Getting the Charges Against You Dropped or Dismissed

Just because you have been charged with a crime does mean you are guaranteed to end up with a criminal record. Never assume your case is hopeless or a lost cause. Although an arrest can make you feel like there is no chance of reclaiming your life, it’s important to remember that prosecutors have the highest burden of proof in our justice system. At Mark Diaz & Associates, we pride ourselves on helping people minimize the charges against them. In many cases, we can even get them dismissed or withdrawn. Continue reading

Does Texas Have a Three Strikes Law?

When most people hear the term “three strikes law,” they usually think of California, which has been the subject of much controversy over the years.

What you may not know is that Texas also has a three strikes law, which punishes offenders for repeat penalties. After a third felony, offenders in Texas face 25 years to life in prison. Baseball fans will recognize the phrase from the game, which makes a batter out after three pitches. Continue reading

What Is Parole?

Watch any crime or legal drama on TV, and you are likely to hear the word “parole.” Many people have a vague idea of what it means, but they aren’t quite sure of the specifics.

When a person is sentenced to prison, they are given a set amount of time behind bars. In certain cases, the court may allow the person to get out early if they satisfy a number of conditions. Not everyone has the option to get paroled early, and some people initially qualify for parole but do not meet the requirements necessary to obtain an early release when they go before the parole board. Continue reading

Simple Assault Is Not Always So Simple

When you hear the words “simple assault,” you might picture a scuffle in a bar or a quick fight involving a couple of punches. The phrase doesn’t necessarily sound like a big deal, but simple assault can describe a wide variety of actions. In reality, a simple assault case can be quite complex, with serious consequences for your future. Continue reading

What Are the Most Common Federal Crimes?

Many criminal offenses are prosecuted at the state level, but the federal government has jurisdiction over certain crimes. Because federal convictions often result in more severe sentences, it is very important to work with an experienced attorney knowledgeable about federal criminal defense if you are facing a federal prosecution. Continue reading

How Common Is Assault Against Men?

In Texas, an individual can be charged with misdemeanor or felony assault depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime. Under the Penal Code, a person can be charged with assault for intentionally or knowingly threatening another person, including a spouse, with imminent bodily injury. This means an aggressor does not necessarily have to physically touch the other person to be charged with assault. Continue reading

5 Facts about Cocaine

Cocaine is a common recreational drug, but many people are unaware of its long and sometimes shocking history.

Although most people know cocaine is an illegal substance that is incredibly addictive and destructive, there are many facts about cocaine likely to surprise you. Here are five interesting facts about cocaine, as stated by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Continue reading

The Police Called Me. What Should I Do?

Getting a phone call from a police officer or detective can be a frightening experience. If you have been contacted by law enforcement authorities informing you that you are under investigation, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney right away. In some cases, police take advantage of the subject’s ignorance of the law and his or her rights. You may inadvertently say something that could lead police to charge you with a crime. Continue reading