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State v. P.I.

Harris #13

9/10/19

Attorney: Mark Thiessen

.215 BREATH TEST!! For 19 months and 13 days we fought for this client’s freedom. And I have known this client for 20 years so it was a very emotional trial. While I don’t want a friend to go anywhere else because I know no one will care for them better, it’s hard having their freedom and future in your hands. Client is a local restaurant and bar owner. One morning at 3am after closing one of his bars he was pulled over doing 85mph on I10. He pulled over safely and timely. The officer stated that he smelled alcohol, because client admitted to consuming 5 drinks over his 15 hour shift, with the last drink being with his team as they closed up for the night. The client was cooperative, polite and coherent the entire time. He looked normal on his field sobriety tests. We knew the number was off due to calibration records and our expert was ready to testify as such. However, she did not have to because the officer violated the 15 minute observation period prior to administering the breath test. The technical supervisor admitted this was a violation of the Texas Administrative code that requires strict compliance. As such, the result and slip were properly suppressed by Judge Rodriguez according to TCCP 38.23: Texas’ Exclusionary Rule. At this point we thought he ADA would honor his gentleman’s agreement that he made prior to trial to dismiss the case if the breath test was suppressed. Prior to trial he admitted that he did not have much of a case without the breath test. Keep in mind for weeks I had heard this ADA was excited about our trial and an opportunity to try a case against me. I even told him I heard that prior to our agreement. He promised he was only out for justice and not trial experience and would do the right thing. Well when push came to shove, he reneged on our deal and refused to dismiss. My intern even heard the Pre-Trial discussion. The Judge and entire court heard my tirade against the ADA for his lack of character. After an hour lunch he said I could complain to his boss. I told him, I didn’t need his boss doing the right thing, it was his character that I will never trust again and told him to get back in the court and finish closing this case. Thankfully the jury held the State to their burden and returned a swift two word verdict. They agreed the State failed to exclude any and all reasonable doubt, as outlined in their jury charge, and they had tons of doubt. They also agreed the client appeared normal on the standard field sobriety tests after hearing how meticulous the tests were. It was a sigh of relief to return the client to his daughter without being labeled a criminal. Thank you to the Jury for remaining true to your doubts and holding the State to their burden. Thank you to the Judge for running a fair and just trial. And thanks to God for bringing all these pieces together at the right times. Justice is never served by risking a person’s freedom and good name by trying a weak case just so a DA can get trial experience. His name and reputation is forever tarnished in my book.

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Mark Thiessen

MarkThiessen

Houston DWI Lawyer, Criminal & Civil Trial Defense Attorney

“I’m a Board Certified, trial-tested Super Lawyer focused on fighting for my client's freedom. If you hire our Houston DWI Law firm, we're available 24/7, because, at the end of the day, we work for you. As one of only three attorneys in all of Texas to be Board Certified in DWI Defense by NCDD and in Criminal Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization, my clients can count on specialized, expert representation that most firms simply can’t deliver.”

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Thiessen Law Firm. Well-known for both award winning Houston DWI Lawyers and aggressive trial-tested criminal defense techniques, we fight like no other, for your DWI case. Our trial attorneys not only fight for positive results, we also care deeply about the overall well-being of our clients.

Why Choose Thiessen Law Firm?

  • Proven Houston DWI Lawyer
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  • The ONLY DWI lawyer to be selected to Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas (2019 & 2020) and Houston (2017-2020)
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Our Houston DWI Attorneys always fight our hardest. We tell the truth about your DWI or DUI case, and facts take precedence over promises. We hold honesty and virtue in highest regard and it is the foundation of ensuring your DWI or criminal defense case ends with a satisfying, positive outcome.

When you get a Houston DWI, DUI or other criminal charge in Harris County, your life is changed, no matter the verdict. At Thiessen Law Firm, you will be represented by a Houston DWI lawyer who will ensure you’re able to continue on with the life you want. You’ll never feel forced into taking a deal that you don’t want, or accepting terms you don’t fully understand. Mark Thiessen isn’t just a top Houston DWI lawyer. He’s also recognized as an ACS CHAL Lawyer-Scientist for his efforts to understand the science and technology behind DWI testing. This investment in his education and training provides clients with the knowledge needed to fight for their rights effectively and fairly.

