Facts You Should Know About Texas Law From a Lawyer in Houston

Lawyer-in-Houston20158As a lawyer in Houston, I represent clients who have been accused of committing a crime. Whether a drug crime, arson, assault, or even manslaughter, it is important to work with an attorney to ensure your rights are protected after being arrested or charged. I have found that the entire process can be overwhelming and confusing for those who have never been exposed to the legal justice system. If you or someone you love has been arrested, or you are afraid an arrest is forthcoming, call my office right away. I can explain the process in further detail, answer your questions, and discuss legal representation. In the meantime, here are a few basic facts you should know.

You have the right to leave.

call a lawyer in houston If you are being questioned by the police, you have the right to ask if they are placing you under arrest or if you are free to leave. The same is true if you have been called in for an interrogation. Many people are not aware of this simple fact and end up saying too much to the police or becoming overly stressed by staying in this situation.

You have the right to remain silent.

As a lawyer in Houston, I always remind clients they have the right to remain silent and not speak with the police. This is an essential step in protecting your rights.

Felonies in Texas are classified in five (5) categories based on the seriousness of the offense. (1) Capital felonies (Capital Murders) may be punished by death or imprisonment for life. (2) First degree felonies may be punished by confinement in the penitentiary for 5 years to 99 years, or life. (3) Second-degree felonies may be punished by confinement for 2 to 20 years. (4) Third-degree felonies for 2 to 10 years. And (4) State jail felonies for 180 days to 2 years. A fine of up to $10,000.00 may also be imposed. If an offense is designated as a felony without specification as to its category, it is deemed to be a state jail felony.

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Having practiced criminal law in Texas, primarily in Houston, for many years, I have spent countless hours explaining various aspects of the law to clients, prospective clients and people who are simply curious about the law.  Whenever I do so, I exercise great caution to stress that a quick explanation, or even a lengthy explanation, can never fully account for all of the complexities that are sure to arising in handling any specific case.  All criminal cases, from seemingly the most minor to obviously the most complex, should be handled by a properly trained and experienced criminal defense attorney.

These articles, and all of the material contained in this website are only intended to provide a general overview of the topics discussed.  And while they may contain some very useful information to the reader, theses articles must not be viewed as a substitute for specific legal advice.  Unless otherwise stated, all comments refer to Texas law.

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