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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: How to find out if my current lawyer is working on my case?

It's been almost 4 months since I hired him, I was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. I was released on a bond and been under partial house arrest since then. I want to know if my lawyer is working on my case. How do I find out?

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Mar 24, 2020

Call him/her. Good lawyers will freely talk to their clients and show you what they have done. All lawyers must communicate with their client. If the lawyer won't get back with you then you should hire another lawyer and look at remedies with the State Bar.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: I am a woman who was traveling alone to Dallas. I stayed in a hotel alone. I had my handgun in my purse.

I forgot about it when I went thru security at DFW. I have a handgun carrying license. The state police took all my info, allowed me to return the gun to my car, and I made my flight. What will happen now? TSA is federal, so what do I do?

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 15, 2020

Yep, that happens. Thankfully TSA was cool and let you return it to your car. I doubt anything happens. Consider it a warning. They usually arrest you and you get a criminal charge at the airport.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: My fiancee has been on a probation hold for almost 2 months.how long can they hold her without a charge being filled?

My fiancee has been put in jail on probation violation(no new charges) just a so called dirty urine test. Which is bull cause the probation officer took her in on opioids which were prescribed by a legit neurologist. The lawyer she has now has not done anything to date he has seen her only once... Read more »

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 8, 2020

So she was on probation, violated allegedly and is still in? That lawyer needs to approach immediately and ask for a bond. They cannot revoke her probation without a hearing. She is usually entitled to a bond, unless very rare circumstances. How did she even get picked up? They have a warrant?... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: If two people are order to pay restitution how can you get it divided between the two

They have it where if something happens to one person the other is responsible for the whole restitution. How can I get it where it is divided between the two defendant's?

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 7, 2020

It's usually left up to your lawyers. Don't take the deal if you aren't willing to pay that back. If the other party is solely to blame, then get your lawyer to communicate that to the DA and see if they will charge the other guy with all of the restitution. But remember, your co-defendant's... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Probate for South Dakota on
Q: I’m on felony probation an this last year my dad committed sucide an I lost it my mind didn’t show up for po meeting an

She put warrants out for my original charges if I explain to judge what happen is it possible not to go to prison on a motion to revoke

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

You can't get the warrant withdrawn all by yourself. Call you attorney and approach in court with him to explain yourself. Expect to be drug and alcohol tested, so be clean. Also bring a death certificate and maybe the funeral information for the Judge. Sorry for your loss.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law on
Q: For a first offense and a clean record of everything... Can a ticket for patronizing a prostitute be kept off my record.
Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

Yes you can, but you need to get the case dismissed or found not guilty.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: If someone comes to court and claims that the drugs you are being charged with belong to them will the charges against y
Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

Not guaranteed. Happens all the time where someone will take the fall. The DA will analyze the case and evidence. If this person is lying, they could be charged with obstruction, perjury, false statement.... lots of stuff so be very careful. Best to hire an attorney and let the attorney present... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: Will the charges be dropped If someone else claims the drugs you are being charged with
Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

Depends. Depends on the DA, the evidence and how much they want to believe that other person.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law on
Q: I was wondering what the first step would be to fixing a statement

My boyfriend was charged as a result of a fight him and I had in November. There is a no contact order in place so i can't communicate with him. It says in the statement he pushed me but that is not right. He did not push me, he threw a tv knocking over our fireplace and threw a kettle.

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

Call his lawyer and talk to his lawyer. As long as you are not represented by a lawyer then his lawyer is free to talk to you. His lawyer can then figure out whether to do an affidavit or get you in touch with the DAs to fix your statement.

Q: Is there a law against the compound tetrahydrocannabinol to make it illegal?

I would like to know if it would be illegal to obtain the compound THC, there are laws against weed, however THC is just one compound found in marijuana among many others in the plant. If you were to order online pure or extract THC from a different plant would this be legal? Example: LSD is... Read more »

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

So West Virginia law is still governed by Federal US law. THC is still illegal, but some states have legalized CBD and most states can't test the difference between CBD and THC and the concentrations. Unless you are in a state that has legalized marijuana, then ordering THC online is still... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: I got an mip at a bar, I wasn’t driving. I blew a .01. I’ve had a previous mip. Can I get out of this charge?

Mip- Minor in possession

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

sure you can. hire a ticket lawyer in that county and they can usually find a way out or get deferred adjudication and complete it successfully for a dismissal.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: How could I find out if the owners device were in fact pressing charges versus the police bluffing/trying to scare me?

After 8 police cars showed up to the location I was - they told me I was being tracked by a stolen WiFi device. I admitted to have taken the device from OUTside of a vehicle. They searched my car and found nothing else. They told me I was free to go but would have a warrant for my arrest in 1 hour... Read more »

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

you'll know you have a warrant if you start getting letters in the mail about attorneys. Or call Burns Bail Bonds and they will tell you if you have a warrant 713-224-0305. if you do, get it paid and then hire an attorney. They usually have at least 2 years to bring charges against you. So lay... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Q: Chumped up charges and abuse of jurisdiction?

Can evidence be suppressed when cops find lrg capcty mag in a closed box doing invntry 2 tow?Following an at fault accident I wanted to go over to check the people in the car I hit, I was getting out of my truck but this guy is blocking my door "stay put budy, stay put". He wouldn't let me out of... Read more »

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

They need a valid arrest to search the car. Once they arrest you, they can inventory the car to make sure they document everything in there to keep it safe. This is going to be a very fact intensive suppression issue.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: DUI charge, absconded in 2012, odd circumstances.

I was on vacation and was charged with dui but immediately released. I honestly forgot about it for years but now I have to get my license and Ohio has a hold. I assume I have to come and turn myself in. I consulted with one lawyer who said he could get this resolved in probably 1 hearing as I am... Read more »

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

Yeah, you have to deal with it in Ohio. Hire the best lawyer that you can afford , but if you are homeless then look for free representation through the Public Defender or other free lawyer services up there.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it legal for Colorado Springs jail to make inmates strip and sit outside in 36 degree weather for an hour??
Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

Depends on their circumstances. Sounds cruel and unusual, but what do they say is the reason they did it? and then what are your damages? It's not something that will just get a criminal case thrown out since it was post-arrest.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Wisconsin on
Q: Am I entitled to review a police report prior to my court appearance? How do I obtain it?
Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

They usually won't give it to the client. And there is no way for them to find you and get it to you before your court appearance. The State will give it to your lawyer and he can let you read it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Louisiana on
Q: Blew .000, refused blood test as meds i took 16 hrs prior stay in blood 24hrs. Fighting DWI charges now.

My 1 yr refusal suspension was up Nov.5, 2019 but the DMV is requiring an interlock device and proof of sr22 to reinstate license. I am fighting the charges and have not been convicted. How can they make me pay for interlock when i don't drink and took the breathalyzer?? I took my prescribed... Read more »

Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

I understand it's frustrating, but while you are on bond, you are subject to the conditions of the Court and Judge. So while you are out enjoying your freedom, the Judge can require you to have a blow machine. If alcohol is not the issue then maybe your lawyer can get the Interlock removed and... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Louisiana on
Q: Is it legal for the police to charge me with 2 DUI charges at one time in the same day?
Mark Ryan Thiessen
Mark Ryan Thiessen answered on Jan 6, 2020

Only if you were driving two separate times in that day. Because say you got arrested the first time, you will still be in jail the whole day and couldn't get another DWI. Something isn't adding up.

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