Texas Criminal Defense Blog
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 »
Why do some inmates get 2 to 1 credit, and others get only 1 to 1 credit? In other words, why do some inmates get credit for only one day actually served and other inmates get two days of credit for one day served. Here’s the answer. Generally, it’s a good idea to give inmates … Read More »
Pulled over for drunk driving in Texas? What the cops aren’t telling you is that you have a choice when it comes to taking a field sobriety test. They don’t mention that you have the freedom to choose whether to do the field sobriety tests. What they do is tell you in a “command voice” … Read More »
Not long ago a young guy called me up and asked, “How much do you charge for a DWI case?” I like to visit with callers who start with that question, because different types of DWIs have different prices. For a first-time DWI, I would never charge what I charge for a state jail felony … Read More »
When the criminal law world collides with the immigration law world, people caught between the two can get slaughtered or “deported” Texas Criminal Law Let’s start with the criminal world first for or a moment. Let’s assume you were born in the United States. If you’re in Texas and the police catch you with less … Read More »
Usually when someone wants to hire me to handle a Class C Misdemeanor, the first thing I try to do is explain to them how they can handle the case without a lawyer. All you have to do is remember these two words: “deferred disposition.” If you get a deferred disposition, you plead “no contest,” … Read More »
The term “examining trial” is misleading to most people that are arrested on felony charges in Texas. In Travis County, when an examining trial is set, that does not mean that an actual trial occurs. No witnesses show up. No judge shows up. No lawyers show up. You don’t show up. So, you might ask, … Read More »
If you’re charged with a State Jail Felony, you may have heard about a “12.44(a)” and how good it is. Well, let’s talk about that. First of all, “12.44” refers to a section in the Texas Penal Code. Section 12.44(a) says that “a court may punish a defendant who is convicted of a state jail … Read More »
Austin criminal attorney, Bill Mange talks about how plea bargaining and negotiations is similar to buying a car. How Plea Bargaining and Negotiations Work Have you ever bought a car? If you have, you already have a pretty good understanding of the basics of plea negotiations. If you stand accused of a crime, and you … Read More »