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Castillo Poole, LLP
Edward Castillo

2101 Moneda St.
Ft. Worth TX 76117
(817) 529-0478

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Castillo Poole, LLP


Please Call: 817-529-0478

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Criminal Law (Misdemeanor and Felony Representation)

- DWI

- Assault- Robbery

- Weapons Offenses

- Evading Arrest

- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

- Probation Violations and Revocations

- Expunctions

- White Collar Crimes

- Check Fraud and Forgery

- Credit Card Abuse

Juvenile

- Delinquency

- Detention Hearings

- Determinate Sentencing

- Certifications

- Sealing of Juvenile Records

Probate

- Will Contests

- Heirship Determinations

- Estate Administrations

Consumer Litigation

- Deceptive Trade Practices Act- Texas Debt Collection Practices Act Claims

- Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Claims

- Lemon Law Claims and Defense

- Identity Theft

- Credit Card Litigation

Commercial/Business Litigation

- Delinquent Debt Collection

- Breach of Contract Claims

- Banking and Uniform Commercial Code

Landlord/Tenant

- Residential Evictions

- Tenant rent and security deposit issues

- Commercial Lockouts, Evictions, Appeals

Please Call: 817-529-0478

Mr. Castillo has extensive experience handling misdemeanor and felony criminal cases.  As a former assistant district attorney in Randall County, Texas, and Tarrant County, Texas, Mr. Castillo has tried over 90 cases to a jury.  

Before becoming an assistant district attorney, Mr. Castillo was a juvenile probation officer where he gained valuable experience with the courts and the criminal justice system.  Mr. Castillo worked with hundreds of young people accused of criminal and status offenses.  

Mr. Castillo handles all criminal defense matters including, Driving While Intoxicated offenses, expunctions, probation revocations, protective orders in family violence cases, drug trafficking, drug possession, assault, robbery, crimes involving child victims and traffic violations. 

Mr. Castillo has litigated dozens of contested matters before judges and negotiated literally thousands of criminal matters.

Professional Associations

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Tarrant County Bar Association

Tarrant County Mexican-American Bar Association 

Admissions

Texas - 2002

Education

South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2002; West Texas A&M University, 1996

Please Call: 817-529-0478

Edward E. Castillo

Mr. Castillo has extensive experience handling misdemeanor and felony criminal cases.  As a former assistant district attorney in Randall County, Texas, and Tarrant County, Texas, Mr. Castillo has tried over 90 cases to a jury.  

Before becoming an assistant district attorney, Mr. Castillo was a juvenile probation officer where he gained valuable experience with the courts and the criminal justice system.  Mr. Castillo worked with hundreds of young people accused of criminal and status offenses.  

Mr. Castillo handles all criminal defense matters including, Driving While Intoxicated offenses, expunctions, probation revocations, protective orders in family violence cases, drug trafficking, drug possession, assault, robbery, crimes involving child victims and traffic violations. 

Mr. Castillo has litigated dozens of contested matters before judges and negotiated literally thousands of criminal matters.

Professional Associations

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Tarrant County Bar Association

Tarrant County Mexican-American Bar Association 

Admissions

Texas - 2002

Education

South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2002; West Texas A&M University, 1996

Services

Probate

- Will Contests

- Heirship Determinations

- Estate Administrations

Consumer Litigation

- Deceptive Trade Practices Act- Texas Debt Collection Practices Act Claims

- Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Claims

- Lemon Law Claims and Defense

- Identity Theft

- Credit Card Litigation

Commercial/Business Litigation

- Delinquent Debt Collection

- Breach of Contract Claims

- Banking and Uniform Commercial Code

Landlord/Tenant

- Residential Evictions

- Tenant rent and security deposit issues

- Commercial Lockouts, Evictions, Appeals

Criminal Law (Misdemeanor and Felony Representation)

- DWI

- Assault- Robbery

- Weapons Offenses

- Evading Arrest

- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

- Probation Violations and Revocations

- Expunctions

- White Collar Crimes

- Check Fraud and Forgery

- Credit Card Abuse

Juvenile

- Delinquency

- Detention Hearings

- Determinate Sentencing

- Certifications

- Sealing of Juvenile Records

DWI

DWI - What You Need To Know

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Law and Trial


In a trial against a person accused of DWI, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is "intoxicated".  The Texas Penal Code defines this as:
  -  not having the normal use of your mental and/or physical facilities or
  -  if you have a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08
  -  because of alcohol and/or drugs in your body. 

