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Texas DWI Defense Attorney Reports Expansion of Record Sealing Legislation Possible

Friday, May 5th, 2017

The Texas Senate recently approved legislation that would allow individuals who are convicted of single-offense, nonviolent misdemeanors to have a “second chance” by asking a court to seal their criminal records. The bill, House Bill 3016, returned to the House so that the House may consider some changes proposed by the Senate.

If House Bill 3016 passes, it applies retroactively, to any person who ever got convicted of any single-offense nonviolent misdemeanor. Sealed records are just that, records that are hidden from public view. When a person’s record gets sealed, doors are open to them that would have remained closed while their offense was publicly visible on their criminal record. Sealed records are visible to police, and to others who are involved in sensitive industries like education and banking. This legislation is important for Texans because criminal convictions hold people back in many areas of their lives, limiting employment opportunities, housing options, and more. If the legislation passes, it will clear the way for many people who made one-off mistakes to move forward in areas of their lives where the consequences of those mistakes have been holding them back.

The “second-chance” provisions of House Bill 3016 apply to class C misdemeanors, and to DWI convictions where the driver’s blood alcohol level was under 0.15. If the bill becomes law, qualifying DWI defendants could ask a court for an order of nondisclosure after only six months of compliant usage of an ignition interlock device. Alternatively, an order of nondisclosure would be available to qualifying defendants after five years has passed since the time that they completed whatever sentence they got for their DWI. The opportunity for record sealing is not available to defendants that get convicted of crimes that the judge has determined to be sexual or violent in nature, even if it is their first offense. House Bill 3016 is not unique in its purpose. It is designed to build on to legislation that got passed in 2015, which applies to Class A and Class B misdemeanors that are nonsexual in nature and which do not involve family violence.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Standing Up for the Rights of Texans Accused of Driving While Intoxicated

If House Bill 3016 passes, it could help you recover from the adverse effects that your DWI conviction has had on your life. If you face DWI charges in Texas, the best thing that you can do is get help from a Texas DWI defense attorney. Your attorney can help you find the answers to the questions that you have about how to proceed with your case, how to minimize the impact of your DWI case on your life, and help you find any other information that you seek.  Arrange for a consultation with Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra today, by calling or office at (903) 753-7499. Alternatively, you can set up an initial consultation by submitting an online contact form through our website.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Says State Testing New DWI Blood Test Warrant System

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

If you have experienced a DWI traffic stop in Texas before, you may have a different experience the next time that you get pulled over. The state of Texas is currently testing a new system that could make it quicker for law enforcement officers to obtain blood draw warrants. The testing is taking place in Leander and Liberty Hill. The technology lets officers in the field send DWI blood search warrants directly to a judge, which reduces the amount of time that passes between the traffic stop and the blood draw.

With the traffic stop procedures that are in place right now, a DWI stop in some locations can take between four and six hours from start to finish. The current method also involves locating a judge and meeting with them in person to obtain their signature on the search warrant. Depending upon where the traffic stop occurs, it may also involve placing the suspect in jail for some time, as well as transporting them to a hospital for a blood alcohol test.

If the testing goes well and the state decides to adopt the new system, officers will be able to get more accurate blood alcohol test results because the sample will get taken closer to the time of driving. DWI suspects will benefit because they will be detained for far less time unless, of course, their test results reveal a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.

Some DWI defense attorneys are concerned that the new system may not give defendants enough protection. For example, electronic documents do not enable a judge to look at the warrant with the officer right there next to them and available to answer questions that the judge may have. There is also the possibility that judges may be quick to approve electronic warrants and not give them a thorough read-through before indicating their approval.

Whether the new blood test warrant technology gets implemented or not, the strategies for getting through a traffic stop with the least amount of damage remain the same. Be as calm and respectful as you can. Say as little as possible while complying with the officer’s reasonable requests for information like your registration, license, and proof of car insurance. Remember that it is possible to be polite and respectful while declining to answer questions regarding where you were and what you did – you can just say that you want to talk to a lawyer. Also, be aware that the officer is looking for any and all evidence that they can use to support the conclusion that they had already arrived at when they decided to pull you over – the conclusion that you are driving under the influence of alcohol. Actions can speak louder than words, so in addition to saying as little as you can, move as little as you can. In other words, do not get out of the car to perform field sobriety tests because even sober people can wobble or falter, especially when they are under pressure.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Protecting the Rights of DWI Defendants

If you are facing Texas DWI charges and you have questions, a Texas DWI Defense Attorney can help you find the information that you’re seeking.  Call Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra today at (903) 753-7499 to schedule a consultation or submit an online contact form through our website.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks About No Refusal Periods

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

If you think that “no refusal” periods are limited to holiday weekends, it’s time that you take another look at Texas DWI policy, including the provisions for “no refusal” periods. Some areas have lengthy “no refusal” periods in March, not because St. Patrick’s Day celebrations last for weeks, but because other events like Spring Break and the South by Southwest music festival bring people from all kinds of places to Texas to have a good time. It is true that many “no refusal” periods cover holiday weekends like the Super Bowl and the Fourth of July, but there are some longer periods as well, such as the current one that lasts for a significant part of the month of March, that motorists should know about.

