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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

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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