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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: Is it unlawful to omit a warrant from discovery that was used to track individual with gps and pull them over ?

In a case where they used gps on a vehicle to track person wouldn’t prosecution have to make it available for the defense in discovery ? her suppression was denied but the warrant could have shown premeditation for the traffic stop ! Cop said I was going to pull you over anyway but lied on the stand

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Jan 18, 2022

No, not unless it was specifically requested and improperly withheld. The prosecution only has a duty to proactively provide the defense attorney copies of any exculpatory, mitigating, or impeachment evidence. Copies of other evidence are only provided if the defense attorney first makes a timely... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: What can a defendant do about a court appointed lawyer who never contacts me or responds to emails ?

You email judge but he refuses to reassign another one. Calling the BAR doesnt help my case, n wld only piss them off. Im not looking to file a complaint, i just want a lawyer who's not disgruntled. I understand that im just another case to them, but for someone whos never been caught up in... Read more »

Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
answered on Dec 1, 2021

Well you actually seem to be complaining about someone who probably isn't even your lawyer anymore. I say this because the way you describe your legal situation, that first court-appointed lawyer probably has withdrawn as counsel in your case and he probably feels like it would be improper for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Legal Malpractice for Texas on
Q: Is holding a mentally I'll person 27 months and not indicted cruel and unusual punishment

Filed by indictment was his book in..is that a legal indictment or does the grand jury have to indict him. He also was not evaluated within 24 to 72hrs. Can I file a writ of habeas corpus

Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
answered on Nov 29, 2021

If the person is being held on a felony offense, then, yes, the person has a right to be indicted by a grand jury before the State of Texas can prosecute him for that felony. The only exception to this rule is that an accused person in some cases may be allowed to waive (give up) his right to be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and White Collar Crime for Texas on
Q: Do deffense attorneys protect the victims of a crime or only the accused?

If you or someone you know becomes a victim of a White Collar crime, should you contact an attorney before reporting it? What type of attorney represents the victim harmed by the crime?

Joseph Abrams
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Joseph Abrams
answered on Nov 25, 2021

Defense attorneys often represent victims of crimes to ensure their rights are protected and they are being treated fairly within the system. The prosecutor is also a representative of sorts for victims as they are the Peoples attorney as well. However, a defense attorney for a defendant in a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: Is it considered ELUDING IF YOU GO ONE BLOCK WHEN YOUR BEING PULLED OVER? AND WHEN COPS ARE DOING AN UN CONSENTEDSEARCH

Their fingers and get the dog to jump thru your car window 4 times?

Vonnie Clay Dones III
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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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and DUI / DWI for Texas on
Q: My fiancé was arrested for DWI and the officer tried to take his blood himself at the police station. Is this legal?

He was arrested for dwi in 2018. He is diabetic and police wanted to take blood to get his BAC. The cop tried to draw his blood himself in the police station himself and kept missing his vein. He has been waiting since 2018 to get a court date and it kept getting pushed out. We finally found out... Read more »

Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
answered on Nov 11, 2021

What should you do now that your boyfriend's case has been "dropped"? You both should thank your lucky stars that the nightmare is over. If you think about suing the police, go talk to a civil rights attorney. I doubt you'd be able to get a good lawyer to take the case without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: is it legal for my employer to ask if i've been vaccinated? We have to take a "mandatory" survey

i don't think i should be forced to voluntarily provide medical information

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Nov 10, 2021

Yes, nothing prohibits your employer from asking whether you are vaccinated.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: one party consent I recorded a conversation while waiting for someone to reply is this illegal?

The manger picked the phone up and put it down so I would stop calling i did call a lot I couldn’t leave a voicemail it was full I had a medical referral question she than processed to have a full conversation with a coworker while I was left on the line in my irrational I recorded the... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Oct 22, 2021

Yes, or it is close enough for "probable cause" to justify criminal charges. That said, your intent is an element of the offense AND you can also raise an affirmative defense based on the fact that a party to the communication consented to the recording by intentionally leaving the line... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Can I file a lawsuit against the police department for a false arrest?

Was exercising my freedom of speech on a public sidewalk. Someone called the cops said I trespassed which I didn't. I had everything filmed on a body cam. Officer shows up and arrests me for a noise ordinance violation. We then get to the jail and he changes the charges to criminal trespass.... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Oct 19, 2021

Talk to an attorney who focuses on federal civil rights lawsuits under Section 1983.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Texas on
Q: Am I doing something illegal?

i just want to see if this something illegal I’m getting roped into? I have received check via email from a woman I was talking to online. On the checks, they have a Life Insurance company at the top of the checks. they are asking that I deposit them into my bank via mobile deposit, keep partial... Read more »

Leroy Scott
Leroy Scott
answered on Oct 13, 2021

This is almost certainly a scam and very likely a crime. Life insurance companies don't send checks and ask you to return some of the funds.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Can I be trespassing

I live in Texas and me and my wife are separated but not divorced she still had all my property at her house I had a detective called me and told me that if I show up there I will be arrested for criminal trespassing can I legally do this even though she’s in possession of all my clothes and... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Oct 10, 2021

