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DWI First Offense in Texas (2024) – What You Need to Know

Driving while under the influence of substances impairs your ability to drive safely. It also puts your life and the lives of others around you in danger. As a result, DWIs are not treated lightly by law enforcement or the courts. This can lead to…

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DWI vs DUI Texas: What’s the Difference? 2024

You might hear the terms “DWI” and “DUI” used interchangeably in Texas, but they are not, in fact, exactly the same thing. It is important to understand the difference between these two terms, as they have different definitions and legal implications that can make all…

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Why You Should Consider Hiring a Forensic Lawyer-Scientist for Your DWI Case

Houston criminal defense attorney, Joseph Ruiz, recently completed an intensive program hosted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) - CHAL Division, where he earned the designation of a Forensic Lawyer-Scientist, the highest form of scientific recognition available for lawyers; a recognition that only less than…

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Attorney Joseph Ruiz Recognized as 2024 Texas Super Lawyer

We are delighted to share some fantastic news with our community! Our esteemed attorney, Joseph Ruiz, has been selected as a 2024 Texas Super Lawyer, a distinguished honor that highlights his exceptional skills, legal prowess, and commitment to serving his clients. Super Lawyers is a…

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2024 What Happens When You Get A DWI in Texas?

Driving while intoxicated (DWI), also called driving under the influence (DUI), is one of the most commonly prosecuted crimes throughout the United States. Despite every state enforcing strong laws aimed at discouraging DWI, drivers continue to endanger themselves and others by driving while impaired by…

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Misdemeanor vs. Felony in Texas: What’s the Difference? 2024

Nearly all criminal charges outlined in the Texas Penal Code can be categorized into one of two types of offense: misdemeanors and felonies. Generally, misdemeanors represent lesser crimes and carry lighter penalties, while felonies are far more serious and are more severely punished. Nevertheless, both…

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Texas Gun Laws – All You Need To Know

Gun Laws in Texas The state of Texas has a long history with firearms, and as of 2024, there have been several changes to the state's gun laws. In 2021, HB 1927 was signed into law, allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license or…

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Is DWI a Felony in Texas? 2024

Though driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a fairly common offense, the punishments can be significant. A single mistake can alter a person’s entire future, especially if they are underage or are just entering the workforce. Regardless of your circumstances, it is important to understand what…

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How to Expunge a DWI in Texas? 2024

When you work hard to build up a reputation, a career, and a life for yourself, it can be really life-altering when a mistake threatens to shake the foundations of everything that you have created. Thankfully, there is the option of getting certain charges wiped…

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Texas Crime Rate by City 2024

Texas has a population of over 29 million residents, almost 300,000 square miles of land, and is easily one of the largest states in all of the U.S. Because of its size and location; there are thousands of cities across the state that allow residents…

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