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OUR GENERAL PRACTICE

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At the Austin, Texas office of Betty Blackwell, Attorney at Law, you will find a skilled Texas trial lawyer capable of handling your drunk driving or DWI/DUI, driver’s license suspension, family violence, or other criminal charge.

For over 30 years, Betty has served residents of Austin, defending them against criminal charges. Betty is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and 100% of her work is in criminal defense.

As a Texas trial attorney, Betty’s experience has taught her the importance of being able to represent clients in front of a jury, if need be. She has handled thousands of DWI cases and represented clients in numerous jury trials. When you contact Betty, you can be assured that she will fight for your rights and the best possible result whether or not you decide to go to trial.

When you hire an attorney, make sure that the Lawyer you hire will be the same lawyer standing next to you in court.

Our initial consultations are free, so you have absolutely nothing to lose. Contact the Law Office of Betty Blackwell in Austin, Texas for aggressive, qualified defense against your DWI, family violence, or other criminal charge. Let Betty bring her experience as a Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer to your case today.

FAMILY VIOLENCE CONSEQUENCE IN AUSTIN

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What happens if you’re convicted of a Family Violence Assault?

Family violence convictions carry very serious punishments. Penalties include up to one year in the county jail or two years probation, and family violence findings on your record.

Under Federal law, those persons convicted of a criminal offense involving family violence cannot purchase or possess a firearm for the rest of their lives. (Texas law prohibits the possession of a firearm within five years of a family violence conviction.) Even if you successfully complete probation for family violence, you still have a conviction on your record for the rest of your life.

Employers have the absolute right to refuse to hire someone who is arrested or has a conviction for an assault. Employers have the right to terminate you from your job if you are arrested or convicted of a family violence assault. An assault can also affect where you can live. Landlords can refuse to rent to someone who has an assault on their record.

You should contact an Experienced Trial Lawyer who understands the complexities of this system. Let me bring my over 30 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer to your case today.

Call the Law Office of Betty Blackwell in Austin, Texas for aggressive, qualified defense against your criminal charge. Call to schedule your free consultation with a Board Certified Criminal Lawyer.

Betty Blackwell

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Summa Cum Laude from Texas A&M University
  • J.D. with Honors, The University of Texas Law School
  • Board Certified in Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Appointed by State Bar President to Commission on Lawyer Discipline, 2005-2008
  • Chairman of the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2001
  • President of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2001-2002
  • Governor’s Appointee to rewrite the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1996
  • Governor’s Appointee to the Texas Punishment Standards Commission to rewrite the Penal Code, 1994
  • Past Chairman of the Criminal Law & Procedure Section of the Travis County Bar
  • Past President and Founding Member of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Penal Code Committee of the State Bar of Texas
  • Legislative Chairman for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Voted Best Criminal Lawyer in Austin by the Austin Chronicle, 1994
  • Voted Best Trial Lawyer in Austin by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, 1992
  • Committee for Indigent Representations in Criminal Matters for the State Bar of Texas
  • TCDLA Presidential Award of Merit, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994
  • Ambassador Award, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Texas Lawyer, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
LAW RELATED PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author with Judge Tom Blackwell and Judge Michael McCormick, Texas Practice Volume 7, 7A and 8, West Publishing Co.
  • Author/speaker for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law
  • Author/speaker for Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Legislative Update – 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Texas, Criminal Defense Clinic, 1992

CONTACT US

If you have been arrested for drunk driving or Domestic Violence in Austin, Texas, you need a qualified Travis County Trial Lawyer able to bring years of experience to your case.

At the Austin, Texas Law Office of Betty Blackwell, anyone who has been charged with a criminal offense in Travis County can contact Betty to discuss your rights. Betty has been defending persons arrested in Austin for over 30 years, and is dedicated to helping you work through your case in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

There’s no time to waste. For more information, please e-mail or call Betty Blackwell . She offers free initial consultations and flexible payment plans.

NOTE: The use of the Internet for communications with the firm will not establish an attorney-client relationship, and messages containing confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent.

GENERAL PRACTICE

At the Austin, Texas office of Betty Blackwell, Attorney at Law, you will find a skilled Texas trial lawyer capable of handling your drunk driving or DWI/DUI, driver’s license suspension, family violence, or other criminal charge.

For over 30 years, Betty has served residents of Austin, defending them against criminal charges. Betty is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and 100% of her work is in criminal defense.

As a Texas trial attorney, Betty’s experience has taught her the importance of being able to represent clients in front of a jury, if need be. She has handled thousands of DWI cases and represented clients in numerous jury trials. When you contact Betty, you can be assured that she will fight for your rights and the best possible result whether or not you decide to go to trial.

When you hire an attorney, make sure that the Lawyer you hire will be the same lawyer standing next to you in court.

Our initial consultations are free, so you have absolutely nothing to lose. Contact the Law Office of Betty Blackwell in Austin, Texas for aggressive, qualified defense against your DWI, family violence, or other criminal charge. Let Betty bring her experience as a Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer to your case today.

FAMILY VIOLENCE CONSEQUENCES

What happens if you’re convicted of a Family Violence Assault?

Family violence convictions carry very serious punishments. Penalties include up to one year in the county jail or two years probation, and family violence findings on your record.

Under Federal law, those persons convicted of a criminal offense involving family violence cannot purchase or possess a firearm for the rest of their lives. (Texas law prohibits the possession of a firearm within five years of a family violence conviction.) Even if you successfully complete probation for family violence, you still have a conviction on your record for the rest of your life.

Employers have the absolute right to refuse to hire someone who is arrested or has a conviction for an assault. Employers have the right to terminate you from your job if you are arrested or convicted of a family violence assault. An assault can also affect where you can live. Landlords can refuse to rent to someone who has an assault on their record.

You should contact an Experienced Trial Lawyer who understands the complexities of this system. Let me bring my over 30 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer to your case today.

Call the Law Office of Betty Blackwell in Austin, Texas for aggressive, qualified defense against your criminal charge. Call to schedule your free consultation with a Board Certified Criminal Lawyer.

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Many people do not fully understand the seriousness of a Texas domestic or family violence crime until it’s much too late. Texas Family Violence is defined as the reckless infliction of pain on a family or household member, which can simply involve two people who live together or are dating. The charges are filed by the police department, not by the abused person. In fact, the victim has no control over the charges at all. The victim of a family violence charge does not decide what happens with the case and cannot “drop” the charges. Only the prosecutor can decide not to proceed with the case.

Simply based on the arrest, an emergency protective order (EPO) can be put into effect, which usually requires that you stay a certain distance from the alleged victim at all times. The EPO remains effective for 60 days for a misdemeanor assault and 90 days for a felony assault, prohibiting you from returning to your home if you live with the alleged victim. Matters can be further complicated if you work together or have children together. The victim can also apply for a protective order (PO), which can be granted for a period of up to two years.

These severe punishments are imposed even before a conviction, which is why it’s so important that you contact the Law Office of Betty Blackwell in Austin, Texas. Your case will be assigned to County Court of Law #4, which has been designated as the Travis County domestic abuse court. As a skilled trial lawyer who is Board Certified in Criminal Law, Betty Blackwell has an extensive history with this court and can advise you about the best way to handle your family violence charge.