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10 Things to Know if Stopped for DWI

What happens if you are pulled over for DWI this holiday season? 10 Things to Know if Stopped for DWI/DUI Best practice is to not drink then drive – take Uber, plan ahead, get a Designated Driver – all are much cheaper than a $10,000 DWI! If you are pulled over after drinking alcohol, turn… Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    December 9, 2020

Why Should You Hire A DWI Lawyer?

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    November 23, 2020

Finding The Right Criminal Defense Attorney

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    November 14, 2020

Is Embezzlement a Felony or Misdemeanor Crime in Texas?

Under Texas laws, embezzling involves committing theft for your financial gain. Such theft often involves fraud, which means deliberately deceiving an entity or a person for monetary or personal gain. This can include gaining value via deceitful or misleading conduct, such as making false statements or misrepresentations. For example, if an employee steals money from… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    October 23, 2020

How Testing Drivers for Marijuana is Different from Testing for Alcohol?

In the United States, Marijuana is used by more than 11.8 million young adults making it one of the most commonly used drugs in our country. Although several states across the country are working to legalize marijuana, it remains an illegal controlled substance in Texas. Texas DWI Charges According to the Texas DWI law, also known as Texas Penal Code… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    October 22, 2020

2 Texas Drug Laws: Penalties for Marijuana and Cocaine

Texas has particularly strict laws around controlled substances and narcotics. Here’s a breakdown of two common laws along with their penalties. Cocaine Possession and Distribution Penalties According to the Texas Health and Safety Code (481.115), it’s illegal to possess, manufacture, or deliver any amount of cocaine in Texas. Possession Penalty: Possessing under 1 gram of cocaine… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    October 21, 2020

Can Domestic Violence Impact Firearm Ownership in Texas?

If you’ve faced a domestic violence charge in Texas, there are several domestic violence laws that can affect your ability to own a firearm. In this blog, we’ll talk about some common firearm ownership laws and how a domestic violence charge can affect your 2nd Amendment right. What is Texas’ 5-Year Firearm Ban? Texas law prohibits any person… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    October 20, 2020

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What Qualifies As Domestic Violence?

Being charged with Domestic Violence is serious and ramifications can affect your family, job, social life and career. If you are wrongly charged with domestic violence always remember that you have rights. In many cases, your arrest can be weaponized and used against you in a pending divorce civil case to gain leverage in a… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    September 23, 2020

Police Officer Arresting Young Man

Know Your Rights: What You Should Know About Search & Seizure

The doorbell rings and a police officer is standing at your door. During the course of your discussion with the officer, they ask if they can search your home. Or during a routine traffic stop, the officer asks if they can search your vehicle. Can you tell them “no”? Do they have any kind of… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    September 22, 2020

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What To Expect After A DWI Arrest In Texas

If you are arrested and charged with a DWI, you should know about two legal proceedings that you’ll face in the weeks and months ahead. Needless to say, both proceedings could have a major impact on your freedom, your future, and your finances. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    September 21, 2020

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How To Protect Your Rights During A DUI Traffic Stop

You’re driving your vehicle, minding your own business, when you suddenly see flashing blue lights in the rearview mirror and the piercing wail of a police siren—this alone can induce stress even when you’ve done nothing wrong. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    September 18, 2020

DUI/DWI Conviction [Infographic]

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    September 18, 2020

3 Benefits Of a Criminal Defense Attorney- Infograph

Being arrested for a criminal offense can be scary and distressing, whether you’re guilty or innocent. Learn more in this infographic below: Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    August 19, 2020

How to Choose the Right Criminal Lawyer – Infograph

A criminal defense lawyer serves as your advocate in legal proceedings if you’re accused of a crime. They’re there to protect your interests and rights. Learn more in this infographic below: Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    August 18, 2020

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What Are The Penalties For DWI With A Child And Child Endangerment?

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, someone is hurt or killed in an alcohol-induced crash every 20 minutes in Texas. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    July 31, 2020

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The Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Charge

There are three crimes of domestic violence recognized in Texas: Domestic Assault, Continuous Violence against the Family, and Aggravated Domestic Assault. Domestic violence is committed against a household member, a family member, or someone that the offender dated in the past or is currently dating. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    July 30, 2020

Driver passed out on front seat charged with DWI

What Are The Penalties For A Felony DWI?

Under any circumstance, being convicted for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas is a serious matter, but when the charges escalate to felony status, that’s when everything is on the line. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    July 29, 2020

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What You Need To Know About Marijuana And Hemp Laws In Texas

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 created a legal distinction between marijuana and hemp and legalized hemp cultivation. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC (the intoxicating compound of the cannabis plant), while marijuana contains more than 0.3% THC. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    July 28, 2020

How Do I Get A Protective Order?

How do I get a restraining order? Have you ever heard the phrase, “The law doesn’t protect you until the damage is done”? This phrase is somewhat true. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    June 30, 2020

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What’s the Difference Between DUI and DWI in Texas

Texas has one of the highest rates of DUI and DWI anywhere in the country. While most people know what DUI and DWI stand for, some find them confusing since the terms are used interchangeably. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    June 25, 2020

Charged with A DWI In the Greater Houston Area for the First Time? Here Are the Penalties and Punishment If You’re Found Guilty.

In Texas, someone is killed or hurt in a drunk driving accident every 20 minutes. Texas—Harris County in particular—has one of the highest rates of drunk driving in the country. Given the size of the cities and the population, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin see the highest number of motor vehicle accidents due to… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    June 24, 2020

Can I Be Arrested on Words Alone?

