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Why Solicitation is More Serious Than Prostitution

 Posted on April 16, 2024 in Uncategorized

Texas Sex Crimes Defense LawyerYou might be under the impression that working as a prostitute would be a more serious crime than hiring one. While a habitual prostitute makes a career out of crime, a man who hires a prostitute may be a mostly law-abiding citizen who broke the law only once, perhaps during a bachelor party or after a difficult breakup. However, in Texas, the opposite is true. Solicitation, or the crime of paying for sex, is a more serious offense than selling sex. Concerns over human trafficking and the exploitation of vulnerable women are the main reason for this. Courts and legislators are becoming more aware that many women are forced or coerced into prostitution and may be victims themselves. If you have been charged with soliciting a prostitute, you need an experienced Houston, TX criminal defense lawyer

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DUI v. DWI in Texas

 Posted on April 08, 2024 in Uncategorized

Houston DWI LawyerIn other states, “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI) refers to an adult's violation of a drunk-driving law but, in Texas, the adult charge is “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI), as explained above. The Texas “DUI” is a specific charge against a minor for drinking and driving. If you are a minor who has been charged with DUI or an alcohol-related offense in Texas, it is important to contact a Houston, TX DUI defense lawyer immediately.

Zero Tolerance for Minors in Texas

Because of the state's zero-tolerance approach, the DUI charge for minor drivers does not require any impairment, intoxication, or BAC. Any alcohol use while driving is subject to a DUI. However, because of this lower standard, the DUI penalties are less severe - a first-offense DUI may result in a fine of up to $500 and 40 hours of community service, while a first-offense DWI fine can be as much as $2,000 with a jail sentence as long as 180 days.

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“Zero Tolerance”: When Minors Are Deemed Under the Influence in Texas

 Posted on March 28, 2024 in Uncategorized

Houston Drunk Driving Defense AttorneyFor adults, Texas alcohol-related law is, at its core, focused on safety: we do not want anyone harmed because of someone's use of alcohol. A person may be charged with “driving while intoxicated” (DWI) if he or she has been driving on a public road and has consumed so much alcohol (or another substance) that the person no longer has the normal use of his or her mental or physical faculties. Intoxication is presumed if a person has a breath or blood concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or above. A minor who is charged with underage DWI may face more serious consequences and needs an experienced Houston, TX criminal defense attorney

What is Different About DWI for Minors in Texas?

For minors under the age of 21, Texas lawmakers had a broader prevention goal in mind: they wanted to stop minors from using alcohol in the first place. Therefore, the relevant laws for minors intend to prevent them from using alcohol in the first place. Collectively, these resulting statutes are referred to as Texas's “zero tolerance” laws. 

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Evading Arrest While DWI in Texas

 Posted on March 18, 2024 in Uncategorized

Texas Drunk Driving Defense AttorneyIt is extremely common for drivers who are drunk to panic when they realize that a police officer is trying to pull them over, or has noticed that they are drunk. These drivers may make attempts to avoid arrest, which can lead to additional charges for evading arrest. Evading is normally a misdemeanor, but may be charged as a state jail felony if the defendant used a vehicle while fleeing. This is because fleeing in a vehicle can lead to a high-speed police chase, which endangers everyone involved and nearby. Most DWI drivers who flee do so while driving, although some do attempt to flee on foot. If you are accused of DWI and evading arrest, it is very important to seek advice from a qualified Houston, TX DWI defense lawyer immediately. 

Actions That Can Lead to Evading Arrest and Similar Charges 

In addition to the DWI, you might face charges for evading arrest, evading detention, or similar charges if you took measures to avoid getting arrested such as: 

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DWI With a Child Passenger Can Affect Divorce in Houston, TX

 Posted on March 11, 2024 in Uncategorized

Houston Drunk Driving Defense AttorneyWhile a simple DWI is normally a misdemeanor, if you had a child under 15 years old in the car, you could instead be charged with a felony. If the child in question was your child, your spouse will likely be quite angry with you for putting your child in harm’s way. This situation sometimes leads to CPS involvement, which can put enormous strain on a marriage. It is unsurprising that many couples get divorced after one of them is charged with DWI while their child is in the car. Facing this serious felony charge can have an enormous impact on your divorce proceedings and the type of child custody arrangement that will be ordered. There is a substantial chance that the family law court will view you as a potential danger to your child. It is important to be represented by a skilled Houston, TX, DWI defense lawyer who can work to mitigate the seriousness of your case. 

