Texas Criminal Defense Blog
Suppose you went to your bank’s ATM to check your balance and found that, lo and behold, you have 20% more money than you thought you had. How would you react? I would start with “woo hoo!” and then I’d go check my records to see what the discrepancy was. Some news appears too good … Read More »
This is going too far. It is just going too far. The American government should just not be killing Americans based upon the decisions of a secret panel of senior government officials. That includes very, very bad Americans such as Anwar Awlaki. If we don’t like what the Awlakis of the world are doing (and … Read More »
We’re all for public safety laws, except, well, when they interfere with our right to do something dangerous as hell
Which micromanages your behavior more? A law which would require you to allow a doctor to insert a probe into your body before seeking treatment, or a law which prohibits texting while driving? There’s no right or wrong answer here. Just opinions. We’re all entitled to them. But if you think the probe law micromanages … Read More »
Most Texas Legislators are gutless windbags. They really are. Texans face serious issues: education funding, and the budget, to name two. But what are these windbags wheezing on about? Issues they have no business getting into. They waste the people’s time gassing about non-binding resolutions regarding immigration reform. Immigration reform? Hell, they might as well … Read More »
I am not against the idea of Texans who qualify under the law having a license to carry a concealed handgun or CHL. In fact, I’m for it. What I’m against is politicians who abuse their power to vote as legislators giving themselves special privileges which non-politicians can never enjoy. Do you think that a … Read More »
Texas legislators are considering a law that would allow someone charged with a first-time DWI to be placed on deferred adjudication, as long as they agree to installing–and using–an ignition interlock system that would prevent them from operating a vehicle if they are intoxicated. This is a great piece of legislation for several reasons. The … Read More »
If your driver license is suspended because you haven’t been making your surcharge payments, then you’d better get a move on: April 7 is the deadline to sign up for the DPS amnesty for the Driver Responsibility Program. The state is offering a sweet deal–pay only 10 percent of what you owe, up to $250, … Read More »
I want to explain what a “12.45” is. The number “12.45” refers to a Texas Penal Code section. Suppose you are charged with a first time misdemeanor DWI and a misdemeanor evading arrest charge. Suppose also that through your lawyer, you work out a deal with the prosecutor to resolve both cases, but without a … Read More »
Someone you love is in jail, and you want to get him out as soon as possible. You’re also frightened because your loved one is charged with a crime, something you have never dealt with before. Worst of all, you don’t have much money.
In a panic, you might grab the Yellow Pages and start calling bail bondsmen. But you notice that some lawyers advertise both in the bail bonds section and in the attorneys section of the Yellow Pages.
What is up with that? Here’s what: Texas law allows attorneys to act as bail bondsmen. Also, Ethics Opinions 366 and 347 hardly give clear guidance on this issue.
I don’t act as a bail bondsman, and I don’t write surety bonds, and here’s why.
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In Travis County, what are the similarities and difference between pretrial diversion and deferred prosecution? The similarity is simple: if the accused complies with his agreement on either one, his case gets dismissed. Generally, if you are offered one, you should accept. Either way, it’s not a bad deal. Neither of these are offered with … Read More »