Guadalupe County, TX Criminal Defense Attorney
Law Offices of Sam H. Lock109 Court Street
Seguin, Texas 78155
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Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONThe Law Office of Sam H. Lock is a criminal defense firm representing individuals in Central and South Texas at all stages of criminal proceedings, including pre-indictment, before grand juries, pre-trial, trial, appeal, and post-conviction writs of habeas corpus.
Attorney Sam Lock represents only criminal defendants. He does not handle divorces or deeds. He believes that he can best serve his clients by practicing only the type of law for which he has a true passion.
While the greatest percentage of Texas attorney Sam Lock's cases are DWI's, he also represents individuals facing a wide variety of allegations. He has represented individuals charged with Murder, Attempted Capital Murder, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, allegations of Sexual Crimes, Tampering with Evidence, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, allegations of Possession and Distribution of Controlled Substances, Firearms violations, and obscure crimes such as, Interference with Railroad Property. He represents individuals who are on probation, but facing motions to revoke their probation. Additionally, he represents individuals in the appellate courts when justice may not have been served at the court below.
Mr. Lock is proud to represent people from all walks of life, rich and poor.
Year this Office was Established: 2000
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Aggravated Kidnapping; Alcohol to Minor; Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear; Boating While Intoxicated; Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse; Criminal Conspiracy; Criminal Instruments and Interception of Wire or Oral Communication; Criminal Mischief; Criminal Trespass; Cruelty to Animals; Deadly Conduct; Discharge of Firearm in Certain Municipalities; Disorderly Conduct; Dog Fighting; Driving While License Invalid; Driving While License Suspended; Driving With No License; Endangering Child/Risk Bodily Injury; Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity; Evading Arrest or Detention; Failure to ID; Failure to Obey a Fire Marshall's Order; False Alarm or Report; False Report to Peace Officer or Law Enforcement Employee; Forgery; Fraudulent Destruction, Removal, or Concealment of Writing; Fraudulent Filing of Financing Statement; Graffiti; Harboring Runaway Child; Administrative License Revocation; Breath Test Failure; Breath Test Refusal; Alien Smuggling.
Areas of Law Description
Our practice areas include:
Texas law treats those accused of Driving While Intoxicated harshly. A first time DWI offender faces a possible license suspension by the Texas Department of Public Safety, a maximum fine of $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail. Those individuals with prior convictions for D.W.I. face even stiffer penalties. Even bonding subsequent offenders out of jail before the initial court date becomes a dicey proposition in some cases. A third D.W.I. offense may be charged as a third degree felony, carrying a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Felony crimes are the most serious offenses under our criminal laws. A conviction of a felony offense can result in a substantial loss of one's freedom and privileges. A criminal defendant has the right to be represented by a lawyer and the right to be tried by a jury of twelve of his peers. In many felony cases, an individual is aware of a pending investigation before his case is presented to the grand jury. In some cases a lawyer may be able to help someone avoid indictment altogether by providing law enforcement or prosecutors a different look at the evidence. Sometimes the most valuable advice I can give is given before my client's case is presented to the grand jury for indictment.
A misdemeanor is a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail, and a $4,000 fine for Class A Misdemeanors, and a $2,000 fine for Class B Misdemeanors. Misdemeanor cases are filed and prosecuted in the County Courts. A defendant has the right to represented by a lawyer and the right to be tried before a jury of six of his peers. Examples of Misdemeanor cases are D.W.I. , Assault, Theft (under $1,500), Assault, Reckless Driving, and Driving While License Suspended. While not as serious as a felony conviction, a misdemeanor conviction carries possible jail time and probably a significant amount of time on community supervision (commonly referred to as probation). Predictably, first time offenders fare the best in front of judges and juries."
- Possession and Distribution of Controlled Substances
These types of charges result in some of the most interesting cases because they almost always involve the invocation of the constitutional right to be free from warrantless and/or unreasonable searches and seizures. Because of this constitutional dimension, this area of law is constantly evolving. Individuals accused of these types of crimes often find themselves pitted against the full strength of a vast array of governmental forces, and should seek legal counsel if there is even the slightest question about being a possible government target. In particular, the young face feel the brunt of the ever-increasing penalties in our nation's "War on Drugs", the consequences of which could follow them for the rest of their lives.