While the length of specific “no refusal” periods varies from place to place, the timing of patrols is often predictable. In many locations, patrols operate between the hours of nine in the evening and five in the morning. If a driver gets pulled over and asked to submit to roadside blood or breath testing at any time during a “no refusal” period, the officer who pulled them over may apply for a blood search warrant if they do not voluntarily participate in roadside testing.

Law enforcement officials say that they would rather see people plan ahead and arrange for safe transportation than arrest many drivers whom they suspect of driving while intoxicated. There are often multiple options for safe transportation available, including some transportation options that may be available specifically for attendees of individual events, like Spring Break or music festival shuttle services. Ride sharing services are also popular right now, and there may be many options to choose from in your local area. Whenever you and your friends make plans to go to an event, why not spend a little extra time making sure that you know how you will get around before, during, and after the event. Taking the time to arrange safe transportation for yourself and your friends can go a long way towards avoiding DWI charges and, even more importantly, reduce the risk of harm to yourself and others.

Whether you are visiting Texas or you are an experienced Texas driver who does not know the penalties for a Texas DWI, please know that a first offense DWI can carry a fine of up to two thousand dollars. It can also get you a sentence of three to one hundred and eighty days in jail in addition to license suspension. If you get convicted of a second DWI offense, you could be fined up to two thousand dollars and spend between one month and one year in jail in addition to license suspension. The penalties continue to increase for each subsequent offense, and of aggravating factors like a crash or a child passenger are present, additional penalties may be imposed.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Helping Drivers Who Have Been Charged With DWI

If you are currently facing DWI charges in Texas, you may have a few questions on your mind. Call experienced Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499, or fill out our online contact form to learn more about how we might be able to help you.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Discusses DWI with Additional Charges

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Sometimes, DWI is the only charge that results from a traffic stop or a motorist’s encounter with law enforcement. DWI is a serious charge with harsh consequences, and a driver who is charged with DWI has a tough road ahead of them to navigate. Unfortunately, some drivers end up getting charged with additional crimes along with their DWI charges.

Recently, a Texas driver got charged with fleeing from a police officer and resisting arrest, search, and transport, in addition to DWI after he failed to stop for the law enforcement officers who tried to pull him over. The police had to use their vehicles to prevent the driver from escaping. Once he exited his vehicle, the driver refused to cooperate with the officers, disregarding what they asked him to do and even attempting to walk away from the scene. When the officers tried to arrest him, he resisted. He even resisted getting into the police car, even after the officers Tasered him to get him to comply.

Fleeing a police officer and resisting arrest are just a few of the types of charges that can easily end up getting added to a DWI charge. Depending on the driver’s behavior and circumstances, they might also be charged with driving with a suspended license, DWI with a child passenger, assaulting police officers or having drugs in their possession. Most people know that a DWI will have a far-reaching set of consequences for a driver who is convicted of that offense. Incarceration, fines, license suspension, potential loss of job security, possible loss of housing, and the possible loss of other freedoms and resources can have a devastating combined impact on. When additional charges are added on to a DWI, they may increase the amount of fines, incarceration, and other penalties and they can also have consequences that reach even farther into the individual’s life, affecting their home and family life, their career, and other things that are important to them.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Providing Strong Defense Against DWI and Related Charges

All Texas DWI defendants benefit from the assistance of experienced DWI defense counsel. Since there is even more at stake for individuals who are facing other charges in addition to their DWI, people have an even greater need for assistance from attorneys who are skilled at looking at all of the facts of a defendant’s situation and formulating a strong defense strategy. In Texas, DWI and criminal cases proceed through various stages, and a skilled DWI defense attorney can help you know what you can expect at every step of the way. Your attorney can also help you find answers to the many questions that are sure to arise over the course of your case. If you have been charged with DWI, whether with or without additional charges, it is time for you to take the important action step of protecting your rights today.  Call Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499, or contact us via our convenient online contact form.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Warns Drivers That No Refusal Weekend may be Imminent

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Halloween is on a Monday this year, but that does not mean that there won’t be any fun for adults who have to go to work on Tuesday morning. The weekend before Halloween is likely to be filled with all kinds of fun and festive parties. It could also be filled with traffic stops and a heightened law enforcement presence on the roadways, especially if some areas decide to implement a no refusal weekend.

