CRIMINAL LAW

STATE CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Drug Cases

A drug charge can range from the possession of small amounts of drugs to the manufacture and distribution of major quantities of drugs.

The state of Texas has some of the harshest penalties for drug possession, but there may be some defenses to the charges against you.  You have a “presumption of innocence” when charged with a crime and the State of Texas has to prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.  Saenz & Billhymer Law will work your criminal case thoroughly and get the best defense presented, available to you with the evidence in place, and under the laws of Texas.

Drug Charges

Drug Possession: Drug possession can range anywhere from a class B misdemeanor for small amounts of marijuana to felony drug possession for controlled substances. For the prosecution to prove a person guilty, they must make the jury or judge believe that the accused had care, custody and control of the illegal or controlled drug. An experienced drug possession attorney, like those at our firm, will know how to attack the state’s case on this issue. There may be several defenses to possession and possibilities available to avoid a conviction on your permanent record.

Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute: Being charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute increases the seriousness of any drug related charge. Several factors could lead to this charge, including storing controlled substances in small packages or even having a notepad with phone numbers and schedules in the defendant’s home.  Know your rights, keep your mouth shut if the police come calling, and call Saenz & Billhymer Law to protect your rights and ensure you have due process under the la

DWI/DUI

“DUI” is short for “Driving Under the Influence” and “DWI” means “Driving While Intoxicated.” In Texas, both crimes are related to individuals driving a vehicle in a public place with a deficiency of mental or physical faculties because of the use of alcohol or any other drug.

This offenses have many issues that derive from the arrest; including but not limited to license suspensions. DUIs and DWIs can lead to punishments from your standard probation and fines to jail time. Punishments range and depending on the facts of the case, punishments may be enhanced.  By far the most complicated misdemeanor, and most costly.  DWI/DUI’s definitely require an experienced advocate on your team.  Saenz & Billhymer Law stand ready to be that advocate.

Assault

When it comes to violent crimes in Texas, assault is one of the most common charges you can face.  Aggravated assault, on the other hand, is one of the most serious and can come with it prison time.

You can be charged with assault not just for intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing injury or offensive physical contact with another person, but also even for just threatening someone with imminent bodily injury. Under state law, there are generally two categories of assault charges you can be charged with—simple assault and aggravated assault.

Assault Definition

In Texas, you can be charged with assault for engaging in the following actions:

Felony Assault

Your assault charges may be elevated to felony level assault or aggravated assault for a number of reasons, including: serious bodily injury to the alleged victim, the use of a deadly weapon, or assaulting an elderly person or child

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Burglary/Robbery

Burglary is a theft crime that involves the entering of a building or other premises without permission and with the intention of committing a crime. If it is proven that another intention was present in addition to theft, it may be charged as a first degree felony.

Theft

Texas Theft Crimes have mostly been combined into a single Theft offense in the Texas Penal Code. Texas does not have separate offenses for “larceny,” “embezzlement,” “theft by false pretext,” “extortion” or “receiving or concealing stolen property.” These offenses were consolidated into the singular “Theft” offense.  The offense of theft is what we call a “graduated” offense, as the dollar amount of the alledged stolen property ties in directly to what level of crime you can be charged, by the prosecuting attorney.

Sex Offenses

Even the mere hint of a sex crime allegation is enough to ruin someone’s reputation permanently. For this reason, it is important that people who are facing these charges seek help from a legal professional as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances of your case and the nature of your charges, you could be facing years behind bars, fines, and a permanent place on the sex offender registry.

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Child Sexual Abuse & Possession of Child Pornography

A person can be convicted of the possession or promotion of child pornography if they knowingly had any type of visual material of a child under the age of 18 displayed in sexual activity. Someone who is convicted of possession of child pornography could be charged with a second degree felony under this law.  A person can be charged at the State or Federal level for actual pornographic material or digital materials on your computer.  Julya Billhymer can help you in either situation, don’t take any action before “lawyering up” regarding sex or pornography investigations.  Call today!

What makes child sexual abuse different from the other types of sex crimes is the frequency of the assaults, also takes into account the age of the victim and the abuser. The abuser had to be 17 years or older at the time and the child had to be 14 years of age or younger. The types of abuse include sexual assault, sexual performance by a child, trafficking, prostitution, indecency with a child, and more. This offense is classified as a first degree felony and you could be put in prison anywhere from 25 years to life if you are convicted.

Any alleged offense against a child is classified at the top level of seriousness in Texas.  Proper and thorough defense is an absolute need, Saenz & Billhymer Law will work tirelessly to present an equal top level defense on your behalf.

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Insurance Fraud

Insurance fraud cases normally involves using a fraudulent insurance claim in order to obtain insurance benefits. This includes attempting to gain a financial benefit from the insurance company, another insured party, or from a state or federal governmental agency.

This crime includes life insurance fraud, workers’ compensation fraud, property insurance fraud, unemployment insurance fraud, health care insurance and others. This includes fraud by the patient as well as the healthcare provider.

Drug Cases

Though many drug charges are prosecuted in Texas state courts, many high level drug crimes involving large conspiracies, complex drug cartels or large amounts of drugs or money are prosecuted at the federal level. Typically, drug crimes prosecuted in federal courts are more serious than those prosecuted by the State of Texas, and carry harsher penalties, and in most cases demand mandatory minimum sentences.

The most common types of federal drug charges include large conspiracies involving drug trafficking, importation, manufacturing and related money laundering. Sentencing for federal drug crimes can vary depending on the circumstances, amount, and type of drug involved, but may include lengthy prison sentences and massive fines.

Theft

This category involves those cases commonly referred to as white collar crimes. The offenses most commonly charged under this category include: concealing assets during a bankruptcy; filing a false claim for postal or pension loss; possessing false papers in order to defraud the United States; making false credit applications; bank and deposit account fraud; using a computer, radio, or television to commit a fraud against another; and money laundering.

Mail Fraud

Mail fraud is defined as the use of the U.S. Postal Service in any criminal attempt to gain money or things of value. The original crime carries its own penalties in addition to the penalties involved with mail fraud, regardless of whether the original crime is tax fraud, health care fraud, or any other number of possible offenses.

By using the Postal Service or other private or commercial interstate carrier, the crime is raised to the level of mail fraud and therefore incurs enhanced punishment, which may include a separate federal prosecution for crimes that would otherwise be matters of state jurisdiction.

Weapons charges

Weapons offenses are violations of federal statutes that regulate deadly weapons, such as firearm, which is defined as any weapon designed, or converted, to expel a projectile by use of an explosive. It also describes a weapon by its frame, a firearm muffler, silencer, or any destructive device.

Federal law also regulates the purchase, sale, possession, manufacture, distribution of firearms, and prohibits the sale of firearms to certain groups of people, including convicted felons. It also bans certain firearms, such as semiautomatic assault weapons and machine guns.

There are a wide range of weapons charges that can be prosecuted in federal court, including illegal possession, firearms trafficking, violent crimes, or federal crimes that involve the unlawful use of a firearm. For example:

Weapon offenses are often charged in conjunction with other crimes such as bank robbery, drug violations, kidnapping, and murder.

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