The best thing to do is keep quiet, take the arrest, make bond, hire a lawyer and let your lawyer work out the details with you before going to court. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    June 24, 2020

What is DWI PreTrial Intervention?

Harris County, Texas and other surrounding counties have a DWI Pretrial Intervention program (DWI PTI). This program is used for first time DWI offenders to be accountable for the offense. It is also an opportunity to have the matter expunged and removed from their criminal record. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    June 23, 2020

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Criminal Justice in the Age of the Novel Coronavirus

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly contagious respiratory illness with a fatality rate in some areas of up to 3%. As of June 2020, there are still no treatments or vaccines available for people with COVID-19. The virus is especially dangerous for older adults, people with underlying health problems, and people with compromised immune systems.… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    June 23, 2020

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If You Are A Minor, What Are the Penalties for DUI in Houston?

The Houston area has been classified as the deadliest for drivers in the country. An estimated 640 people die on roads in Houston and the surrounding area each year, and almost 3,000 end up seriously injured. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    June 22, 2020

Cleaning Up Your Record

Have you been arrested and now you want to clean up your record? Not every arrest can be removed from someone’s criminal history. There are two tools available to remove a criminal record from someone’s history; expunctions and non-disclosures. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    June 14, 2020

What is a Grand Jury?

Oftentimes, we have clients charged with felony cases in which we suggest that we should present their defense to the Grand Jury. Clients get confused between a grand jury and a jury trial. A grand jury is not the same as a jury for a jury trial. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    June 7, 2020

The Rise in DWI Arrests

At the Law Office of JL Carpenter we diligently review every aspect of our client’s case Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    May 31, 2020

Attorney JL Carpenter Talks About the Roll of Zoom in Texas Courts on Dudes n Beer Podcast

Attorney JL Carpenter appeared on the Dudes n Beer Podcast recently to discuss how Zoom could transform the Texas court system for the better–from jury selection to actual trial–after COVID-19. The Dudes n Beer podcast is available FREE for Android and iDevices. Listen here. Read More »

  • Mark Hayden

    May 20, 2020

What are my options when charged with a Criminal case?

Assuming probable cause exists for the arrest. there are several options for folks who are charged with a criminal case Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    April 27, 2020


Yes, we are open for business! Starting Monday April 20, 2020, our office is re-opening for business. If you know someone who went to jail, Call JL! (713) 201-6767 www.jlcarpenterlaw.com We are OPEN! Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    April 18, 2020

Re-Opening America

President Trump announced today a three-phase plan to re-open America, subject to each State Governors' approval. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    April 17, 2020

Taking Care of Ourselves During CoronaVirus Quarantine

We can only control what we can control. At this time, we have two choices: 1) spend time worrying about things of which we have no control; or 2) embrace the current situation and make the most of it. How are you adapting to life in quarantine? Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    April 9, 2020

But, Why did you stay?

If it can happen to her, a capable trial attorney, it can happen to anyone. Mekisha Jane Walker’s ground-breaking and thought-provoking memoir has the potential to change the way domestic violence is viewed. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    March 8, 2020

What is Exculpatory Evidence

Many cases have been reversed on appeal after learning that the State had withheld evidence that would be considered “exculpatory” for the accused. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    March 5, 2020

Legislative Update

Legislative Update on Hemp / Marijuana Testing: The passing of House Bill 1325, the bill that legalized hemp in Texas, created numerous unintended consequences that are still being unveiled, even eight months later. Initially, several prosecutors decided to no longer prosecute low-level marijuana cases because testing protocol did not support testing to distinguish between hemp… Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    February 28, 2020

Public Intoxication

Did you know? Breathalyzer tests are not necessary for Public Intoxication arrests. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    February 20, 2020

Custodial Interrogation

Miranda Warnings

Despite what is seen on television, the MIranda warnings only come into play during a custodial interrogation. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    February 13, 2020

Rise in DWI Arrests

We hear clients say, “I didn’t feel intoxicated” or “I was literally right around the corner from home” or “I was supposed to be the designated driver.” Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    February 9, 2020

4th Amendment

In criminal law, it is important to ensure that law enforcement act within the confines of the law and do not violate clients’ Constitutional rights. Read More »

  • JL Carpenter

    February 8, 2020

3 Critical Steps to Take If You Get Charged With Drug Possession in Texas

While many states have legalized many drugs like marijuana and other cannabis-related substances, most drugs are still illegal in Texas. If you have been unfortunate enough to get arrested for drug possession, it’s important that you understand your rights and hire the right attorney to fight for them. What should you do if you are… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    March 16, 2021

How to Find the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer for Your Drug Offense in Texas

Getting charged with possession, trafficking, or manufacturing of drugs can affect your freedom and future. If the case isn’t handled with skill and care, you could potentially face prison time, pay exorbitant fines, and relinquish a lot of your privileges and rights. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    March 15, 2021

How to Get Your DWI Record Expunged in Texas

If your DWI or DUI case was dismissed or you were found “not guilty” by a jury, you can get your DWI record expunged in Texas. This essentially removes the record—completely, as though it never happened—of your criminal conviction. An expunction eliminates any trace of the arrest from state or federal record. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    March 12, 2021

Arrested for a DWI in Texas? Use These Strategies to Make Your Charges Easier to Fight

When stopped for a DWI in Texas, many people end up panicking and doing the wrong things making things worse. From the moment you are pulled over for a traffic infraction, it’s vital that you know your rights as a citizen under the United States Constitution. And, if you are arrested, you cooperate with balance… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    March 11, 2021


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  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    January 21, 2021

3 Facts You Didn’t Know About Expunctions

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  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    December 18, 2020