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Criminal Defense Overview

When an event occurs and an arrest arises from that situation, people need immediate help.

My job is when someone walks in the door is to be able to give them the best possible advice and guidance counsel possible.

I know the ins and outs of how to make a case work. I know the best options available.

Having all those things together, make us the most effective in representing somebody that walks in with a criminal case.

Firm Overview

We handle real people with family law and criminal law matters, and I take great pride in being available for my clients.

My son was 18 years old, and the police charged him with aggravated assault on a public servant.

We contacted Todd and the defense that he provided was just incredibly amazing. My son has his life because of Todd.

We have no hours. We have no days off. We are always available.

Family Law Overview

The motto of the Shapiro law firm is we are lawyers helping people.

In family law, you may be going through a divorce. You may be seeing your whole family unit break down. You may be losing custody of your kids.

There are all types of possibilities in family law.

When you hire the Shapiro law firm to represent you, you’re going to get honesty, and you’re gonna get aggressive representation for the issues that are important to you.

Family Law Testimonial

So my name is Marty. I started writing software out of high school. Kind of rose to the ranks and been fortunate enough to be a Chief technology officer. In the summer of 2016, realized that the marriage was not going to work out.

After having a family member step in and try to do mediation for us personally, I realized that I really needed a professional to step in and help out.

And so I contacted Howard and he was able to move it along the path pretty quickly.

So he’s very efficient with time, but very thoughtful in the questions that he asks and he’s very to the point which I align with personally.

Well, all of my goals that I wanted to accomplish in the divorce, Howard was able to talk through those with me and explain to me why and why not in each particular situation, but he always kept my interest in mind.

I have three kids, but during that period of time where we were working on custody, I decided that Howard was too expensive for me, so I decided to hire another attorney.

During mediation, the other attorney did not fight for me and I walked away with a very terrible deal as far as custody.

I didn’t have an attorney that would stand up for me. So I immediately left mediation and contacted Howard and rehired Howard.

Howard is able to separate the business from the personal side of things, if you could say it that way. He’s been doing this long enough that he gets it. He’s seen everything that you can possibly see within a divorce.

So he has that, that compassionate side and Howard presents himself well, in court and his staff. The judges respect the Shapiros.

I’ve seen that firsthand. They are constant, voice in my ear.

“Hang in there. We’ll get through this, hang in there. We’ll get this solved. Hanging there. Justice will be served.”

So they’re more than just a law firm to me. For that reason, I would recommend them.

Alcohol Related Crimes

There are various different types of alcohol related or intoxicated related offenses in the state of Texas.

The lowest level of classy misdemeanor is a DUI. Driving under the influence is only available for those under the age of 21. Individuals over the age of 21 years old are only susceptible to DWI.

There are three different definitions of intoxication in the state of Texas.

Number one is not having the normal use of your mental faculties through the introduction of alcohol in your system. Number two is not having the normal use of your physical faculties through the introduction of alcohol in your system, or number three is having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher.

There are a few other alcohol related offenses that jump up into the felony range most notably would be DWI with child, DWI third or more, and then you go into what’s called intoxication assault, and then the highest intoxicated related offense with regard to a vehicle is considered intoxication manslaughter.

So it’s very important if you’re going to hire an attorney to represent you in one of these types of cases that they know how to handle each one.

Certainly, there are different requirements and different elements for each of these offenses, so it’s important to select an attorney that has had experience handling these types of cases, not only from a negotiation standpoint, but a trial standpoint as well.

Shapiro Law Firm in the Community

Roots in Texas for me is something I take incredibly personally. Texas is as much a part of me and my story and my family story as any other aspect of who we are.

We take a lot of pride in this part of the world in this area, and a big part of that is the involvement that my folks had in the years past. Both my wife and myself, our parents taught us at an early age to be very activist, to be involved in your community.

It’s never something we really had to try to do, it’s just something that came natural.

Throughout the last 50 years, my wife and I both have been enormously involved.

I was president of the Plano School Board, president of the Plano Bar Association, president of the Collin County Bar Association. Ny wife was on the Plano City Council. She ran for and successfully won and served as the Texas State Senator for 20 years.

Both my parents taught my sisters and I at an early age, the importance of community involvement, of laying roots and, and becoming involved with the people within your community.

It’s something that gets in your blood and, and you become so proud of to be a part of that type of lifestyle.

Texans are just very warm, inviting people. They’re friendly, and they encourage you to be involved.

I never ever thought about living anywhere else in my life, but here.

I’m a multigenerational Texan. It’s a way of treating people. It’s a way of talking to people. It’s a way of doing business. It’s a way of life for people that are born and raised here, native to here.

Being a Texas lawyer is a very important thing to me.

Shapiro Law Firm Football

Football is king in the state of Texas, always has been, always will be.

With football and viewing football and being a football fan comes often times the consumption of alcohol.

When we consume alcohol, our inhibitions seem to float away and our judgment can become impaired and we may do things that we look back on and are not necessarily proud of that we did while we had been drinking and enjoying our favorite Texas football game.

We have seen all kinds of situations like this over the years and a lots of fans that have ended up going to games and, and having a little bit too much to drink.

So we certainly have the ability and experience required to represent people that have had a little too much football and ended up paying for it after the game.

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