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140 S. Walnut
New Braunfels, TX 78130
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The law practice of Deborah Linnartz Wigington & Associates, PLLC covers many areas of law in Comal County, Texas; Hays County, Texas; and Guadalupe County, Texas.

Criminal Defense (Comal County, Texas)

Deborah Linnartz Wigington & Associates, PLLC's primary criminal defense practice is located in Comal County, Texas. In addition to Comal County, the law firm actively practices criminal defense in Guadalupe County and Hays County. In additiona, we represent persons arrested for a crime throughout Central Texas counties.

Criminal Defense is a complex area of the law, and you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. Deborah Linnartz Wigington & Associates, PLLC has aggressively represented persons arrested for felonies, misdemeanors, and probation revocations serving as their criminal defense attorney in Comal County, Hays County, and Guadalupe County, Texas


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FELONY CRIMINAL CHARGES (Examples):

  • Indecency with a Child
  • Sexual Assault
  • Injury to a Child
  • Arson
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Unlawful Use of Vehicle (Car Theft)
  • Credit Card Abuse
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon
  • Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity
  • Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Manufacture and Delivery of Controlled Substance

MISDEMEANOR (Examples):

  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Evading / Resisting Arrest
  • Assault Family Violence
  • Possession of a Dangerous Drug
  • Driving with License Invalid
  • Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
  • Harassment
  • False Report
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Failure to Identify
  • Hot Checks
  • Theft
  • Criminal Mischief

Post-Conviction Remedies (Examples):

  • Expunctions
  • Motions for Non-Disclosure

Driving License Matters (Examples):

  • Occupational Driver's License

Class C tickets (Examples):

  • DUI
  • Public intoxication
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Issuing and Passing

If you have been arrested and would like the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Comal County, please do not hesitate to contact our office by phone or email.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

NEVER agree to take a polygraph offered by law enforcement until you have spoken with an attorney. Polygraphs are only as good as the operator. If the person administering the test has a bias or a reason for you to fail, you will. If you want to take a polygraph, please contact an attorney first and have your attorney set up the polygraph exam. Remember, in Texas the results of a polygraph are not admissible in court, but they are useful in persuading the District Attorney’s Office that you are innocent especially in cases of sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child where there is only circumstantial evidence or allegations without physical evidence. If you have a criminal case in Comal, Guadalupe, or Hays County where you think a polygraph might help, please feel free to contact me about the case before agreeing to submit to the test.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hire an attorney. What starts as an argument quickly turns into something much worse with a 911 call. Once the police arrive, there is now a distinct possibility that someone will go to jail. Even if there is no evidence and even if the people involved don’t want someone to go to jail, often, law enforcement policies mandate that someone will be arrested and they let the court sort it out. Unfortunately, this means you have to go to jail, post bail, hire an attorney and have a uphill battle against the State. Many people think that if someone wants to drop charges the case is over. In the State’s eyes, it isn’t at all. The State is the party pressing the charges not the alleged victim. So even if the alleged victim doesn’t want to go forward sometimes the State will push it anyway. When this happens, you need an experienced attorney to fight the State and to force them to listen to your and the alleged victim who wants charges dropped. If you have a criminal case in Comal, Guadalupe, or Hays County involving family violence or assault, please feel free to contact me for a consultation.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Each case is different which is why you need an experienced attorney to fully evaluate your case.  Proving self defense is complicated.  You will need to explore the family history, investigate the alleged victim’s history, look for indications of him/her being the first aggressor, review prior criminal histories of both parties, interview witnesses both to your character and the alleged victim’s character for violence or aggression among other things.  These are not black and white cases.  These are cases where your attorney will need to meet with you extensively and do a full case investigation.  Don’t get pushed through the court’s docket and forced into a plea because your case wasn’t fully evaluated.  If you would like to see how I may be able to help you if you are in this situation with a criminal case in Comal, Hays, or Guadalupe County , please feel free to call me, email me or contact me through this website.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Not necessarily.  Thought it is a tougher hurdle, there are still arguments to be made even with a breath test on a DWI.  The officers still have to have reasonable suspicion to detain you and probable cause to arrest you before you even get to the station to blow.  Part of this decision is made on the standardized field sobriety tests or SFSTs.  Your case needs to be properly evaluated to ensure that the officers had reasonable suspicion to detain you and probable cause to arrest you and that the SFSTs were correctly administered in order to develop probable cause.  Additionally, there are arguments to be made based on the delay getting you to the station to give the breath test and the calibration and reliability of the machine itself.  If you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to properly evaluate your DWI breath test case in Comal, Hays, or Guadalupe County or you would just like more information, please contact me.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Often when people are charged with offenses like sexual assault, indecency with a child, rape or another sex crime, attorneys inexperienced with fighting sex cases tell their clients to accept a plea bargain pleading guilty just based on the nature of the charge.  This is a travesty of justice.  Justice requires a full evaluation of your case and a full exploration of your options and defenses.  When you make the decision to fight a sex case, you will need an attorney who is not afraid of the State and not afraid to stand by your side when you enter your plea of “Not Guilty”. 