You can be arrested and charged with any offense that the detective believes you committed. If that happens, a proper defense will be stressful and expensive. You would be wise to spend your time and money on a divorce attorney to get access to your stuff in a manner approved by the court rather... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: I BELIEVE MY 4TH AMENDMENT CIVIL RIGHGS WERE VIOLATED I HAVE A FELONY CHARGE AS A RESULT

he was my x brother in law he told me to step out of the vehicle patted me down then stuck his hands in my pockets then searched my vehicle i had a cigarette pack and he snatched it from me and found drugs inside the pack he had no reason to do any of this other than to harass me because we never... Read more »

Michael Hamilton Rodgers
Michael Hamilton Rodgers
answered on Oct 6, 2021

Well, if your ex-brother-in-law didn't have a legal reason to pull you over, then your rights may well have been violated. Even if he had reason for the stop, if you didn't consent to the search of your vehicle and he had no probable cause independent of consent, again, you may have a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: Can you sue for denying access to health care if laws enable unvaccinated people to overwhelm hospitals?

Just a thought experiment, but needed to be asked. Understandably, it would be difficult for a private citizen to file suit against the hordes of unvaxed choking the health care system, much like the novel SB8's workaround. While I understand the concept of sovereign immunity, I still... Read more »

Leroy Scott
Leroy Scott
answered on Oct 2, 2021

It’s all a big giant scary mess. I cringe every time I see political leaders on TV saying parents, the vast majority of which are not virologists and probably do not even own microscopes, should decide whether vaccines are in the best interest of their children. What if parents decide they should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Q: Can s1 like code compliance just go into yr property with only a search warrant and remove yr personal property ???
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Sep 29, 2021

Personal property may not be removed without a search warrant. Personal property such as cars that have not been moved may violate local ordinances. They can be removed once the owner has received notice to remove, and there has either been a hearing or the person has not responded. If it was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Can I do anything about DA submitting a court doc with my personal info that is public if I am under witness protection?

I am under witness protection due to being victim of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon but DA has shared the witness list which is now public information online. This is also shared with the defendants lawyer. The list shows my name & address. Is there anything I can do? I've tried... Read more »

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
answered on Sep 23, 2021

Your situation seems terrible.

Witness protection can have different meanings and different levels of protection. The DA's office should have a "victim's advocate" or something similar. It is usually the task of that unit or person to handle your concerns. If that is not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: I am on parole in a halfway house. They are locking us in our dorms. Is this legal? I am in Texas.

This halfway house is operated by core civic but over seen by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and they try to run this place like we are still incarcerated.

Stephen A. Nicholas
Stephen A. Nicholas
answered on Aug 29, 2021

If its oversight is by TDCJ-ID, the halfway house operator, more likely than not, has to follow guidelines that TDCJ-ID issues. Are you in the process of being released on Parole from TDCJ-ID? It sounds like you have been released to a transitional type facility. If so, you have to follow their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: Slander and Defamation

I'm having an issue of where a place that I used to live at, and apartment complex including the management have been spreading lies about me being bipolar, crazy and dangerous. I am bipolar and the lies have spread out the my current place that I have recently moved to and to my neighbors... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Aug 24, 2021

It's unclear why you are worried about eviction, or exactly what's happening. You get evicted for not complying with the lease, not because people are spreading lies about you.

If the lies are believed and you can prove damages, you might have a case, but filing a suit is not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Texas on
Q: How do I get a case dismissed that I was indicted for in 1998 after finding out the indictment was wrong?

In 1998 I was sentenced to 5yrs probation for failure to register, after pulling the record and the true bill of indictment

I realized that the reportable conviction they used to get the indictment I was never convicted of nor was I ever charged with this crime. After all the years that... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Aug 14, 2021

If anyone can fix the conviction, it will be an expert in criminal appeals, and that will be expensive. However, if you were granted a pardon by the Governor of Texas, then you could file for an expunction of the records. That might be just as good of a result, depending on your goals.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Can an Officer make you get out of your car, search, and question u when your windows are covered and you're asleep
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Aug 11, 2021

An officer can investigate a person sleeping in their car to make sure they are safe and not in medical distress but they shouldn't be searching without consent unless they saw or smelled something during the initial investigation that indicated a crime.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Midland county. Arrest 06-19. Misdmeanor. Dismissed and Bond returned 09-20. ARRESTED on same case 08-21. false arrest?

Cause number cr172821. I told them to recheck warrant and I had paperwork from dismissal. Told them the jail refunded my bond in full so I know it was dismissed before arraaigned. Rude and hateful refused to acknowledge I was even present other than to laugh and tighten cuffs and take me to jail.... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Aug 11, 2021

Consult an attorney who files lawsuits in federal court against law enforcement for civil rights violations under "Section 1983." It is doubtful you will find such an attorney in Midland... you're probably talking about an attorney from a city with millions of residents. The good... Read more »

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