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Criminal Defense Attorney, Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas, Felony Charge, Assault, DWI The Mullen Law Office
 







   

It is my belief that every client deserves personalized, professional and aggressive representation. At the Mullen Law Office, we fight for your rights so you don't have to.



Lisa Mullen
Attorney at Law
Experienced Criminal Defense Trial Attorney in Fort Worth Dallas, Texas. Criminal defense cases felony charge, assault, DWI, theft, murder, homicide, drugs, theft. Criminal Defense Attorney Fort Worth, Texas Felony Charge, Assault, DWI.

Experienced Criminal Defense Trial Attorney in Fort Worth Dallas, Texas. Criminal defense cases felony charge, assault, DWI, theft, murder, homicide, drugs, theft. Criminal Defense Attorney Fort Worth, Texas Felony Charge, Assault, DWI.

   As a former Chief and Senior Assistant District Attorney, Lisa Mullen has the background, ability, and knowledge to provide her clients with aggressive legal protection and representation. Her philosophy is simple but too often forgotten in the courts today: YOU ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. Because she believes in knowing each of her clients personally and their cases thoroughly, she is selective in the cases she accepts. She takes the time to handle each case with the hard work, investigation, and dedication every client should expect and demand.

   She have successfully defended clients in all types of criminal cases, including Capital Murder, Felonies, and Misdemeanor cases in State and Federal Courts as well as all levels of Appellate Courts. With twenty-five years experience in the legal community, she proudly stands on her reputation for being tough and professional.

   Because of her extensive experience in the criminal court system, she is able to handle releases from jail, bond reductions, all levels of felony cases from homicide, sexual assault, child sexual assault, drug cases, juvenile cases, all misdemeanor offenses, including DWI, as well as all level of Appeals. 

   She also provides personalized representation in all areas of civil law including divorce, child support, and personal injury cases.

   If you seek personalized, professional, and experienced representation, contact our office for an appointment.
 
Criminal Defense Trial Attorney Lisa Mullen has successfully won cases in the areas of:
 
Federal The Federal government also has laws, and breaking these laws is considered a federal crime. The DEA, ATF, Customs and/or the FBI can investigate these crimes. Crimes that can be considered Federal are interstate and drug trafficking, weapons, homicide, robbery/theft, organized crime and crimes against children (child abduction, and domestic and international parental kidnappings). more
Criminal Appellate/Writs - A criminal appeal is not a re-trial of the case and the process can take some time. In a criminal case once the defendant is found guilty of a crime at the trial level he or she has the right to appeal. To appeal the findings of the judge or jury, the defendant must generally file a written notice of appeal within thirty days of the decision. more
Felony Offenses A felony crime is more serious than a misdemeanor, but the same offense could be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the degree of the offense. Felony crimes are serious offenses punishable by a heavy sentence. Crimes that are commonly considered to be felonies include grand theft, burglary, robbery, kidnapping, assault, sexual assault, possession and/or delivery of a controlled substance, and capital murder. more
DWI Arrest Texas attorney Lisa Mullen has extensive experience in representing individuals accused of misdemeanor DWI , felony DWI and DWI-related charges of intoxication assault and intoxication manslaughter. Over the course of many years, they have defended against DWI and DWI-related prosecutions throughout Texas. more
Misdemeanor Offenses Misdemeanor crimes are less serious crimes than felony offenses and are handled in the county court system. Crimes that are commonly considered to be misdemeanors include assault, prostitution, drunk driving, public intoxication and theft/burglary. However, a first offense misdemeanor crime can become a felony after repeated offenses. more
Juvenile Law Instead of being charged with a specific crime, juveniles are usually charged with being a delinquent or engaging in delinquent behavior. The objective of the juvenile court system is to rehabilitate the juvenile. more
Expungement/Seal Record When a person wants to expunge their record they can petition the court in which the case was handled. Expungement means that all records associated with case are destroyed, including the arrest. Cases that may be expunged are as follows: case is dismissed and/or No Billed (if a felony case there is a statute of limitations), Exonerated (found not guilty), and Class "C" misdemeanors. more

DWI / DUI FACTS AND INFORMATION

A Driving While Intoxicated Charge is Serious!

Getting a DWI is serious! You need to take it seriously. So should your lawyer. Even a conviction for a first-time DWI can carry serious consequences, not the least of which is $1,000 or more per year for three years just to keep your driver’s license.