- Federal Criminal Law
Many people accused of white collar crimes have assets, businesses and social reputations to protect. That’s why The Law Office of Sam H. Lock delivers high-quality criminal defense designed to safeguard your social standing as well as your personal and financial security. Attorney Sam Lock fully understands the delicate nature of white collar criminal cases and will work relentlessly to defend his Central and South Texas clients against state and federal charges of: Embezzlement; Extortion; Bank Fraud; Mortgage Fraud; Internet/Computer Fraud; Honest Services Fraud; Kickback Schemes; Bribery; Conspiracy; Money Laundering; Racketeering; Insurance Fraud (Medicare, Health, etc.); Wire fraud; Securities and Tax fraud; Mail fraud; Counterfeiting; Forgery; and more.
- Indigent Defense
The State Bar of Texas encourages Texas lawyers to represent people free of charge when the opportunity presents itself. In my practice I come across people who are without much hope, but manage to face unbelievable odds with remarkable courage. I undertake "pro-bono" representation of a limited number of these individuals each year.
- Alien Smuggling
The crackdown on illegal immigration by the government and federal and state law enforcement authorities has caused a spike in alien smuggling charges, arrests and convictions in recent years. With so many agencies on the lookout for illegal activity, innocent can often people get charged in the process. Sam Lock works with individuals and corporations accused of alien smuggling crimes and knows how to prepare a case for the best possible outcome.
- Bank Fraud
The Law Office of Sam H. Lock is committed to helping those accused of bank fraud and other white collar crimes. Sam Lock is known throughout Central and South Texas as a reliable and respected lawyer who does not give up. He will take your case through every step of the legal process – including pre-indictment, before grand juries, pre-trial, trail, appeal and post-conviction writs of habeas corpus.
- Mortgage Fraud
Sam Lock has successfully prevented prosecution of mortgage fraud cases at the federal level by representing clients in their dealings with the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI’s Financial Institution Fraud Unit (F.I.F.) is usually brought in to investigate mortgage fraud crimes, including, but not limited to, accusations of: Property Flipping; Over-Reported Assets or Inflated Earnings Reports; Failure to Disclose; Mortgage-Related Identity Theft; Predatory Lending Practices (sub-prime/high interest rates, unreasonable service fees, exorbitant loan origination/settlement fees); Foreclosure Fraud; Equity Skimming; and, Disputable Underwriting and more.
- Boating While Intoxicated (BWI)
Sam Lock represents clients who have been accused of BWI in San Antonio, Austin, Del Rio, El Paso, Midland, Pecos and Waco. He understands how frustrating it can be to have Texas Parks & Wildlife officials field test you for sobriety while you’re just enjoying a relaxing day on the water. Most people don’t realize that these authorities don’t even need probable cause to pull your boat over and investigate for BWI. BWI charges can have serious repercussions if you have to go to jail or lose your license. Don’t get caught in the court system without experienced representation. Attorney Sam Lock knows how to successfully argue against a BWI charge and can help you avoid a criminal record and the associated legal consequences.
Attorney Sam Lock knows that once you’ve been cleared of any wrongdoing, it is unfair that you are still subject to having a criminal record on file. He will work tirelessly to expunge your records so that they are no longer discoverable by future employers, credit/background checks or private citizens. Sam Lock works with clients in Central and South Texas and takes pride in being able to help people clear up criminal charges so that they can move on to lead productive and happy lives. There is no reason that you should continue to suffer from false allegations of the past. If you live in San Antonio, Austin, Del Rio, El Paso, Midland, Pecos or Waco, Sam Lock can help give you a fresh start.
- Violent Crimes
Defending charges of homicide, murder or manslaughter takes skill and preparation. Sam Lock will ask the tough questions to challenge the authorities, witnesses and others testifying against you. Why were you arrested in the first place? Were your rights violated at any point? Are there other witnesses who may not have come forward yet? Was anyone else investigated for the same crime? There is no reason you should have to settle for a lawyer who only wants to plead your case without putting in the work necessary to prove your innocence. Sam Lock knows how to utilize DNA evidence, witness and expert testimony, police reports and crime scene specialists to build a successful defense. He will always treat you with respect and dignity, regardless of the charges brought against you.
- Internet Crimes
The Law Office of Sam H. Lock is ready to serve clients in San Antonio, Austin, Del Rio, El Paso, Midland, Pecos and Waco who have been accused of Internet crimes. Your case will be handled without judgment and with the utmost professionalism. Even if you have the slightest questions regarding the possibility of criminal charges, you should call The Law Office of Sam H. Lock. It is better to have an attorney on your side as soon as possible so that a solid defense can be built from the very beginning stages of your case.
