Law enforcement has power tools at its disposal that can negatively impact your life and put your freedom in jeopardy. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, DWI or felony, it’s imperative that you work with an experienced Texas criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Jeremy S. Willis has been defending Texans for more than 15 years.
Being charged with a misdemeanor offense does not mean you cannot go to jail. Texas breaks misdemeanors into three Classes, A, B, and C. Class A charges include up to a $4,000 fine and up to a year behind bars. Things such as unlawful possession of a firearm fall into this category. A Class B conviction can include up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Many cases involve drug possession. Only Class C convictions are considered light, carrying up to a $500 fine. However, even the lowest level misdemeanor conviction can leave you with a permanent criminal record. It’s in your best interest to have legal counsel. In some cases, an experienced lawyer can petition to get you into a diversion program and avoid a record.
Being charged and convicted of driving while intoxicated is a very serious matter. It carries heavy penalties and a social stigma. Texas has adopted a tough-on-drunk-drivers policy. The blood alcohol standard has been set at .08 for drivers, .04 for commercial vehicle operators and even a trace amount for those under 21 can result in an arrest. That’s basically a zero-tolerance position.
But the police charging you doesn’t mean they will necessarily gain a conviction. A savvy DWI lawyer, familiar with law enforcement protocol, can make them answer to the questionable aspects of their case.
- Did the police make a lawful stop?
- Does the dash cam video show you passing a field sobriety test?
- Was the breathalyzer administrator properly trained?
Did other factors create a false BAC test result?
Although DWI is generally a misdemeanor charge that carries loss of license, hefty fines and potential jail time, multiple convictions can result in it being enhanced to a felony.
Being charged with a felony means that you are facing jail time. If convicted, you could spend anywhere from 6 months to life in prison depending on the severity of the charge. Drug trafficking, violent offenses and crimes that jeopardize public safety are often met with tough prosecution and strong sentences if convicted. Such charges will undoubtedly haunt you for the remainder of your life in terms of employment, apartment rentals and community affiliations. It’s in your best interest to meet these allegations head on with a strong legal defense.
If you have been accused of a crime, contact Texas criminal defense attorney Jeremy S. Willis immediately.