Giving You The Answers You Need
When a person is struggling with any legal issue, it is common for them to have more questions than answers. This missing information can be critical to making the right decision in your legal matter, which makes it vital that you receive this information when you need it.
At Vela & Del Fierro, P.C., our lawyers have more than 40 years of combined experience representing clients throughout the San Antonio area through family law, criminal law, personal injury claims and probate. We are committed to helping our clients in any way we can, including answering their pressing questions, such as:
Can I refuse a breathalyzer test?
While in Texas, you do have the right to refuse a breathalyzer, blood or roadside sobriety test, but doing so does come with consequences. If you do not comply with these tests, you can expect a license suspension. The amount of time they suspend your license depends on how many refusals you may have, where a first offense usually results in a suspension of 180 days.
Are there defenses for a DWI?
There are many possible defenses against DWI charges, depending on the details of your case. Common examples of these defenses include a lack of probable cause, a violation of Miranda rights or other civil rights, inaccurate testing or a lack of evidence. We will review the details of your case to find grounds for these or other defense strategies in your case.
Do I qualify for expunging my criminal charges?
Not everyone can expunge their criminal charges, as there are certain qualifications they need to meet first. In Texas, a person can qualify for an expungement if they have been acquitted, pardoned or found innocent after a conviction, had their case dismissed or had no presented charges within a statutory period. We can review your situation to help confirm your eligibility.
What should I bring to my first divorce consultation with a lawyer?
The more information you can bring us, the faster we can get up to speed about your situation and begin developing a strategy to help you and your family through your divorce in as little time as possible. When you come to your initial consultation with our family law team, be sure to bring copies of ownership documents like your mortgage or lease, bank statements, retirement account information, medical history information, credit card and other bill statements, tax returns, pay statements and any nuptial agreements you may have.
How will a court determine my child custody agreement?
A judge looks at many different factors before coming to a decision about the child custody agreement, all with the best interests of the children in mind. These factors often include the emotional and physical needs of this child, the stability of each parent’s home, any potential danger a parent poses, the children’s preferences, the health and age of the children and parents, the relationship each parent had with the children until now and the special needs of the children.
Can I modify my divorce agreement?
Before a divorced parent changes the terms of the divorce decree or relocates with their children, they must first gain approval, either by both parents agreeing to the change or by providing the necessity of the change in court. A party must be able to establish the necessity for the change, such as a substantial change in income, marital status, family size or medical situation, before a judge grants a modification to a divorce decree.
What is my personal injury claim worth?
The compensation from a personal injury claim will not only vary based on the details of the claim but also depends on the total costs and suffering the victim experienced. Our goal as your legal representation is to maximize the money you earn in your settlement so that it includes the current and future expenses of your injuries and recovery. Common factors that can contribute to this value include medical bills, therapy costs, lost income, loss of earning potential, loss of consortium and more.
Do I need a personal injury attorney if I already have a settlement offer?
Insurance companies often move fast to convince you to accept a lowball offer to minimize the costs of their liability. We can act on your behalf to identify a fair value of the total costs of your injuries, negotiate for this value with insurance companies and fight to receive this money in court if negotiations are not fruitful. We can also help you avoid mistakes that can jeopardize your compensation, like posting about your claim online or talking to an insurance agent alone.
What does a probate attorney do?
After a loved one passes on, there are many responsibilities that still need attention. It can be difficult to resolve these matters while you are grieving and even harder if you are not familiar with the probate process. We can step in to take on these obligations, including paying any debts of the estate, closing any related accounts, alerting interested parties, executing the decedent’s will, following Texas law to resolve the estate if there is no will and distributing the assets of the estate to beneficiaries.
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No one should ever have to resolve their legal needs on their own. Instead of hoping for the best while representing yourself, fight for that outcome with our legal services.