If you like going to Halloween parties, you may be looking forward to choosing a costume and going out for a weekend of fun. Please be advised that law enforcement officers are well aware that adults enjoy Halloween just as much as kids do, and they will be paying close attention to keeping drunk drivers off of the roads by increasing their patrols. This larger law enforcement presence is likely to lead to more traffic stops, which means that drivers are at a higher risk of being pulled over than they usually are. Since law enforcement officers are basically out hunting for intoxicated drivers this weekend, and they will not hesitate to stop any drivers whom they suspect have been drinking.

In addition to increased patrols, police in some areas may choose to implement a “no refusal weekend” on the weekend before Halloween, as they often do around other holidays throughout the year. If you are new to driving or new to Texas, or you somehow don’t know what a “no refusal weekend” is, it is important that you learn about how traffic stops during these specially designated time periods are different from regular traffic stops. During any “no refusal weekend,” any driver who is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol must submit to roadside breath or blood testing. Any driver who refuses to submit to testing will be arrested, and a blood sample will be obtained from them while they are in police custody. Ordinarily, refusal of roadside blood or breath testing results in license suspension, not arrest.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Defending Texas Drivers Who Are Charged With DWI

If you are stopped by the police at any point in time, try to prevent your traffic stop from becoming a DWI investigation. You can increase your chance of avoiding an investigation by remaining calm, using a respectful tone of voice, and giving the police officer only as much information as the law requires. If you do end up being taken into custody, invoke your right to remain silent and ask to speak with an attorney right away. A knowledgeable Texas DWI defense attorney can do many things to build a strong case on your behalf, especially if you retain them right away. If you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, contact an experienced Texas DWI Defense Attorney today. If you have any questions about DWI in Texas, call Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499, or contact us online.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Explains the Difference between Civil and Criminal Securities Fraud

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Securities fraud can be a tricky concept to understand, and the fact that there are both civil securities fraud actions and criminal securities fraud actions makes matters even more complicated. A case in Collin County sheds some light on the difference between criminal securities fraud and civil securities fraud.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is charged with civil securities fraud as well as criminal securities fraud. Recently, a federal court judge dismissed the civil securities law case for damages against Paxton due to an apparent lack of evidence. The criminal case in State court remained active, even though the lack of evidence could have become a major stumbling block in obtaining a conviction on any of the three criminal charges against Paxton. The SEC has since amended and refiled its case against Paxton with additional, previously undisclosed evidence that it hopes will help to prove that he failed to abide by disclosure laws. The additional evidence makes it likely that the criminal case will continue to proceed, because the criminal case had not been dismissed, even after the civil case was dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

One important difference between civil and criminal securities fraud cases is which party brings the action against the defendant. Civil securities fraud cases are heard in federal court, and they are brought by the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission. Criminal securities fraud is a state law cause of action, as is the related and often accompanying charge of failing to register with the Texas State Securities Board. Both of those criminal charges are felonies.

Not only do the two types of securities fraud cases take place in different courts, but they also involve different burdens of proof. In cases involving criminal securities fraud and related criminal charges like failure to register with the Texas State Securities Board, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime did indeed occur before the defendant can be convicted. The burden in civil securities fraud cases is not quite as strict, requiring only that the SEC prove its case by a preponderance of the evidence.

Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Defending Texans against a Variety of Criminal Charges

The cases that have been brought against Ken Paxton provide an example of how civil and criminal securities fraud cases can look. Securities fraud is a complex issue, and each securities fraud case is unique. If you are charged with securities fraud, you need an attorney who understands the complexities of securities fraud law and can apply that knowledge to the unique facts of your case. Your Texas Criminal Defense Attorney has a working understanding of the law, and they will use that knowledge to build a strong case on your behalf. If you have been charged with securities fraud and you have questions, please call Texas Criminal Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499. Alternatively, you may contact us online.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Describes The Important Role of Counsel in DWI Cases

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Now that you face DWI charges, you may feel like you are in an unfamiliar landscape. Before your DWI, you were not likely thinking about how you would defend yourself against DWI charges. After all, there was no need to think about that – until now. Now that you are facing DWI charges, you are probably deeply concerned about how you will defend yourself against them. If you do not remember anything else right now, know that you do not have to defend yourself against DWI charges. There are attorneys who work hard every day to help clients like you fight back against DWI charges.

