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texas criminal defense lawyerThe moment you become aware that you are under suspicion of a crime of any type, it is prudent to contact an attorney. Discovering that there is a possibility that you will be arrested and charged in the future affords you a unique opportunity to prepare in advance for any contact with the police and investigators. In fact, it is preferable to learn that you are a suspect prior to arrest. An attorney can aid you in preparing for a potential future arrest. Those who have no notice that they are under suspicion before the moment they are placed in handcuffs are at a considerable disadvantage - they are more prone to making costly mistakes during questioning before requesting an attorney. Particularly if the criminal offense you are suspected of is a felony, having an attorney’s assistance from the outset of an investigation against you can be enormously beneficial. If you believe that the police are investigating you for potential criminal activity or that you have become a suspect, contacting a lawyer promptly can make a vast difference in your case. 

How a Lawyer Can Help You Prior to Arrest

In some cases, an attorney can preempt certain investigative techniques used by police to protect you from potential incrimination. Reasons that you should contact an attorney before formal charges have been levied include: 

  • Knowing what to do - There is a significant amount of misinformation and myths perpetuated about what the constitutional rights of an arrestee or suspect are. By communicating with an attorney in advance of a potential arrest, you will be armed with accurate and up-to-date information regarding what rights you have and what the police may or may not do. 

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san Antonio criminal defensePolice officers love turning routine traffic stops into arrests. If they can charge you with a felony, like drug possession, it is even better in their book. For you, on the other hand, the arrest may have been totally unexpected. No one expects their quick run to the store or commute home to end with them in jail and their car in an impound lot. Often, drivers are entirely unaware that they are doing something wrong at the time they get pulled over. You could have simply not realized that you had a tail light out - and really, getting pulled over is one of the more common ways that people find out about such things. The reason you got arrested may have absolutely nothing to do with the original reason you were pulled over. However, as long as the stop was legal, the following investigation can go in any direction. If you were arrested after a traffic stop, Law Offices of Sam H. Lock can fight to defend your freedom. 

Top 4 Reasons Texans Get Arrested During Traffic Stops

In general, Americans are very vulnerable to arrest while they are driving or riding in a car. It is fairly easy for police to find a reason to stop and search vehicles. Some of the most common reasons police find to arrest drivers include: 

  • Intoxication - If you get pulled over for a minor traffic violation, but the officer notices that you smell like alcohol or cannabis, you are most likely going to be arrested. Officers are trained to spot signs of intoxication by harder drugs as well. Driving while appearing even slightly “off” can lead to a criminal charge. 

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San Antonio criminal defense lawyerIf you have been accused of a crime, it is important to understand your rights. One of the most important rights you have is the right to remain silent. This means that you do not have to say anything to the police or anyone else that could incriminate yourself. Often, simply staying quiet is one of the best things a criminal suspect can do to maximize his or her chances of getting the charges dismissed or receiving an acquittal. Unfortunately, remaining silent is often easier said than done. Police and investigators use many different tactics to encourage criminal suspects to divulge information. This is why it is crucial to have an experienced lawyer by your side when you talk to the police.

History of the Miranda Warnings

Miranda warnings are a set of warnings that are read to criminal suspects in police custody before they are interrogated. The Miranda warnings were established in the 1966 case of Miranda v. Arizona. In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that any statements made by a criminal suspect during custodial interrogation can only be used against the suspect if the suspect was first reminded of his or her constitutional rights.

Since the Miranda decision, the police have been required to inform a suspect of his or her right to remain silent before interrogating them. If you are questioned by the police, it is important to make full use of this right. You should politely decline to answer any questions until you have an attorney present. Anything you say to the police will only be used to strengthen the prosecution's case against you.

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San Antonio boating while intoxicated attorneyFor many people, boating and drinking are almost synonymous. On a hot summer day, nothing may sound more refreshing than an alcoholic drink. However, boating while under the influence of alcohol is also dangerous. Alcohol is the leading contributor to boating accidents and about a third of all fatal boating accidents involves impairment by alcohol.

Boating while intoxicated (BWI) is unlawful in Texas and violators can face misdemeanor charges for operating a boat while impaired. Usually, BWI is punishable by 72 hours to six months in jail. However, BUI consequences are much more severe if someone is seriously or fatally injured in a boat accident.

Boat Injuries and Deaths in Texas

Unfortunately, severe boat-related injuries and fatalities are more common than many realize. Boat collisions and other boat-related accidents can lead to brain injuries, spine injuries, electric shock, or drowning. If a boat operator is involved in a boat accident in which someone else is serious injured and the operator is intoxicated by alcohol, he or she can face intoxication assault charges.

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San Antonio DWI defense attorneyWhile the justice system may be set up for some forgiveness for a first mistake, if you are facing your second driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in Texas, you are definitely at risk for some serious consequences. The penalties are harsher, the sentencing less forgiving, and you are staring down the possibility of a felony charge if you are arrested a third time.

Unfortunately, a repeat DWI charge suggests to the court and prosecutors that you failed to learn your lesson the first time. With this in mind, it is essential that you work with an aggressive, experienced Texas DWI defense attorney who can provide the representation you need.

Second Texas DWI Punishments

A second DWI is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, with increased penalties from a first DWI. The punishments that you are facing with a second DWI conviction include:

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