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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: I hired a lawyer for my sons case last week. My son had court yesterday and the attorney didnt show. He has a trial set

For monday. Whats gonna happen if he doesnt show up again for the court

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answered on Aug 3, 2022

The judge will likely reset the trial date if your attorney does not appear especially without knowing the reason why. Try to contact your lawyer and inform him of the trial date.

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5 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Q: Can I ask for my boyfriend not to be charged with domestic violence assault deadly weapon?

What if charges/warrant hasn’t been issued. I just don’t want to go through all the proceedings and want it to be over.

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answered on Apr 14, 2022

You can provide the prosecutor will a non-prosecution affidavit requesting that you do not wish for charges to be filed against your boyfriend if you are the alleged victim. However, it should be well written and you should consult your boyfriend's attorney regarding the language. A... Read more »

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Q: How to go about filing expungement paperwork in Denton County, and what filing code to utilize for efile?

I have 2 class b misdemeanor cases that I am looking to expunge. I am looking for guidance as to how to go about doing this, the proper forms to utilize and everything.

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answered on Mar 24, 2022

We cannot solicit on this forum. There are many lawyers on this forum, as I, who handle expunged and/or seal criminal records in Texas. You should hire an expunction attorney to handle the matter for you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Disorderly conduct what are the fines or jail time etc If found guilty
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answered on Feb 9, 2022

In Texas, Disorderly Conduct is a Class C misdemeanor with a $500.00 fine, no jail time, unless it involves a firearm, then it is a Class B misdemeanor, six months in county jail plus a $2000 fine.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Immigration Law for Texas on
Q: I recently got a dwi and court ordered to get a interlock device. I dont have a license and can't due to legal status

Will it be an issue to install? My daughter was going to be the one driving me to and from work but a friend told us if im in the car where the device is connected I have to be the one driving. I don't know how true that is

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answered on Feb 3, 2022

Your daughter must take and pass a breath test in order to start the vehicle. All drivers should be trained on the operation of the device.

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Q: Hi , my friend is charged with aggravated assault after catching his wife cheating! No body was hurt?

The police was in attendance and found a gun in the room, but was not used in the argument!

My friend is currently in bell county jail with no means to pay bond !

The wife is willing to drop charges, but DA have threatened with child protection services, so she is scared! No... Read more »

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Vonnie Clay Dones III
answered on Jan 20, 2022

Your friend should hire a criminal defense attorney to review the facts, circumstances, and evidence in the case to determine the best possible outcome.

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Q: I have court on the 2nd of next month for a class b misdemeanor and was wondering if its worth it to hire a lawyer

It's a possession of marijuana under 2 ounces charge and I spent 6 days in jail

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Vonnie Clay Dones III
answered on Jan 3, 2022

Yes, you should hire a criminal defense attorney to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: In the state of Texas what is the time limit to file criminal charges in a sibling for child molestation?
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answered on Jan 3, 2022

In Texas, there is no statute of limitations for indecency with a child, sexual assault, or rape of a victim who is a child.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: Forgery of government documents, statute 32.21 e-2. Prison time?

My son’s grandma (not my mom) was recently arrested for “forgery of a financial instrument >2500<30k, ENH IAT.” It was some sort of government document but I can’t see what exactly it was. It’s listed as a third degree felony on her arraignment public record. She has 5 prior... Read more »

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Vonnie Clay Dones III
answered on Dec 20, 2021

Your son's grandma should hire a criminal defense attorney to review her case to determine the best possible outcome as she could be enhanced, meaning given a heavier sentence, if she is a repeat or habitual offender (two prior TDC trips). Under the scenario you provided, it is possible for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Can a prosecutor raise one charge from a misdemeanor to a felony because he couldn't charge on a different charge

MY BROTHER hit a cop car in Texas and was caught with cbd gummies. He refused a breathalyzer. The dui was placed under a misdemeanor while they were awaiting results from the lab over the cbd. The lab couldn't test the cbd and because so, they decided to up the dui to a felony because they... Read more »

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answered on Dec 19, 2021

In order for the State to charge your brother with a felony DWI in Texas, your brother would have to be charged with a third DWI offense, intoxication assault, intoxication manslaughter, or a DWI with a Minor under 15. You should hire a criminal defense attorney to review the facts and evidence of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: What type of felony is this

