Posts by Joseph Ruiz

Citizen Tips Leading to DWI Arrests

In this post, we’ll discuss an interesting area of 4th Amendment law and how we were able to secure a dismissal for an undocumented client charged with DWI and facing the specter of a .168 blood test result, not to mention a video of him performing terribly on field sobriety tests. Private citizens have seemingly joined forces with local police departments in combatting DWI cases.  While many civilians fear becoming a witness in a potential criminal case, many others have no qualms about it and will readily attempt to assist the police in stopping what they believe to be an
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Threats as Justifiable Force – a defense to Felony Aggravated Assault

In Texas, we love our guns.  You almost have to assume that every motorist is carrying a handgun in their vehicles.  Furthermore, many gun enthusiasts love the idea of obtaining a license to carry, so that they can go about their lives with extra peace of mind.  This is all well and good, but even a law-abiding citizen can quickly find themselves embroiled in the criminal justice system as a criminal defendant based on nothing more than an allegation by someone a police officer happens to find credible.  Even worse, it’s possible for certain less experienced officers, and even prosecutors,
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Sealing a Texas DWI Conviction

Prior to the enactment of the new DWI non-disclosure law, a DWI conviction in Texas guaranteed the lifelong stigma of a permanent criminal record, regardless of whether the citizen had never been in trouble with the law before. Such drastic consequences are proof of the power of the MADD lobby, but such harsh laws led to the absurd result of 1st time offenders being labeled criminals for the rest of their lives. A criminal record affects a person’s employment, educational, and housing opportunities, and, therefore, their future socio-economic potential. Fortunately, in the most recent legislative session, lawmakers brought common sense
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Hello world!

                            Welcome to the launch of the web page for Law Office of Joseph Ruiz, PLLC!  I hope you’ll take a look around the site to get familiar with me and what I do for the criminally accused.  After working nearly a decade at a law firm, and sharpening my trial skills, I’ve decided to hang out my shingle and open my own firm.  It’s an exciting time to say the least.  I can’t wait to begin the work of connecting with new clients and delivering exceptional
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