Bexar County criminal defense lawyerUnlawful immigration is frequently discussed and hotly debated in the political discourse of politics in America. However, for the people living in the central and southern areas of Texas, illegal immigration is a genuine, everyday issue, considering the region's closeness to the border of the United States and Mexico. State officials in Texas and federal officials are frequently looking for anyone who entered the United States illegally. Every once in a while, a person living in the central or southern part of Texas may be accused of helping the unlawful entry of one or group of individuals into the U.S. and can face charges of human smuggling

Smuggling someone into the United States is a grave crime that can bring with it hefty fines and jail time. If you have been accused of and charged with human smuggling, consider consulting with an experienced attorney with knowledge of and experience in human smuggling cases. Hiring an attorney can help ensure your rights are protected and that your best interests are always put first. 

Texas Law Regarding Human Smuggling

Under Texas state law, human smuggling refers to the concealment or the harboring of someone who entered and stayed in the United States, thereby violating federal law. Notably, someone may find themselves charged with human smuggling if they transferred someone using a car, aircraft, or watercraft with the intention of hiding them from authorities. Additionally, someone may be charged with human smuggling if they helped someone evade an official trying to arrest or hold them. Finally, depending on the situation, in addition to the state's charge of human smuggling, a person could find themselves charged with alien smuggling, which is a federal crime.

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Texas DWI defense lawyerTexas courts can be quite strict when enforcing laws against drunk driving. It is well-known that it is dangerous to operate a motor vehicle after consuming enough alcohol to become intoxicated. For most adults in Texas, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a B.A.C. of over 0.08%. This is generally considered to be the blood alcohol level at which an adult is deemed legally intoxicated. However, the law in Texas is much more strict with persons who are under the age of 21 who drive after drinking. It is already unlawful for a person less than 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages in general. Concerns over the effects of alcohol on minors have led to even stricter legislation regarding underage drinkers who drive. If you are a minor facing DWI charges, it would be wise to seek out a skilled criminal defense attorney. 

What Does Texas Law Say About Underage DWI Charges?

The Texas statute pertaining to underage drinking and driving is incredibly strict. Here, a person under 21 years old can be charged with and convicted of driving while intoxicated if they have any detectable amount of alcohol in their body. Impairment does not need to be proven. Even a very small amount of alcohol insufficient to intoxicate you can trigger these charges. Less than one alcoholic beverage can be detected through chemical testing. 

What Potential Penalties Could Drivers Under 21 Face for a DWI? 

The penalties associated with an underage DWI can be serious. You could face: 

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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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