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As Houston’s DWI Super Lawyer, Mark Thiessen has consistently set high standards in his field since establishing his firm. His scientific investigation process & comprehensive list of victories has brought him to the forefront of national recognition as he is sought by industry leaders & legal organizations to deliver trial strategy seminars.

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I recommend Mark Thiessen

Bonjour.

Je tiens à apporter ici le témoignage de mon entière satisfaction concernant l’action menée par Maitre Thiessen au cour de l’instruction préalable à mon procès devant la cour criminelle du comté de Harrys.

Je me suis fait arrêté par la police et contrôlé positif à l’éthylomètre au volant. Ceci est considéré comme un crime au Texas. Après avoir passé deux jours en prison j’ai été relâché sous caution et j’ai pris contact avec Maitre Thiessen sur les conseils d’un collègue de travail. Maitre Thiessen était connu de mon collègue après une conférence qu’il avait faite au sein de l’entreprise afin d’exposer et d’expliquer les lois en vigueur au Texas auprès des expatriés. (je n’étais malheureusement pas présent le jour de cette conférence !)

Pendant toute l’instruction, Maitre Thiessen m’a expliquer le déroulement de l’affaire et m’a tenu informé des éléments pouvant être évoqués en ma faveur au cours d’un futur procès ainsi que ceux à charge, présentés par l’accusation. Il a surtout mis en œuvre tous les moyens dont il pouvait disposer afin de contester les preuves présentées par la défense. De plus me trouvant un peu perdu face à l’ampleur que prenait ce procès, qui pour nous français semble démesurée, je tiens à souligner aussi l’importance du support moral que m’a apporté Maitre Thiessen.

Nous sommes allés jusqu’au procès. Le jour du procès l’absence de l’interprète prévus pour m’assister a fait que l’audience a été reportée. Maitre Thiessen a profité de cette opportunité pour présenter au procureur et à ses assistants les derniers éléments de preuve collectés par l’expert qu’il avait employé afin de vérifier les mesures prises à l’aide de l’éthylomètre. Ce relevé montrait des mesures erratiques et montrait que l’appareil avait été mis au rebus quinze jours après mon contrôle . Ces éléments de preuve ont convaincus l’accusation que les charges à mon encontre ne tiendraient pas devant un jury et les poursuites furent abandonnées.

En conclusion, si par malheur vous vous trouvez impliquer dans un procès pour conduite en état d’ivresse, je vous conseille d’avoir le réflexe de contacter Maitre Mark Thiessen pour votre défense !!

Philippe Le Corre.

Excellent Attorney to Have Represent You

Because of the seriousness of my case (serious for me), I had been researching and meeting with many different lawyers in the area. I felt like my life was unfairly ruined; I even considered pleading guilty just because it seemed the odds were against me. What made me choose Mark was not only his positive reviews and great record, but when I first met him he was confident, honest, straightforward and very knowledgeable. He definitely knows what he’s doing and will fight for you. Mark will not fudge or sugarcoat the situation to you. While some people may take it as not caring, it is exactly was is needed in this type of environment. I appreciated that he was very honest and gave all the details to keep me informed throughout the entire ordeal.

I ended up getting both Mark and Jed Silverman to represent me. It felt like I was getting two of the best lawyers in Texas to represent me; however, it was more like getting them and their entire staff in my corner. The team was very helpful and kept me informed at each court appearance, especially Mark Metzger. The case dragged on for a good while, which was very nerve-racking for me, but in the end it was worth it. At the last court appearance, the prosecutor did not want to let up and seemed it was going to go to trial, but Mark Thiessen was very “persuasive” and worked his magic, and to my surprise got my case dismissed. While I was scared it may have gone to trial, I felt Mark was the best man for the job had it gone down that road.

While his services may not be the cheapest to some, you get what you paid for in this field and Mark seems to be very high in demand. I highly recommend Mark Thiessen, it was worth every penny!

If You Want a GREAT Lawyer, Mark Thiessen is Your Man

I found Mark Thiessen through several of my friends. I was having serious issues with the lawyer I had at the time. He kept telling me I was going to jail when I had done nothing. He did not believe me, and I believe he was gonna have me put in jail and not fight for my innocence. From the moment I met Mark Thiessen, I knew he was going to do everything for me to keep me from that horrid jail. I was not allowed to leave my county. He drove all the way up to The Woodlands to meet me at Starbucks to speak on my case. He got all the charges against me dropped within minutes. He’s truly the best lawyer. He has a lot of respect from his piers including the judge that actually told me I was very lucky to have such a great lawyer. And trust me, I know I was lucky to have found him, and that is the gods honest truth. If you want a GREAT lawyer, Mark Thiessen is your man.

