Criminal Defense

Johnson and Martinez have handled criminal law matters, as both prosecutors and defense attorneys, for more than a decade. Today, they represent people with offenses such as Driving While Intoxicated and Prostitution to serious felony offenses such as Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  

They understand good people make mistakes, which can led to a criminal charge and jail.  They also know police officers are just as human and can make mistakes, and when unchecked or unchallenged, innocent people may go convicted.  

The United States Constitution guarantees that you are entitled to test the government's evidence and methods.  Regardless of the accusation, you are entitled to a fair process and trial and deserve someone who will fight for your interest.  

Johnson Martinez will do all they can to fight for you and ensure you have the chance, even where the government's case is strong, to take responsibility for your actions without harming your reputation for life. 


Prostitution charges and other offenses and potential Defenses  

Have you been charged with a prostitution related offense?

Have you been charged with a prostitution related offense?

Many have been charged, jailed and convicted of offenses, which might be conduct one committed because of their status as a human trafficking victim.  Recently, the Texas Legislature has begun to see the need to right these wrongs. Johnson Martinez have an extensive background in human trafficking investigations, areas of need and possible avenues for assistance.  If you have questions about whether human trafficking victimization help applies to you, please call us for a free consultation.  We are here to fight for you and your interest. 


Texas Criminal Consequences

 

In Texas, all crimes ranging from traffic tickets to driving while intoxicated or up to murder are given a general punishment range of consequences.    

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  • Class C Misdemeanor - no jail and up to a $500 fine
  • Class B Misdemeanor - up to 180 days in the county jail and up to a $2,000 fine.
  • Class A Misdemeanor - up to 1 year in the county jail and up to a $4,000 fine.
  • State Jail Felony - 6 months to 2 years in state jail and up to a $10,000 fine. 
  • 3rd Degree Felony - 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
  • 2nd Degree Felony - 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
  • 1st Degree Felony - 5 to 99 years of life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.  
  • Capital Felony - life in prison or death. 

* Texas Law allows for increased penalties or enhancements for higher punishment ranges based on specific facts or circumstances, including but not limited to prior criminal history.  Contact an attorney for best advice in your case.  


know your rights

The United States Constitution and Texas Law provide you general rights when interacting with police officers or when being accused of a crime.  

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  • You have the right to remain silent and do not have to talk with the police.  Be polite and say "No, thank you."  

  • You have the right to have an attorney, even if you cannot afford one.  Be polite and say "I'd like to speak with an attorney."

  • In certain circumstance, anything you say can be used against you in a court of law.  Be polite and after you ask for an attorney, remain calm and silent.  

  • Generally, anything you say to your attorney is confidential.  Only speak to your attorney - not your mother, girlfriend, husband and most of all not your friends by phone or on social media or the internet.   

  • You have the right to challenge the evidence and question your accusers.  

*If you find yourself asking "Do I need an attorney?" - CONTACT AN ATTORNEY.