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Criminal Defense Attorney

Domestic Violence Charges

A first-time conviction can result in a $4,000 fine or up to 12 months in jail. You need a criminal defense attorney experienced in contesting charges brought by the state.

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Mark Diaz

Aggressive Texas Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal defense Attorney in Galveston, Mark Diaz has been aggressively defending the rights of Texans for over eighteen years. Mark is a seasoned litigator who has tried every kind of criminal defense case. Mark’s clients receive his cell phone number, so they can connect any time they need help. From arrest through trial, Mark works hard to get the best possible results in and out of court.

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False Charges Are Very Common

In Texas, domestic violence is part of a criminal charge referred to as “family violence.” Under the Texas criminal code, family violence is an assault against a member of the accused’s household. This can be a spouse, child, or other individual who lives in the home.

Although family violence is a serious and very real crime, this area of law is also rife with false allegations. When police are called to the scene of a domestic disturbance, they often arrest first and ask questions later. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to accuse their partner of domestic violence to gain an advantage in a contested divorce or custody case. Because the law makes it easy to bring these claims with very little evidence, men are especially vulnerable to unfair accusations.

If you are wrongfully accused of domestic violence, you stand to lose much more than your reputation. A first-time conviction can result in a $4,000 fine or up to 12 months in jail. Additionally, you can permanently lose your right to own a firearm, have visitation with your children restricted, forfeit your professional license, and miss out on employment opportunities.

Only the Prosecutor Can Drop Charges

Once accused, your fate rests in the hands of the prosecutor. Texas law permits only criminal prosecutors to file or dismiss family violence cases. Even if your spouse or significant other wants to dismiss or “drop” the charges, it is not possible under state law.

This means that offenders can still be prosecuted even after an alleged victim withdraws the accusations or admits to lying to law enforcement officials. As a result, the accused often ends up feeling like the victim. When you are wrongfully accused, you need a criminal defense attorney experienced in contesting charges brought by the state.

Challenging Protective Orders

Texas law permits alleged domestic violence victims to petition the court for a protective order. Once issued, these orders prohibit the accused from having any contact with the victim. This can prevent the accused from accessing his home and, in some cases, seeing his children. If a member of your household requests a protective order, you only have 14 days to prepare a defense in your case. If you show up to the hearing unprepared, you risk having a protective order issued against you.

Federal Criminal Defense

Defended countless clients accused of federal crimes. As an experienced federal litigator, I know how to assemble an effective defense for high profile crimes.

Drug Possession

Because drug possession is a serious crime that can result in life-changing penalties, it is absolutely imperative to work with a Texas criminal defense lawyer who understands the law in this area.

White Collar Crimes

Because these types of cases are often subject to both state and federal prosecution, it is important to work with a lawyer who is comfortable defending a case at any level.

DWI Charges

A DWI Charge Can Put Your Life on Hold. A single arrest can seriously jeopardize your job, your freedom, and your reputation. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, you can’t afford to delay your defense.

Why Hire Us?

When you have been charged with a crime, you need an experienced lawyer who focuses exclusively on defending criminal cases and who will aggressively protect your rights. Throughout my career, I have successfully handled every type of criminal defense case. More importantly, criminal defense is the only thing I do. I have witnessed firsthand how a criminal charge can negatively impact every area of a person’s life. As a lawyer, I consider it a privilege to help people during this stressful time in their lives. Call me today at (409) 515-6170 for a free consultation to discuss.

I put all my trust in Mark some years back and he took damn good care of me and my case. -Michael Lawson

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Getting the Charges Against You Dropped or Dismissed
Getting the Charges Against You Dropped or Dismissed

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Three Steps to Take If You’ve Been Charged With Domestic Violence
Three Steps to Take If You’ve Been Charged With Domestic Violence

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Meet our Attorneys

When you have been charged with a crime, you need experienced lawyers who focuses exclusively on defending criminal cases and who will aggressively protect your rights. Throughout our careers, We have successfully handled every type of criminal defense case. More importantly, criminal defense is the only thing we do..

Jessica Ebbs

Award Winning Felony Case Defense Lawyer

Jessica understands that a criminal conviction can impact someone for the rest of their life and that there is no substitute for one’s liberty. Merely being accused of a crime can severely impact someone’s life and Jessica takes such matters very seriously.

Jessica Ebbs was raised and has lived in Galveston County her entire life. In 2012, Jessica graduated cum laude from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. After college, she attended South Texas College of Law to obtain her law degree. After completing law school, Jessica started at the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney.

Mark Diaz

Experienced and Aggressive Texas Criminal Defense Attorney

Mark understands that being charged with a crime is an emotional and personal challenge. He considers criminal defense his life’s work, and he is committed to providing each client with personalized attention, affordable representation, and the best defense available anywhere.

In the realm of criminal defense, questions and concerns can’t always wait until morning. Mark’s clients receive his cell phone number, so they can connect any time they need help. From arrest through trial, Mark works hard to get the best possible results in and out of court.

Mark Diaz has been aggressively defending the rights of Texans for over eighteen years. A 1998 graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law who obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, Mark concentrates his practice solely in the area of criminal defense.
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