Michelle

DWI Client

In one word – Fantastic

I am in my late forties and was in a bit of legal trouble for the first time in my life. It is a very stressful time for somebody who is going thru this first time. First the arrest then going through the booking process and finally spending 8-9 hours waiting to be released. Once I got out I started my research on what to do to minimize the impact. My charge was failure to ID to a police officer (a class B misdemeanor – lets just say I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and when an officer showed up i panicked and did not want to give my ID in front of people who were being questioned for possession of drugs.

Anyway i got a few references of lawyers and started going and meeting the lawyers and also doing internet research on them as well as on my pending charge.
Since this was my first offense – i was hopeful that I would qualify for either pretrial intervention program or deferred adjudication with a very slim outside chance of outright dismissal.

From my internet research I was able to gather that Mark was an outstanding lawyer and his reviews were excellent but mostly in the area of DWI.

All the lawyers I met were setting me up for the first two outcomes mentioned above and nobody wanted to entertain the possibility of outright dismissal. When I met Mark I was instantly impressed. He heard my account of the event, got very candid account of the events out of me by making me feel comfortable. He then gave a very detailed idea of what the approach and strategy he was going to employ. He also let me know that there were a few unknowns (the offense report being one) based on which he will tweak his strategy on game day. I was sold and signed up.

On the court day – As per strategy Mark came is very late when all other dockets were done. Being a Friday Mark likes to dress in funky clothes which he calls his fun day clothes. Everybody in the court know this and looks forward to him making an appearance. Having been through a lot of trials most of which he ends up winning he knows all the DA and court staff. He had the best presentation of all the lawyer that I saw in the court ( and I had an opportunity to see them all since Mark came at the end). He is also well respected in the court.

We went over the offense report and Mark immediately decided that he was going to go for an outright dismissal. I was a still not sure if this will work but he went in to talk to the ADA and then DA and convinced them that it was not worth their time to fight this one. I believe that part of this comes from the fact that everybody know Mark’s reputation for being a tough aggressive lawyer not afraid to go to trial for his clients. I was ecstatic at the outcome whereby not only was the charge dismissed but also I would not have to go through probation for a year or more and then having to wait to get my record sealed or expunged. I am now eligible for immediate filing for expungement proceedings which will remove all traces of my arrest and my court date.

Mark was the most expensive of all the lawyers that I talked to but he was worth every penny. When you really need somebody to defend you I recommend you go hire Mark Thiessen. I will keep his contact handy for the rest of my life.

My case is now dismissed and I can finally put this all behind me.

I am a professional business leader part of a Fortune 1,000 company. A year and a half ago my mother has just diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. At 8 pm on a Thursday night my stepdad called and told me that she had been rushed to the medical center.

I made a terrible decision!!

To get in my car to be there for my mother. I was pulled over and charged with Driving while intoxication. Never being faced with anything like this, I did not where to turn for help. I called a friend that had gone through something very similar in the past and she without hesitation told me to call Mark, she gave me his cell phone number and within 24 hours I was sitting in his office. He was very honest and sympathetic to my situation. He took my case and we went through the process. He always told me that he had my back and that I should take care of my mom. He would say, “I got this”.

He was very professional and gave me great advice. My Mom passed this last August and though this was a horrible mistake I was still able to be with my Mom until the end. My case is now dismissed and I can finally put this all behind me thanks to Mark and his professional team.

Fantastic Lawyer

I would HIGHLY recommend hiring Mark Thiessen as your attorney for any criminal case that you have received in the Harris County area. He is extremely knowledgeable of the court system and what actions can be taken pre-trial in order to have the best outcome at your court date. I was put on probation for a DWI a year previous to hiring Mark as my attorney. I failed to complete the requirements in order to get off of probation. My probation was revoked and sent back to the courts. That’s when I hired Mark. He told me to go complete the rest of the requirements for probation and get myself a court date. When we got to court he persuaded the judge not only to dismiss my probation, but dismiss it successfully. In court he made small talk with the judge and prosecutor which told me that he knew them and had a good relationship with them. Which was not the case for other attorneys that went in front of this judge. Again you can’t go wrong hiring Mark. He is great attorney and great person.

