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Getting To Know Attorney Tad Nelson

If you’ve been accused of drunk driving, and are looking to retain an experienced DWI lawyer in the Greater Houston area to represent you in Harris County, Galveston County, or surrounding counties, contact attorney Tad Nelson immediately.

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Attorney Tad A. Nelson is a nationally known charismatic advocate of the people. As a respected attorney & legal mind, he has appeared on CNN and FOX on numerous occasions to share his opinions on the legal issues of the day.

Tad is so much more than just form; Tad’s career is built on substance.

The pillars of that substance has been his thirst for knowledge and education which has led to respect gained from his colleagues, and earned from his clients.

There are numerous consequences associated with DWI convictions. You’ll need experienced professional help to beat the charge and/or to avoid the most serious criminal penalties that apply to DWI cases. Contact us or call 281-280-0100 for your case review.

The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates

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Why Tad Nelson & Associates?

Led by firm founder & Houston DWI attorney Tad Nelson with his more than 25 years of criminal law experience, our team of dedicated defense focused lawyers work hard to reach the best outcomes for our clients.

As a former assistant district attorney, Mr. Nelson provides our team with insights into how to effectively defend against strategies used by prosecuting attorneys.

Attorney Tad Nelson is Board Certified in Criminal Law

Attorney Tad Nelson is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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Your Local Houston ACS/CHAL Lawyer-ScientistHouston's ACS-CHAL DWI Lawyer

We pride ourselves on being accessible, responsive and, above all else, honest. We will give you a straightforward assessment of your situation, and we’ll always keep you up to date on the progress of your case.

We May Be Able To Save Your Texas Drivers License!

We Only Have 15 Days From The Date of Your Arrest To Request a Hearing To Save Your License.

You’ll Need A Lawyer That Understands DWI Law, THE SCIENCE, & You!

Tad earned his Board Certification in criminal law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Learn More) in 1996 awarding him the distinction of being one of a small percentage of practicing DWI attorneys in Greater Houston who hold such credentials.
Tad’s hands-on experience in the lab earned Tad the designation of Lawyer-Scientist from the American Chemical Society. At the time, Tad was the 1st in Texas and 4th in the U.S. to receive this outstanding honor. Tad will graduate with his Masters in Forensic Science in 2015.


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A Reputation For Excellence

We are known by prosecutors as assertive DWI attorneys who fight for our clients to ensure their rights are protected and that they are treated fairly. Our aggressive approach to drunk driving & DUI cases has led to many favorable results from our clients, from dismissal of the charges to reduced charges and sentences.

A Cutting Edge Houston Attorney for DWI Cases

Houston DWI Attorney Tad A. Nelson has created a very unique 21st century law firm. Finally somebody has combined all the facets of a effect Driving While Intoxicated defense.

In the past many firms would offer a keen understanding of law and order, but to complete his firm, Tad Nelson added a very important third piece; SCIENCE.

“A STRONG DWI Defense From 3 Fronts”

In DWI defense litigation, all 3 facets are equally important when it comes to defending clients charged with serious alcohol offenses.

When a law firm only offers law and order they are accepting only two-thirds of their responsibility and neglecting that which is most crucial to your ultimate defense; The scientific nature of evidence as the burden of proof carried by the prosecution.

Understanding The Legal Climate in Texas

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Texas DWI Overview

DWI offenses in the state of Texas can fall under a number of different categories, for a number of different reasons, each of which, have their own delicate set of circumstances.

In the Texas DWI Overview section of our website you’ll be able to review information related to serious DWI offenses involving loss of human life, womens’ issues, and more.

Looking For a DWI Lawyer in Galveston?

In Houston, Galveston, and League City, the law offices of Tad Nelson & Associates is one of the few law firms, if not the only one, with a leading DWI attorney who is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in criminal law, and nationally recognized as an ACS-CHAL DWI Forensic Lawyer-Scientist.

If you’re serious about fighting the state’s claim that you were operating a motor vehicle while allegedly intoxicated, few are better suited and best qualified to fight the charge than the Houston DWI attorneys of the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are my legal options if I’m charged with DWI in Houston?

If you’re arrested for drunk driving, we have at least 3 options for dealing with the charge within the confines of Texas law. We can attempt to get the case dismissed, work out a deal with the Harris County Dist. Atty’s Office, or we can fight the charge, head-on, in a full-blown trial.

Is it possible to beat a Houston DWI charge in Harris County?

