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Wyatt, Underwood, & Myers,PLLC

Our firm is committed to tough, aggressive representation that protects our client’s rights and interests.

705 Texas Avenue

705 Texas Avenue
705 Texas Avenue Law Office of Wyatt, Underwood, & Myers

History of 705 Texas Ave.

C
onstruction on the commercial building located at 703-705 Texas Avenue began in 1915 and was completed by the following year. The lots beneath it, located between North Ochoa and North Virginia on the northeast corner of the intersection of Texas and Ochoa, were first developed between March 1893 and May 1898. The site was vacant in the early 1890s, although the El Paso Ice and Refrigerator Company occupied the north side of the block on the St. Louis (now Mills) Street side. By the later date, dwellings at 513 Texas and 515 Texas had been constructed; these residences will later be renumbered as part of the 700-block of Texas Avenue. Additional development had occurred by August 1900 with a construction of a dwelling at 603 (now 703) Texas, with a warehouse to the rear along Ochoa Street, and an adobe residence at 713-715 Texas. By July 1905, the El Paso Ice and Refrigerator Company remained in operation on the North side of the block, while the South side was residential. Few changes occurred during the next ten years, until the South side of the block began to transform from residential to commercial. The following timeline tracks the changes that occurred at 703-705 Texas Avenue
…constructed ninety-three years ago and remains standing today.

Troy M. Ainsworth, Ph. D.

Historic Preservation Officer

Criminal Law

What is Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)?

The law in Texas does not say that driving after a drink or two is per se illegal. Contrarily, the law of Texas does not say that a person has to be driving while drunk to be arrested for a DWI. The law of Texas actually says that operating a vehicle while intoxicated is a criminal offense. Specifically, the law in Texas says that intoxication can occur two ways. First, a person is intoxicated if that individual provides a breath or blood sample (BAC) of .08 or more at the time of driving. Secondly, a person is intoxicated if they have lost the normal use of their mental or physical faculties because of the introduction of alcohol, illegal narcotics, prescription medication, or a combination of these things.

Penalties for Your First DWI Offense (DUI)

In addition to a criminal record that will never go away, a DWI (DUI) conviction in Texas can carry some very hefty penalties. The following list contains penalties that you are facing if you convicted of your first DWI (DUI):

  • Up to 180 days in the County Jail,  up to two years of probation, and up to 30 days in jail as a condition for your probation
  • A fine of up to $2000
  • A sur charge from the DPS of at least a $1000 per year for 3 years
  • Suspension or loss of your driver license
  • Skyrocketing insurance premiums
  • Up to 80 hours of community service
  • Alcohol assessment and treatment
  • A vehicle ignition interlock device
  • Antabuse (a mandatory drug that makes you sick if you drink alcohol)
  • AA meetings
  • Vehicle impounding
  • Storage charges and towing fees
  • Confinement in a residential treatment center (lock-down facilities)
  • Curfew
  • Restitution for any damage caused as a result of an accident
  • Anything else the judge thinks is reasonable

Most times, law enforcement is video recording their interaction with an accused. If an accused does not give a breath sample, the states case is based on the contents of said video. How a person appears on said video is key in the defense of DWI/DUI cases.

Driver License Suspension

If you are arrested for driving while intoxicated, two separate court cases are initiated. The first is a criminal charge referred to as a DWI (DUI), which is prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office. The second case is a civil proceeding called an administrative license revocation hearing (ALR), which is handled by the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
An ALR suspension begins when an arrested driver refuses to submit to a breath or blood test, or when a driver fails a breath or blood test. In Texas, the law states that if a person operates a motor vehicle in a public place, they impliedly consent to providing a breath or blood specimen if arrested for DWI (DUI).
Unfortunately, the ALR suspension is an administrative proceeding, and the law does not afford an individual the same rights as it does in a criminal case. For example, in Texas, a driver’s license is viewed as a privilege and not a right, so DPS does not have to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. DPS only needs to prove its case to the satisfaction of an administrative law judge.

Occupational Driver License

When your driver’s license is suspended, it becomes a very stressful, difficult situation. Without a driver’s license, it becomes troublesome to accomplish everyday tasks. Fortunately, many people can qualify for an occupational driver’s license that allows a person to drive for essential needs.
In fact, an occupational license will allow an individual to drive to their job, the store, the doctor, to a child care provider, to church, etc. Actually, this driver’s license is a court order that allows an individual to drive with certain conditions. These conditions regulate the specific streets that a person can travel on and the number of hours per day a person is allowed to drive.
There are many steps involved in receiving an occupational license, so it is best to begin the process as soon as possible. If you are in a situation where you need to regain your driving privileges after a licenses suspension, contact our office. We can assist you in regaining your right to legally drive on Texas roads.