If you are contacted by law enforcement or Child Protective Services about a sex case, you need to contact an attorney immediately.  Do not fall into the trap of feeling you do not need an attorney because you have nothing to hide.  Even the most innocent statement can be taken out of context and used against you.  Also, do not agree to take a polygraph test without speaking with an attorney first.  Polygraphs are only as effective as the examiner and if you desire to take a polygraph, you should do it through your attorney to ensure that a qualified examiner is used.

Being charged or accused of something as serious as a sexual assault or indecency with a child is a very frightening experience.  Remember, accusations are only accusations.  You are not convicted until a judge or jury finds you guilty.  A disgruntled girlfriend, step child or neighbor cannot convict you.  An overzealous Assistant District Attorney cannot convict you.  You are entitled to a fair fight and when you decide to fight, you need an attorney who will argue for your right to a fair fight and defend your reputation and your liberty.

If you have been accused of a sexual assault, rape, indecency with a child, or another sex crime, please feel free to call me to discuss how I may be able to help you with your case.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Have you been accused of fighting or assaulting someone? Here are some questions your Comal County criminal defense attorney should be asking....

  • Were you attacked first?
  • Were you defending someone else or your property?
  • Was it mutual fighting? 
  • Were you afraid you were about to be attacked? 
  • Did the other person have a weapon?  
  • Have you been threatened in the past by the person?

These are just some of the questions that need to be answered in evaluating possible defenses or mitigation in your case.

To discus your case and how I can help defend your case, please contact me.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Many people get these two terms mixed up or use them interchangeably.  They are very different offense with very different consequences.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is an offense where a person operates a vehicle in a public and the person’s normal mental or physical faculties are impaired due to the introduction of alcohol, a drug or a controlled substance in his or her body.    A first offense can result in a jail sentence of up to 180 days and a fine.  A second offense can result in a jail sentence of up to 365 days and a fine.  Even if you receive probation or community supervision, there are many consequences that a judge may or may not warn you about before accepting your plea including loss of license, very expensive surcharges, immigration problems, requirement of a deep lung device (ignition interlock) on your vehicle and alcohol education classes among other things.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is an offense where a person under the age of 21 operates a vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol in his or her system, but that person is not legally intoxicated.  If a minor is intoxicated, they can be and usually will be charged with Driving While Intoxicated just as a person over the age of 21.  DUI  is a Class C misdemeanor or essentially a ticket offense.  This means that the punishment is a fine, however there are many other consequences that should be factored in your consideration of whether or not to plea guilty to this offense.  Some of these consequences involve a surcharge paid to DPS, a loss of your driver’s license, community service, etc. 

Before you enter a plea to either of these offenses, you should talk to your attorney to review the possible consequences and any possible defenses to your case.  Remember every case has an individual set of facts that need to be evaluated by your attorney to see if there is a way to avoid conviction.

Due to the very detailed rules and requirements involved in DWIs and DUIs, it is important that you hire an attorney experienced in DWI and DUI defense.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Many people think that if Marijuana or a Controlled Substance such as meth or cocaine is found in their vehicle, they have no defense and therefore they plead guilty to these charges resulting in possible jail time, felony probation, loss of driver’s license, a fine, community supervision, drug classes, and more depending on the offense and plea agreement.

This doesn’t have to happen.  Under the law in Texas, “possession” means having “care, custody, or control” over the object or substance.  If you don’t know something is in your car, how can you have care, custody or control over it?  Understandably, each case is difference and each defendant has an individual history and set of facts that will determine what defenses will be able to argued successfully to the District Attorney representative, the judge and/or a jury.  You should always consult an attorney to evaluate your case and who could identify if you have possible defenses that may be successfully argued and possible consequences that should be considered in making your decision regarding your plea of guilty or not guilty. 

