Brandon Barnett is an award-winning Fort Worth criminal defense and family lawyer. His practice is exclusively focused on criminal defense and family law in Tarrant County and surrounding areas. Mr. Barnett is also a Reserve Military Judge and an adjunct law professor.
The George Washington University Law School
LL.M. (2012) | Litigation
Honors: With Highest Honors
Texas Tech University School of Law
J.D. (2005) | Law
Honors: Order of Barristers. Donald M. Hunt Outstanding Advocate Award
Activities: National Moot Court
Texas A&M University School of Law
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC
Mr. Barnett is a founding member in Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC. BHW is a criminal defense law firm practicing in Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding areas.
U.S. Marine Corps
Mr. Barnett served as a military prosecutor at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, California from 2007 to 2009. In 2008, he deployed to Iraq as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for 3D Marine Aircraft Wing. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Barnett served at the Pentagon as a litigation consultant and officer misconduct/promotions officer. He remains in the Marine Corps Reserve.
A: Under both the US and Texas Constitutions, you have an absolute right to refuse to consent to a search of your person, home, or effects (including your bags). By refusing, you place the investigating agency in a position where they must pursue a search warrant and provide specific facts to a judge that amount to more than a mere hunch that they might find something. Only if the judge believes that there is probable cause will the judge sign the search warrant. If an officer has a valid search warrant, then you may no longer refuse the search. However, if it can later be determined by your lawyer in court that the search warrant was invalid for whatever reason, the judge can suppress the evidence
that was seized during the search. ... Read More