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.
WHO CAN ARREST ME?
All law enforcement officers - such as police officers, county sheriffs, investigators in a
district attorney's or an attorney general's office, and highway patrol officers - can arrest
you whether they are on or off duty, in most cases. A probation or parole officer also can
They can arrest you - even if they do not have an arrest warrant - if they have probable
cause or good reason to believe you have committed a felony, such as an armed robbery.
(A felony is a crime of a more serious nature than a misdemeanor, and is usually
punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.) They do not have to see you commit
a felony in order to arrest you. They do, however, have to see you commit a misdemeanor
in order to arrest you.
If you commit an infraction, instead of taking you into custody, they may ask you to sign
a citation or notice. This is a minor offense, such as a traffic moving violation, where the
punishment usually is a fine. If you sign the citation, you are not admitting guilt; you are
only promising to appear in court. If you have no identification or refuse to sign, however,
an officer may take you into custody.
CAN SOMEONE OTHER THAN A POLICE OFFICE ARREST ME?
Any person may, without a warrant, arrest an offender when the offense is committed in
his presence or within his view, if the offense is a felony or against the public peace.