What happens after I am charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

If you have been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Galveston County, Harris County, or any surrounding area our attorney will be able to assist you in getting the best possible result. Once you have been stopped by an officer who suspects you may be under the influence of alcohol or some other substance the officer will likely ask you to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Depending on how you perform on these tests the officer may then decide to ask you for a breath sample or blood sample. You do not have to give the officer a sample of your blood or breath. However, if you refuse to give a sample voluntarily the officer will likely attempt to obtain a warrant to get a sample of your blood in order to determine if you are driving while intoxicated. While a breathalyzer gives results almost instantly, it can take weeks or even months to get the blood analysis results. Furthermore, after you have been arrested for DWI your license will be automatically suspended after 15 days. However, our attorneys can assist you in fighting this license suspension by requesting a hearing on this matter.  Depending on the outcome of the ALR hearing your license may or may not be suspended. Even if your license is ultimately suspended our attorney can help you to continue driving by obtaining an occupational license. If you have been charged with DWI in Galveston County, Harris County, or any surrounding area contact our office conveniently located in League City.

What will happen after I am arrested for Possession of Marijuana (POM)

If you have been arrested for Possession of Marijuana (POM) in Galveston County, Harris County, or any area surrounding area our criminal defense attorney will be able to assist you in handling these charges. Most possession of marijuana cases are Class B misdemeanors. However, depending on the amount of marijuana you are caught with, you may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor or even a felony. Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of $2,000. Marijuana charges must be taken seriously, and you should look to hire an attorney that is familiar with the procedures of Galveston and Harris County. Depending on your specific situation it may be possible to get your charges completely dismissed; dismissed after completing a pre-trial program; or deferred. Any of these options will allow you to get the marijuana charge removed from your record. Our law office is located in League City, and we routinely handle a wide range of criminal law cases in both Galveston County and Harris County.

After being arrested when is bail set and what are the different types of bail available in Texas?

After a person is arrested the officers must present the arrested person before a magistrate (i.e. judge) without unnecessary delay, but no later than 48 hours after the person has been arrested. Usually, defendants have the right to have a reasonable bail set. The purpose of bail is to give the court assurance that the defendant will appear when he/she is expected in court.

Types of Bail as defined in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure:

Bail Bond – bail bonds are commonly used if a person arrested cannot pay the full amount of set bail. “A bail bond is a written undertaking entered into by the defendant and the defendant’s sureties (i.e. bondsman) for the appearance of the principle (i.e. defendant) therein before a court or magistrate to answer a criminal accusation…” (Article 17.02 TCCP).

Personal Bond – “A magistrate may, in the magistrate’s discretion, release the defendant on his personal bond without security or other security.” (Article 17.025 TCCP). What this effectively means is that if a court determines that you are likely to appear without the payment of a bail bond, the court may release you based solely on your promise to appear at the appropriate date.

How do I know if there is a warrant issued for my arrest?

Warrants may be issued for multiple reasons.  Some common reasons a warrant may be issued for your arrest is failing to appear at a court date, failing to comply with court orders after being present for a court date, or there is a warrant issued for your arrest based on probable cause to believe you committed a crime.  To check the status of a warrant it may be necessary to contact the court that would have issued the warrant.

How do I get an expunction, seal, or hide my criminal record?

Chapter 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure governs expunctions.  Sealing your record, expunctions, or obtaining an order of non-disclosure may be achieved in only limited circumstances.  A person who has been placed under arrest for commission of a crime is entitled to have their record expunged if: the person is tried for the offense for which they were arrested and is acquitted; the person is convicted but subsequently pardoned based on actual innocence; or the person has been released and the charge has not resulted in a final conviction, is no longer pending, the statute of limitations has run, and there was no community supervision issued (except for class C misdemeanors).

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The content provided on this website is not intended to be used as legal advice and should not be construed as such. The use of information provided on this website does not create an attorney client relationship between you and James Tittle, Attorney at Law. The information provided on this website is for informational and educational purposes only, and answers or information provided should not be considered all inclusive. Information on this site is intended to only be used by Texas residents, as laws in other jurisdictions could be different. It is important to consult with an attorney prior to making any decisions that will affect your legal rights. James Tittle is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is responsible for the content provided on this website.  The principle office of business for James Tittle, Attorney at Law is located in League City, Texas.