Criminal Law

Contact Erick Platten 903-593-9100

"Never A Prosecutor, Dedicated to representing Citizens accused." Erick Platten
Erick Platten is an experienced Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer committed to representing persons charged with any and all Criminal offenses, whether misdemeanors or major felonies, in all Texas courts.  His principle office is in Tyler, Texas but he has represented individuals as far away as Key West, Florida.
Erick defends persons charged of all crimes including those in the Judicial District and County Court's throughout Texas.  Erick Platten also focuses his practice on intoxication crimes and has won cases many lawyers wouldn’t accept because they thought they were impossible to win.

Erick tirelessly looks at each case to find  problems with the State’s case to obtain either a dismissal, reduction in charges or ultimately a Not Guilty verdict. Erick always says "talk is cheap but Not Guilty verdicts speak for themselves."

One very difficult case Erick took to trial was the State of Texas v. Howard Fink.  District Attorney’s couldn’t believe Erick was able to convince a Smith County Jury that his clients medical condition with his liver caused him to have hallucinations.  That Defense was know as a “Big Mac Attack” and gained Erick national attention from Fox, CNN and ABC News Networks since his client was accused of firing an AR-15 at hallucinations he believed were "Rats" attacking his family and friends around a campfire.  State of Texas vs. Howard Fink in the 114th Judicial District Court in and for the State of Texas, Smith County Texas, 114-1448-01. Verdict of Not Guilty.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime you need to speak with an attorney that knows his way around the system.  Erick Platten has been representing citizens accused since 2000.

Erick was selected as the Clients Choice through for 2012, 2013, 2014 and has a Superb rating of 10.0 from Erick was also awarded the "Top 10 Best Criminal Attorney's in Texas" through the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorney's for 2014. Please visit Erick Platten's profile on and read his client reviews. He's one of the most reviewed attorney's in Texas.

Below is a list of some of the Crimes Erick has represented individuals for in both Federal and State Courts:

  • Family assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Strangulation--Impeding one's ability to breath 
  • Aggravated Assault 
  • Violation of a protective order
  • Injury to a child
  • Child endangerment or abandonment
  • Child Abuse
  • Injury to the elderly
  • Spousal battery
  • Violation of Protective Order
  • Probation Revocations
  • Early Release from Probation
  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving under the influence under 21 (DUI) 
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Underage drinking
  • Destruction of property
  • Serious or violent crimes 
  • Public Intoxication
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Intoxication Manslaughter
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide
  • Deadly Conduct
  • Discharging Firearms in an unsafe manner
  • Sexual crimes involving children, such as sexual assault, indecency, soliciting a minor, incest
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Indecent exposure
  • Public lewdness
  • Prostitution and Solicitation
  • Failure to register as a sex offender
  • Bigamy
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance
  • Delivery of a controlled substance
  • Prescription drugs
  • Drug Mules 
  • Drug Interdiction on the Interstate 
  • Racial Profiling by law enforcement
  • Computer hacking or illegal access
  • Burglary or robbery
  • Burglary of a motor vehicle, auto theft
  • Theft
  • Theft by check
  • Theft of Oil field pipe
  • Theft--Unlawful use of a Motor vehicle
  • Forgery or fictitious ID counterfeiting
  • Credit card abuse
  • Theft of mail
  • Timber Theft
  • Copper Theft
  • Criminal Trespassing 
  • Shoplifting
  • Medicare and Medicaid fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Capital murder
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery
  • Hit and Run
  • Evading arrest
  • Failure to Report a Crime
  • Intoxication manslaughter
  • Reckless Manslaughter
  • Felony Murder
  • Criminally Negligent homicide
  • Arson
  • Weapons offenses 
  • Felon in Possession of firearms 
  • Possession of Stolen firearms
  • Possession of Illegal Weapons 
  • Possession, manufacturing, distribution, and delivery of controlled substances (DEA/ ATF)
  • Drug Conspiracy (DEA / ATF)
  • R.I.C.O. (FBI)
  • Fraud (FBI)
  • Wire Fraud (FBI)
  • Mail Fraud (Postal Inspection Service)
  • Investment Fraud (SEC / FBI)
  • Tax Fraud (IRS /FBI)
  • Securities Fraud (SEC / FBI)
  • Healthcare, Medicare, and Medicaid Fraud
  • Immigration (I.C.E. / Homeland Security)
  • Fraud (SEC / FBI)
  • Embezzlement (SEC / FBI)
  • Money Laundering (SEC / FBI /IRS)
  • Counterfeiting (U.S. Secret Service)
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations
  • Bank Fraud (SEC / FBI /IRS)
  • Real Estate and Mortgage Fraud (FBI)
  • Ponzi schemes (FBI)
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act violations
  • Firearms crimes (ATF /FBI)
  • Sex crimes (Homeland Security)
  • Possession or distribution of child pornography (Homeland Security)
  • Public corruption (FBI)
  • Terrorist investigations (FBI / Homeland Security)
  • Immigration crimes (I.C.E. / Homeland Security)