You need an attorney who is not afraid of fighting for you if you make the decision to fight your case with a plea of “Not Guilty.”

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

It is important to have an attorney review the DWI video made by the police of your traffic stop and arrest.  Why?  How the police officer administers the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) is extremely important to your case and could result in portions or the entire video being excluded from evidence, potentially benefiting your case.

The DWI Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) consist of the HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus), the One Leg Stand and the Walk and Turn test. 

In the HGN, the officer is looking for a “ticking” of the eyes at several points, among other things, that may demonstrate intoxication.

In the One Leg Stand, the officer is looking for any swaying, using of arms for balance, hopping on one foot or putting your other foot down. 

In the Walk and Turn, the officer is watching for numerous “indicators” of intoxication:  if you can’t balance during instructions, starting the test too soon, stopping while walking, not touching heel to toe, stepping off the line, using arms to balance, an improper turn (or losing balance on turn), and taking the wrong number of steps.

The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests must be performed in a “standardized” manner set out in the Officer’s training manual.  There are numerous ways that they can incorrectly administer the tests as well as other conditions such as age, medical problem, shoes, or an uneven surface that could impact a person’s performance.  It is important to have a experienced criminal attorney review your DWI case in Comal County, Texas to determine if officer mistakes could benefit you.  Too often, attorneys will rush DWI clients through the system without adequately evaluating possible defenses.  Don’t let this happen to you.

If you have a DWI case in Comal County, Texas; Guadalupe County, Texas; Hays County, Texas; or any other Central Texas county, and you would like your case evaluated by an experienced DWI / DUI, please feel free contact me by phone or through my contact form, and I will be happy to talk with you.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Officers can’t lie to you: They can and they do.  Do not make deals with law enforcement unless an attorney is involved. 

The police have to read you Miranda warnings:

  • They are required to read you Miranda warnings if you are in custody and they want to question you. 
  • If they don’t, your statements to them may be suppressed. They do not have to read them at arrest. 
  • They do not have to read them to you if you make statements to them that are not in response to questioning or if you are not in custody. 

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

A few things to keep in mind if you are stopped or arrested by the police:

  1. Do not talk to anyone besides your criminal defense attorney about the facts of your case.

Every person (except your attorney) you talk to about your case becomes a potential witness against you, this includes family or friends.  They can be forced to testify about something you told them.  Don’t put them in that position.

  1. Always tell the truth to your criminal defense attorney.

If you lie to me, it will hurt your case and prevent me from doing my best for you.  I don’t like to be surprised in court or when I am talking to the District Attorney about your case.  If I know the truth, even if you think it will hurt your case, I can prepare for it and mitigate the damage.  There is no way for me to prepare for something I don’t know about.

  1. Always stay in contact with your criminal defense attorney.

Please update me on any phone number or address changes.  I will need to be able to mail you notices of court dates and talk with you about your case.  There may be times when I need to get an answer from you immediately.

  1. There are no stupid questions.

Most people do not fully understand the criminal justice system.  That is why you hire an attorney to help you.  My job is to help you understand and I can’t help you if you don’t ask when you don’t understand something.  Remember that you are paying me to answer your questions.

  1. Show up to court dressed appropriately.

The District Attorney and the judge will see you and one way or another the way you dress will make an impression on them.  Dress the way you would for church.  No flip flops, no t-shirts, no jeans that are dirty or have holes.  Nothing too flashy or too revealing. 

  1. If you need assistance with drug, alcohol, or mental health issues, please let me know.

These issues can interfere with your case.  Some judges will drug test at court appearances and some require defendants to remain drug and alcohol free as a condition of bond.  If you need help dealing with drug or alcohol issues or would like a referral to someone who can help, please let me know. 

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Regardless of what the DPS and police officers say on commercials and highway signs, it is not illegal to drink and drive.  You are not, however, allowed to drive after drinking to the point that your normal mental and/or physical faculties are impaired.  If you have been arrested for DWI, it is important to call a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest.

Why? To ensure that you do not waive an important deadline to fight a suspension of your driver’s license due to the arrest.  Even if you are not convicted of DWI, your license can be suspended based on a refusal to provide a breath test or providing a breath test that shows a result over the legal limit of .08.   

IMPORTANT DEADLINE : You have 15 days after you receive the Notice of Suspension to challenge the Administrative License Suspension that is automatic after being arrested for a Driving While Intoxicated charge in Texas. Most of the time, the Notice of Suspension is given to you at the police station after arrest. 

