THOMAS A. MARTIN
The Law Offices of Thomas A. Martin represents clients throughout Southeast Texas, including the cities of Houston, Galveston, Memorial, River Oaks, West University,
Clear Lake, League City, Sugar Land, Pearland, Beaumont, Hempstead, Katy, Conroe, and all the communities in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller and Wharton Counties.
The Law Offices of Thomas A. Martin represents individuals
facing serious felony charges in both state and federal trial
and appellate courts. We represent people facing felony
charges from drugs to murder, and have developed an
emphasis on sex crimes (both adult and child offenses).
In our commercial litigation practice, we represent small
business owners facing "bet the business" litigation
prospects if the opposing side wins.
With our family law practice, we cherish the opportunity to
represent parents, especially fathers, who need a divorce
and want to keep or get custody of their kids.
WHEN CAN AN OFFICER SEARCH YOU, YOUR CAR OR YOUR HOME WITHOUT A WARRANT?
Body Searches: If you are arrested, an officer can search you - without a warrant - for weapons,
evidence, or illegal or stolen goods. Strip searches should not be conducted for offenses that do not
involve weapons, drugs, or violence unless police reasonably suspect you are concealing a weapon or
illegal goods. If you are booked and jailed, you may undergo a full body search, including body cavities.
Home Searches: In emergencies, such as when an officer may be trying to prevent someone from
destroying evidence, your home can be searched without your consent and without a warrant. If you are
taken into custody from your home, an officer without a warrant can search only the limited area in
which you are arrested. Other rooms - and even other parts of the same room - are off limits, unless the
officer believes that other suspects are in other rooms, or other separate parts of the same room. While
searching your home, an officer can seize evidence of any crime, such as stolen property or drugs, which
are in plain sight.
Car Searches: Your car and trunk can be searched without your consent or a warrant if an officer has
good reason to believe that it contains illegal or stolen goods or evidence. If the police stop your car for
any legal reason - such as a broken tail light - they can take any illegal goods that are in plain view and
arrest you. If you, your home, or your car are searched illegally, a judge might say that any evidence
found during the search cannot be used against you in court. If you or your lawyer, however, do not
object to the evidence before trial, the court might allow the evidence to be used. Even if the judge does
decide that the evidence cannot be used against you, that does not always mean that your case will be