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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

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