The issue of intoxication is typically what is at issue in a DWI trial. The experience of dozens of DWI trials, training and education provide Edward Castillo with the tools necessary to fight for your rights in court.  Mr. Castillo will scrutinize the state's evidence and whether law enforcement has followed the law. 

EVIDENCE GATHERING
While on the scene and throughout the process, YOU WILL LIKELY BE VIDEOTAPED. 

The police officer probably asked you to perform field sobriety tests.  Legally, you have the right to refuse these as well as any breath or blood tests.  However, remember, you are probably being video recorded.  The State will try to use these refusals and anything you say or do in your trial against you.  The police may also seek to execute a search warrant for your blood.  This is legal, but may be challenged in court.  The DWI police officers are trained according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and its manual.  Edward Castillo has also been trained and has experience in exactly how NHTSA requires the field sobriety tests should be performed.  

DWI ARRESTS AND DRIVER'S LICENSE
The law allows that if you provide a breath and/or blood test, your driver’s license may be suspended for 90 days.  If you refuse to provide a breath and/or blood test, your driver’s license may be suspended for 180 days.

ALR HEARING - IMPORTANT TIME LIMITS

You have the right to contest a driver’s license suspension within 15 days of being arrested for a DWI. If you do so, you will keep your driver’s license while you await your ALR hearing date. At the hearing, a judge will determine if the police officer had reasonable suspicion to stop your vehicle and probable cause to make the arrest. If the Judge finds in the state’s favor, your driver’s license will be suspended at that time according to the statutory requirements.


OCCUPATIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE
Upon suspension of your license, you may be eligible for an occupational driver’s license.  This enables you to drive 12 hours per day, seven days a week, for travel to work, school and household duties.

RANGE OF PUNISHMENT FOR DWI CONVICTIONS
*  1st offense: Class B misdemeanor
    -  3 to 180 days in county jail
    -  $0–$2,000 fine
    -  probation may be possible

*  2nd offense: Class A misdemeanor
   -  30 days to 1 year in county jail
   -  $0–$4,000 fine
   -  probation may be possible

*  3rd or higher offense: Third-degree felony
   -  2 to 10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections (prison)
   -  $0–$10,000 fine; 
   -  probation may be possible

If given the option of probation for any level of DWI offense, there will be several conditions. These may include an interlock device on your vehicle, community service, monthly reporting, monthly fees, a DWI education class, a victim-impact panel, a drug/alcohol evaluation, random drug/alcohol testing and additional fines.

CLASS C MISDEMEANOR - ALCOHOL OFFENSES
*  A class C offense in Texas does not require any jail time but does carry a maximum fine of $500. The following are the most common alcohol-related offenses.

Driver’s license suspension for a conviction of any of these Class C offenses:
1st offense — 30 days
2nd offense — 60 days
3rd offense — 180 days


1.  Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

In Texas, a person younger than 21 years of age who operates a motor vehicle in a public place while having any detectable amount of alcohol on his or her breath may be charged with a DUI. This may be determined by a breath test or the officer’s opinion that he or she smelled alcohol on your breath. You do not have to be intoxicated to be charged with a DUI.

*  Driver’s License Suspension for a DUI

- If you give a breath or blood test or are not offered a test: 60 days
- If you refuse to give a breath or blood test: 180 days


*  ALR Hearing

Same as above.

*  Occupational Driver’s License
Same as above.

* Range of Punishment for a DUI conviction
-  Class C misdemeanor
-  $0–$500 fine; alcohol class; community service hours

2.  Public Intoxication
The State will seek to prove the accused is intoxicated in a public place and is a danger to himself or others.  The range of punishment is the same for all other class C misdemeanors, however subsequent convictions can be enhanced to the range of Class B misdemeanors - $0-$2000 fine and / or up to 180 days in county jail. 

3.  Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)
A person under age 21 who posses alcohol. However, it is legal to possess alcohol if you are acting within the scope of your employment, within the visible presence of a parent or under the supervision of a police officer. If convicted, a first or second offense carries a fine up to $500. The third offense carries a fine up to $2,000 and a sentence of up to 180 days in jail.


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