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...
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 not...
31 Aug 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

DWI IF YOU REFUSE 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 measures intoxication by the blood-alcohol content...
25 Aug 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

PROVING INTENT IN CRIMINAL CASES: A PROSECUTOR’S BURDEN

A person's mental state makes up the largest part of how criminal trials transpire. Prosecutors have the burden that an individual's state of mind was fully aware of the actions...
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 beating a DWI, is you need to understand and exercise...
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,...
07 Jul 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

ARE BRASS KNUCKLES LEGAL IN TEXAS?

<span><p>In the state of Texas, weapons laws are generally considered relaxed compared to the laws in other parts of the country. In Chapter 46 §46.05 of the Texas Penal Code...
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 and in exchange receives an agreement from the prosecutor...
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 against...
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 probable 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 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...
23 Feb 2015 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

A DWI CHARGE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

<span><p>If you have a blood alcohol content of .08% or above while behind the wheel, you can get arrested for <a href="/DWI.aspx">DWI</a>. In Texas, there are no alternatives or lesser...
25 Nov 2014 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

THE VALUE OF HAVING AN ATTORNEY FOR A DWI CHARGE

It is always to your benefit to hire a DWI attorney to handle your case. Someone who has a background in the court system, understands how plea bargains work, and...
12 Nov 2014 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

UNDERSTANDING HOW ALCOHOL INTERACTS WITH YOUR BODY

Knowing just how alcohol can affect you can help you either avoid getting arresting for DWI or preparing you on how to act when pulled over. How much alcohol is...
29 Oct 2014 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR HEROIN USE/POSSESSION IN HOUSTON?

Texas is known to have some of the strictest drug laws. Possessing a certain amount of heroin could even land an individual in jail for 99 years! That is a...
17 Oct 2014 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

HEROIN USE ON RISE IN HOUSTON

Houston officials report that heroin use has tripled over the last year. It is the highest it has been in years in the city. DEA agents say that the drug...
18 Sep 2014 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

ATTORNEY HERMAN MARTINEZ INTERVIEWED REGARDING ADRIAN PETERSON

Just days after the news broke that Minnesota Viking's star running back Adrian Peterson had been indicted by a Texas grand jury, Attorney Herman Martinez was called by WCCO Morning...
01 Aug 2014 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

ATTORNEY HERMAN MARTINEZ EARNS AVVO CLIENTS’ CHOICE AWARD

The Martinez Law Firm is proud to announce that our very own Herman Martinez has been selected as one of the winners of the 2014 Avvo Clients' Choice Award. To...
27 May 2014 Posted By The Martinez Law Firm

ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION IN HOUSTON?

Have you been arrested for drug possession in Houston? If so, we advise you hire a Houston criminal defense lawyer from The Martinez Law Firm at once. The legal counsel...
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