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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I have been arrested in Texas?

If you find yourself under arrested by an officer in Wichita Falls or anywhere in Texas, it is important to answer identification questions (such as your name, home address, etc.) truthfully. It’s true that anything you say to an arresting officer can later be used against you in court, so it’s best not to lie about your identity. On that same note, don’t say anything else before you have spoken to a trusted Texas criminal defense attorney. If you have been arrested in Texas, the first thing you should do is call The Law Offices of Ryan M. Streich, P.C.



Do I have rights if I have been accused of a crime in Texas?

Your rights as a U.S. citizen are protected under the Constitution, and it’s very important you know these rights if you are facing arrest. The right to remain silent, the right to a fair public trial, the right to good legal representation and the right to reasonable bail are just a few you should know about in the case of an arrest for criminal charges. If you are unsure about your rights or if you or someone you know has been arrested in Texas, call a competent Wichita Falls criminal defense lawyer.

How do I get out of jail after I’ve been arrested in Texas?

When you are arrested, bail in the form of a monetary amount may be set in exchange for your release until your trial. The amount of the bail is determined by the type of crime that was committed and your prior criminal record, if any. Paying the bail will release you from jail provided you promise to show up for your trial at a later date. There are many types of bail bonds available, and a friend or relative may be able to help you obtain one of these bonds. Call The Law Offices of Ryan M. Streich, P.C. to set up a consultation about your individual case and to see what we can do for you.

What should I do if a friend or a loved one of mine has been arrested?

It’s never easy to get that call. But if someone you know has been arrested for a crime in Texas, call The Law Offices of Ryan M. Streich, P.C. right away. Our dedicated criminal defense attorney can walk you through the process of helping your friend or loved one, and will offer a defense strategy tailored to his or her individual case.

What kind of punishments can I expect if I’m convicted of a crime in Texas?

Punishments for criminal cases in Texas vary widely from case to case, and what you will face is determined on factors such as the type of crime that was committed, the location of the crime, the seriousness of the crime and much more. Punishments range anywhere from fines and penalties to incarceration in jail or prison. Texas is still a capital punishment state, and the death penalty is reserved for crimes deemed to be the most serious, including murder. It’s imperative you contact a skilled Texas criminal defense attorney at The Law Offices of Ryan M. Streich, P.C. right away if you have been charged with a crime in Wichita Falls or anywhere in Archer County, Clay County, Young County or the surrounding areas.

Do I even need a criminal defense lawyer?

It is not legally required to hire a criminal defense attorney for your case, but it is highly recommended. If you choose to represent yourself, you risk missing important information about your case that could help you. When you call The Law Offices of Ryan M. Streich, P.C., you can rest assured you will be working with a qualified Wichita Falls defense lawyer that will help you build the best case possible for your individual situation. Don’t risk your future by trying to defend yourself—call a Texas lawyer today.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

Every sentenced crime will carry either a misdemeanor or a felony charge. Typically, felonies are regarded as more serious crimes than misdemeanors, and as a result have longer and harsher sentences. In Texas, misdemeanors are usually punishable by a fine and/or confinement in jail for up to a year. Felonies, on the other hand, carry sentences of at least one year and often come paired with heavy monetary fines. They are usually presented before a grand jury as well. Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or a felony in Texas, you need a criminal defense lawyer you can trust. Call us today to get started.

What are the punishments for drug crimes in Texas?

Punishments for drug crimes vary widely depending on the schedule (type) of drug, the quantity of the drug in possession, and whether or not the drug was intended for sale. You may be convicted of a drug crime if the prosecutor can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were knowingly in possession or unlawfully in control of an illicit and controlled substance that violates the Texas Controlled Substances Act. For example, possession of a drug such as marijuana can be charged as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of less than $10,000 and up to 180 days in jail. However, possession of a large amount of marijuana or another controlled substance can be charged all the way up to a first degree felony.

The maximum sentence for conviction of a drug crime in Texas is up to 99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Texas has some of the harshest sentences for drug possession in the nation, which is why it’s so important you contact a qualified Texas criminal attorney right away if you have been arrested for drug possession.

What are the punishments for DUI in Texas?

First-time offenders convicted of DUI in Texas can face at least three and no more than 180 days in jail, up to $2,000 in fines and a driver’s license suspension between 90 days and one year. Second-time offenders convicted of DUI may face at least 30 days in jail, up to $4,000 in fines and a license suspension of no more than two years. Those charged for DUI that have had three or more previous convictions face two years in jail, up to $10,000 in fines and a license suspension between 180 days and two years. Second and third-time offenders must also have an interlock ignition device (IID) installed on their vehicle.

What happens if I refuse to take a breathalyzer test?

Because Texas has an implied consent law, if you refuse to submit to a chemical test you will be subject to a fine and automatic suspension of your driver’s license of 180 days for first-time offenders and two years for second and third-time offenders. It’s important to know that the officer must inform you of this punishment if you refuse to take the test. If you are arrested for DUI, the arresting officer must also provide to you, in writing, notice that your refusal to take a breathalyzer test can be used against you in court. For questions about your particular case, contact a knowledgeable Texas DUI lawyer at The Law Offices of Ryan M. Streich, P.C. today.

If you have additional questions not provided in our FAQ section regarding Texas criminal law, or if you need a criminal defense lawyer in Wichita Falls, call The Law Offices of Ryan M. Streich, P.C. at (940) 613-0115. We offer a free initial consultation!