Since its founding in 1933, the city of Humble, Texas has had a lot to brag about. Originally an oil town, Humble is the birthplace of what is now known as ExxonMobile. It is also the home of the last remaining factory for the Delorean, the futuristic car featured in Back to the Future. At more than 15,000 people, Humble continues its tradition as a Harris County oil town. Like any town, however, crime is often an issue. In some cases, the Humble Police Department will make an arrest without thoroughly investigating the facts. If this has happened to you, it is crucial that you seek legal help immediately.
Whether you are facing a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or some other criminal offense, your freedom could be at risk. Some of the common criminal charges Humble residents commonly face include drug crimes, prostitution, or violent crimes. Your best chance at fighting back against these charges involves hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney.
Attorney Doug Murphy is a board-certified expert in both DWI defense and criminal defense law. These distinctions take years of experience earn, which is why he is one of only two attorneys statewide to have both distinctions. You deserve an aggressive advocate that will always stand up for your legal rights. Doug Murphy is that kind of advocate.
You have the right to face these charges alone. However, with the stakes as high as they are, your freedom could hinge on having a strong advocate by your side. If you have been arrested in Humble, reach out to attorney Doug Murphy right away.
What Happens if I am Arrested for DWI or another Crime in Humble, Texas?
If you are facing DWI or other criminal charges in Humble, you will be booked into jail following your arrest. Due to its location within Harris County, defendants are typically transferred by local police to the downtown Harris County Jail Inmate Processing Center. Some of the other jails in Harris County are:
Harris County Jail
701 North San Jacinto Street
Houston, TX 77002
Houston Central Jail
61 Riesner Street
Houston, TX 77002
Houston Southeast Jail
8300 Mykawa Road
Houston, Tx 77048
Kegans ISF State Jail
707 Top Street
Houston, TX 77002
After you are booked, you might be released without the need to post bail. However, in serious cases, you can expect to remain in jail until you are arraigned before a judge. An arraignment is a hearing that allows you to formally enter your plea and seek a reasonable bail amount. At your arraignment, you should never plead guilty without first consulting with a practiced criminal defense lawyer.
What is the Punishment for a Humble DWI Conviction?
The potential penalties following a DWI conviction can vary dramatically. In fact, the circumstances surrounding your case and your legal history will determine if a DWI is treated as a misdemeanor or a felony. In either case, the potential penalties are severe. A misdemeanor DWI conviction could cost you thousands of dollars in fines and up to a year in jail. If you are charged with felony DWI, your time behind bars would be much longer.
These penalties are only a portion of the consequences you could face. Other consequences include:
- losing a professional license, e.g., pilot's license, nursing license, medical license, teaching license, real estate license, or CPA license
- losing security clearance
- losing a commercial driver's license (CDL)
- difficulty finding a job in the financial sector.
For Humble residents, these consequences can have a significant impact on anyone with a professional license or career. These consequences can, for example, impact:
- chief executives
- surgeons and physicians
- family and general practitioners
- petroleum engineers
- marketing managers
- certified public accountants
- financial managers
- real estate brokers
Most of these professions require specialized training or a professional license. In certain circumstances, a DWI conviction could cost you that license. The loss of a professional license is often devastating for anyone that relies on it for a source of income. There are also other collateral consequences to a DWI conviction. They include:
- difficulty finding good housing
- difficulty traveling outside the country
- difficulty with child custody
- difficulty obtaining loans
- difficulty getting into a higher educational institution
- Loss of the right to vote
- Loss of the right to own a firearm
However, these consequences do not have to come to pass. If you prevail at trial, you will never have a criminal conviction on your record and will avoid all of these consequences. If your attorney prevails at trial or has your case dismissed, you could get back to your old life.
Contact a Humble Defense Attorney Right Away
Are you ready to fight back against the charges you face? Humble Defense Attorney Doug Murphy is ready to help. To get started with your defense, contact the Doug Murphy Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible.