Other Criminal Areas
DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and DUI
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the most commonly committed crimes in Texas. If you have been arrested and charged with DWI or DUI, our team at Azad & Barlow, PLLC can help. We will review the evidence against you and work to develop an aggressive defense strategy.
DUI and DWI cases, while common, are complex. The consequences of a conviction can be significant, including jail time, loss of driving privileges, and heavy fines. If you have been charged with DWI or DUI, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
At Azad & Barlow, PLLC, our team has experience handling all types of DWI and DUI cases. We will review the evidence against you and work to develop an aggressive defense strategy. We will also make sure that your rights are protected throughout the process.
Drug Crimes: Felonies and Misdemeanors
The possession, sale, or manufacture of controlled substances is illegal under both state and federal law. If you have been charged with a drug crime, you could be facing significant penalties, including probation, jail time, fines, and a criminal record.
It’s important to know that the DEA classifies controlled substances into five categories, or schedules. Each drug is classified based on its potential for abuse, its medical usefulness, or lack thereof. The classification of a controlled substance will determine the penalties that you face if convicted of a drug crime.
Under federal law, possession of a controlled substance is considered a misdemeanor but subsequent offenses can lead to felony charges. The penalties for a drug crime depend on the type and amount of controlled substance involved, as well as the defendant’s criminal history.
Theft: Burglary, Shoplifting, and Robbery
Theft is a crime that can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the property stolen. If you have been charged with theft, you could be facing significant penalties, including jail time and fines.
There are three main types of theft: burglary, shoplifting, and robbery. Burglary is defined as unauthorized entry into a building with the intent to commit a crime. Shoplifting is the unauthorized taking of merchandise from a store. Robbery is the taking of property from another person by force or threat of force.
At Azad & Barlow, PLLC, we’ll help you navigate the criminal justice system and fight for the best possible outcome in your case. We understand that being charged with a crime can be a stressful experience, and we’re here to help you get through it.
Assault: Felonies and Misdemeanors
Assault is defined as the unlawful use of force against another person. There are two main types of assault: simple and aggravated assault. Simple assault is a minor type of assault and is typically classified as a misdemeanor. Aggravated assault is a more serious type of assault and can be classified as a felony.
Simple assault is anything from a minor push or shove to a more serious punch or kick. The penalties for simple assault depend on the state in which the crime was committed, but in Texas, they can range from a fine of $4,000 to up to one year in jail.
Aggravated assault, on the other hand, involves the use of a weapon or the intent to cause serious bodily harm. Depending on the severity of the injuries caused, aggravated assault can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. The penalties for aggravated assault in Texas can range from a fine of $10,000 to up to 20 years in jail.
Family Violence Cases
Family violence is a broad term that encompasses a variety of crimes, including child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. If you have been charged with a family violence crime, you could be facing significant penalties and prison time.
For example, an aggravated domestic assault that involves a deadly weapon and results in serious bodily injury is classified as a first-degree felony in Texas. It comes with a fine of no less than $10,000 and a prison time between 5 years and 99 years. Any other aggravated assault is considered a second-degree felony and is punishable by a fine of no less than $10,000 and a jail time between 2 years and 20 years.
At Azad & Barlow, PLLC, we understand that family violence cases can be complex and emotionally charged. That’s why we take a compassionate and individualized approach to handling these types of cases. We’ll work with you to understand the unique circumstances of your case and develop a strategic legal defense that will protect your rights.
If your child has been charged with a crime, it’s important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Juvenile offenses can have a lasting impact on your child’s future, so it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect his or her rights.
In Texas, offenders who are aged 10-17 are not tried in the same court system as adults. Instead, their cases are heard in juvenile court. The goal of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate young offenders and prevent them from re-offending in the future.
At Azad & Barlow, PLLC, we have experience handling a variety of juvenile offenses, including theft, assault, and drug crimes. We understand the juvenile justice system and we know how to help your child through this difficult time. You can trust us to fight tirelessly for the best possible outcome in your child’s case.
The most common probation violations in Texas are failing to report to your probation officer, leaving the state without permission, and being arrested for another crime. If you are accused of violating your probation, you could be facing serious consequences, including jail time and a revocation of your probation.
Even if you are innocent of the probation violation, you could still be arrested and taken into custody. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced attorney by your side who can help get your violation dismissed and keep you out of jail.
At Azad & Barlow, PLLC, we understand the seriousness of a probation violation. We’ll work with you to develop a strong legal defense and protect your rights. We’ll also help you understand the possible consequences of a probation violation and what you can expect during the hearing process.
Driving With a Suspended License
Driving with a suspended license is a serious offense in Texas. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be facing jail time, a fine, or both. If you are caught driving with a suspended license, you could also have your vehicle impounded and your license permanently revoked.
On top of expensive towing fees, you can expect to pay plenty of other fees and fines, including criminal fines that can go as high as $2,000, a reinstatement fee of $100 and SR-22 insurance, and a surcharge of $250 per year for three years.
At Azad & Barlow, PLLC, we understand the stakes involved in driving with a suspended license. We’ll make sure you understand your rights and options, and we’ll work tirelessly to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed.
Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass
In Texas, criminal mischief is defined as intentionally or knowingly damaging property. The offense is classified as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the damage caused. The highest penalty for a Class A criminal mischief misdemeanor is one year in jail plus $4,000 in fines.
Criminal trespass is defined as entering or remaining on another person’s property without their consent. Criminal trespass is typically a Class B misdemeanor, and it comes with a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
Both criminal mischief and criminal trespass are serious offenses, but they can be defended against. If you’ve been charged with either of these crimes, reach out to Azad & Barlow, PLLC for help. Our team has decades of experience handling criminal cases, and we know how to build a strong defense on your behalf.
Evading Arrest or Detention
Evading arrest or detention is defined as fleeing from a peace officer who is trying to lawfully arrest or detain you. The offense is classified as a misdemeanor, but it can advance to a third or fourth-degree felony if you have prior convictions on your record or if you have used a vehicle while fleeing.
The penalties for evading arrest or detention in Texas are harsh, and they become even more severe if you are charged with a felony. You could be facing up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 if you are convicted of a third-degree felony.
At Azad & Barlow, PLLC, we know how to develop and create a strong defense for our clients who have been accused of evading arrest or detention. We’ll work with you to understand the charges against you and build a legal defense that gets results.
In Texas, it is illegal to possess a firearm inside a bar, on school grounds, in hospitals, in amusement parks, and more. It is also illegal to carry a weapon in public without a license. If you are caught violating any of these laws, you could be facing serious penalties.
The punishment for illegally carrying a weapon in Texas depends on the type of weapon involved and the circumstances of the offense. For example, if you are caught carrying a handgun without a license, you could be facing up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. One of the heaviest penalties for a weapons offense is unlawfully possessing a firearm on school grounds, school buses, or any other educational property. This offense is a third-degree felony, and it carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
No matter what weapons offense you’ve been charged with, the legal team at Azad & Barlow, PLLC can help. We have handled countless weapons cases and successfully defended our clients against all types of charges.
Divorce and Family Law
The decision to get divorced is never an easy one, but it’s important to have an experienced divorce lawyer on your side. The team at Azad & Barlow, PLLC has represented clients in all types of divorce cases, from simple uncontested divorces to complex cases involving child custody and division of assets.
No matter what your situation is, we can help you through the divorce process and ensure that your rights are protected. We know how sensitive and emotional divorce cases can be, and that’s why we’ll treat you with compassion and understanding every step of the way.
Whether we have to go to trial or we are able to reach an out-of-court settlement, we’ll work tirelessly on your behalf to get you the best possible outcome. Our team of divorce lawyers has the knowledge and experience to handle even the most high-profile and complex cases.
Child Custody and Visitation
If you are a parent going through a divorce, one of your biggest concerns is likely to be child custody and visitation. Our team at Azad & Barlow, PLLC has represented countless clients in child custody cases, and we know how to protect your rights as a parent.
We understand that the welfare of your children is of the utmost importance, and we’ll work tirelessly to get you the best possible outcome. We’ll help you to understand the different types of child custody arrangements and create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of your children.
If you are already involved in a child custody case, we can provide you with representation and advocacy at all stages of the proceedings. We’ll work with you to ensure that your rights are protected and that your children are able to maintain a close relationship with both parents.
In Texas, all property that is acquired during the course of a marriage is considered to be community property. This means that any assets or debts that are acquired during the marriage will be divided equally between the spouses in the event of a divorce.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if one spouse owned assets or property prior to the marriage, those assets may be considered to be separate property. Similarly, if one spouse inherited property during the marriage, that property may also be considered to be separate property.
Our team at Azad & Barlow, PLLC has represented clients in all types of divorce cases, and we know how to protect your rights when it comes to property division. We’ll work with you to ensure that all of your assets and property are fairly divided in the event of a divorce.
Child custody and support are two of the most important issues that need to be addressed during a divorce proceeding. If you are going through a divorce, our team at Azad & Barlow, PLLC can help you to understand your rights and options when it comes to child support.
In Texas, child support is calculated using a state-mandated formula. This formula takes into account the net monthly income of up to $7,500 for the non-custodial parent, as well as the number of children involved.
Here’s a quick overview of how child support is calculated in Texas:
- For one child, the non-custodial parent will pay 20% of their net monthly income.
- For two children, the non-custodial parent will pay 25% of their net monthly income.
- For three children, the non-custodial parent will pay 30% of their net monthly income.
- For four children, the non-custodial parent will pay 35% of their net monthly income.
- For five children, the non-custodial parent will pay 40% of their net monthly income.
If the non-custodial parent earns significantly more than $7,500 per month, the court may order them to pay a higher percentage of their income in child support.
If you are going through a divorce, our team at Azad & Barlow, PLLC can help you to understand your rights and options when it comes to child support. We’ll work with you to ensure that your children are taken care of financially, and we’ll fight for a child support arrangement that is fair and reasonable.
In Texas, spousal support is commonly known as alimony. Alimony is a payment that one spouse makes to the other after a divorce. The purpose of alimony is to help the receiving spouse to maintain his or her standard of living after the divorce.
There are several factors that the court will consider when determining whether or not to award alimony. They include the length of the marriage, the financial needs of the spouse, and the ability of the other spouse to pay alimony.
However, under Texas law, spousal support is capped at $5,000 per month, no matter how long the marriage was or how much the other spouse earns. At Azad & Barlow, PLLC, we have represented clients who are seeking or paying alimony, and we know how to navigate the complexities of Texas spousal support law.