Absolutely. The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates wields a distinctive set of credentials, training, and is an asset to anyone facing criminal charges related to DWI in Houston. Although every case is different, we also have a solid record of winning in court for our clients.

Can I avoid jail time if I’m convicted for drunk driving?

In short, yes. In reality, there are a number of different factors involved in each and every case we’ve seen in our experience as Houston DWI attorneys. Probation is usually a possibility for most persons that are convicted of DWI in Houston. However, there are no guarantees.

How much jail time can I get if I’m convicted of DWI?

A determination on jail sentencing is the sole priority of the court within the guidelines of Texas criminal law. Depending on the frequency of DWI offenses incurred by the defendant, and the severity of additional factors, a jail sentence could be as short as a few days, to life.

Can you help with truck driver DWI cases involving a CDL?

As a matter of fact we can. The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates is among the premier law firms in Texas for DWI defense. Both lawyers on our Houston DWI defense team are Certified ACS/CHAL Lawyer-Scientists, with Tad Nelson holding a Board Certification.

Will I lose my Texas Drivers’ License if I’m charged with DWI?

In Texas, if you’re arrested for DWI or DUI, the process of Administrative License Revocation is initiated for the purpose of automatically suspending your Texas Drivers’ License. Houston DWI lawyer Tad A. Nelson may be able to intervene, and prevent TDL suspension.

Have a Question about Your Case?

If you have a question or concern about your personal situation, or that of a family member, as it relates to DWI defense litigation for criminal cases set anywhere in the greater Houston area, the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates is here and ready to answer your legal questions.

As a DWI lawyer in Houston for over 20 years, Tad Nelson is one of the more experienced lawyers that are currently practicing criminal law in Southeast Texas. As a dedicated litigator, and as one of the few lawyers who hold a Board Certification in criminal law in addition to credentials as an ACS/CHAL Lawyer Scientist, Tad Nelson is always interested in hearing from people who are facing challenges with the criminal justice system in Texas.

Consequences for Defendants Convicted of DWI

Driving While Intoxicated is a serious crime in the state of Texas which carries traditional penalties, such as prison time, fines, and the stigma of a criminal record, in addition to other consequences which are rather indirect.

Some of the indirect consequences of being convicted of Driving While Intoxicated can include losing your Texas Drivers License, losing your CDL if you are a truck driver or commercial driver, higher insurance premiums and a possible requirement for an SR-22, and the potential for a DWI on your driving record to impede future career opportunities.

As you can see from the collateral consequences of being convicted of DWI, it’s more important than ever that you have an experienced Houston DWI lawyer on your side if you’re facing the aggression of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office due to allegations of you Driving While Intoxicated.

Arrested Outside of the city of Houston?

Although attorney Tad Nelson and the resources of the Law Offices of Tad Nelson and Associates are generally geared towards DWI cases making their way through the Harris County court in downtown Houston, we are more than willing to appear in court on behalf of our clients who may have been charged outside of Harris County, in one of the near or neighboring counties that make up Greater Houston.

Former Prosecutor

If you’re being prosecuted for drunk driving in the state of Texas it’s important to have a lawyer on your side who, not only has experience as a defense attorney for DWI cases, but one that offers the added benefit of having served as a former prosecutor.

Knowing how the prosecution operates, what mechanisms are commonly used to craft arguments against the defendant, and how prosecutors generally construct their cases, is an immense addition to what makes attorney Tad Nelson a special lawyer for these forms of cases.

Also keep in mind that attorney Amber Spurlock is a former federal prosecutor, paving the way for our law firm to craft some of the most meticulous defense strategies which have been used to successfully defend our clients time and time again.

Free Initial Consultation with Attorney Tad Nelson

Whenever you’re faced with the difficulties that accompany criminal charges it’s important to have a strong understanding of your legal options as your freedom is on the line. For this reason, attorneys Tad Nelson and Amber Spurlock offer initial consultations, at no charge, to persons needing to talk with an experience defense lawyer about their predicament.

Depending on the details involved with your case, there are several strategies that may be helpful to you which may become apparent to the Law Offices of Tad Nelson and Associates. If we realize a reasonable opportunity for a successful defense for you, based on devising a defense strategy surrounding the facts of the case, we may be able to successfully determine the outcome of your case.

We have fought for the rights of thousands of people who have been accused of drunk driving in the Houston area and we encourage you to call our law offices to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation.