Being arrested can be a terrifying experience. You are suddenly redefined by society. Your freedom, finances, and reputation are threatened, and the law is on the opposing team. The first thing you need is an experienced, highly skilled criminal defense attorney.
Ceja Law Firm PLLC, serving Houston and the surrounding counties, is a practice dedicated to protecting you and your rights. Lead attorney, Jose Ceja, is compassionate as well as legally savvy and will help you navigate the complexities of the judicial system, offering you a safe port.
What Our Criminal Defense Lawyer Will Do for You
Once you seek counsel with Ceja Law, you can relax, knowing that, in addition to presuming you innocent, we will listen to your story with sympathetic ears. Your cause will become our cause and we will fight aggressively to win your case. Whether you are accused of violating a state or federal statute, we will take the time to:
- Answer all your questions and clarify any legalese you don’t understand
- File any required paperwork promptly
- Interview any witnesses of the alleged crime
- Investigate your case thoroughly, examining all relevant police records
- Make all necessary court appearances and defend you vigorously
Most important of all, once we have all pertinent information relative to your case, we will strategize a proper defense to extricate you from this situation. It is always our goal to bring you, as we have brought so many other clients, to the best resolution of your conflict, whether it is a dismissal, an acquittal, a grand jury “no-bill,” or a reduction of charges.
Types of Crimes We Routinely Handle
Ceja law is well-prepared to defend you from any of the following charges:
Driving while intoxicated is a serious crime, never treated lightly. Nonetheless, the law punishes offenses on a scale that takes your criminal history into account. Your first conviction is a Class B Misdemeanor (or Class A if a chemical test alleges your blood or breath result is higher than a .15); your second conviction is a Class A Misdemeanor and your third conviction is a 3rd Degree Felony.
The penalties are much more likely to be harsh if you are a repeat offender, cause a death or serious injury, were driving recklessly or were driving with a child under the age of 15 as a passenger. Because you may be facing jail time as well as a very heavy fine, as your attorneys we have to be aggressive in our defense. Jose Ceja believes that every stage of a DWI investigation should be challenged – from the validity of the traffic stop, to the accuracy of the breath or blood test.
Possession of a Controlled Substance
Drug charges often result in extremely long prison sentences upon conviction. You should get legal representation as quickly as possible to save you from self-incrimination. Once Jose Ceja is on the case, you will have a protective barrier between you and the prosecution. As you are no doubt aware, the larger the quantity of drugs found on your person or in your control, the worse the charges can be. At a certain point, your crime will no longer considered “possession,” but “distribution” or even “drug trafficking.” This is why it is crucial to have a sharp criminal defense attorney at your side.
According to Texas Law, even though the crime is called “simple assault,” it is defined as “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caus[ing] bodily injury to another person,” or threatening to do so in a provocative manner, is punishable by up to one year in prison.
Family violence, also known as domestic abuse, is a crime committed against a family member or someone with whom you have a romantic or sexual relationship. Such a relationship may exist in the present or have existed in the past, so assaulting an ex-spouse or ex-fiancé(e) is also considered family violence.
Taking something that doesn’t belong to you with the intent of depriving its owner of the object is a crime known as theft. The seriousness of the offense, however, depends on the value of the property stolen. If the stolen item is valued at between $500 and $1500, your offense will be considered a misdemeanor. Though “misdemeanor” may sound unimportant, a conviction for this offense may mean incarceration for as much as a year and/or a fine of as much as $4,000.
The penalties continue to increase as the amount allegedly stolen increases. If you are accused of stealing between $100,000 and $200,000, a conviction for this second-degree felony may result in a spending up to 20 years in confinement. Even if you have been accused of stealing a small amount, you definitely need a strong criminal defense attorney to battle for your rights in court.
If you are accused of committing a sex crime, the repercussions may be very serious, even for what seems to be a relatively minor offense. In addition to threatening your personal reputation, a sex crime accusation may put your employment, your relationships, and your professional licenses at risk. In addition to facing potentially prolonged incarceration, you may also be facing long-term probation and being listed on the Texas Sex Offender Registry which may limit future employment and even restrict where you are allowed to live.
Ceja Law routinely defends clients who have been arrested for: criminal solicitation of a minor (Under 17), indecency with a child, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, sexual performance by a child, and public lewdness. Whatever you have been charged with, we are here to defend you, never to judge you.
Expunctions and Orders of Non-Disclosures
Because having a criminal record can have negative consequences, even if you were never convicted of a crime, Ceja Law Firm actively assists you in clearing your record once we win your case. There are two possible ways to do this in Texas: expunction (also known as expungement) and orders of non-disclosure (also known as Texas record sealing). Expunction is permitted for individuals who were arrested but had the charges dismissed or were found not guilty after trial. An expunction completely erases your record. An order of nondisclosure, on the other hand, is an option for those who have completed all terms of deferred adjudication.
For many misdemeanors, Ceja Law Firm can have your record sealed as soon as you have completed deferred adjudication. For a felony, there is often a waiting period before you may be eligible. You should take note that an order of non-disclosure does not completely wipe out your record the way a criminal expungement does. Instead, it seals it from public view, but not from government agencies.
Contact Our Houston Criminal Defense Attorney
No matter what the circumstances of your arrest and no matter how desperate you may feel, come to us for excellent criminal defense. Jose Ceja is a true professional with outstanding credentials. He has powerful insight into how best to approach your case and is fully committed to giving you the optimal chance of obtaining the best possible outcome. Reach us at our Houston office by phone or by filling out a contact form on our website for a free consultation.