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CDL DWIs in Texas

 Posted on March 04, 2024 in Uncategorized

Texas Drunk Driving Defense AttorneyWhile getting a DWI and losing your driving privileges temporarily can be an enormous hassle for any driver, the problem may be much worse if you have a commercial driver’s license. You likely need your driving privileges not just to get to and from work, but to actually do your job. Being unable to work can cause serious financial problems not only for you, but for your entire family. CDL holders have much more to lose than most people if they are convicted of a DWI. Even getting arrested on suspicion of DWI can cause you to instantly lose your job and have your personal and commercial licenses suspended. If you are a CDL holder who drives for a living, it is important to contact an experienced Houston, TX, DWI attorney as soon as you are arrested. 

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DWI and Bad Weather in Texas

 Posted on February 27, 2024 in Uncategorized

Texas DWI LawyerWhat does the weather have to do with getting arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated? Quite a bit - bad weather conditions can cause problems with roadside sobriety tests, and can even provide an officer with a reason to make a traffic stop they otherwise could not have made. Even sober and cautious drivers may be at the mercy of slippery roads. People undergoing field sobriety tests can also have their results impacted by the presence of certain weather conditions. Is it really fair that one person’s balance is tested on a nice day with nothing but a gentle breeze, while another person is expected to produce the same results in high winds and rain? If you were accused of a DWI during a period of nasty weather, an experienced Houston, TX DWI lawyer may be able to show the court that the weather played a role in making you appear more intoxicated than you were. 

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Plea Bargaining to Avoid Felonies

 Posted on February 22, 2024 in Uncategorized

Texas Criminal LawyerThe prosecutor assigned to your felony case probably does not want to go to trial any more than you do. As a criminal defendant, you do have the right to demand a fair trial before a jury of your peers if you decide that is what is best for you. However, trials can be risky for both sides. The prosecutor risks losing the case entirely and seeing you get acquitted of all charges. You risk getting convicted of a felony when you could have had your offense reduced to a misdemeanor by accepting a plea bargain. Defendants who are convicted at trial are often sentenced more harshly than those who plead guilty, as trials can take up a significant amount of the state’s time and resources. That said, you may have a valid defense that makes going to trial worth it. Your Houston, TX, criminal defense lawyer can help you decide how to plead and whether to change your plea

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Can I Get a DWI if I Was Prescribed a Drug?

 Posted on February 12, 2024 in Uncategorized

Texas DWI Defense AttorneyYes, you can be charged with and convicted of Driving While Intoxicated even if you were under the influence of a medication you were prescribed. Texas’s DWI statute is not specific to just alcohol. Although you cannot be charged with possession of your own prescription medication, you can be charged for driving after taking a medication known to cause intoxication. This may seem counterintuitive. However, many prescription medications can impair a person's ability to drive safely. If you were pulled over after taking a prescription medication, it is likely a police officer noticed the effect the medication had on your driving ability. An experienced Houston, TX, DWI attorney can help defend you and in many cases, prevent you from facing jail time. 

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Assault vs. Aggravated Assault

 Posted on February 06, 2024 in Uncategorized

Texas Violent Crime Defense LawyerThe difference between the penalties for simple and aggravated assault can be severe. However, the line between these two offenses can be a fine one. Often, prosecutors will initially charge aggravated assault in any case where they believe the more serious charge could possibly stick. A skilled Houston, TX, criminal defense attorney can often have an aggravated assault charge reduced to simple assault, either by showing that the evidence does not support the felony charge, or through plea bargaining. If you have been charged with either offense, it is important to take your case very seriously and seek out legal representation promptly. Both charges could result in jail time or other major consequences. 

Understanding the Line Between Simple and Aggravated Assault

Texas criminal law pertaining to assaultive offenses describes two main reasons why an assault might be deemed an aggravated assault. While the law is intended to be objective, there is some room for debate when a prosecutor is trying to prove that an assault was aggravated while a defense lawyer argues that it was not. 

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