When the handcuffs click behind you in Austin, your life could change in an instant. Whether a felony or misdemeanor, a criminal charge can have a serious impact on your career, family, finances, and future. You could be facing a total loss of liberty if you are sent to prison. You could face crippling fines. You could have a criminal record that haunts you for the rest of your life, keeping you from getting the job of your dreams. If you are a student at the University of Texas or any other institution of higher education, you could be suspended or expelled.