What to expect?
George Napier is a well-known and respected trial attorney. His team is available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With George Napier you get a fighter in the court room and the individual attention you deserve.
- Aggressive Trial Attorney
- Available 24/7
- No hourly Rates
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Getting arrested, for the first time or in a subsequent offense, can be a very stressful experience. You will want an attorney representing you as soon as possible to defend you and your rights.
Criminal Defense Practice Areas
- Driving While Intoxicated
- Administrative License Revocation
- Sex Crimes
- Domestic/Family Violence
- Assault Causing Bodily Injury
- Drug Offenses
- Property Crimes (Graffiti, Arson, Theft)
- Traffic Tickets
- Firearms & Weapons Offenses
In the State of Texas, you can be charged with Driving While Intoxicated when your blood alcohol level is .08 or more, or .04 percent or greater if you’re a bus or commercial driver. Drivers face either misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the number of prior DWI or DUI convictions you’ve had anywhere in the U.S. if there was property damage, and if anyone was injured or killed.
A criminal accusation can have a devastating effect on your life. It can disrupt your education, possibly make you lose your job, and if you have custody of a child, then you may lose it as a result of your arrest or conviction of domestic violence charges. Domestic violence is a serious topic in our country, but also within the State of Texas. If you’ve had a restraining order or have been arrested for violence within the home or between you and a partner, then you will need to speak to an attorney right away.
A criminal conviction can hurt your job and school opportunities, which may have long-term effects on your career, family, sense of self-worth and finances. An affordable attorney will help you to find out if you are eligible for expungement without paying exorbitant fees for the same process.
Federal drug trafficking or drug conspiracy charges are prosecuted aggressively and can have a negative impact on your life. Your case may be more complicated if a weapon was also found or if a certain amount was found. Defenses can include questioning whether or not the police had the right to search and seizure, or if your constitutional rights were violated.
Montgomery County Crash Statistics
Montgomery County is the deadliest county in the state for DUIs based on the rate of fatal crashes per 10,000 people. In 2016 in the state of Texas, there were 17,434 vehicle crashes that involved a drunk driver. Research analysts behind the report urge Texans to call a taxi or an Uber for yourself or a friend who has been drinking.
While commonly asked questions are listed here, you can certainly call or reach out to us online with your specific questions, or to schedule a consultation.
What Types Of Defense Arguments Can My Lawyer Make?
There are four types of defense arguments: alibi, justification, excuse, and procedural. The one that makes the most sense for your case will be used. Obviously, alibi won’t work for a DUI case, but if you were wrongly accused of domestic violence, then an alibi may help you by proving that you were not capable of committing the crime you are held as a suspect for. However, a procedural defense argument may prove that the technique used to gather the evidence during the stop, such as the blood alcohol content (BAC) test, compromised the validity of the results.
What Is The Typical Procedure For A Criminal Defense Case?
First, you are arrested and booked, which is when your picture and fingerprints are taken. Next is your arraignment, which is the hearing where you are formally charged and asked how you want to plead: not guilty, guilty or no contest. If you plead “not guilty,” then a date will be set for your trial. You will then be placed in jail until your trial unless you or someone you know can pay the bail for your release if you are given that option. Depending on the severity of the crime, the bail may be extremely high, or the judge may decide to hold you without bail. At your preliminary hearing, a judge will decide if your case should go to trial. The trial phase can last for years. Both sides will give their arguments, and the judge or jury will give a verdict. Lastly, you will be sentenced.
What Is An Appellate Proceeding?
If you and your attorney want to appeal the sentence because of the way the trial was handled, or if new evidence comes up later that proves your innocence, then you can file such an appeal.
When Do You Need A Criminal Defense Lawyer?
You may think that your case is very straightforward, but a lot of things can unravel a seemingly strong argument. That’s exactly what the prosecution and the judge are going to do. They have several reasons to do this. First of all, they take their responsibility very seriously to use the law to deter people from making unsafe choices in the future, such as getting behind the wheel after drinking. They will want to know, for example, that they are not releasing someone who may be a threat to a partner later on. Years of trial experience will make them very good at it.
Which is why you need a skilled attorney arguing for you, and who can advise you on what to expect when you go into court. People have all sorts of emotional reactions when they go to court, but excellent legal counsel will help you throughout the process.
Why Choose The Napier Law Firm?
Anytime you are going to court, you will want an attorney. And you will want to hire one as soon as possible so you both have time to prepare your case. Our attorneys also have experience in the field of law enforcement and know exactly what is expected of officers. Having that experience in law is a unique benefit to clients.