Hays County Attorney
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We will get to know you and your situation so that we can guide you through this uncertain time. We will explain what to expect during the process and seek to have your charges reduced, dismissed, or get a Not Guilty at trial.
Arrested in Hays County?
If you have been arrested in Hays County, you need to contact a Hays County attorney as soon as possible in order to have the best chance in your case. A criminal arrest in Hays County 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 they made was legal. Keep in mind that the type of case you are facing will differ in when Miranda Rights were read to you. For instance, in a DWI arrest, the officer will likely not read you Miranda Rights; whereas in a Hays County criminal investigation, if you are arrested, you must be informed of these rights prior to law enforcement asking you any questions.
In a Hays County DWI traffic stop, the officer will use a traffic violation or driving pattern to justify their reasonable suspicion for the stop. Once the officer makes contact, the odor of alcohol is used to justify further investigation. At this point, the officer is gathering “probable cause” to make an arrest. “Probable cause” is not specifically defined in Texas but the definition we used when I made criminal 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 visual observations, asking you questions, the officer’s opinion on how well you performed on the Field Sobriety Tests, and the results of any breath tests. As a Hays County Criminal Defense Attorney, I suggest NEVER telling the officer where you have been or if you have had any drinks. The same logic applies to other criminal arrests. You have the legal right to have a Hays County attorney present if you are questioned about criminal activity. This is to ensure you do not waive any constitutional rights in your case. My team is here to ensure you do not say anything that may incriminate yourself during the investigation.
Texas has certain offenses that are considered “enhanceable”. This means that if you are convicted of the offense now, then the same offense will be a higher criminal charge in the future. One example is a Texas DWI conviction. Although some states will not use a previous DWI/DUI to enhance a charge after a period of time; in a Texas DWI arrest, a past conviction for DWI will always be used to enhance your DWI charge. This means a second offense is a Class A misdemeanor and a third offense is a Felony.
The same “enhancement” applies to other criminal charges, including family violence and domestic violence cases. If you are arrested you want to ensure you hire the best Hays County criminal defense attorney. A conviction for any criminal activity can be life-altering. Hire a team of criminal defense attorneys in Hays County that will fight for you.
The key to defending a Hays county criminal charge is knowledge. We have multiple Hays County criminal defense attorneys who were previously on the law enforcement side making arrests. Steve and David both have the knowledge gained as law enforcement officers and as field training officers, training others on how to conduct Texas criminal arrests. Our team approach, combined with past experience, helps to ensure 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 a Hays County criminal defense attorney who will fight for your case like it is his own case!
WEEKDAYS: 8:30 am – 5 pm, after hours as needed
WEEKEND: Available for jail release and appointments
700 Lavaca St, Suite 1452
Austin, Texas 78701