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Midland Texas Criminal Defense AttorneyWhen a person engages in driving behaviors that can be classified under the law as reckless, they put themselves and everyone else around them in danger. Because of the seriousness of these actions, a charge of reckless driving is not considered a traffic violation in Texas, but is instead classified as a misdemeanor criminal offense. Anyone accused of reckless driving is arrested and must go through the criminal court system where they will be found either guilty or not guilty in order for the case to come to a resolution. This is why it is important to have a Travis County defense attorney advocating for you.

What Driving Behaviors Can Result in a Reckless Driving Charges?

Under Texas law, a person is guilty of reckless driving if they drive their vehicle, “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” There are multiple driving behaviors which can result in a driver getting arrested and charged with reckless driving. Any driving behavior that puts others at risk of injury or death can be classified as reckless driving. There are some behaviors that are more common than others, including:

  • Aggressive driving

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Arrest Warrants in Texas

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Midland Texas Criminal Defense LawyerWhen an individual learns that an arrest warrant has been issued against them, the person may be sent into a panic. They may envision being pulled over for minor infractions and being taken to jail after the warrant is discovered, or having the police show up at their home or place of employment. While these scenarios do occur, the fact is that the actions law enforcement takes will likely depend on your specific criminal charges and the circumstances surrounding your case. However, an arrest warrant is nothing to take lightly and is something you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney on right away to ensure your rights and best interests are protected.

Arrest Warrants in Texas

An arrest warrant can be issued whenever the law is broken, whether it involves a charge of theft, a white-collar crime such as fraud or embezzlement, or more serious and violent criminal offenses. Under Texas law, a law enforcement official can arrest you at the scene immediately if they see a crime has been committed, or they can request an arrest warrant from the court based on the evidence in your case.

In order for a police officer to obtain an arrest warrant from the court based on evidence, they must show the judge there is probable cause that the person committed the crime. The court will either issue the warrant or they may decide to issue a summons for the accused to appear for a hearing on the date and time specified in the summons.

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Midland Texas Criminal Defense AttorneyOf all the criminal charges in the Texas criminal justice system, sex crimes are among the most serious. In addition to eliciting a strong response from the general public, these charges are likely to have a significant impact on your career and as well as your personal relationships. Being charged with a sexual offense can also jeopardize your parental rights. In these situations, it is important to take the steps necessary to protect yourself. The following steps can be critical to the final outcome of your case.

Steps to Take when Facing Sex Crime Charges

There are a variety of different types of sex crimes listed under the Texas criminal law statutes. These can range from stalking and sexual harassment, to engaging in illicit and illegal conduct online, all the way up to charges of rape and sexual assault. In any of these situations, it is important to take the following steps to protect yourself:

1. Avoid additional contact with the alleged victim.

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Midland Texas Drunk Driving LawyerWhen a driver is arrested for DWI, it is understandably a very stressful–and sometimes frightening–experience, especially if it is their first time ever being arrested. Not only are your driving privileges at stake, but a DWI conviction can also have an impact on other areas of your life, as well. The steps you take immediately following your arrest can help improve the outcome of your case. The following recommendations are a brief overview of how you should proceed. A DWI defense attorney from our firm can provide you with more detailed information about your situation if you have been charged.

How You Can Help Your Attorney

After you are arrested for drunk driving, you will likely be released from jail while you await trial. There are likely stipulations that the court issued that are contingent with you remaining free until your case is resolved and it is critical that you follow those stipulations.

In order to prove that you are guilty, the prosecutor will be introducing evidence that they believe does just that. This may include results of any chemical tests you submitted to, as well as the testimony of the officer that arrested you.

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Midland Texas Drug Crimes Defense LawyerBeing charged with a drug crime is a serious matter in any state, but penalties if convicted in Texas are especially harsh. Even a conviction for drug possession can result in a jail sentence, depending on the circumstances of the case. However, a prosecutor’s case is only as strong as the evidence he or she is able to present to a jury and if that evidence is weak or tainted, a defense attorney may be able to convince the court that it is inadmissible.

Drug Possession in Texas

Under Texas law, there are four classes of drugs. Marijuana has a separate class of its own. Each class has its own set of penalties that the court can impose if a person is found guilty of drug possession.

Depending on the type and amount of the drug a person is accused of possessing, the charges can range from a Class B or Class C misdemeanor (with conviction carrying a penalty of up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000), third-degree felony, up to a first-degree felony. The harshest penalty a person convicted of drug possession can receive is 99 years to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.

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