Monthly Archives:' August 2011

An Introduction From a Criminal Lawyer in Houston

My name is Eric J. Benavides, and I am a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney.  I am a founding partner of Benavides & Serrano, PLLC.  I decided to start a blog mostly to give myself an avenue to talk about current events, the law, and things that interest me in general.  I don’t expect many individuals who are searching for a criminal lawyer in Houston to read this blog, but hey, maybe you will!  This is just a brief introduction of why I do what I do…

My mother has a framed drawing in her room that I did when I was 4 years old.  It says “I want to be a Lawyer”, and has a stick figure sitting at a poorly drawn desk.  You see, being a lawyer is the only thing I have ever wanted to do.  I can’t exactly tell you why I always wanted to be a lawyer, but I think it stems from wanting to help people.  I think that is a common trait of the good lawyers in our business.  It’s not about the money, because if it was, I sure wouldn’t be a Houston criminal defense attorney.  It’s about the people, and the lives you can change.

Fresh out of law school I started working at a respectable criminal defense firm in downtown Houston.  I knew I wanted to help people, but I’ll never forget the feeling of walking out of court with my first dismissal.  My client gave me a hug and told me I saved her job.  And I’ll definitely never forget the first time I heard “Not Guilty” after arguing to the best of my ability for a wrongly accused client.  It’s a rush, and a sense of accomplishment.  It makes you feel like you are making a difference in the world, even if it only matters to one person (your client!).

The feeling of helping others is what keeps me going every day.  Even though not everyone gets their case dismissed, it’s always the goal to get them the best possible outcome.  And I promised myself long ago that I would never allow a client to plead guilty unless I truly believed the deal he was getting was fair.

If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing a criminal lawyer in Houston feel free to contact me at 713-222-2828.  I can’t promise you an outcome, but I promise you that I will always tell the truth, and that I will work to the best of my capabilities.

The first blog post of a DWI Lawyer in Houston

Hello, my name is Eric Benavides, and I am a Houston DWI Attorney.  I am one of two attorneys who started the law firm Benavides & Serrano, PLLC.  I decided to start a DWI blog because more people get arrested for DWI than anything else.  I hope to provide insight and advice to individuals facing (and those who may face) a DWI.

I intend to use this blog for many things.  I plan to use it to talk about DWI cases, to talk about general info in the news regarding DWI, and about general things that amuse me about these types of cases.  Hopefully no one reading this will ever need a DWI lawyer in Houston, but if you are going to be arrested, the chances are it’s going to be for drinking and driving.

The great thing about being a DWI attorney is all the interesting people you run into.  The fact of the matter is most people drink socially, and that doesn’t exclude doctors, engineers, and even lawyers.  I have represented individuals accused of DWI who are true habitual criminals, all the way to individuals who have post-graduate degrees and a clean record.  Being a DWI attorney is a field of work where you get to mingle with every part of society, and personally I enjoy that aspect of the job.

DWI doesn’t discriminate.  Anyone could be arrested just for admitting that they had a drink at dinner, even if they aren’t legally intoxicated.  It is not illegal to drink and drive in Texas!  This is one thing I don’t believe all officers understand, and one of the things I love most about being a Houston DWI Attorney is all of the innocent people that I get to help!

If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing a DWI lawyer in Houston feel free to contact me at 713-222-2828.  I can’t promise you that you will win your case, but I promise you that I will always be up front with you, and that I will work to get you the best possible outcome.

Eric Benavides