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ASSAULT/FAMILY VIOLENCE

DWI/DUI

Relaxing after work at your favorite pub or enjoying a couple of drinks when out socially with friends or family is one of life’s pleasures many of us partake in. Yet, even when drinking responsibly it can be easy for a “sober” person to be wrongly arrested for DWI or DUI. Being arrested, although scary, is just the beginning and does not mean you are guilty or that a conviction is in your future.

There are a myriad of defenses available to fight your case. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

ASSAULT

Simple assault in Texas is one of the most common reasons for arrest. This charge covers knowingly, intentionally or recklessly injuring another person, physically contacting another person in an offensive or provocative manner, or threatening that person with bodily harm.

But assault and violence aren’t exclusive to unrelated third parties. It is common for families to experience disagreements and conflict that can escalate to violence (whether intentional or unintentional). 

If you live in Texas and have been charged with assault, reach out to our firm for a free initial consultation and to learn more about how you can put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

SEXUAL OFFENSES

DRUG CRIMES

SEXUAL OFFENSES

Sexual crimes and offenses are serious crimes that come with stiff penalties and potential jail time. If you or a loved one have been wrongly charged, arrested or accused of a sexual crime it is important that you reach out to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Our team of talented attorneys can put the full weight of our extensive resources at your disposal, uncovering evidence and devising strategies to exonerate your name and bring out the truth.

DRUG CRIMES

Texas takes crimes related to drugs seriously. From driving while under the influence of illegal drugs (or even legal prescription medication), to simple possession or dealing, you want an experienced law firm representing your case.

If you have been charged with a crime related to drugs, call today to learn your rights and how we can help.

TICKETS/WARRANTS

ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY

TICKETS/WARRANTS

Outstanding tickets or warrants might not seem like a big deal, but if not addressed can quickly spiral into a major headache with the potential for additional charges and/or penalties.

If you have outstanding tickets or warrants let our firm get to the bottom of what transpired and the best strategy to reduce or beat them.

ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY

Following deportation, illegal re-entry into the United States may seem like the only way to reunite with family and loved ones, yet this move can result in fines, imprisonment and deportation. In the event that the reentry is deemed illegal, the federal government may reinstate a deportation order without a hearing. However, when facing a “sentencing face” penalties may include a fine and up to 20 years in prison in some cases.

Due to the complexity of laws surrounding this topic, you need to hire a Texas criminal defense attorney from a law firm with experience in dealing with re-entry cases.  Call today to see how we can help.

 

3G OFFENSES

FEDERAL CASES

3G OFFENSES

Throughout the state of Texas, the phrase “3G” as it relates to the criminal justice system refers to those crimes deemed to be the most serious. Those convicted of 3G crimes are typically subject to mandatory prison sentences (of which they must serve at least half the sentence before being eligible for parole).

3G Offenses include crimes such as (but not limited to): murder, human trafficking, aggravated kidnapping, sexual assault, aggravated robbery, burglary of a habitation to commit a felony other than theft, drug offenses involving the use of a child, those felonies whereby the accused used a deadly weapon before, during or after the crime.

FEDERAL CASES

Although many criminal cases in Texas are prosecuted under state law, others may fall at the feet of federal prosecutors. Due to the serious nature of federal crimes, and their often-substantial impact or implication on the public or victims, these crimes generally come with steep sentencing as compared to state prosecuted crimes.

Common offenses that land on the federal radar include but are not limited to: white-collar crimes such as wire or mail fraud, RICO violations, conspiracy, money laundering, interstate drug possession or trafficking, federal weapons charges and internet crimes.

Award Winning Texas DWI Lawyers

Top-Rated DWI / DUI Attorneys in Texas

Have you or a loved one been arrested and charged with a DUI in the Lone Star State? Texas takes DWIs seriously and you need a DWI lawyer with the right experience to help you successfully defend and clear your good name.

 

Those charged with a DUI or DWI will be Facing:

  1. Suspension of your drivers license by the Texas DPS as part of a civil case against you
  2. Criminal charges against you by the State of Texas for the crime of driving or operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

We know that this can be a stressful and scary time in your life. The consequences of a DWI are both serious and lasting, impacting everything from your ability to drive, to future work opportunities, and even your freedom. Not to mention the social stigma that comes with having a DWI on your criminal record.

Don’t let one mistake or overzealous law enforcement put your future in jeopardy. Our Texas DWI lawyers will fight aggressively to clear your name, with a primary goal of getting the charges dropped or dismissed.

Being Charged with a DWI Doesn’t Mean That You’re Guilty

Contrary to popular belief among many Texans, DWIs are not “open and shut” cases. There are often several areas of contention that our team can explore to help support your claim of innocence. 