Preston

DWI Client

The Best Lawyer in the Industry

I chose Mark Thiessen to represent me in a DUI / DWI case and it was the best selection/decision that I could have made. I found out about Mark through Internet search and reached out to him and his office. Upon meeting with Mark – I immediately knew that he was the right lawyer/attorney to represent me and give me the best opportunity to win my case. Mark is an expert attorney with a work ethic that is second to none. He is always available. He is a master of his craft and will give you the best opportunity to win your case. He will be prepared and he will do everything to ensure your case is won. He will actually be more knowledgable on the aspects of law, facts of the case, than the individuals that have accused you of your offense. He was highly successful in my case, even despite some of the alleged facts not being in my favor. We won the case and all charges were dropped. Thanks Mark!

Douglas

DWI Client

Thank you, Mark, for saving my career

“I’m in medical sales, so when I was wrongly accused and my career was on the line, I called the best: Mark Thiessen.

Mark came highly referred to me from my friends. After reading his reviews on line and meeting him in his office, I knew I could trust Mark to fight for me. Every time he walks in the court the DAs, Judge and staff all greet him. I was honestly proud that was my lawyer when he came in.

I had a very complex case with some tough issues, but Mark didn’t give up. He told me: if they want to label you a criminal and cost you your career, they can find you guilty over my dead body. We set it for trial and Mark showed up very ready. The State actually dismissed my case before trial. I was so excited but, I kind of wanted to see Mark in trial. The guy is a beast.

Side note: a year later, I got to see Mark in trial as he won my brother’s best friend’s trial.  His whole heart and soul goes into it. He’s a fighter for sure.

Hire Mark when you can’t afford to lose. He’s the best.

Thank you, Mark, for saving my career.”

His knowledge of the legal system was astounding

After being arrested for a first time DWI, I felt scared, lost, and worst of all alone. I quickly started asking around and reading reviews. Time and time again the name Mark Thiessen was the main constant to every conversation or search. He, himself, called me back in less than 24-hours, set up a consultation the next day, answered all my outrageous questions patiently, and proceeded to give me an overview of how the process would play out. His knowledge of the legal system was astounding. Everyone knows DWI’s will come with a price tag as well. But I felt the price and payment plan were very reasonable, especially when your talking about your own future. You get what you pay for and WOW! I got that and even more through the process. Some people’s minds work systematically, if A happens then B. Not Mr. Thiessen. He was a wild card throughout it all and thinking outside the box. His rapport in the courtroom was always unmatched. Might I add this was at a time of the changing of the guards and all new judges that most lawyers were not too familiar. My judge already had known of Mr. Thiessen. After everything was said and done with evidence, I believe I came out with the best possible scenario for my case. As I’m finishing out my last few months of PTI, I think back and know I wouldn’t have gotten here with out Mr. Thiessen’s help. Thank you! I would highly recommend Mr. Thiessen to anyone I know and urge anyone reading this to do the same.

Mark Thiessen is a criminal defense all-star. If he can’t get you a win, nobody can.

“Simply put, Mark Thiessen is a criminal defense all-star. If he can’t get you a win, nobody can.

I’ve worked with Mark and his team on two very different cases, and both times I’ve been blown away by the level of honesty, strategy, and respect that Thiessen Law Firm brings to the table.

You can feel the difference the second you step in the courtroom with Mark by your side. The time he has taken to build relationships and earn respect is clear. He knows how to push the envelope while still being respectful of the system when it matters.

Best of all, he knows where the “win” is, even when “not guilty” isn’t possible. He won’t send you to trial when he knows it won’t work, and he won’t just roll over and charge you for the same lame deal everyone gets. Mark and his team carefully look at every angle and every opportunity to protect your freedom, keeping you informed and engaged at every step of the way. In my case, that meant helping me avoid expensive restitution fees and probation requirements.

I’ve seen other people go into the system for similar charges with cheaper defense and the difference is night and day. If you want to handle your case with as little impact on your life as possible, Mark Thiessen is the man to call.”

