When someone is accused of a crime, that person has important rights guaranteed by the Texas and United States Constitutions. This includes the right not to be deprived of life. liberty, or property without the due process of law.
If you are under arrest, remember that you have the right not to answer any of the police officer's questions or give any information other than your name, address, and date of birth. Protect yourself and your rights by asking for an attorney before speaking with law enforcement.
Here at Selvera & Pare, we believe that it is far worse to convict an innocent man for something he has not done than it is for a guilty person to be free. If our government is threatening to take away your life, liberty, or property, we are here to protect your rights and to fight for you.
Below are just a few of the types of charges we defend against. If you or a loved one are facing one of the charges below, or any other criminal allegation, please give us a call. We are always more than happy to provide a free consultation.
DWI Defense, Breath Tests, Blood Tests, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
DWI charges come with very serious consequences. On top of potential jail time and fines, Driver's licenses are revoked, DPS surcharges are imposed, and potential employers may have access to records of your arrest. However, the fact that you were arrested and charged doesn't mean that all is lost. Many times there are ways to fight a DWI charge. Intoxication may be a difficult element to prove: not everyone is capable of performing the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests even when sober, and Breath and Blood are often taken hours after the suspect actually drove. It is important to have someone on your side capable of point out where the State's case against you is lacking and to use that to your advantage.
If you've been charged with Driving While Intoxicated, call us at Selvera & Pare, PLLC as soon as possible so that we can discuss your case today.
Family and Domestic Violence, Assault Bodily Injury, Assault w/Deadly Weapon,
Assaults and Family Violence Offenses cover a wide range of different crimes and punishments. Everything from a simple Class C Misdemeanor up to a 1st Degree Felony for aggravated assault. If the charge includes an allegation of family violence, the penalties are often even more severe. These are always serious charges. Even for misdemeanors, a family violence conviction has the potential to impact family law suits to alter visitation and possession of a child; it may disqualify you from holding many jobs requiring a license or certification from the state; and by law, it will prohibit you from possessing a firearm.
However, there are often many ways to defend against an assault charge; affirmative defenses like self-defense and necessity are often available to the accused. If you or a loved one have been charged with an assault, please do not hesitate to call us.
Possession of Marijuana, Controlled Substances, prescription pills, and Intent to Deliver
In more than half of US States, medical marijuana is legal. Along the west coast, Colorado, and in parts of New England, recreational marijuana is legal. However, Texas has not joined this growing minority of States in legalizing marijuana. Pot continues to be illegal in Texas, and being charged with its possession can come with serious ramifications. A conviction can result in the loss of federal student aid, it can disqualify you from holding many jobs requiring a license or certification from the State, and result in DPS surcharges. This is all in addition to possible jail time and fines. The same can be said for most other controlled substances.
If you are charged with possession of marijuana or other controlled substance, give us all. There are often possible defenses: your constitutional rights may have been violated, or maybe your were not knowingly or voluntarily in possession. If you're facing a possession charge, call us for a free consultation
Theft of Property, Theft of Service, Theft by Check or Sight Order
Theft is considered a crime of moral turpitude. That means it is considered a crime of dishonesty. It can have a lasting impact on your reputation, impact career opportunities, and drastically change how judges, prosecutors, juries, and the community sees you. A criminal history of theft charges can may make it difficult to obtain a loan or mortgage, and may even impact your eligibility for acceptance into colleges or universities.
If you've been charged with theft or other similar crime, do not take the allegation lightly. Call us to discuss your options. Often, law enforcement's investigation may have overlooked evidence of an alibi, misidentified you as the perpetrator, or violated your 4th, 5th, or 6th Amendment rights. Call us for a free consultation on these issues.
Hindering a Secured Creditor is another crime of moral turpitude. One that, if convicted, carries with it many consequences similar to theft and other crimes of dishonesty. These charges often arise out of rent-to-own type transactions, failure to make car payments, or other credit purchases were the seller keeps a security interest in the property.
This charge is often misunderstood. To hinder a secured creditor means that you destroyed, removed, concealed, encumbered, or otherwise harm or reduce the value of the secured property. The statute is supposed to protect the collateral for the benefit of the debt; it is not supposed to criminalize a person's failure to pay. Indeed, the Texas Constitution makes debtor's prisons unconstitutional. Refusing to pay, refusing to return the property, and even avoiding the creditor's calls and attempts to contact do not make you a criminal. If you or a loved one have been charged with this crime, call us for a free consultation.
Other Areas of Practice
In addition to the areas above, our firm has helped clients with consumer law issues, personal injuries due to car accidents, and family/divorce cases. If you have an issue falling into any of these categories, feel free to contact us. Just as with our criminal defense practice, consultations are free.
FAMILY and DIVORCE
Divorce, Child Custody, Visitation, Child Support and Enforcement Actions
Legal issues involving your own family are often sources of substantial amounts of stress. After all, the result of a divorce with children impacts not only your property and estate, but will also determine where and with which parent your children will live, what schools they will attend, and how much time each parent will have to spend with them.
The court's role in family law is to act in the best interest of the child. That's great; the problem is that divorced parents often disagree about what interests are in fact "best" for their children. This leads to court battles over possession and access, paying for the children's extra-curricular activities, and child support.
Inevitably, as the children grow older, court orders that worked in the past often become onerous and unworkable requiring a modification. Other times, one parent stops complying with a working order; such instances necessitate an enforcement suit.
If you are facing a family law issue, please feel free to contact us to discuss your options.
DTPA, Insurance, Breach of Warranty
Texas has some of the strongest consumer protection laws in our country. These laws are referred to as the "Deceptive Trade Practices Act" and were created to protect consumers against false misleading, and deceptive business and insurance practices and breaches of warranty.
Texas law allows for consumers to have their attorney's fees paid for if their case is successful. This applies even if the consumer wins a small case.
Auto Accidents, Commercial Vehicle Accidents and Job Site Accidents
If you've been the victim of a car accident, the most important thing is to make sure your medical needs are met.
As your personal injury attorneys, our number one priority is to make sure you get the medical attention you need. We contact your medical providers to make sure your out of pocket expenses are kept to a minimum.
Next we do everything we can to hold those responsible for your pain and suffering due to the accident. We are the buffer between you and the insurance company so that your best interests are always protected.
Call Selvera & Pare if you've been the victim of a car accident, we make your health our first priority and make sure those at fault are held accountable.