Houston DWI / DUI Attorney
I am a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and the University of California at Los Angeles, and I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Houston Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas.
Welcome to our website. We are the only DWI / DUI defense firm you need contact. Our team approaches every case as if it were our’s or a loved one’s, because we have a stake invested too. Our associates’ reputations and pride are on the line here as well with every case and clients we represent. Hiring our firm means you are taking that pride into court with you, and a reputation that precedes us. We are well known in DWI / DUI courtrooms, because it is our specialty – and we are unmatched.
We are one of Houston’s most respected law firms. We are dedicated to our clients and aggressively defend and protect them against an accusation of driving under the influence ~ in the courtroom and when dealing with the DMV.
Our concentration on the defense against DWI / DUI has earned us a reputation we are proud of, and that reputation will be passed on to you. We refuse to be anything but the best in what we do, and how we do it. When our attorneys appear in court, the DA is fully aware of the challenge ahead, because they know DWI / DUI defense is all our firm does – and they know how well we do our jobs on behalf of our clients too. When our clients are accused by the Government for driving under the influence, it is our goal and passion to assure that they are given the best representation out there – and that is our Law Firm.
Our Mission & Goals
Our stellar reputation with the San Diego courts, the San Diego prosecutor’s office, the Department of Motor Vehicles and with our future clients all relies on our successes with every case we handle. Our successful case history is outstanding, but our future starts with our zealous defense of you and your case.
Your Criminal Case
Your arraignment is your first court appearance. At this hearing the judge will advise you of what charges have been filed against you and will request that a plea be entered on your behalf. From here, your Attorney will start to map your defense, he or she will have many decisions to make with your best interest in mind.The following actions may be taken by your attorney and~or defense team at this time: Considering which court we are dealing with, our team may decide to continue the arraignment, which would allow this office more time to evaluate the charges against you, do deeper investigation into the matter, and to give us more time to analyze the facts and evidence in your case. Whether we continue the arraignment or not, when we enter a plea, we will enter a “not guilty” plea on your behalf. At that time we will request and gather copies of the complaint and police reports pertaining to your arrest – under normal circumstances this is accomplished quickly and copy is sent to you for your review. At the conclusion of your arraignment the judge will decide if the court will impose any conditions upon you while your case is pending. If you are charged with a non-injury, non-lethal DWI / DUI that is your first offense, it is unusual in Texas to have any further conditions put upon you, other than no drinking and driving. If though, this charge is more serious, or you have had a DUI in the past, the judge may set one or all of these conditions at your arraignment: an order for you to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, he may set a higher bail, direct your to participate in a treatment program, and also the option to have an ignition interlock placed on your vehicle.
The next step is to schedule the next court appearance, this is a pretrial conference. At this conference, which happens prior to trial, numerous actions will be taken pertaining to your defense. We will be requesting the evidence against you be provided, the strengths and weakness of the case will be discussed and any negotiations will go on at this time. A schedule of future court dates and appearances will be discussed and set at this conference as well. After the first court appearance we will be requesting discovery from the law enforcement agencies, crime labs and the DA’s office prosecuting the case against you. Discovery is a way for us to gather all evidence against you pertaining to your prosecution. This process does not happen over night, and we have had many months go by before we have received all information and evidence against our client provided. The actual amount of time it takes, and the number of appearances regarding discovery is dependant on which agencies we are dealing with. It is imperative that we obtain all the information we possibly can, so that we can analyze the strength of the case against you and map out an informed defense on your behalf. These pretrial conferences serve us in many ways, beyond discovery, they also allow for us to discuss possible resolutions to your case as well. The number of pretrial conferences can never be predetermined, there are many factors that decide the total times we will be participating in them.
There are motions that we may file what are called “Pretrial Motions”. These are actions that we will take to challenge the DA’s evidence as admissible into your actual trial. This evidence that we challenge may include the blood or breath test taken, the field sobriety results, and any statements or video taping gathered at the time of arrest. These pretrial motions help your case by the potential of having some of the prosecutors evidence thrown out, and in some cases pushing the DA’s office to be more inclined to offer a plea bargain, and has on occasion resulted in the charges being dismissed all together. These scenarios, of course, are all possibilities and we make no guarantees beyond our commitment to fight the best fight for you in every phase of your case.