Examples of Potential Defenses Include:

  • Challenging arrest procedures (such as no probable cause for arrest, or failure to issue Miranda rights)
  • Challenging the arresting officer’s testimony 
  • Offering alternative explanations for behavior or appearances such as legal medications, medical conditions, exhaustion, allergies, etc.
  • Improper administration of the field sobriety or chemical tests
  • Challenging the accuracy and validity of such tests
  • And more…

With decades of experience effectively navigating Texas DUI and DWI court proceedings, our team of DWI Attorneys knows how to formulate a defense strategy custom-tailored to your unique case.  We’re passionate about uncovering the truth and fighting tirelessly on behalf of our clients to clear their name.

Put our years of experience and award-winning criminal defense team to work for you. Call or message today and receive a FREE, no obligation initial consultation.

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You Only Have 15-Days to Act!

You only have 15 days from the date of your arrest to file for an administrative revocation hearing (ALR) regarding the status of your license. Call or message our local office today and get the support and representation you deserve. 

Our team will act quickly to file your contention and request a hearing where we will advocate vigorously for you to keep your license. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the automatic suspension of your drivers license as part of the Civil case brought by the Texas DPS.

Don’t let time run out on your right to drive.

The Criminal Justice Process in Texas

DUI / DWI in Texas FAQ

The penalties you may face for a DWI or DUI in Texas are dependent on a number of factors, with the number of prior convictions and criminal history being the two most influential. Although every situation is unique, the following penalties are what is possible for first DWI convictions:

  • Between 3 days up to 6 months in jail
  • Maximum jail time increased to 1-year for those with a BAC over 0.15%
  • Fines up to $2000, or up to $4000 for those with a BAC over 0.15% 
  • Suspension of drivers license between 3 months to 1-year
  • Jail time ranging from 30 days up to 1-year
  • Fines up to $4000
  • Suspension of drivers license for between 6 months up to 2-years
  • Jail time ranging between 2-10 years
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Suspension of drivers license for between 6 months up to 2-years

Although every situation is unique, first-time offenders without any other aggravating circumstances, additional charges, or criminal history typically won’t face jail time.

Some states in the USA have what is known as a “wash out” or “look back” period for DUI and DWI convictions. Those convictions that fall outside of the wash out period are not counted against you and do not stay on your permanent record. Texas, however, is not such as state, and DWI convictions remain part of your permanent criminal record. 

Because of this is it even more important that you hire the right legal team to clear your name. Don’t let the prospect of a criminal record forever change your life. Put our DUI attorneys to work and let us do what we do best.

We’ll be in your corner from start to finish.

At a minimum, a DWI conviction can cost you thousands of dollars. Fines can be as high as $6000+, not including court fees. Not to mention time missed from work, or the inability to work due to suspension of your license. Some employers may even opt to fire you over the offense. This is particularly true of any position that requires driving.

In Texas, The Department of Public Safety is responsible for what is known as the Administrative License Revocation Program (ALR). Under Texas law, any person who is arrested for a DWI offense will automatically receive an “ALR Suspension” of their drivers license UNLESS the suspension is contested.

However, those arrested for a DWI only have fifteen (15) days from the post date of the arrest to request an ALR hearing. Failure to do so will result in a guaranteed suspension of your license.

Our firm can schedule and represent you and your case at this hearing, doing everything we can to preserve your license at this stage and ensuring you retain the right to drive.

The state of Texas has what are known as “implied consent” laws. These laws state that all motorists driving on Texas roadways have already consented to being subjected to a breath or blood test if lawfully arrested under the suspicion of driving while under the influence or while intoxicated.

Refusal to be administered such tests can result in the immediate suspension of your license for between 6 months up to 2-years.

Although DWI charges are serious, the right legal challenges, evidence, negotiation and tactics may result in getting charges dropped. In cases where charges “stick”, it is possible to advocate and fight to get them reduced to a lesser charge such as “wet reckless”. This charge refers to a plea bargain in which a DWI is reduced to a reckless driving charge.

The right DWI attorney may be able to seek alternative penalties such as participation in an Accelerated Rehabilitation program (ARD) that focuses on classes about alcohol abuse, driving school and probation, after which you may be able to have your DWI expunged or removed from your permanent record.

Already have a DWI conviction? Don’t let your past haunt you for a lifetime. Our firm may be able to help you obtain a nondisclosure or expungement for your past DWI conviction. An expunction effectively deletes every record of the case ever having existed, allowing you to legally say you have never been convicted of a DWI. Alternatively, a non-disclosure means that no party can disclose that you were convicted.

Why Hire Diaz Law Firm to Fight your DWI?

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We proudly serve the greater communities of Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio

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Hire a firm with the experience and expertise to effectively fight your case in and out of court. Our team has a proven track record of success and positive client outcomes, backed by raving client reviews and industry-leading awards.

Facing a DWI may feel like a helpless endeavor, but with our team in your corner you can take comfort in knowing that you’ll be getting individual attention, care, support and a well-crafted defense strategy designed to help you achieve optimal results.

Call or message our office today for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. We’re eager to find out more about your case and how we can help. 

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