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Attorney Madrid on Felony & Misdemeanor Drug Cases

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Whether you’ve been charged with the possession of a small amount of marijuana or arrested for a major cocaine distribution conspiracy, it helps to have an experienced Houston drug crimes lawyer with a résumé including 1000’s of drug cases on your side.

Do you trust the government?

I didn’t think so.

This is why it’s very important that we have criminal defense attorneys otherwise everyone would be guilty at arrest, as charged. Police make mistakes all the time, and only a lawyer with 10’s of thousands of hours of experience dissecting arrest reports in contrast with witness testimony and evidence under the scope of a keen understanding of the law, could spot a seemingly minor detail that could lead to freeing a suspect accused of trafficking 1000’s of kilos of cocaine.

Minor details that could lead to a dismissed case could rise out of one of the situations listed below.

  • The lawyer knowing of alternative sentences that can keep you out of prison.
  • Did the police have the right to make that traffic stop?
  • Did the police lawfully search the vehicle or your person?
  • Were your Constitutional Rights violated?
  • Did law enforcement have probable cause to invade a residence?
  • Did the police make mistakes, or an unlawful arrest?

Are you looking for a qualified criminal defense attorney in Houston to discuss drug crime arrest details with at no charge? Call me to schedule a review of your case at 713-877-9400 today.

Facing DUI Charges? Avoid these Common Mistakes

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CONTRIBUTED BY:  David Haenel, Esq.

David Haenel, Esq. of Finebloom & Haenel has extensive experience litigating DUI cases and defending the rights of clients involved in cases dealing with license suspension, DUI, criminal traffic offenses and more.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended as legal advice and does not reflect the opinions of Madrid Law. 

A DUI arrest is an undesirable situation for any person. However, the outcome of a DUI arrest can be largely dependent on how a person handles the particular situation. There are a number of ways that a case can become worse through a wrong move or a mistake. People facing a DUI arrest should avoid the following actions whenever possible in order to prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.

Taking the arrest or charge lightly

A DUI charge may come with serious consequences such as losing a driver’s license or even receiving jail time. Some people believe that in cases where no one was injured and no property was damaged, the case was not a big deal and they’ll be able to talk their way out of the situation. This is never a good strategy.

Not hiring the proper DUI attorney

The layman will struggle to understand the law behind a DUI charge in the short amount of time that takes place in between the offense and the court date. People may be tempted to hire an attorney because of his low fees. However, there are a number of factors that they should take into consideration before thinking about the fees involved, including accessibility, competence, rapport, experience, and general interest in the case at hand.

Not hiring an attorney in a timely manner

Waiting to hire an attorney at the last minute can be just as detrimental to the outcome of a DUI arrest as not hiring the right attorney. Many people put off this task with the assumption that they’ll be able to hire someone at the last minute. It is important for a person to hire a good attorney right away in order to assure that the attorney is thoroughly prepared for the case.

Driving with a suspended license

One of the most immediate consequences that can come with a DUI arrest is a driver’s license suspension. Typically a person has 15 days following an arrest to initiate a hearing to contest the automatic suspension.

Not maximizing constitutional rights

This situation most often occurs when people do not hire a lawyer. Most people are familiar with some of their constitutional rights, but do not have all of the details they need to handle a DUI arrest properly. A lawyer is able to investigate any serious violation of rights that may have taken place during, and immediately following, an arrest.

Not showing up in court

When a person does not show up in court after a DUI charge, the court may decide to revoke their bond and put out a warrant for their arrest.

Sharing details with family and friends not involved in the case

As other people may be asked to be witnesses against someone in court, it is important that anyone facing charges should not share any information with anyone but their lawyer.

Following these tips can help a person with a DUI arrest keep a bad situation from becoming even worse.

How to Dismiss Your Public Defender

Constitutional Rights | Criminal Defense | Public Defenders

Anyone accused of a crime is entitled to fair legal representation. This includes the right to a lawyer. If you cannot financially afford to hire your own lawyer, the courts are required to supply you with one. Although you do not get to choose your court-appointed lawyer, you must remember that he or she is required to work hard to represent you.

If you are not satisfied with your appointed attorney, you can submit a request for new representation. You might consider firing your attorney if he or she does not have any experience with cases similar to yours, or you do not feel like he or she understands your specific needs. If you do choose to let go of your court-appointed counsel, you have a few options for legal representation.

Request a New Lawyer

You can always request a new attorney, but the judge does not have to grant your request. If you cannot afford to hire your own lawyer and wish to use a public defender, you don’t get to choose who will be assigned your case.

Depending on the jurisdiction, you will either file your request with the judge or the public defender’s office. The judge will then consider the reason for the request and decide whether or not to allow you to change lawyers.

Your court-appointed lawyer can also ask to be relieved from your case. If this happens, a new attorney will be appointed to you.

Hire a Private Lawyer

If possible, hiring your own attorney is the best option. After dismissing the lawyer who was assigned to you, seek out private counsel willing to take your case for a reduced fee. Some lawyers might defend you pro-bono and other attorneys have affordable payment plans.

Court-appointed lawyers are assigned to defend clients who cannot afford to hire an attorney. If your financial circumstances change during the course of the trial, the judge may dismiss your appointed attorney anyway, and you will be forced to find your own representation.

Represent Yourself

If you cannot afford a lawyer and do not wish to keep the one who was assigned to you, you may choose to represent yourself in court. However, this option should only be considered as a last resort. Lawyers study the law for years and receive continuous training on new laws and procedures. If you choose to represent yourself, be prepared to spend a lot of time studying the details and laws of your particular case.

Madrid Law Announces New Associate

Criminal Defense

Madrid Law is pleased to announce the hiring of Emma Quintero as its new Associate Attorney. Ms. Quintero, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law most recently worked with the Harris County Public Defenders Office.

Ms. Quintero will assist in the preparation and defense of our clients accused of criminal charges, as well as handle immigration and family law matters.

We  at Madrid Law consider it and honor and privilege to represent those in a time of legal need. With the addition of Ms. Quintero we will continue to provide superior legal service to ensure the best possible outcome for all of our clients.