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FAQ

Criminal

Where is the Law Office of Joaquin Jimenez located?

Joaquin Jimenez’s office is conveniently located in Houston, right off of the Gulf Freeway in between IH 610 and Broadway/Park Place. The address is 7575 Gulf Fwy, Houston, Texas 77017. The office is 10 minutes south of downtown on I-45.

I have been arrested--when can I speak with Joaquin Jimenez?

Joaquin Jimenez is usually in court on most days. It is best to call 832.804.8440 to make an appointment to speak with him. On most days, Mr. Jimenez will be available to meet with you that day after court.

A police officer came by my place of work or home to speak with me regarding an investigation. Should I speak with him?

NO. Very rarely is it ever a good idea to speak with a law enforcement officer who is investigating a crime. I say this to everyone, even someone who had absolutely nothing to do with the crime in question. This is not because you are hiding something, but because of this: If an officer believes, rightfully or not, that you were or are involved in a crime; anything you say will be used against you. I have found cases where the officer does not report everything that an otherwise innocent person says during an investigation. Some facts get left out.

How soon after I have been arrested should I hire a lawyer?

You should hire a lawyer as soon as possible. Many times, surveillance videos, audio recordings, dash cam videos, 911 recordings, and witnesses disappear after a prolonged attempt to retrieve them. Hiring a lawyer to promptly subpoena any evidence could be the determining factor in the resolution of your case.

On DWI cases, you have 15 days from the date of arrest to contest the suspension of your Texas Driver's License. Hiring a lawyer within the 15-day window could be the reason your license is not suspended.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, credit cards, checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks.

Do you guarantee a dismissal?

No lawyer can guarantee a dismissal or any other outcome to any case. If a lawyer offers a guarantee, please get a written and signed statement from the lawyer making that guarantee.

Joaquin Jimenez can guarantee he will work hard to obtain the most favorable result based on everything available to fight the case.

Personal Injury

What is Personal Injury?

Personal injury is a term that refers to someone who has suffered an injury; usually the injury is physical, but it also includes mental injuries. These personal injuries were caused by the negligence of others.

Typical personal Injury cases involve: auto accidents, 18-wheeler accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, chemical plant injuries, explosions, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, product defects, etc.

What should I do if I am injured in a car accident in Houston, Texas?

Immediately seek medical treatment for your injuries! Take pictures of your car and the car that caused the accident. Take pictures of your injuries. Take down the names of any witnesses to the accident. File a police crash report. Speak with the Law Office of Joaquin Jimenez regarding your rights to recover monetary compensation.

Do I need a lawyer for a car wreck in Houston, Texas?

Do insurance companies have lawyers? Of course they do!

You do not need to hire a lawyer for a car accident, but, it often it makes good sense to do so, whether you are the injured party or the at-fault driver. The need for an attorney in an auto accident case depends on the circumstances of the accident. If the accident involves serious injury or death, contact a Houston auto accident attorney. A Houston auto accident attorney is also recommended for cases in which fault or liability is contested, or where there are insurance problems such as a low policy limit or a driver with no insurance.

An auto accident lawyer can also be helpful for settling a claim, handling negotiations with an insurer, and reviewing any paperwork you receive from the insurance company. If you are being sued or the case has gone to court, rather than reaching a pre-trial settlement, you need a lawyer.

What should I do if I am injured in any way as a result of someone else’s negligence?

You should immediately seek medical treatment for your injuries.

After you initially seek treatment for your injuries, call the Law Office of Joaquin Jimenez at 832.804.8440 as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation regarding your rights after being involved in an accident or being hurt through no fault of your own.

What is negligence?

To have a viable personal injury claim, the victim must have been injured from the negligence of another individual or entity. Negligence occurs when an individual fails to exercise a reasonable standard of care for the safety of others. If a person fails to act as a reasonable person would, he or she may be liable for any resulting damages.

How much does the Law Office of Joaquin Jimenez charge for a personal injury case?

The Law Office of Joaquin Jimenez works on a contingency fee basis for personal injury cases. This means that we will only collect a fee if the case is successful. Once a settlement is recovered, we will take a percentage of your settlement as payment for legal services.

How much time do I have to file a claim?

The statute of limitations in Texas is two years for personal injury. This means that you have exactly two years' time starting from the day you were injured (or discovered your injury or illness) during which you can file a claim for compensation. While victims do have a two-year period in which they can file a claim, these are best filed sooner rather than later. The time frame immediately following a case is the most ideal to collect evidence such as medical evaluations, accident site investigations and witness testimony to build a successful case that an attorney can present on the victim's behalf.

How do I know if I have a valid personal injury claim?

People may not realize that they have a valid personal injury case on their hands until they have a qualified attorney investigate. An investigation can reveal underlying factors that may not have been apparent on the surface. By speaking with a Houston personal injury lawyer, like the Law Office of Joaquin Jimenez, you can best determine whether or not you have a legitimate case on your hands.

A family member was killed in a chemical plant explosion or accident. What are my options?

If an explosion at a chemical plant or accident killed a family member, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim. By speaking with a Houston personal injury lawyer, like the Law Office of Joaquin Jimenez, you can best decide whether or not you have a legitimate case on your hands.