The police arrested me for a burglary of an inhabitants charge while removing jointly owned property from a motel room. When they got me to the facility they found a tiny bit of pot on me that I had found in the room. Arresting me for burglary was erroneous. But can they drop the burglary charges... Read more »
There are a bunch of rules regarding the admissibility of evidence. You should NOT post any more details about your case online but you SHOULD read about the "exclusionary rule" and the doctrine of "the fruit of the poisonous tree." Be sure to also read about the exceptions,...Read more »
6 months ago my sister was watching my son while I was at work. My son’s father arrived unannounced to pick him up (we didn’t have a custody agreement at that time). My sister didn’t know who was at the front door and grabbed my son from leaving. His dad called the cops and accused my sister... Read more »
The DA's decision not to prosecute your sister for a crime doesn't determine the outcome of the CPS case because the two agencies have different roles and different perspectives. To prove a crime, the DA's office would need to show that your sister acted with malicious intent or...Read more »
The charge was theft of property 150-300k. Prosecutor acted on a complaint and has since stalled the court hearings. The offer was 10 years probation which I turned down and then haven’t heard anything in 2 years. I like to hunt and not sure if I can even buy a gun. How long can a prosecutor... Read more »
It is a violation of federal law (18 U.S. Code § 922) because you are under felony indictment. Talk to your criminal defense attorney about the status of your case and whether it would be advisable to attempt to hurry it along or continue to wait it out.
Expunction is only possible when all charges related to the arrest were dismissed. There was a case on appeal where the defendant was arrested for DWI but that charge was dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea to Reckless Driving. The ruling was that the DWI could not be expunged because a...Read more »
Currently I’m 22 weeks pregnant. My husband & I got into an altercation, it got physical on both sides. Now I was trying to defend myself (he left a variation of bruises on me, him on the hand only had one). I would like to press charges on him but he threatened me, he said that if I press... Read more »
Talk to a Texas-based immigration lawyer about whether or not deportation is a legitimate concern under current case law out of the 5th circuit as it relates to recklessness as a culpable mental state in the Texas assault statute.
A person can report a crime to law enforcement, but they...Read more »
His attorney should request the CAD (ie computer aided dispatch) report from the prosecution. There are two variant types of the report for Austin Police Department, but both should include the badge number of every dispatched officer and other details like which vehicle they were in, what time...Read more »
So a month ago my 11 year old son exposed himself to a younger girl.we know it's not right CPS was called CPS closed out the case and he has been in therapy since then to try to figure out what happened it was completely unnormal for him to do this. However last week we got a call from an... Read more »
I agree with my colleague. The cop is lying. Happens all the time. He would be within his discretion to close out the case without interviewing your son. He just wants to give your son a chance to confess, or to say something that can be twisted into a confession.
This man posted a racist statement in a public Facebook group. I sent the screenshot to his sister and daughter. I also messaged his wife asking why she deleted me. I have not contacted any of them since, and have asked him to stop contacting me after his initial threat. He sent another message... Read more »
Texas has a misdemeanor criminal offense named Harassment which can be committed in several ways, including sending 2 or more annoying electronic messages. Furthermore, committing Harassment on multiple occasions is one of the ways a person can commit felony Stalking. Both crimes are defined in...Read more »
It is against the law to allow a child under 17 unsupervised access to a loaded firearm, but there is no such law for adults. Buying a gun is not a crime and actually committing suicide is not a crime. Helping a person commit suicide is class C misdemeanor, which is the...Read more »
There is no one simple answer that is generally applicable so you should consult your attorney if you need specific details of a specific case. In the general sense, the answer would be immediately apparent if you change the question to "Can a huge government bureaucracy make a mistake when...Read more »
If you need open-heart surgery do you want a great surgeon or a cheap surgeon? The penalty range is 2 to 20 years in the state penitentiary and a lifetime as a convicted violent felon. The outcome of this case could change the course of your life and the lives of your dependents. Your future is...Read more »
The statute of limitations is the hard limit beyond which prosecution is barred. You can find them in chapter 12 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure which I will link below. Generally speaking, the longer you wait to report a case, the less interested law enforcement will be. Just because a...Read more »
Pursuant to article 39.14 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, copies must be provided to the defense attorney "as soon as practicable after receiving a timely request." Appeals courts have ruled that the clock doesn't really start until the formal charging document is filed by...Read more »
Yes, but there are multiple exceptions in the law that allow law enforcement to withhold or redact certain information if they follow the process outlined in the law. You can read the law for yourself in chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code. Here is the link:...Read more »
Even with no prior felony convictions, it could be prosecuted as a SECOND DEGREE felony pursuant to Section 22.01(b-3) based on a prior misdemeanor family violence conviction or deferred adjudication. The punishment range is 2 to 20 years in the state penitentiary. It would be foolish to attempt...Read more »
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