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Sharon W. Curtis

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  • I really need help please don't want theft on my record! !

    Me n a friend stole makeup from Walmart in got caught they combined our items n it came out to 60 so I went to jail on a theft 50-500 I go to court next month in really don't want this on my record this is my first criminal offense what should I d...

    Sharon’s Answer

    You should hire an attorney asap. If you have never been in trouble before, most likely the attorney could get the result you are hoping for if you continue to stay out of trouble, quit hanging out with that friend, take an anti theft class online, do 45 hours of community service upfront (some places give you 2 hours credit for every hour you work) etc... Go hire an attorney so you will have a chance to get his off your record permanently. The District Attorney's office is not on your side. Hope this helps, Sharon Curtis

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  • I was told in TX a DUI on your record cannot be sealed or expunged. Is this correct?

    I will be off of probation for a DUI in November

    Sharon’s Answer

    First, DUI in Texas means Driving Under the Influence and is a Class C misdemeanor and is filed in municipal courts or justice of the peace courts. If you are under 21 years of age, you could have received a DUI. If you are 21 years or older, you wouldn't be eligible for a DUI and it would be an arrest for a DWI. In Texas, a conviction for DWI can't be expunged unless the case was dismissed (with no companion cases or arrests on the same time) or if you are found not guilty. If you are convicted, there is no deferred adjudiction probation so the conviction permanently remains on your criminal history and cannot be removed by a non-disclosure or expunction. Hope that helps,
    Sharon Curtis

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  • Is it considered self defense when I hit someone coming into my car?

    My boyfriend and I got in an argument so I got in my car to leave, as I was driving off he reached in and took my keys and I hit him to get out (nothing serious, a little slap) he was taking my keys!!! Is this considered self defense? Now I have t...

    Sharon’s Answer

    Whether it is or isn't, you need a criminal defense attorney now to represent you. Unfortunately the police did not make an effort to talk to you before filing charges, so as you found out, they are really not that interested in hearing your side. That is why it is so important for you to have an excellent attorney representing you. Assault family violence, if that is the charge, is a very serious criminal case in Texas and a conviction could strip you of many rights and be a permanent scar on your records. Even if you believe you were completely justified in doing what you did, you need a great attorney who will make sure all of that is brought out. Innocent people need great lawyers---the system doesn't work unless the person accused side is well represented. I hope that helps,
    Sharon Curtis

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  • Dwi

    I.have dwi.in.dallas tx.they offer me.probation for 18 months. Or ankle house arrest for 30 days.or jail 30 days.i want to no.what is the best.for me

    Sharon’s Answer

    You need to hire an attorney who specializes in DWI. You will never get a good result, especially on a DWI case, without a knowledgeable DWI attorney. There are so many issues involved with DWI including possible driver's license suspension, deep lung device on any vehicle you drive, a third DWI arrest (if you have two prior convictions) would be filed as a felony, probation meaning restrictions regarding where you could, randum alcohol testing, fees, fines, thousands of dollars owed in surcharges, possible immigration consequences if that applies and the list goes on. Prosecutors can't give legal advice and are not on your side. HIre a great attorney to help you now. Hope that helps, Sharon Curtis

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  • Is it a good thing for your court-appointed attorney or the court, to keep rescheduling a hearing on your criminal case?

    For some reason when i have a hearing date for my case, they keep rescheduling? It has already been 3 times!! Should i start worrying about this?? I don't have the money to pay for a good attorney, or else i would. :( But i just don't understand w...

    Sharon’s Answer

    First, I would set up an appointment with your current attorney to make sure you are on the same page. Maybe your attorney is a good one but you all aren't communicating well. Cases get passed all the time for lots of reasons---to give your attorney more time to get discovery, videos in the case, conflicts in scheduling, etc... Three times is nothing!!!!! Rushing a case to a disposition or trial is usually absolutely not the best thing for a person charged with a crime. Many times the case gets better for the person charged, the longer the case is drawn out. Sometimes attorneys who really don't care about getting the best results for their clients on a case, dispose of the case quickly without doing all of the due diligence that needs to be done on a case. Don't go in believing that your attorney "isn't a good one" because they may be but you having that attitude could hurt the relationship, right? Be a good teammate for your attorney and sit down and meet with them and talk to them. Hope that helps, Sharon Curtis

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  • Criminal defense.What does conditional dismissal mean?

    Am I pleading guilty? My lawyer says no. My lawyer said I don't go before judge . I have some counseling. Then I am done and it is not on my record?

