Criminal Law – Dallas, TX
We are experienced in handling your criminal law matters including Class A, B, and C misdemeanors, and felonies in Dallas, Denton, Collin, and Tarrant Counties. Our law firm offers effective and aggressive representation and will fight for the best possible result for each and every client. We highly recommend you consult with an attorney before speaking to the police.
It is important to hire an attorney as soon as you are arrested for a DWI/DUI. First and foremost, at the time of arrest, your driver’s license has most likely been confiscated. You have fifteen days to request a hearing to challenge the State on taking your driver’s license. If you do not request a hearing, then your license will automatically be suspended for six months. If you request a hearing, then you have an opportunity to retrieve your license and can challenge the six month automatic suspension of your license.
Keep in mind that the State must prove you are guilty by proving you were in fact intoxicated. There are several factors to consider in determining intoxication and all of them can be challenged with effective representation. In most cases, the evidence to challenge includes a video (either in the police car or from the intoxication room), officer’s affidavit/testimony, and maybe a breath test if you did not refuse.
Occupational Drivers License (ODL)
In the event you did not request a hearing in time (within 15 days of your arrest), your license will be suspended for six months. However, you have options. An attorney can help you petition the Court for an Occupational Driver’s License which allows you to drive during certain hours while your license is suspended. If you do request a hearing, and that hearing is lost, you may also petition the Court for an ODL at that time.
A Court will not automatically grant an ODL. That’s why you must show good cause and reason to drive, such as a necessity to work or go to school.
Expunctions and Nondisclosures
n Texas, if you were arrested but then your case was dismissed, you still have a record of that arrest. In other words, anyone trying to pull your criminal record will have access to your previous arrests and information. However, you may hire an attorney to either destroy those records or seal them. Until you destroy or seal the records, employers, landlords, and/or colleges will have access to that information.
The first option would be to hire an attorney to file a Petition for Expunction which would destroy all records relating to that arrest. However, there are certain requirements under Texas law before someone can file for an expunction. Please contact our firm to determine whether you are eligible for an expunction.
If you are not eligible for an expunction, an attorney may still file a Notice of Nondisclosure for that arrest to be sealed or to prevent disclosure of the arrest information. If an Order for Nondisclosure is signed, the agencies having your criminal history will be prohibited from releasing any information. There is not a waiting period for the filing of a nondisclosure for certain arrests. Please contact our firm to determine whether you are eligible to file a nondisclosure immediately.
Our law firm is experienced in handling theft, robbery, and burglary charges. The State can charge you with either a felony or misdemeanor depending upon the severity of the crime and the amount allegedly taken. Please contact our law firm to determine your possible options. Depending on the specifics of your case, our law firm may be able to minimize the consequences of such a charge.
Under Texas law, the amount of jail time is determined based on the value of the items taken. If the value of the items taken is less than $1,500, you will most likely be charged with a misdemeanor. If the value of the items taken is over $1,500, then you will most likely be charged with a felony. However, with certain charges of theft, the value of the items taken is not a factor, such as credit card fraud or abuse. In those instances, you would be charged with a felony offense, regardless of the value. Other felony charges regardless of the value of the items taken include robbery and burglary of residential or commercial property.
Please contact our law firm to discuss your options with an experienced attorney.
Our law firm represents people who have been charged with drug charges such as drug possession, sales, drug trafficking, conspiracy, and drug manufacturing. Please contact our office to determine what your options are and the best possible plan of action.