Now that you know that there are attorneys who can help you fight your DWI charges take the next step and choose a DWI defense attorney right away. Do not attempt to save time and or money by representing yourself, because there is so much at stake in your DWI case. Hire a DWI defense attorney right away and give yourself a fighting chance at keeping the financial and personal costs of your DWI to a minimum.

You may wonder what you get when you retain a DWI defense attorney, and that’s a good thing. It is important for you to know what you are buying when you retain legal counsel. Speak with your attorney and get a handle on what they can and cannot do for you throughout your case. Rest assured that your attorney can help you in many ways, like helping you to understand the charges against you, as well as the potential consequences of a conviction. Your attorney will speak to you about the details of your case because much of their work involves using what they know about the law and about the facts of your case to determine what kinds of defense strategies may be available to you. Another part of the work of a DWI defense attorney is helping their clients understand their options for resolving their DWI cases and how each possible option could impact their lives.

While some DWI defendants may feel as though they do not need to go out and select an attorney because they qualify for the services that are offered by public defenders, it is essential that all DWI defendants understand the difference between using a public defender for a DWI case and using private counsel. Public defenders are attorneys who are paid by the state to provide legal assistance to people who meet certain economic criteria. Private counsel is an attorney that the defendant has selected and retained at his or her own expense. All attorneys do their best to represent the interests of their clients, but unfortunately, public defenders have less control over how many cases they handle at any given time than private counsel do, so they may have little time to work on each of their cases. Also, in Texas there is another distinction between the public defender and private counsel – public defenders in Texas do not participate in the administrative license suspension process. Drivers who are charged with DWI must request an ALR hearing if they wish to avoid license suspension and only private counsel can handle those requests and hearings.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Strong Defense for Texas Drivers Charged With DWI

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra works hard for Texas DWI defendants. Could he help you, too? Please call our office today, at (903) 753-7499, or contact us online.


Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks About DWI with a Child Passenger

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Police recently arrested a pregnant woman whom they suspect was driving under the influence of alcohol. The early morning incident occurred near West University Place. An officer responded to a call to assist a disabled vehicle, and when the officer arrived he found a woman behind the wheel of the car and two children in the back seat. The officer noticed that the woman smelled of alcohol and was slurring her speech. The woman admitted to drinking alcohol before driving her vehicle, and she also told the officer that she is six months pregnant.

Texas drivers should be aware that DWI with a child passenger is a different offense than DWI without a child passenger. It is a state jail felony in Texas to drive while you are intoxicated, and there are one or more passengers in your vehicle who are under fifteen years of age. Individuals convicted of DWI with a child passenger could face between one hundred and eighty days and two years in state jail. The can also be fined up to ten thousand dollars. They could also lose eligibility for certain types of government assistance, voting rights, ability to run for public office, and gun ownership and possession rights. They could even face disqualification from certain professions.

Unfortunately, the aforementioned consequences are only some of the ways that DWI with a child passenger could affect your life. Perhaps the most painful consequences that come with a DWI with a child passenger are those which affect the driver’s family life. When a driver is charged with DWI with a child passenger, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services may remove the child or children from the driver’s custody. They may also pursue a child endangerment case against the driver. Losing custody of your children to the Department of Family and Protective Services, even temporarily, can be scary and devastating, even if your kids can be placed in the care of family or friends for the duration of you custody case. Parents and children suffer greatly both during and after child custody cases, and it can be a long and complicated process to navigate before everyone is back together under one roof, if the family can work through the process successfully.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra – Support for Texas Drivers Facing DWI Charges

If you are charged with DWI with a child passenger, you are likely to be concerned about your family’s future as well as any consequences that you may have to endure. Your Texas DWI defense attorney can do many things to build a strong case on your behalf, especially if you contact them early on in your case. If you are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, either with or without a child passenger, give yourself the best chance at a positive outcome in your case by contacting a knowledgeable Texas DWI Defense Attorney right away. Call Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra, at (903) 753-7499, or you may contact us online through our convenient online contact form.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Suggests Drivers be Cautious During Traffic Stops

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

A recent investigation involving a former Houston police officer serves as a reminder to drivers to use caution during traffic stops. During traffic stops, well-meaning drivers often provide law enforcement officers with much more information than the law requires. Sometimes this happens because of a mistaken belief that providing more information would clearly show the officer that they were innocent. At other times, anxiety or other factors cause drivers to spill the beans by volunteering all kinds of information and even stepping out of their vehicles for field sobriety tests.