    Sharon’s Answer

    First, I would write down all your questions and sit down and talk to your attorney to make sure you understand everything. A conditional dismissal of your case can potentially mean many different things. If you first do the conditional requirements, is your case permanently dismissed (with prejudice meaning it can never be refiled)? Or could it be refiled if you get into more trouble within a certain amount of time. If the case is really dismissed (and it can't be refiled) if you were arrested initially, the record of your arrest and the case being charged and filed is still on your record until steps are taken (a civil suit called an expunction) is filed and a District Judge orders the records be expunged or destroyed. Nothing just magically drops off of your records. If the case is dismissed, oftentimes you have to wait until the statute of limitations has expired to file for the expunction. Ask your attorney for all the information. Hope that helps,
    Sharon Curtis

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  • Can the D.A. Force me to pread charges against my husband or threaten to take my kids away?

    My husband and I had an argument and hthe pushed me so I called the cops. He got arrested and is now facing domestic violence charges. So a few days ago the D.A. Called me and asked what I wanted to happen with his case? I told her I didn't care w...

    Sharon’s Answer

    First, you need an attorney so you won't be dealing directly with CPS. Like most things in like, their are some fantastic CPS investigator/workers and there are some overreaching/no life experience/dictators. It sounds like you are dealing with the overreaching type. If the DA asked you what you wanted done, you get to have an opinion. He is the father of these kids, and will most likely be in their lives forever. He doesn't have the right to be abusive to anyone, and if he does, he risks the ability to be around them and could spend lots of time in jail. You don't have to talk to the DA. You do have to always tell the truth iespecially f you are under oath (usually a good idea regardless especially if you are the victim in the case). The restraining order is probaby an emergency protective order and may only be effective for 60 days. You need to do what is best for you and your children to keep them safe. Maybe your husband needs intensive alcohol or drug treatment, maybe he needs an intensive Battering Intervention program counseling, many, many things that could help him not repeat this behavior. You don't have to speak to the DA or CPS but you need an attorney's guidance on the best way to proceed. The DA and CPS probably have your best interest in mind (or your kids) or think they do but are scared for you that it will happen again. Seek good legal advice so that this stressful time won't be made worse.
    Hope that helps,
    Sharon Curtis

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  • Do i need an attorney

    my brothers been in county jail for 6 months because his girl friend came to his house fighting him and in self defense it went to far and she died. The court appointed attorney is not helping and need to know what i can do. I dont have alot of ...

    Sharon’s Answer

    I would call the attorney representing your brother and request an appointment to see what you can do to assist him/her on the case. Find out what you can do to help, provide information, round up good witnesses on your brother's behalf or have factual knowledge of his former's girlfriend history of violence, drugs, alcohol abuse etc....if any. Get a feel for how the attorney believes the case should proceed, etc... He/she can't give you attorney/client privilege information so the discussion will be in generalities. Give the attorney a life history of your brother and his life growing up so the attorney will know your brother better and ask your brother to do one for the attorney, too, and a history of his relationship with the former girlfriend. If you still have concerns, interview other attorneys then. Don't alienate your brother's attorney. Whoever represents him, you have to work as a team for the best result.

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  • If someone has a michigan license. And was in texas and got stop for a dui. Can texas take the michigan license. Away

    Can texas take it away and not give it back

    Sharon’s Answer

    Texas won't take your Michigan driver's license, they have no authority to do so; however, depending upon what happens in the case, they could notify Michigan of the proceedings (driver's license suspension or privilege to drive in Texas suspension or DWI conviction, if that occurs in Texas) to Michigan and Michigan could possibly take action to suspend your Michigan driver's license. Best advice, hire a Texas attorney asap to handle your Texas DWI and ALR (driver's license suspension case) and a Michigan attorney to advise you regarding the affect it could have for you there. Hope that helps, Sharon Curtis

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  • What will be the most likely outcome of going to court for school truancy?

    My daughter went over the amount of absences she could have and now we have been summoned to appear in court. Some of her absences are doctor visits and others are because she was sick and stayed home. The only thing is that we were bad at providi...

    Sharon’s Answer

    First, you need an attorney. Whether you are going in front of Judge Payton or someone else, when you speak on your behalf directly with a Judge, you have no idea what the "hot" spots are for the Judge and what you are going to say that will help your case or hurt it. You need to make sure now that you have all of the evidence of doctor visits, medication, etc... The main issue is if your daughter misses a certain number of days, she can't pass the grade she is in. So they are not pursuing a truancy to be mean but to help your daughter progress in school. Bottomline, get an attorney. Second, going to school is like going to work each day. Unless you are really, really to ill to go, it's not optional. Sometime teenagers think it is and if they don't feel like going, they don't want to. She's go to go unless a doctor says she doesn't and if she doesn't, it has to be documented for the school (so they won't get in trouble either.) Hope that helps,
    Sharon Curtis

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