Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Copperas Cove

Fighting for your rights when facing felony charges in Central Texas

Facing criminal charges may feel like the deck is stacked against you. Being arrested is frightening, and it puts your freedom, your reputation, and your very future in danger. Charges for any crime, no matter how minor they may seem at the time, require smart and experienced attorneys who know how to start building a strong case from the minute you’re arrested.

The criminal defense lawyers at the Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm understand the potential consequences of a criminal conviction. Our attorneys sit down with you, review the charges against you, and collaborate with you to determine the best course of action for your case. This can include anything from working to reduce the charges, entering a diversionary program, or having the charges dropped altogether. Our priority is to keep your record clean. Contact us today.


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What types of cases does your Copperas Cove law firm handle?

If you’re facing criminal charges, have just been arrested, or know you’re being investigated for a crime, talk to the Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm today. Our defense attorneys handle a wide variety of charges in Copperas Cove and Coryell, Lampasas and Bell Counties, including:

Aggravated assault

There are several different types of assault with which you may be charged under the Texas penal code. Assault means knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly causing (or threatening to cause) harm to another. These types of charges can be complicated and lead to serious consequences, as well as a lasting criminal record.

Domestic violence

Another form of assault is domestic violence – assault that occurs within family relationships. This comes with its own set of charges. Penalties for a domestic violence conviction can include jail time, loss of the right to own a firearm, disqualification for military service, and other lasting consequences.

Drug charges

The state of Texas divides controlled substances into different penalty groups, and drug charges will differ depending on the type and amount of drug. Charges can be either state or federal, and may run the gamut from simple possession all the way up to drug trafficking. Our firm is equipped to deftly handle all drug charge cases.

Murder and homicide

Because murder and homicide are the most serious charges and allegations you can face here in Texas, you need top-notch legal defense. It’s not hyperbole to say your life can be on the line. Your name, your reputation, and your very freedom are at stake. Mary Beth Harrell is a former prosecutor and understands the system from the inside, and she will battle these charges aggressively on your behalf.

Pre-trial diversion programs

First-time, non-violent offenders in Texas may be eligible for pre-trial intervention. This means you can avoid prosecution, a conviction, a criminal record, and everything that comes along with it. We want to ensure that your first meeting with the criminal justice system in Copperas Cove is your last.

Felony DWI and drunk driving

Operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more can lead to felony drunk driving charges. Depending on the situation, you may be facing intoxication manslaughterintoxication assault, or other felony charges. Our DWI defense attorneys have decades of experience defending clients against a variety of enhanced charges and offenses.

Help for servicemembers

As a military wife and mom, Mary Beth Harrell understands that your military career is everything. If you are facing charges for a crime off your military base, we vigorously fight those charges and protect your Constitutional rights. We are honored to provide knowledgeable representation to both active servicemembers and veterans in civilian criminal cases.

Sex crimes

Sex crime charges and allegations can follow you for the rest of your life in the form of collateral consequences – future negative effects on your career, government benefits, bank loans, your right to own a firearm, and the right to vote. We will protect your rights throughout the criminal justice process.


Burglary, robbery, fraud, embezzlement – theft is an umbrella term for a variety of charges that mean taking or receiving another person’s property without their permission. This can include anything from writing bad checks all the way up to felony offenses. Our theft defense lawyers can help.

Weapons charges

Your Second Amendment rights are important to us, and if you’re facing weapons charges, you need strong defense. Penalties for conviction of weapons charges can lead to loss of the right to own a firearm, among other serious consequences. Don’t try to fight these charges alone.

The attorneys at the Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm are proud to serve the people of Copperas Cove, Coryell and Bell Counties. We defend clients against felonies and misdemeanors, and our team is ready to take on even the most complicated case.

Frequently Asked Questions

I was arrested. What should I do next?

The most important thing to remember is do not speak to the authorities arresting you. Be cooperative and respectful but affirm your right to remain silent. Authorities will use anything you say at this time against you later. You may be taken to the station, fingerprinted and detained. Contact an attorney immediately before giving any type of statement.

What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is a formal hearing where the accused is informed of the charges they are facing, advised of their constitutional rights, and asked how they would like to plead – guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Your attorney can work with you prior to the arraignment, and appear with you or on your behalf at the hearing.

What’s the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

Texas breaks down criminal offenses into two categories – felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors typically involve non-violent crimes, and penalties include fines, probation, or jail time of up to one year. Felonies, on the other hand, are more serious crimes usually involving violence and physical harm to another individual. These crimes involve penalties including extensive fines and time in prison.

Do I need a Copperas Cove criminal defense attorney?

An experienced criminal defense lawyer understands how to work within the system to have your charges reduced or even dropped. At the Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm, we have the resources to fully investigate your claim, locate and interview witnesses, and hire any necessary experts – whatever we have to do to defend your name and reputation. We provide experienced and aggressive representation, because we know what’s at stake.

Can I get my criminal record expunged?

In Texas, you can have your criminal record expunged under certain circumstances. Filing for expunction removes a criminal offense from your record, removing any references to your arrest from electronic and paper files, so you can truthfully answer “no” to any questions regarding your criminal history. There are a variety of options for sealing or expunging your record in Texas, and our attorneys can assist you with the process.

Experienced criminal defense in Copperas Cove

The attorneys at the Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm provide dedicated criminal defense to the people of central Texas. We understand that your reputation and your freedom are on the line, and we fight aggressively for your Constitutional rights. Contact us as soon as possible when you are charged with a crime at 254-680-4655 or by filling out our contact form. We have offices in Killeen, Copperas Cove, and handle in-custody visits for clients who cannot come to us. We also serve Coryell and Bell Counties.