When you are charged with a crime, you may be left with countless questions about your case. To make the process easier for you, The Law Office of Georgina Garcia offers one-on-one guidance to answer all of your unique questions during a free initial consultation. We have answers to our most frequently asked questions (FAQ) in criminal law below — for further assistance, call our Dallas office at 214-531-6629 to get started, or reach out online to make your appointment.

What should I do if I'm pulled over for drunk driving?

Firstly, always treat the officer with respect. Don't lie when answering any questions, but keep in mind that you always have the right to remain silent.

If the officer requests to search your vehicle, you have the right to decline — and we suggest you say no. Many times, law enforcement does not have the right to search your property unless you give explicit permission, and once you do anything they find could be used against you.

Do I have to take a chemical sobriety test in Texas?

You don't have to necessarily, but the consequences for declining to do so could be worse than a DWI conviction itself — especially if this is your first DWI offense. If you are arrested for drunk driving and choose not to take a blood, urine or breath test, your license will be taken away and you could face more serious jail time if you are later convicted. If you do take the test, even if it shows you are above the legal limit, these results can still be disputed later in your case.

This only applies to chemical tests after an arrest is made. If an officer asks you to perform a field sobriety test (such as the one-leg stand test or a "walk in a straight line" test), you may decline to take it with little consequence. However, if the officer still has enough probable cause to arrest you, they may still ask you to take a chemical test once in custody.

What is bail?

When you are arrested, the court will hold an arraignment hearing to determine your bail. Bail is a set amount of money that binds you to attending your trial once it occurs. If you post bail, you can leave jail until your trial happens — if you attend your trial, you are reimbursed this amount. But if you do not show up, the court keeps your bail and a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Our law firm works with you to post bail bonds on your behalf, so you can go home as quickly as possible and work with a lawyer to explore the possible options in your case.

Why do I need a criminal defense attorney?

Whether you are charged with serious assault charges, drug charges, DWI or are simply given a traffic ticket, we always recommend you consult with a criminal defense attorney.

Attempting to represent yourself is one of the worst options. Prosecutors know how to take advantage of these situations, and will work tirelessly to prove your guilt in order to advance their own careers.

Accepting the charges can also be detrimental. You may be facing charges that are significantly worse than the ones you deserve to receive — which is why we always work to reduce or eliminate the charges against you.

A criminal conviction can have a permanent effect on your future. While you may be worried about the cost of a criminal defense attorney today, you will often pay a much greater cost tomorrow if you choose not to consult an experienced criminal defense firm. We offer free consultations to discuss your case, and we are happy to explore payment options with you if you wish to.