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If you’ve been arrested for a crime, the time to find an experienced criminal defense lawyer is now. The attorneys at J.D. Silva & Associates understand there are few things more overwhelming than facing criminal charges. From the moment you come to us, you can trust that we will work tirelessly to build the best possible case on your behalf.

An arrest is not a conviction, and there is still hope to secure your rights and freedom. When you work with a J.D. Silva and Associates you get more than just another attorney. As your criminal defense attorneys, you get an advocate that will be there by your side—every step of the way. Someone to guide you, to look out for you, and fight for your best possible outcome.

Experienced Defense Matters When You’re Facing Criminal Charges

Felony ConvictionWhen you’ve been criminally charged, it is absolutely critical that you hire a defense attorney to help you navigate your case through the criminal justice system.  You need a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who isn’t learning on the job but, has successfully resolved a criminal matter like yours before.

We know just how stressful, frustrating, and upsetting this process can be, and how easily it is to feel overwhelmed. The legal system can be frightening and the law confusing, but you don’t have to face it alone. In the time immediately following an arrest, you will likely have a lot of questions, concerns, and fears. As your attorneys, your best interest is our main concern and we will answer any questions you have about criminal law and the legal process.

Criminal Defense Lawyers Protecting Your Rights

J.D. Silva & Associates has experience successfully representing countless clients in a wide range of criminal defense cases in Pearland, Brazoria County, Houston, and Harris County. We’ve represented clients in cases involving but not limited to juvenile crimes, criminal trespassing, prostitution, solicitation, sexual assault or rape, violent crimes, arson, murder or manslaughter.

We can assist you with the following charges:

Conducir en estado de ebriedad (DWI) Texas law prohibits drivers from operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more. A first time offense for driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a Class B misdemeanor and could lead to a sentence of up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, alcohol assessments and treatment, and the suspension of your driver’s license for anywhere from 90 days to 12 months. A second offense is a Class A misdemeanor and could lead to a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail. Additional DWI convictions will be considered felonies and can result in much longer prison sentences, higher fines, longer license suspension, and much stricter probation terms once the prison sentence has been served. We realize being pulled over by law enforcement and going through the process of a DWI arrest can be overwhelming and upsetting. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start fighting on your behalf.

Hurto / Robo / Atraco El hurto se define bajo la ley de Texas como tomar ilegalmente propiedad de cualquier tipo de su dueño con la intención de privar al dueño de esa propiedad. Si un propietario no da su consentimiento o si una persona acepta conscientemente la propiedad robada, se puede aplicar un cargo de hurto. Los cargos por hurto varían según el valor de la propiedad robada, desde un delito menor de Clase C por robo de artículos valorados en menos de $ 100 hasta un delito grave de primer grado por un valor superior a $ 300,000.

  • Theft – Theft charges are elevated to robbery charges if an individual causes physical injury to another person or if the individual places another person in fear of physical injury or death while trying to steal from them. Robbery is a second-degree felony offense and could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. If serious physical injury occurs or a deadly weapon is shown, then it becomes aggravated robbery and a first-degree felony offense – with a conviction potentially resulting in up to 99 years in prison and fine of up to $10,000.
  • Burglary – El robo con allanamiento de morada es un delito que se comete cuando una persona ingresa a una vivienda o edificio sin el consentimiento del propietario y con la intención de cometer un robo, asalto o un delito grave. Los cargos por robo con allanamiento de morada son delitos graves que varían en severidad según el tipo de estructura ingresada. El encarcelamiento puede variar desde seis meses en la cárcel estatal hasta 99 años (dependiendo del título) y todos incurren en un hallazgo de hasta $ 10,000.

Drug Crimes – Under Texas law, it is illegal to possess, distribute, manufacture, cultivate, or traffic illegal drugs, synthetic drugs, or controlled substances. This also includes the possession of prescription drugs without a lawful prescription and the possession of drug paraphernalia. Some of the most common drugs are arrested for include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly referred to as acid), and ecstasy. At J.D. Silva & Associates, our attorneys can provide criminal defense for clients charged with:

  • Cultivo
  • Fabricación
  • Transporte
  • Ventas
  • Distribución
  • Trata
  • Posesión de una sustancia controlada
  • Posesión ilegal de medicamentos recetados o talonarios de recetas en blanco

In addition to being a state crime, some drug offenses also violate federal law. The Controlled Substances Act went into effect in 1971 at the height of the war on drugs. The Act established drug policy and penalties to be regulated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The penalties for drug crimes vary greatly based on the type of drug, type of crime, and whether or not the crime is a federal or state crime. For state crimes, first offenses can range from misdemeanors to felonies and include penalties like jail time and extensive fines. State felonies are much more serious, as they come with extensive jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. It cannot be overstated how serious federal drug crimes are. The penalties for federal drug crimes could leave a person in prison for the rest of his or her life.

Expunctions / Non-Disclosures – Si bien la mayoría de las condenas no se pueden eliminar del registro de una persona, la ley de Texas permite que las personas excluyan información sobre un arresto, cargo o condena de sus registros permanentes en determinadas circunstancias. Esta remoción se llama expunción. Una vez que se sella el registro de una persona, toda la información se excluye de sus antecedentes penales y posteriormente la persona puede negar legalmente que el incidente haya ocurrido.

Los registros potenciales elegibles para la expunción incluyen:

  • Un arresto por un crimen del que nunca fue sentenciado
  • Un cargo criminal que finalmente fue desestimado
  • Ciertos delitos menores calificados para menores
  • Condena de un menor por ciertos delitos relacionados con el alcohol
  • Condena por no asistir a la escuela
  • Arresto de una persona que no está acusada si no se presenta un caso y no hay un delito grave que surja de la misma transacción por la cual la persona fue arrestada
  • • Arresto de una persona que nunca ha sido acusada formalmente, independientemente de si el estatuto de limitaciones ha expirado, si la oficina del fiscal certifica que los registros y archivos no son necesarios para su uso en ninguna investigación criminal o enjuiciamiento de otra persona.
  • Arresto, acusación o condena en el expediente de una persona debido al robo de identidad por parte de otra persona que fue realmente arrestada, acusada o condenada por el delito.
  • Condena por un delito que luego fue absuelto por el tribunal de primera instancia o el Tribunal de Apelaciones en lo Penal
  • Condena por un delito que luego fue indultado por el gobernador de Texas o el presidente de los Estados Unidos.

Además, las personas de Texas pueden solicitar que se sellen sus antecedentes penales mediante una orden de no divulgación, incluidos los antecedentes penales. Una orden de no divulgación prohíbe a las entidades públicas (como tribunales y departamentos de policía) divulgar antecedentes penales particulares. Estos tipos de órdenes solo están disponibles si:

  • La condena es por un delito menor
  • El delito no fue por operar un vehículo en estado de ebriedad o un delito de crimen organizado
  • El delito no fue de naturaleza violenta ni sexual
  • Todos los términos de la sentencia se completaron en su totalidad

Both expunctions and nondisclosures are powerful and effective tools for giving you a fresh start. After expunging your criminal history in Texas, you are legally allowed to deny that you were ever arrested in employment applications and in other contexts. Our attorneys are experienced in expunctions and can assist you or a loved one.

J.D. Silva & Associates | Pearland Criminal Defense Attorney

Based in Pearland, TX, we serve clients in the greater Houston and Harris County surrounding areas, including Brazoria County, Galveston County, and Fort Bend County. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today and schedule your free consultation.

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