RICK L. MAHLER ATTORNEY AT LAW

Criminal Law

If you face criminal charges, the consequences can have a long-term impact on your job and your personal life. the most important first step is to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the Texas criminal defense system and how to work within it. If you have read About Us page you know that I worked for the Wichita County Criminal District Attorney's Office for 22 years before I retired in 2007 and went into a private practice as a criminal defense attorney.  I also became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1995 and have remained certified.

Additional Information

Let me take this opportunity to explain a little more about criminal law and what I can do for you.


As you may have read I have handled just about every type criminal law case from both the prosecution side and the defense side. A lot of people ask me how can you represent people of criminal charges after you spent all that time doing criminal prosecution? The answer is very simple, I always believed in justice as a prosecutor meaning never attempting to convict someone of some offense that they were not guilty. Furthermore even if they were guilty to treat that person as an individual and not as a number.  One of the main goals of a prosecutor is to try to rehabilitate the individual so that they do not get into anymore trouble and the way to do that is to give them the tools of life to avoid getting into future trouble.

 So that is what I try to do as a criminal defense attorney. If somebody is falsely accused of some offense, then it is my job to do everything legally possible to make sure they are not convicted. If somebody has committed an offense, then it is  my job to try to  help that person get the help they need to avoid future problems and to make sure that punishment will least  affect their lives.


DRIVING WHILE INTOXTICATED


So let us look at some individual offenses starting with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).  Some other states call it Driving Under the Influence (DUI) but in Texas it is called DWI. DWI is generally defined in the Texas Penal Code as "a person commits an offense if the person is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place." " Intoxicated" is defined as  not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body;  or having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more." The punishment range can generally run from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on the number of prior convictions for DWI and whether there were any children in the car at the time of the offense. Many times if a person is found to be actually guilty of a DWI, I can get a person probation (meaning no jail time), depending on the circumstances of the offense and the person's criminal history. I can also usually help that person obtain an occupational driver's license so that they can continue to go to work and back. As in any  alleged criminal offense it all depends on the facts of each individual case.


SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD ABUSE CASES


Next let us talk about Sexual Assault allegations. In my experience this is not surprisingly the area of criminal law where the most false allegations occur and sadly where that consequences are most severe. I have seen  many reasons for false allegations to be made and some are the most common are from children angry with discipline and divorce and other family law matters. From alleged adult victims, there can be many reasons including family law problems, jealousy and sometimes plain revenge. Due to my experience with the District Attorney's Office I have a vast background of all types of sexual assault and abuse cases regarding children. If you or a family member is suspected of being a person who has been suspected of committing one of these type offenses it is very important that person speaks to a criminal defense attorney  before discussing the allegations with the police, a CPS worker or any other type law enforcement representative.


DRUG OFFENSES


I spent the last eight years of my time in the District Attorney's Office prosecuting Drug case. So I became very familiar with the controlled substance statutes in Texas. I also became very familiar with search and seizure laws in both the United States and Texas. Drug offenses in Texas can deal with the Manufacture, Delivery, Possession with intent to Deliver or Possession of controlled substance. Again if you or a person you are close to is arrested for one of these offenses it is very important that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney before you discuss the matter with any law enforcement official. 




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ALL OTHER TYPE CRIMINAL OFFENSES


If you are suspected of or have been charged with any other type criminal offense whether be something as serious as Murder, Robbery or Kidnapping or as something as minor as Theft or a Driving Offense, please contact me because I because I also have a lot of experience in those type cases and I can help you.



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900 8th #425 Wichita Falls, TX 76301

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