Firm Overview/Practice Areas
The Law Office of Brent Mayr, P.C. was formed in 2010 by Board Certified Criminal Attorney Brent Mayr. Committed to giving client’s personalized attention, the firm is managed solely by Brent Mayr. This business organizational structure means client’s cases are handled by Brent Mayr and not “farmed out” to other associates or attorneys.
All matters pertaining to criminal law are handled by the Law Office of Brent Mayr, P.C. such as the following:
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is one of the most commonly prosecuted criminal offenses. In Texas, a person commits the offense of DWI when they operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated. “Intoxicated” means either (A) not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or (B) having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. A person convicted of DWI faces punishment up to 180 days in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. With prior convictions for DWI, possible punishments range from up to 1 year in jail and/or a $4,000 fine for a second conviction, from 2 to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for a third conviction, and, in some case, up to Life in Prison.
Hire a Former Harris County Prosecutor to Handle Your Criminal Case
Brent Mayr has unique experience and training relating to the prosecution and defense of DWI. As a former prosecutor, Brent Mayr made his mark as head of the Vehicular Crimes Section of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The Section — responsible for handling cases where intoxicated and/or reckless driving resulted in serious bodily injury or death — put Brent Mayr at the forefront of high profile DWI cases. Brent Mayr was called upon to lecture and teach other attorneys, criminal justice personnel — and even the Houston Rockets — about the intricacies and legal issues involved with the investigation and handling of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases, Intoxication Manslaughter cases, and other criminal offenses involving motor vehicles. Additionally, media outlets from all over the State of Texas would routinely turn to Brent Mayr to discuss and comment on issues involving the investigation and handling of DWI cases.
As a defense attorney, Brent Mayr has represented numerous clients charges with every kind of DWI and has secured positive results, including a number of case dismissals.
Intoxication Manslaughter / Intoxication Assault
When a person operates a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated and by reason of that intoxication causes the death of another by accident or mistake, that person commits the offense of Intoxication Manslaughter. If that intoxication causes serious bodily injury to another by accident or mistake, the offense is Intoxication Assault. A person convicted of Intoxication Manslaughter faces punishment anywhere from 2 to 20 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine. A person convicted of Intoxication Assault faces punishment anywhere from 2 to 10 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
These types of offense are the most difficult for a person to face. As Harris County leads the country in the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities, law enforcement and prosecutors are extremely vigilant in investigating crashes, seeking convictions, and securing long prison sentences against individuals charged with these types of offenses.
Brent Mayr’s unique experience and knowledge gained as former head of the Vehicular Crimes Section of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office puts him in a position to provide unparalleled legal representation in these types of cases. Brent Mayr has represented a number of individuals charged with these offenses and can fight to get the best possible outcome.
Aside from motor vehicle crashes caused by drinking and driving, law enforcement and prosecutors also investigate and prosecute individuals who cause crashes as a result of negligent and reckless driving not related to intoxication. Using general homicide laws, individuals who by reckless acts or criminal negligence cause the death of another faced charges of Manslaughter or Criminally Negligent Homicide, respectively. Possible punishment could be anywhere from 6 months in state jail up to 20 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine. Additionally, a person who races a motor vehicle that results in a death could be prosecuted for that offense and face anywhere from 2 to 20 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
Motor vehicle accidents that result in a death are a tragedy that touch people’s lives. An even greater tragedy potentially occurs, however, when law enforcement attempts to classify these accidents as crimes. Emotions run high, political pressures exist, and a person in this circumstance needs someone who has been on the front line of investigating, prosecuting, and defending these types of cases. Once again, Brent Mayr’s unique experience and knowledge gained as former head of the Vehicular Crimes Section of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office puts him in a position to provide unparalleled legal representation in these types of cases. Brent Mayr has represented a number of individuals charged with these offenses and can fight to get the best possible outcome, even potentially keeping charges from ever being filed.
A person commits criminal homicide if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence causes the death of an individual. Criminal homicide is murder, capital murder, manslaughter, or criminally negligent homicide.
A person commits Murder if they: (1) intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual; (2) intends to cause serious bodily injury and commits an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual; or (3) commits or attempts to commit a felony, other than manslaughter, and in the course of and in furtherance of the commission or attempt, or in immediate flight from the commission or attempt, he commits or attempts to commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual. A person convicted of Murder could be punished by imprisonment anywhere from 5 to 99 years or life in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
A person commits Capital Murder if the person commits Murder, as described above, and, among other circumstances, either (1) the person murders a peace officer or fireman who is acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty and who the person knows is a peace officer or fireman; (2) the person intentionally commits the murder in the course of committing or attempting to commit kidnapping, burglary, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson, obstruction or retaliation, or terroristic threat; (3) the person commits the murder for remuneration or the promise of remuneration or employs another to commit the murder for remuneration or the promise of remuneration; (4) the person murders more than one person during the same criminal transaction or pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct; (5) the person murders an individual under six years of age; or (6) the person murders another person in retaliation for or on account of the service or status of the other person as a judge or justice of the supreme court, the court of criminal appeals, a court of appeals, a district court, a criminal district court, a constitutional county court, a statutory county court, a justice court, or a municipal court. A person convicted of Capital Murder faces imprisonment up to life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
A person commits Manslaughter if they reckless cause the death of another. A person convicted of Manslaughter could be punished by imprisonment anywhere from 2 to 20 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
A person commits Criminally Negligent Homicide if they cause the death or another by criminal negligence. A person convicted of Criminally Negligent Homicide could be punished by imprisonment anywhere from 6 months to 2 years in a state jail or, under certain circumstances, from 2 to 10 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
Brent Mayr, over the course of his legal career, has handled every type of these homicides. These cases require an enormous amount of knowledge related both to scientific, factual issues such as cause and manner of death and other investigation techniques, as well as legal issues such as defenses, justifications, and mitigating circumstances. Let Brent Mayr put his experience and knowledge to work for you in these difficult situations.
Other Practice Areas
Board certified criminal defense attorney Brent Mayr can assist clients all throughout the state of Texas. He is an experienced, dedicated attorney who can handle many areas of criminal defense law, including;
- Hit And Run Defense. Those who flee the scene of a car accident, even if they did so out of fear, could face charges of a “hit and run”. These cases can become complicated, and require a skillful and knowledgeable defense attorney.
- Domestic Violence. Spousal abuse is a sad reality of many marriages, and facing accusations of having mistreated one’s partner can destroy someone’s life. These cases require an attorney who understands all aspects of domestic abuse law.
- Juvenile Crimes Defense. When students or minors are accused of crimes, their education and future could be at stake. Families facing this situation need the strong defense of an attorney who will fight for their rights.