The former officer who is currently under investigation failed to use his dashboard camera to record a traffic stop during which he claims the driver failed a field sobriety test and refused to provide a sample for a blood test. The investigation revealed that there was, in fact, dash-cam footage and the footage shows that the driver didn’t “fail to signal a lane change” as the former officer had claimed. Furthermore, the defendant’s blood alcohol level, as revealed by a test, was below the legal limit. Unfortunately, during the time that it took to investigate the case against the officer and exonerate the driver using police records, the driver’s license was suspended because the now former officer had claimed that she refused to submit to a blood test. She even had to buy an ignition interlock device and submit to random drug and alcohol testing. As if that were not bad enough, the aforementioned driver is not the only driver for whom the validity of their arrest is questionable.

Whether the dashboard camera is running or not, it is a good idea to know ahead of time what you can do to get through a traffic stop giving as little information to the police as you can. For example, you do not have to participate in field sobriety tests, and in fact, you are wise not to. One reason why it is best not to participate in field sobriety testing is that the test results cone from observations, which are subjective. Also, it is possible for sober people to fail the tests due to nerves, uncomfortable shoes, or some other things.

Engaging in a field sobriety test or providing more information than you are required by law to provide will not help you prove your sobriety. In fact, any additional information that you provide could very well be used against you later on. The list of unnecessary information includes providing information about where you are driving to and from and what you have been doing.

If you were arrested for DWI in Texas, there is a lot at stake. During these difficult times, you need the guidance of an experienced DWI defense attorney. To learn more about how we can defend you against your Texas DWI charges, schedule a free consultation with East Texas DWI Defense Attorney Alex Tyra today. Call our office at (903) 753-7499, or visit our website to submit an online contact form.

Texas DWI Attorney Discusses Ignition Interlock Devices

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

People arrested and convicted of driving while intoxicated, or DWI, in Texas, face more restrictive conditions if granted supervised community release.  On September 1, 2017, an updated version of the conditions of supervised community release goes into effect. The goal of the changes is to make Texas’ road safer by reducing the number of repeat DWI offenders. The updated conditions will make probation seem onerous to some people and may think serving a jail sentence is a better option rather than being on probation for up to two years. Any decision you make regarding sentencing after a DWI conviction must in close consultation with your attorney.

Before September 1, 2017, any person convicted of DWI must complete several conditions while on community supervision including an educational program designed to rehabilitate the person. In theory, a rehabilitated person will not drive drunk again. Unfortunately, rehabilitation is not foolproof, and many people drive drunk again. However, the latest version of the law goes a long way to preventing repeated offenses.

Upon a conviction for a first DWI offense, the judge can impose a condition of probation requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device. In other words, the law gives the judge discretion to impose that condition. The judge loses discretion when the crime is more serious. A person convicted of a second offense, or a first offense but the person’s blood alcohol concentration is 0.15 or above, which is near twice the legal limit, the judge must order that person to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle or the vehicle they most often drive. The court cannot consider a previous offense if that offense was longer than ten years before the date of arrest on the current case.

An ignition interlock device is a machine into which a person provide a deep-lung breath sample. Simply, the person blows hard into the device. The device is similar to a breathalyzer most often used in police stations.  The device prevents the car from turning on if the machine detects any alcohol in the breath sample.  The judge must order the person not to drive any vehicle without an attached ignition interlocking device.

The court must impose additional conditions upon community supervision if the judge orders the installation of an ignition interlocking device. The person must install the device within 30 days from the start of supervised release. The person must use the device for at least half of the period of release, but the judge can order the person to use it for a longer period. Additionally, the person must pay for the device and its installation. The law allows the judge to enter into a payment plan with the person to the associated charges of the device. The payment plan may not last longer than twice the period of probation.

With all of the expensive requirements of probation, some people would rather go to jail after a DWI conviction. Deciding to go to jail rather than attempting to complete probation must not be made lightly. Depending on the circumstances, a jail sentence is less onerous than a lengthy probation period. Although jail is initially less expensive than paying for alcohol rehabilitation classes and an ignition interlock device, the physical and emotion toll is incalculable. Jail is not a vacation and serving a sentence could mean losing your job. Jail will cut you off from your loved ones and can endanger your health. But, jail for some is an option rather than probation.

Consult With An Experienced Texas DWI Attorney Before Making Any Decision On Your Future

The experienced Texas DWI Attorney at the Law Office of Alex Tyra dedicate themselves to fighting to protect their client’s rights. They understand the difficult decisions that you must make when facing a DWI charge. Talk with them before making any decision.  Call the Law Office of Alex Tyra today at 903-753-7499 to discuss your options.