19 Jun 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

When Does a DWI Become a Felony?

DUI concept. Law gavel, alcohol and car keys on a wooden desk, dark background What Should I Know About Felony DWI Charges?  Any criminal defense attorney will tell you that...
02 Dec 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

Controlled Substance DWI: What Is It?

Controlled Substance DWI: What Is It?  Oftentimes, a controlled substance DWI comes as a surprise to many. Typically, people associate driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws with alcohol and nothing more. However, Texas...
16 Nov 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

Thanksgiving DWI: Don’t Ruin Your Holiday

Avoid a Thanksgiving DWI Arrest Young drunk businessman is holding a bottle of beer and reaching car keys while sitting at bar counter in pub, another man is stopping him...
03 Nov 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

DWI Appeals Court In Texas

Can I Appeal a DWI in Texas?  You have the option to appeal a DWI in Texas per Texas Code of Criminal Procedure § 44.02. This code establishes the defendant's right...
27 Oct 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

What is the Safe Harbor Court?

Safe Harbor Court in Houston, TX This week, Houston announced the launch of a “Safe Harbor” court, allowing those who cannot afford court fines to resolve their cases without an...
14 Oct 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

Arrested at the DMV?

Arrested for Warrants: Will They Check at the DMV?  Getting arrested for warrants can happen in unexpected situations. Moreover, warrants for your arrest happen for a number of reasons. Administrators...
06 Oct 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

Houston Police Join Cite & Release Program

Cite and Release: Houston Police Join County Program  In mid-September, the Houston Police Department announced the implementation of a cite and release program for minor offenses. Under their current policy,...
11 Aug 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

Getting Your DWI Dismissed in Texas

Having a DWI Dismissed in Texas  Having a DWI dismissed in Texas may seem like an impossible task. However, with the right Houston DWI lawyer on your side, it is...
31 Jul 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

How to Handle an Out of State DWI

How Does an Out of State DWI Affect Your License?  Across the United States, every state maintains a department that handles DWI cases. This department oversees the driving privileges of...
22 Jul 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

Get Help with Your First DWI

Navigate Your First DWI in Texas with a DWI Lawyer  In the state of Texas, drinking and driving is a serious offense. With a DWI in Texas, you face severe...
01 Jul 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

The Consequences of Underage Drinking in Texas

Underage drinking continues to be a problem in Texas. In this guide, we hope to shed some light on the conditions and consequences of underage drinking in Texas. Our state’s...
27 May 2020 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

7 DWI Consequences a Houston DWI Lawyer Needs You to Know

Any Houston DWI lawyer can tell you that having a DWI on your record puts serious limitations on your freedom and your future. When you are convicted of a DWI,...
20 Sep 2016 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES IN TEXAS

If you've been charged with a serious crime such as Intoxication Manslaughter, you will need an Intoxication Manslaughter Lawyer. Contact us today for a free consultation. In Texas, anyone who...
28 Jan 2016 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

WHEN CAN A DWI BE CHARGED AS A FELONY IN TEXAS?

It is important to understand that the circumstances directly surrounding your DWI arrest could greatly affect your charges. In the state of Texas, first and second time DWI convictions are only considered...
11 Nov 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

FIELD SOBRIETY TEST FAQ

When an individual is pulled over on suspicion of DWI, the police will most likely conduct a field sobriety test (FST) to see if they are in fact intoxicated. Unfortunately, they are...
31 Aug 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

DWI IF YOU REFUSE A BLOOD OR BREATH TEST?

Refusing a Blood or Breath Test In Texas, the "implied consent" law means that you consent to a test to determine the amount of alcohol in your system. The law...
25 Aug 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

PROVING INTENT IN CRIMINAL CASES: A PROSECUTOR’S BURDEN

Proving Intent is One of the Hardest Parts of a Prosecutor's Job Proving intent considers a  person's mental state and makes up the largest part of how criminal trials transpire....
18 Aug 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

FIGHTING A DWI IN HOUSTON

Know Your Rights One of the first things you need to do if you want to have any chance of fighting a DWI in Houston, is you need to understand...
17 Aug 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

HOW TO ACHIEVE DWI EXPUNGEMENT

Expunging a DWI Can Help Your Future After you are convicted of a DWI, it is essential to eventually seek an expungement. A DWI will go on your criminal record,...
30 Jun 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

PLEA BARGAINS: WHAT TO KNOW

<span><p>Plea bargains are agreements between a defendant and a prosecutor where the defendant agrees to either plead guilty or no contest. In exchange, the defendant receives an agreement from the...
23 Jun 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

SENTENCING: WHAT TO EXPECT

<span><p>For misdemeanor cases, the judge will typically sentence the defendant immediately after they plead guilty or no contest or are found guilty by trial. Felonies will usually mean the judge...
16 Jun 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

AFTER AN ARREST: REMAINING SILENT

The Fifth Amendment is clear— "no person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime…nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness...
09 Jun 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

WHAT IS PROBABLE CAUSE?

Probable cause is the linchpin in many criminal cases. Police are required to have a cause to arrest someone or obtain a warrant from a judge. In establishing probable cause,...
31 Mar 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

WHAT IS A WET RECKLESS?

A wet reckless is a plea bargain that can be made by someone charged with DWI/DUI. This is essentially a lesser charge acknowledging reckless driving with alcohol present. There are...
18 Mar 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

WHAT ARE FIELD SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS? ARE THEY LEGAL IN TEXAS?

Texas has decided that sobriety checkpoints are unconstitutional and therefore the state does not implement them. In 1991, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decided that such checkpoints violated the...
04 Mar 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

SHOULD I REFUSE A BLOOD OR BREATH TEST?

Under the implied consent law, you are obligated to take a breath or blood test when a police officer charges you with a DWI. However, it is important to note that...
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