Rowlett, TX asked in DUI / DWI for Texas

Q: Hi what does unapprehended mean on my case file? Where it supposed to say “ case closed” it says unaprehended instead.

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Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Whose file are you talking about? The prosecutor's file, your lawyer's file or a file you were able to access on the internet (one which you found in, for example, the county's website)? I am going to assume you went to the website of the county where your case was prosecuted, i.e. the county where the offense is alleged to have occurred. If so, what you are seeing is simply a file which wasn't completely closed.

"Unapprehended" simply refers to a person's status when they are "free"- neither in custody or on bond. Sometimes a person, for whatever reason, isn't arrested when the offense actually occurs. In such a case, when the person is later charged for a misdemeanor or indicted for a felony that person's status is "unapprehended" until they surrender or are arrested. When that happens, the file information will usually change to "jail" (or "in custody") or "released on bond" if they post bail.

When the court proceedings are over the file should show that the case is "disposed". What you should check on is whether you have a warrant out for your arrest. Ask your lawyer whether there is a warrant that has been issued without your knowledge. You may find that your case, in fact, is not over and you need to take care of that by posting a bond.

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