Even if you blew over the legal limit or feel that you don’t have a good argument to fight a suspension of your driver’s license, it is possible that you could still win an ALR hearing due to certain requirements imposed on the police.  Technicalities may save your driver’s license.  Call me for more information on how I can help you fight your license suspension if you are arrested for DWI or DUI in Comal County.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Here are five things to keep in mind if you are arrested:

  1. Remain courteous and polite.

Regardless of how you are treated, you must remain polite.

Most traffic stops are video taped and your demeanor will impact your case.  Also, most officers will give you with the same respect you give to them.

  1. Do not resist or argue with the officer.

The time to argue is in court.  Resisting arrest can lead to additional charges being filed against you.

  1. Listen to and understand your rights before you answer any questions.

Understand that you do have a right to remain silent.  This is important because I have seen numerous cases where a case could have been won except for statements made by my client.

Understand you have the right to be represented by an attorney even if you can’t afford one. 

An attorney can help you understand your rights and can advise you as to what you should do under your individual circumstances.  This is a very important right that you should NOT’t waive without understanding the consequences. 

  1. Do not beg or bargain with the officer.

If this is videotaped, as it often is, it will hurt your case.  If you are arrested, generally there is no amount of begging or pleading that will get you out of that arrest. 

  1. Hire an attorney as soon as possible.

The sooner you can get an attorney on the case the better.  Evidence favorable to your case can be lost over time; memories fade and videos are destroyed. Also, having an attorney on board can aid in bond reductions and hearings that have time restrictions such as ALR hearings following an arrest for DWI or DUI.

Deborah Wigington,
Attorney at Law
Comal County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Felony Criminal Cases (Comal County, Texas)

Jack Robison, Judge 207th Judicial District

Charles Ramsay, Judge 22nd Judicial District

Gary Steel, Judge 274th Judicial District

Courthouse Annex
150 N. Seguin
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: 830-620-5562
Fax: 830-608-2030

Misdemeanor Criminal Cases (Comal County, Texas)

Class A and B, including DWI

Comal County Court-at-Law #1
Judge Charles Stephens
Phone: 830-620-5582
Fax: 830-608-2021

Comal County Court-at-Law #2
Judge Randy Gray
Phone: 830-620-5593
Fax: 830-620-0465

Comal County Courthouse
100 Main Plaza
New Braunfels, Texas

Tickets and Class C (punishable by fine only) Criminal Cases

New Braunfels Municipal Court
Judge Sara A. Hartin
1486 S. Seguin Ave.
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: 830-221-4180
Fax: 830-608-2148

Comal County Justice of the Peace #1
Judge William Schroeder
145 David Jonas Drive
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: 830-608-2025

Comal County Justice of the Peace #2
Judge Susan Dvorak
P.O. Box 250
Bulverde, Texas 78163
Phone: 830-438-2266

Comal County Justice of the Peace #3
Judge Diana Guerrero
3079 West San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: 830-620-5547

Comal County Justice of the Peace #4
Judge Jennifer Saunders
P.O. Box 2038
Canyon Lake, Texas 78133
Phone: 830-965-3886
Metro: 830-907-3886
Fax: 830-964-4798

Comal County Jail, Sheriff, and Local Police Department

Comal County Sheriff’s Office
3005 West San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
NON-EMERGENCY: 830-620-3400

New Braunfels Police Department
Chief Russell Johnson
1488 S. Seguin Ave.
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: 830-608-2179
Fax: 830-608-2188

FOR ANY EMERGENCY:

Police-Fire-Ambulance - Call 9-1-1

Comal County Jail
3005 West San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
JAIL INFORMATION: 830-620-3451
Warrant Status: 830-620-3411
Fax: 830-608-2082

Comal County Adult Probation Office
160 East Bridge Street
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: 830-620-5596
Fax: 830-608-2029

Comal County Juvenile Probation Office
171 East Mill
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: 830-620-5541
Fax: 830-608-2049

Comal County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
Geoff Barr
Criminal District Attorney
150 N. Seguin
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: 830-620-5533
Fax: 830-620-5599

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Do not contact the District Attorney’s Office about your criminal case.  It can severely harm your criminal case to contact them or allow family members to contact them regarding your case.  If you have information you feel they need to know with regards to your criminal case, provide it to your criminal defense attorney. 


If you would like to speak with our office, please do not hesitate to contact us.