Mark Thiessen Has The “IT” Factor

Often times we hear about how Michael Jordan or Tom Brady just have/had that “IT” factor. In the sporting world the “IT” factor will win you games and championships. In the work world the “IT” factor will earn you praise, money, pretty girls/or guys if that’s your preference and MONEY….. When it comes to the LAW and the “IT” factor; it can mean your freedom or justice. We often take our freedoms for granted and find ourselves on the other side of the law. In that case we have to rely on a lawyer to defend our rights when we or someone else violates our freedoms. In my case, my freedom was violated when an intoxicated group of people decided to gang up on me at a house party in what I would consider a nice part of Houston. Never would I have thought that I would have to defend my freedom and safety in a situation that didn’t seem threatening.

Unfortunately when people drink too much and overindulge themselves in liquid courage anything is possible. Being attacked from behind with verbal and physical assault, I had to defend myself and make split-second decisions. So I ended up having to punch my attacker several times while being attacked by his group of friends. People got hurt, by the grace of GOD I was able to escape the carnage to live another day. Without knowing who attacked me or anyone else at the party other than the few people I came with. I had no idea who to mention when I called the cops to file a police report. Six months after the altercation I was issued a warrant for my arrest from the person who attacked me. Now, most people would wonder how that is possible. I sure did!. I wondered how I could be attacked and assaulted by several people just to be the one the cops or the law came after. The person who I defended myself against investigated me on Facebook and was able to file charges against me. Great idea when you think about it right? Well, I didn’t have a clue who anyone was and when I tried to find out no one seemed to know who this group of people were…

So who do you call in this situation??? Someone you trust? Someone who will fight for your rights? Someone who understands the results of the loss of Freedom and what it can do to your family? Someone who will go up against all the odds and take on a challenge that most lawyers wouldn’t even touch? Someone who you can count on in the clutch? Someone who when the chips are stacked up against you will fight tooth and nail for you? Last but most importantly has the “IT’ Factor!!! If you want to know the answer, just call Mark Thiessen!… That’s who I called and wouldn’t have had it any other way. My case took about 2 years to finally resolve. Mark’s advice was spot on and every step he took was a step in the right direction. When at some points I would question his judgment, his knowledge would turn to be more prophetic. During Trial, he operated the courtroom with charisma and respect. His ability to connect with the Jury on a personal level was amazing! Throughout the entire process I always felt Mark had my back, and in my heart and mind knew I had the right person defending myself. Mark is said to be a up and coming lawyer amongst his peers. In my mind, he is already worthy of being considered one of the Big Guns in this town. You don’t go to war without your gun, so why take a BB Gun when you can take the biggest and baddest gun you can find!

Amazing, Reliable and Superb Attorney! The Great Mark Deserves 100% Marks

Mark achieved everything that I thought wasn’t possible. He overcame every obstacle that the DA threw at him, approached the case with confidence, and ultimately claimed a victory for me. I am incredibly grateful for Mark Thiessen.

Choosing a Houston DWI Lawyer

If you or a loved one are fighting a Houston DWI, it may be tempting to search for cheap DWI lawyers in Houston, TX. Don’t gamble with your freedom and reputation, even a DWI in Texas, first offense can be life-altering.

In fact, every DWI and criminal offense is serious: DPS surcharges, intoxication manslaughter, a BWI in Houston. Look beyond a DWI lawyer in Houston and their cost, you need a Houston DWI attorney who wins.

For example, many websites may claim to be the best DWI lawyer in Texas. But how many of those DWI attorneys have beat a quadruple intoxication manslaughter charge? Thiessen Law Firm has.

In fact, our Houston DWI lawyers have beaten intoxication manslaughter charges, DWI blood tests, DWI breath tests, and have even seen successful outcomes where a client admitted to being drunk on video. In addition to being a Super Lawyer, Mark Thiessen is one of only three attorneys in the state of Texas to be Board Certified in DWI Defense by the NCDD and in Criminal Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is the only lawyer of those three to also be certified as an ACS/CHAL Lawyer-Scientist. Mark is also rated a is a 10.0 Superb Avvo-rated lawyer with 100% client satisfaction.

Don’t worry about finding a “DWI lawyer near me”, Thiessen Law Firm fights DWI in Texas, all across the state. Need a DWI Lawyer in Galveston County? The team of Houston DWI attorneys at Thiessen are ready to fight for you.

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