If you are like the vast majority of those who get arrested for DWI, this is the ONLY way that you would ever have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Only because DWI laws exist do many people who would never dream of breaking the law find themselves arrested, photographed, fingerprinted, and generally “treated like criminals.” This IS serious business. And once you have posted your bond, the whole process is really just beginning.

The Driving While Intoxicated Laws

A first-time DWI is a “Class B Misdemeanor.” This means it carries a criminal penalty of up to 6 months in the county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

A second DWI is a “Class A Misdemeanor.” This grade of offense carries up to a year in county jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

A third DWI is a “Third Degree Felony,” which carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. That is penitentiary time, not county jail time.

A conviction for any of these also carries a mandatory driver’s license suspension of at least a year.

Administrative License Revocation

Since 1995, the State of Texas has had ALR. If you have been arrested for DWI, you know the police officer serves on you a “Notice of Suspension / Temporary Driving Permit” and takes your license away from you.

From the date of your arrest, you then have 15 days to request a hearing on what will otherwise be a mandatory driver’s license suspension from at least 90 days for failing a breath test, to at least 180 days for refusing to take a breath test. If this is not your first DWI arrest, then the suspension times increase dramatically.

IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO GET A HEARING REQUESTED AND NOT JUST LET THE 15 DAYS GO BY!!

The ALR hearing is an opportunity that should be exploited. You have the opportunity to make the arresting officer appear at the hearing and give testimony. This could come in handy at a future trial. If you took and failed a breath test, then you have the opportunity to make the breath test operator and technical supervisor show up as well. And if you request their presence and they don’t show up, you win. If they do show up and you do not prevail, at least you have some testimony you may be able to use later in fighting your DWI case.

The Collateral Consequences

“Collateral consequences” are those not specifically outlined in the criminal codes, but nonetheless attach to a DWI conviction from other sources.

I already mentioned the driver’s license “surcharge” of at least $1,000 per year for three years just to keep your license. That is a “collateral consequence” and a bad one at that. This surcharge was enacted by the 2003 Legislature.

A DWI conviction carries other consequences as well. For instance, if your insurance company finds out you are convicted of DWI, then it will no doubt drop you and you will have to get “high risk” insurance at a vastly higher cost. Car rental companies probably will not rent a car to you if they know you are convicted of DWI. If you have a job that requires you to be under a “fleet insurance policy,” such as with a trucking company, you may lose your job if the insurer finds out you have a DWI and drops you. The list goes on.

The Moral of the Story: FIGHT!

I go into a DWI case with the mindset that we are going to fight it. I collect all the information I can so that you can be in the best position possible to make the crucial decision whether you want to go to trial or not.

There are two reasons I go into every DWI case with the intent of fighting it: (1) the consequences I have already outlined above are severe – too severe, really; and (2) DWI cases are WINNABLE.

Remember those tests you were given on the roadside? Here is the breakdown on the accuracy of those tests as determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (the agency that dreamed them up in the first place):

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (the “eye test”): 77% accurate
The Walk & Turn (the “walk the line” test): 68% accurate
The One Leg Stand (“count to 30”): 65% accurate

The effective criminal defense lawyer with experience trying DWI cases can make the jury understand this and thus be more apt to discount the “field sobriety tests,” as they are called.

As you have probably guessed, most of the state’s witnesses in a DWI case are going to be police officers. These officers have testified time and time again in DWI trials. Effective cross-examination of these officers requires experience with DWI and the issues surrounding these particular cases (such as the field sobriety tests). But the good news is that when your attorney has this experience and knowledge, you almost always have a chance to win.  
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LISA MULLEN
Attorney at Law

3149 Lackland Road #102
Fort Worth, Texas 76116

817-332-8900

Handling cases in Tarrant and Dallas Counties...
Aledo, Arlington, Azle, Bedford, Cedar Hill, Cedar Park, Colleyville, The Colony, Corinth, Corpus Christie, Dallas, Denton, Euless, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hickory Creek, Hurst, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Keller, Mansfield, Red Oak, Richland Hills, River Oaks, Roanoke, Saginaw, The Colony, Trophy Club, Watauga, Waxahachie, Weatherford, White Settlement, Willow Park.
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