This week attorney Demetrio Duarte, Jr. represented his client in a driving while intoxicated (second) jury trial in Bexar County, which ended with a verdict his client was overjoyed to receive. NOT GUILTY!
When an individual is faced with the unpleasant situation of a possible DWI there are many facts to understand. And it is the goal of Demetrio Duarte, Jr. and Associates, P.C. to not only represent their clients in the best way possible, but also educate them on their rights.
Contrary to our natural inclination to respect and obey law enforcement officers, we are not required to consent to field sobriety tests. This is a common misconception. We have the right to tell the officer we do not feel comfortable doing a sobriety test without an attorney present. Many officers will state, “your lawyer can raise any legal objections with the judge.” While the officer is telling you the truth, the officer is not telling you there is no obligation to comply with his REQUEST. You also have the right to ask the officer “can I leave now?” If the officer is fishing for evidence, which was the situation with the DWI trial Mr. Duarte won, the officer may tell you that you are free to leave. However if the situation occurs, please remember to always be courteous. Arguments are not won between you and the officer in the street. Those arguments are for your lawyer in the courtroom.
You also have the right to decline a breath or blood test. If you are ordered to take the blood test by a judge, you cannot refuse. However, you have a right to demand a court order that is based on probable cause.
When hiring a lawyer, you should hire someone with enough experience to tell you he or she has tried over 100 jury trials. When your freedom is at stake, experience matters. You want an attorney with proven success by your side in the courtroom. Which is why hiring a board certified attorney in criminal law is crucial in receiving the best possible defense on your behalf.
If you or someone you may know are placed in an unexpected situation like this, consider the information above and call Demetrio Duarte, Jr. Is your freedom worth taking a risk?
(Your first consultation regarding a criminal case is free. Call us today and find out why Demetrio Duarte, Jr. has been included by the National Trial Lawyers in their Top 100 listings for 2013 and 2014.)
What is not appropriate for your court appearance? Your personal style is great for private gatherings, but the individuals involved in the court system are very conservative and often make judgments based on their first impression of you. If you want a good result, you will want to dress in a way that tilts the odds in your favor. Whether you are appearing in court for a criminal, civil, or family law case, here are some basic guidelines to help you pick the appropriate attire.
1.) Do not wear a t-shirt with profanities or an explicit image. If you are a male, a shirt with a collar and a single color is preferred. Blouses for females should also be conservative and not too revealing. Spaghetti straps and sleeveless blouses are not acceptable.
2.) Do not wear shorts or a short skirt. Shorts are never appropriate for a male or female to wear in court. When a female wears a skirt it is important that it is not too short.
3.) Do not wear jeans with holes, jeans that sag, or sweat pants. If you do wear jeans to court, do not wear jeans that have holes all over them or are torn in multiple areas. In addition to that you should not sag your jeans. If a judge or bailiff, sees you in jeans that are sagging, chances are you will be asked to pull up your jeans. Sweat pants are also not appropriate for the courtroom.
4.) Avoid jewelry when possible. Men with gold chains around their neck are viewed in an unfavorable way. Women with too excessive jewelry are also frowned upon. A watch, wedding ring and one necklace are fine for ladies. Men should wear a watch and a wedding ring if they are married.
5.) Do not wear flip flops. Your shoes are also important when choosing your outfit for court. Flip flops are not appropriate and are also loud and distracting when you are walking around in a court room. All shoes should be clean and professional. Worn out gym shoes give a bad impression and are a sign of disrespect to the court.
6.) Cell phones. Turn them off when in the courtroom and pull your blue tooth earpieces out of your ear. Everyone wants your undivided attention and getting phone calls is seen as disrespectful. If your phone is off and still visible, look at your case. Is the case obscene, distracting, etc.? A case with a photo of marijuana leaves will not make a good impression on a judge in any case.
Remember that your outfit can be a reflection of your respect for people in the courtroom, so you should dress accordingly. Even if you do not say a word in court, your attire can still speak volumes to a judge. If you are unsure of an article of clothing do not wear it.
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization awards Board Certification to an attorney who “has substantial, relevant experience in a select field of law as well as demonstrated, and tested, special competence in that area of law.” Lawyers of this caliber are able to describe themselves as specialists in the area of their Board Certification.
According to the State Bar of Texas, as of June of 2013, there are 92,831 active attorneys in Texas. Only 850 are board certified in criminal law. Demetrio Duarte, Jr. is one of the those attorneys who practices throughout Texas and across the country in federal courts. Of the 5,884 attorneys located in San Antonio, only 62 attorneys who are board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization have offices located in San Antonio. Attorney Demetrio Duarte, Jr. is one of those attorneys with a primary office in San Antonio.
When you or a loved one is faced with a criminal accusation, you should choose an attorney wisely. Hiring an attorney who has demonstrated and tested special competence is a wise choice. An attorney with special competence should be your voice in the courtroom when the stakes are high. Protecting your freedom deserves having demonstrated competence serving as your voice in the courtroom.
Call our office today and schedule your free criminal law consultation with board certified attorney Demetrio Duarte, Jr.
Since 2004 attorney Demetrio Duarte, Jr. has been listed in S.A. Scene magazine as one of San Antonio’s best lawyers in criminal defense. This year Mr. Duarte is pleased to be recognized by his peers and listed again in the double issue of Best of 2013 in S.A. Scene, which will be available in July and August.
Today the interview attorney Demetrio Duarte, Jr. conducted with Laws.com is listed as headline news.
To read the article accompanying this interview, please click the link below.
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