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Law Office of Larry Sauer
Larry Sauer

1004 West Ave.
Austin TX 78701
(512) 479-5017

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Law Office of Larry Sauer


Texas Criminal Law Trial Attorney

Attorney Larry Sauer is an Austin, Texas Criminal Defense lawyer whose practice has an emphasis in drugs and narcotics, as well as, other serious felony cases in State and Federal Court. His practice extends across Texas and through-out the Country. Licensed in 1971, he has focused his entire practice in the area of criminal law. Mr. Sauer holds a Board Certification in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Drug Crimes Include:

  • Search and Seizure
  • Drug Possession
  • Narcotic Possession
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession or sales of cocaine, PCP, LSD, heroin, methamphetamine
  • Possession, transportation or sale of marijuana
  • Intent to sell or distribute drugs and narcotics
  • Use or sale of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of "club drugs" such as MDMA / Ecstasy, Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine
  • Manufacturing of drugs and Narcotics

Mr. Sauer primarily focuses his practice in criminal trial work for the person accused. He is experienced in handling felony and misdemeanor cases in State and Federal Court across the State of Texas and Federal Court through-out the Country, although his practice is based in Austin, Texas. He has handled thousands of criminal cases involving the possession, sale, manufacture, distribution, cultivation, possession with intent to distribute drugs, as well as, sexual assault, murder, kidnapping, arson, robbery, burglary, white collar crime, computer crime, pornography, driving while intoxicated and assault.

Regarded by his peers as an excellent and capable courtroom lawyer, Mr. Sauer, has shown he is not afraid to take on the toughest of cases. He is listed in the November 2003, October 2005, October 2007, October 2008 and October 2009 issues of Texas Monthly Magazine as a Super Lawyer in the area of Criminal Defense: General, as rated by a statewide poll of attorneys. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws - Legal Committee and the National Lawyers Guild.

Texas Criminal Trial Lawyer: Certified Specialist Criminal Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Mr. Sauer is available to visit with prospective clients at no charge for the initial consultation.

Mr. Sauer is committed to fighting for those who have become involved in the criminal justice system and protecting their rights and freedom. If you are seeking an attorney who will stand with you, and will speak and fight for you, contact his office for a free consultation and see if he can help you.

Cities & Counties Served: All Texas Counties and all Federal District Courts in the United States.

Attorney Profile - Austin, Texas Criminal Law Trial Specialist

Lawrence "Larry" W. Sauer, Jr.

Education:

  • College:
    • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science 1968
    • University of Houston
    • Houston, Texas

  • Legal:
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1971
    • University of Texas
    • Austin, Texas


 

Licensed to Practice:

  • State of Texas, all courts;
  • US Supreme Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Northern District Federal Court
  • Texas Southern District Federal Court
  • Texas Western District Federal Court

Specialization:

  • Board Certified, Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Associations:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • National Lawyers Guild

*Recognized as one of the Texas Super Lawyers in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Texas Monthly Magazine

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Attorney Profile

Attorney Profile - Austin, Texas Criminal Law Trial Specialist

Lawrence "Larry" W. Sauer, Jr.

Education:

  • College:
    • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science 1968
    • University of Houston
    • Houston, Texas

  • Legal:
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1971
    • University of Texas
    • Austin, Texas

Licensed to Practice:

  • State of Texas, all courts;
  • US Supreme Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Texas Northern District Federal Court
  • Texas Southern District Federal Court
  • Texas Western District Federal Court

Specialization:

  • Board Certified, Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Associations:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • National Lawyers Guild

*Recognized as one of the Texas Super Lawyers in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Texas Monthly Magazine

Practice Areas

 

Drugs and Narcotics Charges:

Drugs and Narcotics laws have tried to keep up with the changing perceptions and real dangers of substance abuse. By 1970, over 55 federal drug laws and countless state laws specified a variety of punitive measures, including life imprisonment and even the death penalty. To clarify the situation, the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 repealed, replaced, or updated all previous federal laws concerned with narcotics and all other dangerous drugs.

