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San Antonio Criminal Defense Attorney

Being arrested or accused of a crime is scary. Facing the full force of the criminal justice system is intimidating, and can leave you feeling powerless. Regardless of the charges or the allegation made against you, I understand that this can be a life changing experience. If you find yourself arrested or charged with a crime, you will need someone to stand up for you. You need someone who will zealously represent your rights. I have spent my whole professional life standing up for people, and I will stand up for you and be by your side to defend you when you need it most. Contact me by email or phone to set up a free consultation, or use the contact form on this page.

Examples of Our Practice Areas in Criminal Defense

Here are some of our practice areas, as well as a brief description of each and some general information. It is important that you contact us directly about your case so we can discuss the specifics of your situation, as well as give you examples of past clients we have represented for similar circumstances, and offer some advice on how best for you to move forward.

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Driving While Intoxicated

Driving While Intoxicated, often referred to as “DWI,” is a serious charge in Texas that stems from driving, or operating, a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances such as scheduled drugs. A DWI conviction comes with penalties such as jail time, fines, and license suspensions, and each subsequent charge comes with increased punishments.

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Dwi Administrative Hearings

When you are arrested and charged with DWI, the state automatically begins the process of an Administrative License Revocation (“ALR”), which goes into effect 40 days after the arrest. You only have 15 days from your arrest to apply for a civil hearing where you can contest the evidence leading to your arrest and make an appeal to keep your license while your case is pending.

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Assault Causing Bodily Injury

Assault causing bodily injury (“ABI”) is treated very seriously in Texas. Therefore, it is important that you are partnered with an attorney who understands the possible consequences, and will fight to make sure that your chances of a favorable outcome are increased. An ABI charge is a Class A misdemeanor, but there are many forms of enhancements to an ABI.

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Family Violence

Family violence, also known as domestic violence in other parts of the United States, covers a wide range of charges and crimes. It is extremely important that any charges of family violence are handled with care as they can have serious collateral consequences on your future life. Your family life can be adversely effected, for example being prevented from seeing your children.

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Sex Crimes

Sex crimes often attract particularly harsh sentences in Texas courts, which can lead to unfair penalties and punishments that do not fit the crime. Being convicted, and labeled as a sex offender can have serious repercussions for the rest of a person’s life, ranging from major professional impacts to the loss of personal freedoms.

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Firearms and Weapons Offenses

There are many different objects that you may be found in possession of that could lead to weapons charges. In many cases, being arrested for one crime (such as DWI or assault) while in possession of a weapon can seriously complicate your case and may lead to enhancements to the original charge.

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Drug Offenses

Drug offenses are taken especially seriously in Texas. For example, many States around the country are choosing to either decriminalize or legalize possession of marijuana, but this is not the case in Texas. Simple possession of marijuana is still a Class B Misdemeanor and comes with possible punishments of up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

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Property Crimes

The term “property crime” covers a wide range of charges that can be either misdemeanors or felonies depending on a variety of factors. Some examples of property crimes in Texas include offenses such as graffiti, criminal mischief (either to public or private property), arson, theft, and criminal trespass.

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Traffic Tickets

Traffic tickets may seem like more of a nuisance than a crime requiring the services of a defense attorney. However, if ignored traffic tickets can quickly cause larger issues that will create serious complications in your life. For example, if you have a Commercial Drivers License and you get a traffic ticket in Texas.

Do You Need to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney in Texas?

By law, you are able to represent yourself in the Texas court system. However, this is not recommended because of how complicated the criminal justice system can be, and because of how aggressive some Texas prosecutors can be. When you go to court, the best way to fight your charges is with the help of an aggressive, experienced attorney who will give you the confidence that you need to work through this process.

At The Hillier Law Firm, we are proud of the results that we get for our clients in a wide range of criminal cases. The most important thing, in any case, is you and ensuring that your rights are upheld every step of the way and that your side of the story is fully considered. If you do not have a comprehensive understanding of case law and how your legal rights fit into the overall process, you could become a victim of a miscarriage of justice, which you may not notice or be able to bring to the attention of the court.

When you are represented by The Hillier Law Firm, you can be sure that we are exploring your options from every possible angle in order to maximize your chances of a positive outcome. Our experience with the Texas court system means that we will be able to make informed decisions throughout the process and that you can focus on the rest of your life knowing that we have your best interests in mind for your charges and your case.

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Gary graduated cum laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2018. During law school, Gary was active in the External Advocacy Program, becoming a regional and national moot court champion in 2018. During his final year in law school, Gary was inducted into the National Order of Barristers.

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Gary will go above and beyond for you to give you the best outcome in court. I was more than happy with his representation. Any client would be lucky to have him represent them in court!

- Sophia

He was VERY helpful and informative! Got all my questions answered right away and all my concerns with the court taken care of same day!!

- Elizabeth

I was able to consult with Mr. Hillier one day and get all of my traffic violations taken care of by that evening. This was all done with little disruption to my regular day! He was very informative, helpful and polite.

- Jessica Gonzales

“No person shall . . . be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

- Amendment V, Bill Of Rights