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Drug Crimes

Texas laws are extremely strict concerning offenses related to narcotics and other illicit drugs. Penalties for these laws can include anything from probation to fines, jail time or even loss of your Texas driving privileges. Call on Phil Gommels when you need the best Houston criminal defense attorney.

Domestic Violence

In Texas, domestic violence cases are of two varieties: criminal and civil. This means that if someone is a victim of domestic violence, they can file criminal charges against the defendant, as well as sue them for financial remuneration in civil court.

DWI Defense

A DWI arrest after drinking alcohol or while on prescription or illegal drugs needs an attorney who knows how to fight it. Contact us today to learn how we defend your case.

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A Texas criminal arrest requires the officer to have “reasonable suspicion” to make contact with the arrested individual. Reasonable suspicion is what the officer will use to justify that the contact was legal. The type of case you are facing will differ in when Miranda Rights were read to you. In DWI arrests the officer will likely not read your Miranda Rights; whereas in other cases you must be informed of these rights prior to law enforcement asking you any questions while in custody.

In an Austin DWI traffic stop the officer will almost always use the odor of alcohol to justify further investigation. At this point the officer is attempting to gather “probable cause” to make an arrest. “Probable cause” is not defined in Texas but the definition we used when I made DWI arrests was ‘the set of facts and circumstances that would lead a reasonable and prudent person to believe a crime has been or is about to be committed.’

The officer will gather this probable cause through asking you questions, visual observations, the officer’s opinion on how well you performed on the Field Sobriety Tests, and the results of any breath tests. As an Austin DWI Attorney, I suggest NEVER telling the officer where you have been or if you have had any drinks. I also suggest never taking the Field Sobriety Tests, or providing a breath or blood sample because these tests can be flawed.

A Texas DWI conviction will stay on your record permanently. Although some states will not use a previous DWI/DUI to enhance a charge after a period of time; In an Austin DWI arrest a past conviction for DWI will always be used to enhance your DWI charge.

What does this mean? If you plea to a DWI now and get another 20 years later, it will be a DWI-2nd. If you ever get a third DWI it will be a felony. As an Austin DWI Attorney I see this very scenario. Unfortunately, even if the case is later dismissed or you receive a Not Guilty at trial, the stress and life impact of facing a felony conviction is life altering. No one ever plans on getting another DWI but it does happen. This is why it is important to have a properly trained Austin DWI Attorney represent you during your case.

The key to defending an Austin DWI is knowledge. As an Austin DWI Attorney who was previously on the side making arrests, the DWI man has the knowledge gained as a law enforcement officer making arrests and as a field training officer, training others on how to conduct Texas DWI arrests. His past combined with his commitment to studying the latest cutting edge science in DWI cases ensures you have the greatest chance of having your charges reduced, dismissed, or a not guilty verdict at trial. Don’t settle for any attorney; call an Austin DWI Attorney who will fight for your case like it is his own case!

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