Most states have laws that give different treatment to possession of different categories of drugs (i.e. prescription drugs, marijuana, crystal methamphetamine), and also make a distinction in the offense charged as to whether a small amount of the drug was found with the defendant (personal use) or a larger amount (intent to sell or distribute, trafficking). A conviction on a drug charge of any magnitude, even a small amount of marijuana, can seriously affect your present and future employment chances, your education, your reputation and your freedom.

Criminal Law

Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Law in Texas

Being Arrested

What happens if I am arrested?
If you are arrested for breaking a criminal law, the case is taken before a magistrate who may issue a warrant if necessary and set bond for appearance in court. If the defendant cannot post the bond he may be incarcerated pending appearance in court. If bond is posted, he will remain free pending appearance at an arraignment. The arraignment is held before a judge of the courts. During the arraignment the defendant is formally told what offense he is charged with, told their constitutional rights, and of the possible penalties. The defendant will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty, and a date for the next hearing will be scheduled.

Can they use force to arrest me?
A police officer may use as much force as is necessary to arrest you. Unreasonable force is assault. After arrest, a police officer may handcuff you if you attempt to escape or the officer considers it necessary to prevent you from escaping. If you claim that force was used to arrest you, a judge will decide whether or not the force used was reasonable in the circumstances.

Hiring a Lawyer

If I am arrested, should I hire an attorney?
You may be entitled to a Court Appointed Attorney at Public expense if you qualify as an indigent person. An indigent person is one who cannot hire an attorney without causing substantial hardship to himself/herself or dependent family. If you have been charged with a crime, you may complete an Affidavit of Indigence and Request for Court Appointed Counsel at your first court appearance. If you qualify, an attorney will be appointed for you. If you are convicted of a crime, the court may require you to repay some or all of the cost of your defense if it determines you are able.

Arraignments

What happens at an arraignment?
You will appear before a judge who will tell you officially of the charges against you at your first arraignment. At the arraignment, an attorney may be appointed for you if you cannot afford one, and bail can be raised or lowered. You also can ask to be released on personal recognizance, even if bail was previously set.

If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you can plead guilty or not guilty at the arraignment. Or, if the court approves, you can plead nolo contendere, meaning that you will not contest the charges. Legally, this is the same as a guilty plea, but it cannot be used against you in a non-criminal case.

Before pleading guilty to some first time offenses, such as drug possession in small amounts for personal use, you may want to find out if your county has any drug diversion programs. Under these programs, instead of fining you or sending you to jail, the court may order you to get counseling which can result in dismissal of the charges if you complete the counseling.

If misdemeanor charges are not dropped, a trial will be held later in county court of law. If you are charged with a felony, however, and the charges are not dismissed, the next step is a preliminary hearing.

Not Guilty vs. Guilty

Can I answer not guilty even if I am guilty?
You are innocent until you are proven guilty. Your lawyer may think that the evidence against you is not enough to prove that you are guilty. You may have a better chance if you have a trial. You have a trial only if you plead not guilty.

Plea Bargains

What is a plea bargain?
Settling a criminal case is usually called a plea bargain. It means that the prosecution and the defense come to an agreement to resolve the case. The case can be settled at several points during the process, from before it is charged all the way to trials doorstep.

After a Conviction

What happens after a conviction?
In most cases, after either a plea of guilty or a finding of guilt after trial, the following options may be available:

Motion for new trial
This motion must be addressed on a case-by-case basis, but the motion attempts to set aside the conviction.

Appeal
Again, the facts of each case must be examined to determine if one can bring an appeal and, if so, whether it would it have merit.

Modification of sentence
It is possible in some cases to come back before the sentencing judge and ask for modifications on some of the terms and conditions of probation.

Expungement/Order od Nondisclosure
In some cases, after a person has successfully completed the terms and conditions of a deferred adjudication probation, it may be possible to appear before the court and have the arrest sealed with an order of nondisclosure. It is also possible to get your arrest record expunged if your case has been dismissed or if you were found not ugilty at trial.


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