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Stopped for a DWI: How to Answer Common Questions

You’re out having some drinks with friends one night. As a responsible drinker, you know your limits and drink only a moderate amount. Remember, it is NOT illegal in Texas to consume alcoholic beverages and then drive your vehicle. But it IS illegal to drink WHILE driving your vehicle. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    May 20, 2021

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Should I Consider a Plea Bargain for My DWI Case?

Roughly 90% of criminal cases in the U.S. are resolved by plea bargains instead of jury trials—including DWI cases. These plea deals are essentially a compromise. By agreeing to “no contest” or pleading guilty, the defendant can possibly receive a more lenient charge or penalty. This is one way both the prosecution and the defendant (you)… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    May 19, 2021

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When Women Use Sexual Assault Charges as Revenge Against Former Lovers

False sexual assault accusations happen more often than you might think. They have severe consequences for the accused and can potentially ruin their lives. These types of accusations also have negative consequences for women who have been victims of sexual assault. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    May 18, 2021

3 Reasons Why You Should Hire Attorney J.L. Carpenter for Criminal Defense in the Clear Lake Area

Facing misdemeanor or felony criminal charges is never easy, whether it’s a first offense, second offense, or more. As you grapple with what to do next, you may feel stressed, overwhelmed, and yes, guilty. While those feelings are normal, it’s a time to put your emotions aside and remember that you have rights—and that you… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    April 29, 2021

Penalties for Juvenile Drug Possession in Texas

If your child is charged with misdemeanor drug possession—typically small amounts of marijuana or prescription drugs—they will lose their driver’s license for at least six months no matter what their age. They will likely be charged in juvenile court, but if your child is about to turn 18 years old, the court may opt to… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    April 28, 2021

3 Reasons Why Your Record Cannot Be Expunged

Getting your criminal record expunged is a great way to reset it to the status that it was before you were arrested. By getting a record of criminal arrest erased, you can start with a clean slate, making it as though the arrest never happened. However, there are certain situations in which you may not… Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    April 27, 2021

Drug Possession Charges in Texas and Their Punishments That Could Ruin Your Life

In Texas, drug possession charges vary based upon multiple factors, including the type of drug (cocaine, marijuana, meth, etc.) and the act (possession, trafficking, manufacturing, etc.), quantity, and other factors. The penalties you’ll face if you are arrested on drug charges vary from nothing to heavy fines and imprisonment—not to mention other penalties. Read More »

  • Attorney JL Carpenter

    April 26, 2021

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