Flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Handcuffs on your wrists. The back seat of a police car. The inside of a jail cell. All these experiences are frightening and unfamiliar, but they are just the beginning of your ordeal when you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Texas. In those early moments, the questions and uncertainty can be overwhelming: What will happen to me? How will this affect my job, family, reputation, and future? Will I go to prison? What should I do now?
At the Law Office of W. Todd Ver Weire, we understand how much is at stake for you if you face criminal charges in Texas. We also know that you may not fully understand your rights, the process, or the criminal justice system. You could make costly missteps if you’re not careful, and you have critical and urgent decisions to make that will significantly impact the outcome of your case. No decision is more impactful than your choice of a criminal defense lawyer.
We aggressively protect the rights of those accused of criminal charges in Texas. Our goal is always an acquittal or dismissal of the charges, but we will explore every viable option to minimize the impact a criminal charge can have on our clients’ lives and careers. This includes advocating for alternatives to prosecution and incarceration for those whose legal troubles arise from mental health or substance abuse issues, such as Veteran Treatment Court, DWI\Drug Treatment Court, a Pre-Trial Intervention Program (for misdemeanors), and the applicable Mental Health Docket.
We treat our clients with respect and without judgment. We know good people sometimes make poor decisions, but we also know police and prosecutors can make mistakes or engage in misconduct that wrongfully places innocent people in legal jeopardy. With understanding and compassion, and with the experience and tenacity needed to obtain the best possible outcome, we defend against and defeat a wide range of charges in state and federal court, from minor drug offenses to some of the most serious felonies, including:
Driving Under the Influence
Even if it is your first offense, the consequences of an arrest for driving under the influence (DWI) in Texas are harsh and immediate. If you don’t act quickly, you could lose your driving privileges. If you are convicted, you face serious penalties that could land you in jail, cost you thousands of dollars, restrict your ability to drive, and leave you saddled with a criminal record that will follow you for decades to come.
It is critical to contact an experienced Texas DWI defense lawyer as soon after your arrest as possible so they can take the steps needed to keep your driver’s license from being suspended and protect you from the severe fallout that comes with a DWI conviction. Learn more about DWI Defense.
An argument that gets out of hand, a road rage incident, a fistfight in a bar – all these somewhat common incidents and many more can lead to an assault charge and conviction in Texas. Prosecutors can convict you of assault, and you can face severe penalties even if you never made physical contact with or hurt the alleged victim. But if you caused someone bodily harm, if your acts or words involved using a firearm or other weapon, or if you assaulted a person afforded special protection under Texas law, be prepared for even more severe consequences. We vigorously defend individuals against assault charges of all degrees and severity. Learn more about Assault Defense.
Few criminal charges in Texas can upend your life faster and more impactfully than one involving domestic violence. In fact, your world can be thrown into turmoil instantly, even well before you have been charged with a crime. The mere allegation that you have committed an act of domestic violence – whether true or not – can be enough to remove you from your home and be separated from your kids, among other severe consequences. If you do not take a charge of domestic violence as seriously as Texas police and prosecutors do, you could risk everything. We will protect you and your rights from the fallout that follows an arrest and work tirelessly to obtain the best result. Learn more about Domestic Violence Defense.
Don’t be fooled by how other states treat marijuana. It is still against the law in Texas, and even possessing small amounts of pot can have big consequences. Not only can such a conviction result in a driver’s license suspension, but it can also make it difficult to pursue certain careers or obtain professional licensing in various fields. Do NOT let what appears to be a minor case cause a life-long impact. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you weather the storm. Learn more about Marijuana Offense Defense.
Even “minor” theft charges can have a major impact on your life beyond costly fines or time behind bars. A conviction for shoplifting, robbery, identity theft, embezzlement, or other theft crimes will leave a stain on your reputation that will be hard to remove long after your sentence ends. The presumptions of dishonesty and untrustworthiness accompanying a theft conviction can limit your employment, financial, and educational opportunities and create obstacles for you for years to come. We will do everything in our power to help you avoid these consequences. Learn more about Theft Offense Defense.
Call the Law Office of W. Todd Ver Weire Today for Aggressive Defense Against Criminal Charges
If you face Texas criminal charges, don’t try to navigate the ordeal alone. Please contact the Law Office of W. Todd Ver Weire and complete our online form to arrange a consultation.