Criminal law is a complicated and complex field. The TPL FAQ is built to provide straightforward answers to important, often-asked questions. From basic details concerning punishment ranges, to nuanced legal defense strategies, it’s all here. The FAQ articles are divided into eight popular categories: 

  • Constitutional Rights: these articles cover the important and powerful rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, including the right to trial, due process, confrontation, and counsel.
  • Criminal Charges:the articles in this category relate to criminal charges, and the rules, laws, and concepts associated with them. Burden of Proof, Deferred Adjudication, and what kinds of charges stay on a person’s permanent record are covered here.
  • Driver’s Licenses: driver’s licenses are considered a privilege in Texas, not a right. This makes navigating the process of license suspensions and eligibility complicated. The articles in this section provide clear answers to complicated questions.
  • DWI Charges: the articles in this section take an in-depth approach to explaining the details of DWI defense, as well as the impact of both a DWI arrest and conviction.-
  • Expungement: clean records are the best records, and this section’s articles comprehensively cover the details of deleting and sealing old criminal charges.
  • Felony Charges: felony charges in Texas come with serious and severe consequences. The articles in this section cover the range of punishment, potential defenses, and other important details concerning every felony in the Texas Penal Code.
  • Misdemeanor Charges: the articles in this category cover the nuanced details of every single misdemeanor offense in the Texas Penal Code from Riot to Cockfighting.
  • Probation: most criminal cases result in community supervision in Texas. The articles in this section cover important information about probation, from what to do if you fail a drug test, to the steps involved in terminating probation early.


Texas Open Container Laws

In Texas, an open container is anything containing any amount of alcohol that is not sealed. This includes capped, but...

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What happens if I plead guilty to a DWI charge?

Pleading guilty to a DWI charge in Texas results in a permanent criminal conviction. Additional consequences include l...

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Can you go to jail for a DWI in Texas?

Everyone charged with DWI in Texas, even first-time offenders, faces a minimum of 6 months in jail. Texas DWI Penaltie...

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Is it worth fighting a DWI charge?

Driver’s convicted of DWI charges can face years of jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and fees, the loss of d...

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Can a DWI be expunged in Texas?

A DWI conviction cannot be expunged in Texas. However, a DWI charge that did not result in a final conviction can be e...

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How to beat a DWI in Texas

To beat a DWI charge in Texas, you must assert and protect your constitutional rights. You must utilize due process to...

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How much does a DWI attorney cost?

The cost for DWI representation in Texas varies widely. While most attorneys bill at an hourly rate, DWI lawyers often wor...

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How much is bail for a DWI in Texas?

How much is bail for DWI in Texas? Bail for first-time DWI charges in Texas rarely exceeds $5,000.00. This is the first...

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Will DWI show up on a background check in Texas?

Yes -- DWI charges show up on a background check forever in Texas. If the DWI was dismissed without probation, it is e...

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Is a DWI in Texas a misdemeanor or felony?

DWI and DWI 2nd are misdemeanor offenses in Texas. Among other things, each can carry up to one year in jail and up to a $...

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    Driving facts involved failing to maintain a single lane and speeding. Client refused breath test and forced law enforcement to obtain search warrant for blood. Blood test result was not used after challenge from Defense, and State waived and abandoned charge.



    Client was a college student, worried about the collateral consequences of an alcohol offense. After negotiation and review of the traffic stop, the case was dismissed. Client received no criminal conviction. The charge was later expunged and deleted from client’s record.



    Client was involved in minor accident. Client was at fault in accident. A young executive, client was concerned that a criminal conviction for DWI would result in termination. After review of the traffic stop, it was clear the officer lacked probable cause for arrest. State eventually dismissed DWI charge. Client received no criminal conviction.


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    Client, a military veteran, was facing up to one year in jail. State could not prove intoxication by alcohol, and was prepared to proceed on loss of use by marijuana. After challenging the State to prove that marijuana was ingested at or near time of driving, and that marijuana impaired client’s driving, the State dismissed the case on the day of trial.



    Driving facts involved a false claim by police that taillight was out. After challenging the reasonable suspicion for the traffic stop, the State was forced to dismiss the case when video did not match police report. Client has since expunged arrest, and has no criminal record.



    Client is a public school teacher and faced immediate termination upon conviction. The facts of the case were bad. State was unwilling to budge in negotiation, and matter was set for trial – the last shot at avoiding a conviction and preserving client’s livelihood. State was forced to dismiss on day of trial. Client has no criminal record, and has since expunged the DWI arrest.

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