San Francisco, CA asked in Criminal Law for Texas

Q: I was arrested on bogus stalking charges 145 days ago, I have not heard anything from the courts what do I do?

I can’t have this hanging over my head, I don’t have money for a lawyer, what can I do to help myself?

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Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Contact the criminal section of the County Clerk's Office in the county where the offense is alleged toi have happened.

Roy Lee Warren
Roy Lee Warren
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Marcos, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: I understand and sorry for your situation.

I know you want action but sometimes the best action is no action. Over time witnesses disappear or change their statement. Many times cases are not pursued or if they are it can take at least 6 months. Statute of limitations (SOL) for a misdemeanor is 3 years. So if no charges before then, the SOL has run.

You should not contact any authorities (police or state's attorney) yourself because anything you say can only be used to hurt you. Nothing you say can be used to help you because it would be classified as hearsay and therefore not admissible in Court. However anything you say against your own interests would be deemed an exception to the hearsay rule and therefore can be used to prosecute you. You MAY be able to get assistance from a local legl aid office. Good luck and I hope things work out for you.

Sharita Blacknall
Sharita Blacknall
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: If you bonded out of jail your bondsman should be in contact with you when the court starts to schedule you court dates. You can also check in with the court every so often to check for yourself whether you have a court date set. You may also want to make sure that the clerks have your correct mailing address just in case they mail you something.

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