samples also link Harris to five other assaults or attempted assaults involving women 65 to 91 years old over two years in central and Southeast Texas.

Investigators believe Harris is "The Twilight Rapist," so named because most of the attacks happened just before dawn. The attacks rattled so many women that older volunteers at a Yoakum library in Southeast Texas began locking the doors during business hours and organizers at one community meeting gave away pepper spray as door prizes.

Authorities found evidence of careful planning at the many crime scenes, including cut phone lines outside homes.

During the trial, Harris' body often trembled and twitched and he sat in the courtroom with paper stuffed in his ears. His attorney said Harris plugged his ears to "keep the voices from speaking to him."

Harris wore handcuffs and chains in the courtroom, as well as a belt that could shock him because of a history of disruptive behavior.

Testifying in his defense, Harris told jurors he had been sexually abused as a child, has three other personalities inside of him and has been visited by aliens several times.

But prosecutors told jurors Harris' assertions of mental illness were a con.

Harris had worked in several prisons around the state, mostly in food service. Background checks before his hiring revealed no prior criminal history, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.



It’s important to know what your legal exposure is when you’re convicted for any crime. The following are the penalties for various tiers of crimes in the state of Texas:

  • First-degree felony – the defendant can serve 5-99 years (or life) and pay up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Second-degree felony – The defendant can serve 2-20 years and pay up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Third-degree felony – The defendant can serve 2-10 years in prison and pay up to $10,000 in fines.
  • State jail felony – The defendant can go to jail for 180 days up to 2 years and pay up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Class-A Misdemeanor – This can result in 1 year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.
  • Class-B Misdemeanor – This can result in 180 days in county jail and up to a $2,000 fine.
  • Class-C Misdemeanor – This is the lowest level of state crime. While there is no jail time,the defendant may receive up to a $500 fine.

Frequently Asked Questions About Houston Criminal Attorneys

While your charges may seem overwhelming and unfair, you should never stop fighting for yourself. If you’ve been accused of a sex crime contact Alan Cohen immediately. He will carefully listen to the facts surrounding your arrest and formulate proper legal representation designed specifically with you in mind.

The stakes couldn't be higher than when you face a criminal charge, which is why you should be wise in selecting a criminal defense attorney with the right experience, knowledge, and background in resolving cases just like yours. Here is some additional information to help you decide the best Houston Criminal Defense Attorney for your case:

There are two main types of criminal lawyers: prosecuting attorneys (also known as district attorneys), and criminal defense lawyers. Prosecuting attorneys represent the local, state, or federal government against which an alleged crime was committed. Houston criminal defense attorneys represent the defendant accused of a crime in Houston, Harris County, or Galveston, Texas.

It’s ideal to have an attorney from the moment you get arrested. You should attempt to speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area as soon as possible after being arrested and charged.

If you are concerned that you may be accused of a crime or that a warrant has been issued, immediately contact Mr. Cohen. Do not speak with the police. During this sensitive time period, direct any inquiries the police have to Mr. Cohen.

This has a very simple answer: a well-qualified attorney capable of understanding the facts and its application to the law. Alan has over 30 years of experience. His entire practice is devoted to criminal defense.

Each Texas criminal procedure will consist of a:
  • Booking is when an administrative procedure in which your information is gathered and recorded.
  • Arraignment happens when you appear in court, are advised of the charges against you, and are given the police report dealing with the facts of your involvement in the crime. The last step in arraignment is entering a plea.
  • Bail is money paid to the court to ensure that you show up for your required court appearances.
  • A preliminary hearing occurs when a judge determines whether your case should be tried in court.
  • The trial consists of opening statements by your Houston criminal attorney and the prosecutor. Witnesses are called and questioned, and evidence is presented. Your attorney and the prosecutor make closing statements, and the judge then gives the jury instructions. After deliberating, the jury announces the verdict, which may be guilty, guilty of a less serious or related charge, or not guilty. Once the verdict is rendered, your defense attorney can attempt a post-trial motion, such as a motion for a new trial.
  • Sentencing can be different depending on the circumstances of your case. Your sentence may consist of time in jail, a fine, or both.
  • Probation is the suspension of a jail sentence. If you are given probation, you are released, and rather than serving time in jail, you are returned to the community and have to abide by conditions set by the court and are under the supervision of a probation officer for a specific amount of time.

Alan is not afraid to think outside the box when it comes to the best possible representation for his clients. Being arrested and potentially charged for a crime can be a terrifying experience, and a criminal felony charge can have an indisputable impact on someone’s life.

Alan provides exceptional representation to those requiring an experienced, knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer and will work to get you the best possible outcome.

If you hire attorney Alan Cohen, he will listen closely to your version of the events. He will examine the prosecutorial case against you, including officer statements, witness statements, and all other discovery evidence. Only after he fully understands the charges against you will he begin to construct your defense. Contact him today to discuss the details of your arrest.
What should I do

Request a Free Consultation