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Joseph Ruiz
Texas Crime Rate by City 2023

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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Joseph Ruiz
How Long Does a DWI Stay on Your Record in Texas? (2023)

Most states have laws pertaining to expungement or expunction, and this can be an invaluable legal mechanism if you have a criminal record that is interfering with your life in any way. For example, if you were convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI), the record…

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Joseph Ruiz
Texas DWI Laws And Penalties – All You Need To Know

Every state upholds different laws pertaining to driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). Texas DWI laws are quite strict compared to other states, and even a first conviction can carry severe consequences for the defendant. If you are arrested and charged…

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Joseph Ruiz
What Is the Difference Between Homicide, Murder, and Manslaughter?

Facing criminal charges of any kind can be a life-changing experience, and the penalties for taking another life are some of the most severe that may be assigned under state law. The terms homicide, murder, and manslaughter are often used interchangeably, but the reality is…

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Joseph Ruiz
Ruiz Law Secures Dismissal For Client Offered 4 Years In Prison

In this post, I’ll talk about the importance of hiring a lawyer that works on his or her craft daily. Many people may not realize this, but the law is not static. Quite the opposite, it’s constantly changing, either by legislative action or judicial interpretation…

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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…

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Joseph Ruiz
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…

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Joseph Ruiz
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…

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Joseph Ruiz
Felon in Possession of a Firearm

I recently represented a client charged with felon in possession of a firearm, a 3rd degree felony with a potential punishment range of 2-10 years in prison.  He was stopped on a minor traffic violation and, after police learned that he had several outstanding traffic…

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Joseph Ruiz
How to Hire the Right Criminal Defense Lawyer in Houston, TX

In today’s world of social media, smartphones, internet marketing, and with there being a surplus of lawyers in the marketplace, deciding which lawyer to hire for a criminal charge can be a daunting task, especially for those with no experience in the criminal justice system.…

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