Is the State of Texas Accusing You of a Crime?

Family Law

Because Your Family is Worth It

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Pre and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Modifications
  • CPS Investigations

Traffic Citations and Warrants

Traffic Law, Citations, and Warrants

Wyatt, Underwood, & Myers handles all El Paso traffic citations, including Justice of the Peace Courts and Socorro citations.
Please be advised that warrants out of Justice of the Peace 3 & 4 or Socorro require a Surety Bond.

*We are no longer accepting Horizon Citations

*Same Day Late Fee of $10 added for citations

*Parking Tickets and Photo Enforced Violations are not accepted

Moving Violation Citation- $25 Warrant - $50

El Paso Police Department (EPPD)

Moving Violation

*No older than 2011

Moving Violation Citation - $50 Warrant $100

Justice of the Peace and Socorro

Moving Violation Citation – $50

Moving Violation Warrant – $100

*No older than 2013

Animal Control Citation - $25 Warrant $50

El Paso Police Department (EPPD)

Animal Control Citation or Warrant

*No older than 2011

Animal Control Citation - $50 Warrant $100

Justice of the Peace and Socorro

Animal Control Citation – $50

Animal Control Warrant – $100

*No older than 2013

Class C Misdemeanor Citation - $75 Warrant - $75

El Paso Police Department (EPPD)

Class C Misdemeanor Citation or Warrant

*No older than 2011

Class C Misdemeanor Citation - $100 Warrant $100

Justice of the Peace and Socorro

Class C Misdemeanor Citation – $50

Class C Misdemeanor Warrant – $100

*No older than 2013

Civil Law

Wyatt, Underwood, & Myers handles personal injury cases, contract disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, will and probate, and fair debt collection violations.

Business Law

Wyatt, Underwood, & Myers can help you with intellectual property, real estate, and creation and dissolution of business entities (LLC, LLP, PLLC).
  • Dereck Wyatt
    Dereck Wyatt Managing Partner

    Mr. Wyatt’s legal focus is criminal law and litigation. He has handled thousands of cases and has taken a large variety of cases to jury trial, ranging from murder to DWI. He has been called to testify in court as an expert witness. He has spoken to many groups, ranging from Mexican legal officials to college students. He has also given numerous media interviews and has appeared on several television and radio programs.

    Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Wyatt was a Pit Trader in the Chicago commodities markets. He was an open-outcry trader of futures and options on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

    Mr. Wyatt is a two-time National Federation of Music award winner. For two consecutive years, he received a Superior rating, which is the highest award given to a pianist! He is a student pilot, a graduate of the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, and an ongoing pupil of martial arts. He has also appeared in three local theatrical productions.

    Mr. Wyatt is not only the Managing Partner of Wyatt, Underwood & Myers, PLLC but is also the CEO of Wyatt International Properties, LLC.

    He holds a Jurist Doctorate from Texas Tech University, a Double MBA from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University.

    • Justin B. Underwood
      Justin B. Underwood Partner

      Justin B. Underwood is a 1994 graduate of Hanks High School. While attending Hanks, Justin was a member of the Varsity Wrestling Team and lettered all four years. Justin was a two time District Champion in his weight class and a Team Captain his senior year. Justin qualified for the State Wrestling Tournament twice while in High School. Much of his dedication and perseverance in this demanding sport fueled his achievements after graduation. In addition, Justin was honored to be the 2013 Grand Marshall of the Hanks Home-coming parade.

      Justin graduated with Honors from Texas Tech University in 1998 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. While attending Texas Tech, Justin made the Dean’s Honor Roll and worked at the Texas Tech Recreational Center. Justin was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. He was also invited to become a member of the very prestigious Golden Key National Honor Society. Justin was accepted into the Texas Tech School of Law in the fall of 1998.

      In the summer of 1999, Justin received an internship with the El Paso District Attorney’s office. While at Texas Tech Law, Justin was an officer with the Student Bar Association and was a member of the National Mock Trial Team. Justin also became a member of the distinguished Board of Barristers organization which conducted competitions for Negotiation, Mock Trial and Moot Court events. During his last year of law school, Justin was elected as president of the Texas Tech School of Law’s Delta Theta Phi law fraternity by his peers. Justin also worked as an appellate law clerk for the Lubbock County District Attorney’s of-fice while attending law school. Justin graduated from the Texas Tech School of Law in May 2001.

      Upon passing the July 2001, Texas Bar Examination, Justin returned to El Paso to begin his legal career. Justin was hired by the El Paso District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney. While at the El Paso County District Attorney’s office, Justin prosecuted thousands of cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to serious felonies, including murder. He presented cases to Grand Juries and worked with law enforcement agencies in the trial preparation of cases. To this day, Justin still serves as a special prosecutor for the State of Texas at the request of the elected District Attorney.