If someone applied for unemployment last year and put an incorrect reason for losing job on application and received regular unemployment benefits then was automatically enrolled in temporary pua benefits when regular benefits ended, receiving a total of $11,000 from unemployment would that... Read more »

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answered on Dec 19, 2021

The Texas Unemployment Compensation Act (TUCA) provides for administrative, civil action, and criminal penalties for fraudulent misrepresentation. However, during 2020, nine individuals were indicted for Felony Theft of Unemployment benefits, namely Class A misdemeanors and state jail felonies, but... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: I invited one dude to come to my house to fight but he invited two other dudes and they tried to jump me

In my property can I press charges against them for assault and the cops said I can’t arrested them because you invited them but I only invited one person

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Vonnie Clay Dones III
answered on Dec 8, 2021

Although you challenged the assailant to a fight and there is a "Consent as Defense to Assaultive Conduct" defense in Texas, Texas Penal Code - PENAL § 22.06, in this case, it appears that you did not consent to fight any other person and the additional parties involved exceeded the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Can a assistant D.A. alter the content of the indictment without taking it back to be rescreened by the grand jury?

Indictment doesn't match the complaint. Certain things that were voted on was changed by the A.D.A...

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Vonnie Clay Dones III
answered on Dec 5, 2021

In Texas, Articles 28.10 and 28.11 provide the State with the opportunity to amend an indictment.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: What is the statute of limitations for felony drug possession in texas?
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answered on Dec 2, 2021

The statute of limitations for felony drug possession in Texas is three years from the date on which the offense was committed in Texas.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: I was hit by a customer in my store because I refused his service .i hit him back now he's filing on me

Yes I did grab coffee pot without thought I had bruise on my face and he a gash on his head. My leg is hurt . I lost my job behind this my boss reported incident to big boss but nothing was done ...even still customer allowed to return. Feel like I have no rights I get harassed and he gets file... Read more »

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Vonnie Clay Dones III
answered on Dec 1, 2021

You should hire a criminal defense attorney to defend you in this matter. From your statement, you may a have a valid argument for self-defense.

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Q: What can I do against blackmail of someone threatening to turn me into the police?

I committed a crime against someone a couple of months ago. They have just today found out and I am being blackmailed to pay $1000 in split payments of $100 over time or else I will be turned into the police. What can I do?

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Vonnie Clay Dones III
answered on Dec 1, 2021

Keep a record of the messages, if any are available, in the event the other person does report it to the police. You should not make any incriminating statements online or any other forum, as your defense counsel if the prosecutor decides to file charges, will defend you in this matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: I was charged with a first degree felony in 1983, I Was wanting to know if i can get that off my record.

I was wanting to own a handgun

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answered on Nov 30, 2021

It will depend on whether your case was dismissed or if you received deferred adjudication, waiting period, the type of offense, and criminal history to determine if you are eligible for an expunction or non-disclosure in Texas.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: If i have been arrested on a drug charge in the past and recently been stopped for a basic traffic stop

does my previous

Charge give the officer probable cause to search my vechicle this time

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Vonnie Clay Dones III
answered on Nov 28, 2021

Police may search a vehicle if there is probable cause to believe that the car contains evidence of criminal activity, exigent circumstances, or contraband in plain view, but cannot simply search your vehicle because you have a past drug charge. For example, if a car interior smells like marijuana,... Read more »

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Q: If a person starts threatening me and breaking windows do I have the rite to shoot him with a bbq gun to get him to leav

He has threatened me twice before this incident

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answered on Nov 26, 2021

Texas is a stand your ground state. Under the castle doctrine, self-defense can be invoked in the defense of property. In some cases, deadly force may be justified to defend property. It is important to note that the use of force must be reasonably necessary and the other person was not provoked.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: Can drving one block before stopping when an officer is pulling you over be considered eluding?

Is that grounds for probable cause to search and during an unconsented search can they snap their fingers and get the dog to jump inside the car thru the window?

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Vonnie Clay Dones III
answered on Nov 25, 2021

In short, yes. You can be charged with eluding if you willfully fail or refuse to bring your vehicle to a stop; or flee or attempt to elude a pursuing police vehicle when given a visual or audible cue from the officer to stop. However, you should hire a criminal defense attorney to review the... Read more »

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