- Federal Drug Charges
The Law Office of Sam H. Lock represents individuals in San Antonio, Austin, Del Rio, El Paso, Midland, Pecos and Waco. Attorney Sam Lock is ready to help anyone charged with drug offenses such as trafficking, manufacturing and cultivation. He stays educated on all the changes regarding federal laws so that he can defend clients from all walks of life in any circumstances. He often represents clients in cases involving drugs, including: Cocaine; Heroin; Crystal Methamphetamine (“Crystal Meth”); Marijuana; Methamphetamines; Prescription Drugs (Xanax, Percocet, Valium, OxyContin, etc.); Ecstasy and more.
- State Drug Charges
Our law firm is committed to helping individuals who find themselves facing drug charges in Central and South Texas. Lawyer Sam Lock knows that drug charges are serious at any level. As a matter of fact, the state of Texas invoked a “state jail felony,” which is designed to punish those found in possession of 1 to 5 pounds of marijuana with a minimum of 6 months in jail and a felony charge on their records. Our firm should be your first resource when you are facing state drug charges. These cases can quickly escalate and it pays to have an experienced lawyer on your side to protect your best interests. Punishments range from jail time to hefty fines to mandatory drug counseling; which consequence you will face depends on the quality of your legal representation.
- Sex Offenses
Attorney Sam Lock of The Law Office of Sam H. Lock knows that sex offenses cannot only be humiliating, but can also have long-lasting effects on your life in many ways. Those convicted of sexual offenses are often required to submit personal information to the Sex Offender Registry, which will publicly list you as someone convicted of a sex crime for the rest of your life. The consequences of being branded in this way are far-reaching and can prevent you from finding quality employment, from living in certain areas and can even threaten your safety.
- Traffic Violations
Traffic violations in the state of Texas can range from speeding tickets to alcohol related violations, and any citation should be taken seriously. Even a simple ticket for running a stop sign is considered a criminal offense. The Law Office of Sam H. Lock is ready to come to your defense to protect you from consequences stemming from any type of traffic violation, including: Driving Without a License; Driving With a Suspended License; Driving Without Proof of Insurance; Running Red Lights or Other Traffic Signals; Passing a Stopped School Bus; Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Citations; and, And more.
- Weapons Charges
If you’ve been accused of using a firearm or other weapon during a crime, the situation only gets worse. Especially for repeat offenders, these cases can have grave consequences, including life in prison in the most extreme cases. For more than 10 years, The Law Office of Sam H. Lock has been proving the innocence of clients who find themselves up against state and federal agencies on weapons charges. After you’ve been arrested, there are going to be a lot of people who tell you from the beginning to plead guilty to avoid a trial, but not Sam Lock. He understands that these matters are usually much more complicated. He knows how to investigate allegations of weapons possession and will not give up on you, even when the evidence may seem overwhelming.
- Asset Forfeiture
Certain assets under the federal statutes relating to asset forfeiture cases can be taken from you if the federal government feels your property was used to assist in criminal endeavors. These assets could include, but are not limited to: Real Estate Property; Jewelry; Firearms; Boats, Yachts, Watercrafts; Securities, Stocks, Bonds; and, Bank Accounts and Cash. If you’re being investigated by the State and Federal government and they have already seized your property, the next important step for you is to consult an asset forfeiture defense attorney. Sam H. Lock is a noted criminal defense attorney, who has handled serious felony cases.
- State Gun Crimes
State gun crimes can lead to serious felony offenses. If you or someone you know has been charged with a state gun criminal offense, having a strong criminal defense attorney should be the next important step you take. Texas does not take state gun crimes lightly and neither should you. At the Law Offices of Sam H. Lock, we represent clients charged with all state gun crimes.
- Federal Gun Crimes
At the Law Offices of Sam H. Lock, we offer aggressive and experienced criminal defense representation to clients charged with federal gun crimes and other firearm violations. Not only does the state of Texas take federal gun charges seriously, but prosecutors will seek the greatest punishment for your charges. It is critical you have a smart, aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney who understands federal crimes, and who can represent you in federal court.
- Motions to Revoke Probation
Receiving a motion to revoke probation is a serious matter. If a motion to revoke probation has already been filed against you, or you feel the probation officer assigned to your case is going to file a motion to revoke probation, you need immediate, aggressive and effective criminal defense representation. The Law Offices of Sam H. Lock has the experience to help you seek the justice you deserve. Contact attorney Sam H. Lock regarding your motions to revoke probation case.
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