Sugar Land, TX Criminal Defense Attorney
Top-Rated Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Sugar Land, Texas
As its sweet name implies, Sugar Land, Texas, is home to Imperial Sugar, a significant sugar producer with multiple sugar refineries throughout the United States. It is also one of Texas’ fastest-growing cities, with a nearly 50 percent job growth rate from 2000 to 2007. As of 2013, it is home to approximately 84,000 residents. It is also home to many golf courses and country clubs, as well as the Sugar Land Skeeters, a minor league baseball team.
At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, we are proud to support this community. Our criminal defense team is committed to protecting the legal rights of residents of Sugar Land. If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense in Sugar Land, TX or anywhere else in Fort Bend, County, please contact us today for immediate legal assistance. We will comprehensively review your circumstances and determine precisely what actions need to be taken to protect your legal rights, economic interests and your freedom.
Criminal Defense Services We Provide in Sugar Land
DWI and Intoxicated Driving
In Texas, as well as throughout the rest of the United States, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above 0.08 percent. If you are caught doing so, you will likely be charged with a DWI. For a first time DWI charge, an individual in Sugar Land, Texas could face the following penalties:
- Up to 180 days in jail;
- A fine of up to $2,000; and
- A driver’s license suspension for 90 days to one year.
The penalties for a DWI become steeper for any subsequent convictions. On an individual’s second DWI conviction, an interlock ignition device must be installed on the individual’s vehicle.
It should also be noted that in Texas, a driver’s BAC is measured with a chemical test. When an individual holds a Texas driver’s license, they give what is known as “implied consent” to submit to this type of test. Because of this, refusal to take a chemical test when asked to do so by law enforcement is a criminal offense in itself, with a penalty of a 180-day driver’s license suspension for the first offense and longer suspensions for second and subsequent refusals.
Under Texas law, sex crimes are defined as offenses that involve a sexual motive or a sexual element. Some of the most common examples are as follows:
- Sexual assault;
- Sexual harassment;
- Possession of child pornography;
- Public indecent acts;
- Statutory rape; and
- Sexual exploitation of a minor.
Sex crimes are among the most serious criminal charges. If you have been arrested for a sexual-based offense, you need a lawyer now. If you are convicted, you will be required to register with the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry.
Felony and Misdemeanor Charges
Our Southeast Texas criminal defense lawyers also handle a wide array of other felony and misdemeanor charges. When an individual is charged with a criminal offense, they face significant penalties, including fines, jail time, probation, and the loss of certain privileges, such as the privilege of owning a firearm. As such, professional legal protection is a must. Some common example of criminal cases we handle include:
- Drug charges, including possession, manufacturing, or distribution of controlled substances;
- Theft, including burglary;
- Traffic offenses;
- Assault and battery;
- Fraud and other white collar financial crimes; and
- Cruelty to animals.
Getting a Clean Record
Many people want their criminal charges reduced or dropped altogether. The faster you contact a skilled criminal defense attorney, the better your chances of having a favorable outcome. If you already have a criminal charge on your record, expungement could be an option for you. While there are a handful of requirements that can determine if you are eligible, working with us can help increase your chances of reducing or dropping your charges. We will work diligently to understand the details of your case, and to ensure that your rights are protected.
Contact Our Sugar Land Criminal Defense Attorneys Today
Do not speak to the police until you have begun working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. In the moments following your arrest and during law enforcement’s investigation of an offense, anything you can say can potentially be used to incriminate you. Allow a lawyer to determine what you say and to whom you say it.
At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, our Sugar Land defense lawyers are standing by, ready to fight to protect your legal rights. Our Texas Board-Certified criminal defense lawyer Tad Nelson, is a former Assistant District Attorney who has seen cases from every side. To request a confidential evaluation of your case, please call us today at (281) 280-0100 . We represent clients in Sugar Land and all around Fort Bend County.