      In 2004, Justin left the El Paso District Attorney’s office to form Wyatt, Underwood & Myers, PLLC. In 2012, Justin was admitted as a fellow to the Texas Bar Foundation, an honor only bestowed upon the top 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys. Every year since 2009 Justin has received a BV rating, the highest a lawyer can receive, from Martindale-Hubbell. Justin is a Member of the Texas Defense Lawyers Association, the El Paso Bar Association, the UTEP alumni association, and the Texas Tech alumni association. He also currently serves as the President of the El Paso Chapter of the Texas Tech Alumni Association.

      Justin enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, and Johnny Cash music.

      • Sheldon Myers
        Sheldon MyersPartner

        Sheldon A. Myers joined this firm in 2009, creating the firm of Wyatt, Underwood & Myers, PLLC. Before joining this firm, Sheldon ran his own law practice for five years.

        Sheldon has lived in six different states, finally settling in Texas. Sheldon graduated from Portland State University in 1994 as Co-Outstanding Senior with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. To escape the rain of the northwest, Sheldon went to law school in Waco, Texas at Baylor Law School. Sheldon was a member of the Law Review and graduated near the top ten percent of his class.

        Sheldon moved to El Paso to enjoy the hot, dry weather and work at the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office. While there Sheldon prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors ranging from trespassing to murder; for four and half years.

        Desiring more variety in life, Sheldon left the DA’s office and opened his own practice in 2003. Sheldon became licensed to practice in Federal Court, practiced in Probate Court, and continued handling a large volume of state criminal cases.

        In 2009 Sheldon joined Wyatt and Underwood, creating the firm of Wyatt, Under-wood & Myers, PLLC. His wife, Angie, became Office Manager shortly after being hired.

        Sheldon has experience in different walks of life, from working in grocery stores to being a licensed airplane mechanic. Sheldon enjoys riding a sport motorcycle and coaching his son’s baseball team in the spring.

        • Maria Elena Grasheim
          Maria Elena Grasheim Attorney at Law

          Before joining Wyatt, Underwood & Myers, she worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid under a fellowship where she helped provide legal services at no cost. She attended The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and received a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from Our Lady of the Lake University.

          While in law school, Elena worked full time at the United States Department of Agriculture, where she wrote federal regulations and legal opinions for the Animal and Plant Inspection Service’s Animal Care Division.

          Elena enjoys indie music, cooking, and gardening.

          Contact Us

          Wyatt, Underwood, & Myers, PLLC
          705 Texas Ave
          El Paso, TX 79901
          info@wumlaw.com
          phone: (915) 485-9100
          fax: (915) 838-8709

          Criminal Law

          Traffic Violations

          Frequently Asked Questions

          When I hire an attorney for a citation ticket, how does the process work?

          Once payment is received we will notify the court that you have hired an attorney. The court will take care of setting up a court date where we can contest your citation. It will be a six month process and your attorney will go to court for you during this time. Once the final judgement has been given, we will notify you right away. (Please be aware it is your responsibility to update us if there is a change in address or phone number.)

          How do I submit proof?

          You can fax it to (915) 838-9709 or email it to trafficticket@wumlaw.com

          How can I check the status of my ticket?

          You can call us at (915) 485-9100 and we will be more than happy to assist you.

          Do I have to go to court?

          No, the attorney will go to court for you at all times for the citation we were hired for.

          Will this go on my record?

          No, if you comply with the final judgement for your ticket it will not be on your record.

          Why did I receive a court notice after I hired an attorney?

          It is mandatory that the court send a court notice to the defendant. They also mail out the attorney copies that we calendar and make sure to appear on your behalf.

          Can you help get my suspended license back?

          There is no clear answer for this; if you have surcharges we will be unable to clear those for you. You have to contact the surcharge department at (800) 688-6882.

          How does it work if I have a CDL license?

          You will not be eligible to take a defensive driving course.

          How long does it take for a warrant to be recalled?

          It will take five to seven business days to lift a warrant and we will notify you as soon as it is lifted.

          Can I get my driver license or registration renewed after I hire an attorney for my ticket?

          Yes, once your warrant is lifted you can get your driver license and any other paperwork you may need. (Please note if you have any surcharges. We cannot assist you with renewing any documents unless your surcharges can be taken care of.)

          Will I have to pay any other fees?

          No, unless the judge gives a judgement of additional fines.

          What if I live out of town?

          If you got your ticket in the El Paso County area we can still represent you on your citation.

          What if I got pulled over outside of El Paso?

          We will be unable to represent you.

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