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    What Are the Fines for DWI in Texas?

    Last updated 1 day 9 hours ago

    Texas law has enacted harsh penalties for those convicted of DWI/DUI charges. If you’ve been arrested for a DWI charge, contact a criminal lawyer right away. Your criminal attorney can ensure the police follow proper enforcement procedure to protect your legal rights. Having a criminal defense team on your side can reduce the risk that you’ll pay substantial fines, spend time in jail, and face administrative penalties.

    First Offense
    Texas uses a tiered approach to fines and other penalties for DWI convictions. In other words, if you’re convicted of a first offense, you’re facing less severe penalties than you would if you had prior DWI convictions. For a conviction of a first offense, you could be ordered to pay a fine of up to $2,000. You could lose your driver’s license for up to a year and be required to pay an annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to retain your license. This is in addition to three to 180 days in jail.

    Second Offense
    A second conviction of DWI results in a fine of up to $4,000 and the loss of your driver’s license for up to two years. Subsequently, you’ll need to pay an annual fee of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 for the next three years to retain your license. A second offense can also result in a jail term of one month to a year.

    Third Offense
    As your criminal defense attorney can explain to you, a third DWI conviction will result in a $10,000 fine and two to 10 years in prison. After the loss of your license for two years, you could be required to pay an annual fee of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 to retain your license.

    Criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey C. Grass regularly defends those accused of all levels of DWI/DUI charges, including first offenses, subsequent offenses, intoxication assault, and intoxication manslaughter. Call our criminal law firm today and let us put our investigative resources to work on your behalf. Residents of Dallas, Plano, and the surrounding areas can get in touch with the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass by calling (888) 694-0587 or visiting our website.

    Comparing Felonies and Misdemeanors

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Regardless of whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, it’s important to talk with a criminal defense attorney about your case. However, there are significant differences between the two types of charges. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you’re likely facing less than one year in your local jail. A felony conviction involves more than one year of time in a prison.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, a felony conviction has long-term ramifications. Even after you’ve been released from prison, your criminal record will cause problems for you. You may find it very difficult to obtain gainful employment and you could be prohibited from voting.

    To speak with a highly qualified criminal lawyer in the Dallas or Plano areas, call the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (888) 694-0587. Our criminal law firm is offering a free initial consultation to review your case.

    How Sexting Can Put You in Legal Jeopardy

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Sex crimes encompass much more than nonconsensual or forced sex; they also include consensual acts that involve an underage individual. When an individual transmits a sexually explicit photo or video via a cellphone, it is known as sexting. When the sexually explicit photo or video involves an underage individual, it is illegal and that person can be charged with a sex crime. Sexting can also involve the posting of these images to Facebook or other social media websites.

    These images are considered child pornography, even if they were taken by another minor. Most often, an individual suspected of illegally sexting will be charged with solicitation of a minor. In Texas, the penalty for this conviction is two to 10 years in prison, along with registration as a sex offender. However, if the individual whose image was transmitted was under the age of 14, the charge is upgraded to an aggravated charge, which carries stiffer penalties.

    Has your child been accused of illegal sexting in the Dallas or Plano areas? Call the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (888) 694-0587 and work with a criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience in handling sex crimes.

    An Overview of Methamphetamine Issues

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Methamphetamine is a potent, highly addictive central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It belongs to a family of drugs known as amphetamines. This synthetic drug is extremely dangerous, causing health issues ranging from convulsions to hallucinations to violent behavior. Many states, including Texas, have very strict laws concerning the possession, production, and distribution of meth. If you have been charged with a drug crime, your criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the charges and the potential penalties in the event that you’re convicted.

    Possession of Meth
    If you are charged with possession of meth, it means that the arresting officer allegedly found it on your person, in your car, or in your home. In Texas, possession of methamphetamine is categorized under penalty group one in accordance with the Texas Controlled Substances Act. The mere possession of any amount of meth is a felony. If you’re convicted, the potential penalties vary, depending on the amount that was allegedly found. Your criminal defense lawyer can help you understand the potential penalties you’re facing, which range from 180 days to two years in jail for less than one gram to between five and 99 years in prison for 200 to less than 400 grams.

    Production and Distribution of Meth
    If you’re accused of intent to manufacture or distribute meth, you are facing even steeper penalties. Intent to distribute is generally based on circumstantial evidence, such as possession of large quantities of meth, possession of multiple, packaged bags of drugs, or even possession of large quantities of cash. The penalties for a conviction of intent to manufacture or distribute meth are also based on the quantity of the drugs.

    If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime involving methamphetamine in the Dallas or Plano areas, you need a veteran criminal defense lawyer as your ally. At the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass, our criminal defense team has a wealth of experience in investigating and defending against these types of criminal charges. Call our criminal law firm at (888) 694-0587 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your drug charge, DUI charge, or other accusation.

    What is the Fourth Amendment?

    Last updated 21 days ago

    If you’ve recently been charged with a crime, it’s a good idea to talk to your criminal defense attorney about your Fourth Amendment rights. The Fourth Amendment establishes that individuals are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures of their houses and effects. This means that a police officer cannot search your home or vehicle unless he or she has probable cause or a search warrant. If the police officer violated your Fourth Amendment rights, your criminal defense attorney can argue that the charges should be dropped.

    You can hear an in-depth explanation of your Fourth Amendment rights by watching this video. This expert discusses the historical roots of the Fourth Amendment and explains more recent court cases that established the parameters for reasonable searches and seizures.

    For almost 20 years, criminal defense attorney Jeffrey C. Grass has been vigorously defending the rights of the accused throughout the Dallas and Plano areas. If you’re in need of expert legal representation, call the Law Offices Of Jeffrey C. Grass at (888) 694-0587.

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