I provide exceptional representation to men and women accused of crimes in the Houston/Galveston area.
Mark Diaz – Experienced Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer
When you have been charged with a crime, you need an experienced lawyer who focuses exclusively on defending criminal cases and who will aggressively protect your rights. Throughout my career, I have successfully handled every type of criminal defense case. More importantly, criminal defense is the only thing I do. I have witnessed firsthand how a criminal charge can negatively impact every area of a person’s life. As a lawyer, I consider it a privilege to help people during this stressful time in their lives. Call me today at (409) 515-6170 for a free consultation to discuss
Assault and Battery
Texas Assault and Battery Explained
Assault and battery are two of the most frequently misunderstood criminal charges. Because state laws vary widely on what constitutes an assault or a battery, most people have only a vague understanding of what these crimes mean. In Texas, assault and battery fall under the same section of the state’s penal code. Texas law refers to these crimes as “assaultive offenses” that encompass both traditional common law assault and battery. Any intentional, knowing, or reckless harm, threat of harm, or bodily contact with another person is an assaultive offense.
You don’t necessarily have to touch another person to be charged with assault. Under
White Collar Crime/Fraud
What is a “White Collar Crime”?
Because numerous high profile individuals have been convicted of white collar crimes in recent years, many people believe you must be a celebrity or a Wall Street tycoon to face these types of charges. In reality, white collar crime is a catch-all term for a variety of criminal offenses that typically involve ordinary people.
The phrase “white collar crime” was created to describe a range of criminal acts that involve fraud and deceit. Because most of these charges involve non-violent crimes committed by office workers in a business setting, the term refers to the type of white dress shirt that was
A Sexual Assault Charge Can Cost You More than Your Freedom
Being charged with sexual assault is a humiliating experience that can destroy relationships, ruin employment prospects, and inflict irreparable damage on an individual’s reputation. Even if the charges are ultimately dismissed, individuals accused of sex crimes are often permanently ostracized. If convicted, offenders face fines, prison time, and registration as a sex offender. Due to the stigma attached to the sex offender registry, a conviction can impact your life forever. Because the penalties for sexual assault are so personally, financially, and emotionally damaging, your lawyer must be prepared to aggressively defend you from arrest to
The Most Serious Crime in the Texas Penal Code
If you have been charged with a form of homicide, you may have already been convicted in the court of public opinion. Although the American justice system assumes that individuals accused of crimes are innocent until proven otherwise, society often judges a person guilty before he even sets foot in a courtroom. If you are facing a murder charge, friends and family members may have turned their backs on you. The seriousness of the allegations involved and the potential consequences can leave you feeling isolated, overwhelmed, and anxious. That is why you need an experienced homicide defense
Federal Criminal Defense
Defending Your Rights in Federal Court
Although most Texas criminal cases are filed in state court, a select number of cases are filed in the federal criminal justice system. Charges brought in federal court generally involve the most serious crimes, such as murder, drug-related offenses, and white collar crimes. In general, federal convictions usually result in longer prison sentences and harsher penalties than those imposed by state law.
Being charged with a crime in federal court can be an intimidating experience. Government prosecutors have tremendous resources at their disposal. It is common for federal cases to involve detailed investigations conducted by federal agencies, such as the FBI
A DWI Charge Can Put Your Life on Hold
When it comes to DWI in Texas, even a criminal charge alone can derail your life. A single arrest can seriously jeopardize your job, your freedom, and your reputation. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you can’t afford to delay your defense. Because the penalties for DWI are harsh, you need an attorney who knows how to aggressively defend your rights. Although I believe that no one should get behind the wheel without being completely in control, I also ardently believe that everyone deserves a chance to contest unfair and inaccurate charges. I have the knowledge
Drug Manufacturing Involves Severe Penalties
Texas law imposes various penalties for drug-related crimes, including possession, trafficking, and manufacturing. Manufacturing includes growing, cultivating, and producing controlled substances to be sold illegally. Because manufacturing typically involves producing large quantities for distribution, the consequences are much more severe than those for other drug crimes.
Manufacturing charges can also be brought in federal court, where the penalties are often more serious. A single conviction can result in fines as high as $250,000 and prison sentences that go all the way up to 99 years. If you are facing a manufacturing charge, do not assume you will be convicted. I have successfully
Burglary, Robbery & Theft
Everyone makes mistakes. Financial difficulties, health setbacks, and life circumstances often make people desperate. Difficult situations can lead them to make spur of the moment decisions they later regret. In criminal cases, what seemed like a short-term solution often results in long-term consequences. Under Texas law, burglary, robbery, and theft are distinct crimes that involve taking property from an individual or business without permission.
Burglary involves entering a private home or closed public building uninvited with the intention of committing a theft or assault. In Texas, breaking into a vehicle or coin-operated machine with the intent to steal also constitutes burglary. It does not matter if
False Charges Are Very Common
In Texas, domestic violence is part of a criminal charge referred to as “family violence.” Under the Texas criminal code, family violence is an assault against a member of the accused’s household. This can be a spouse, child, or other individual who lives in the home.
Although family violence is a serious and very real crime, this area of law is also rife with false allegations. When police are called to the scene of a domestic disturbance, they often arrest first and ask questions later. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to accuse their partner of domestic violence to gain an advantage
Drug Trafficking Is On the Rise
Geography makes Texas a drug trafficking hotspot. Other southwestern states, such as California and Arizona, face similar challenges in minimizing the amount of illegal substances that pour across the US border each year. Millions of dollars’ worth of dangerous, illegal substances cross state borders annually. Because it is relatively easy to transport these items across the Texas-Mexico line, drug trafficking is a serious problem in the Lone Star State. As a result, Texas imposes strict penalties on drug trafficking offenders.
Because these substances devastate lives and contribute to violence, the government continues to enforce harsh penalties on those who engage in
Texas Drug Crime Law Is Complex
Unless you have a pharmacology degree, you will probably have a tough time deciphering Texas’s drug crime laws. Found under Chapter 481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, the provisions that govern drug possession are a complex maze of rules and regulations. Related crimes include possession with intent to distribute, drug manufacturing, prescription drug crimes, and drug trafficking. Because drug possession is a serious crime that can result in life-changing penalties, it is absolutely imperative to work with a Texas criminal defense lawyer who understands the law in this area.
Drug Possession Basics
Drug possession offenders are prosecuted based on three
When you are faced with the intimidating and complex issues surrounding the possibility of deportation, it is essential to have qualified and experienced legal representation.
The immigration process is one of the most difficult and confusing processes an individual can go through, and the consequences are too risky to attempt it on your own. With the help of Mark Diaz you can ensure you are on your way to achieving your dream of completing the immigration process in the United States. Our staff is equipped to provide assistance both in English and Spanish. Choosing an attorney is very important, as you could risk deportation,