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Philip David Ray

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  • Expungement for a felony theft case that was dismissed

    I was charged with felony theft from dept. Of Human services in Tx and the case was dismissed. The date of the incident was from May 2007-Sept 2008. How long do I have to wait until I can have it expunged. It was dismissed May 5,2011.

    Philip’s Answer

    If you'd like to read the law on this issue, follow the links below.

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  • What do i do i was charged but its been over a year and i have not been indicted

    my charge was an assult with a deadly weapon and criminal niglect

    Philip’s Answer

    I would seek out a lawyer in Parker County to check on your case. Often times, an attorney will help you assess the case against you as a part of a consultation. If you still have pending charges, that attorney can discuss with you what it would cost to represent you.

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  • Can I have my felony arrest expunged since my case was dismissed in May 2011? The charges were from May 07-Sept 08.

    I want to know if the felony arrest and the dismissal of the case will be seen when a potential employer does a background check? What will show up and what won't ? I need to know how long I have to wait to expunge my record ? Please help !

    Philip’s Answer

    here are two ways to have a record sealed in Texas.

    First, Expunction is the deletion of the file and the destruction of physical copies of the records of the case. This may be available in the scenario described above. (See the link below)

    Second is a request for Non-Disclosure. This is an order by the court in which your case arose that seals the records from public view. Law enforcement still has access to your record, but the public does not. (See the link below)

    I would recommend you contact an attorney in your area to determine if your case is eligible for either method of cleaning up your history.

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  • Can I have a felony forgery charge from 8 1/2 years ago, expunged in texas?

    3 yrs probation was my sentence...no issues since.....currently married to a State of Texas Law Enforcement Sgt

    Philip’s Answer

    There are two ways to have a record sealed in Texas.

    First, Expunction is the deletion of the file and the destruction of physical copies of the records of the case. This is not available in the scenario described above. (See the link below)

    Second is a request for Non-Disclosure. This is an order by the court in which your case arose that seals the records from public view. Law enforcement still has access to your record, but the public does not. (See the link below)

    I would recommend you contact an attorney in your area to determine if your case is eligible for this method of cleaning up your history.

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  • Artificial insemination in Texas?

    Is there a way to you can legally collect an inmate's sperm in order to preserve it for later use, Ex: if your spouse is incarcerated and you would like to have a child by this person? What are an inmate's rights to procreate via artificial insemi...

    Philip’s Answer

    I believe that there is no mechanism by which you can claim semen from an inmate.

    Contact is allowed. Intimate sexual contact is not listed as something that is listed within the rules. I would use the website I'll list below to contact the appropriate department to learn the special circumstances regulations.

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  • Why does my brother still have a bond & a HF TDC state jail? the judge gave him credit for time served on probation violation.

    VERDICT DATE 032911 BY JG DISP REVK TC __ DISM TYP ____ VOL 753 PAGE 1053 SENTENCE DATE 032911 BY JG TO S YEARS ____ MTHS ____ DAYS _180 HOURS ____ SENTENCE TO BEGIN ______ SENTENCE VOL ___ PAGE ____ DISCHARGE N TYPE _ NUM __ PROB...

    Philip’s Answer

    The blank for Hours, follows the word Hours.

    The Dallas system is really not very intuitive to read.

    Your Brother got a 180 day sentence to the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Corrections.

    The Judge likely gave him credit towards that sentence, usually phrased, "Credit for all time served", which means if he spent 68 days in jail before the sentencing, he'll serve 112 days from the time he was sentenced.

    There is no good time or 'trusty' time for State Jail. It's day for day.

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  • How do I write to a judge asking for a strict punishment?

    I'm writing a letter to a judge to recommend he give my former friend the max probation/mandatory drug-counseling/testing for a first time drug-possession charge. (<2oz. marijuana). This person has been struggling for over a year with substance ab...

    Philip’s Answer

    I see you are in Denton. The proper way to have your opinion noticed would be to contact the prosecutor working the case involved. The Judge doesn't consider any evidence before the hearing that addresses punishment. Whether that's as part of a plea or as part of a jury trial, the Judge remains impartial until witnesses are presented in open court.

    The Prosecutor is the person that presents witnesses to assist the Judge in determining what are the fair consequences for a particular case. The Defense Attorney presents witnesses for the same purpose, but often are designed to express mitigating factors.

    The Denton County District Attorney's office phone number is: (940)349-2600. Their website is below. Ask for the prosecutor or investigator assigned to the defendant's case. Describe yourself as a potential witness who wishes to have the State hear what you have to say.

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  • Can you expunge a 20 year old misd. theft charge in Dallas that was dismissed with the dismissal code of UNAP, or unapprehended?

    The records show there was a bond forfeiture. Basically it was a failure to appear. There was no history of crime following the original arrest.

    Philip’s Answer

    It is possible. It is also possible that you can request 'non-disclosure' which will seal the record from anyone that is not law enforcement. Click my link below to see the Department of Public Safety's website on Expunction and Non-Disclosure.

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  • How much will a ticket cost for theft by a minor?

    theft under $50.00

    Philip’s Answer

    If you are under the age of 17, the juvenile laws apply. If you are 17 years old or older when you commit the offense, the adult law apply.

    Cost is a difficult thing to quantify.

    1) If you didn't return the property, the State will likely ask you for restitution in the amount of the property taken.
    2) If you are in the adult system, you may be fined up to $500 for the offense as punishment.
    3) If you accept some sort of probation on the fine, they can charge you a fee that can be significant as well.

    If you are under the age of 17, then the rules change even more and how much it will cost varies as well.

    Most importantly, don't plead guilty to a theft charge without at least speaking with an attorney in person regarding the facts of your case.

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  • I got a ticket for theft 0 to $50, what should I do?

    I switched the same pair of shoes I was wearing that were defective for a new pair in the store and they said I stole them. This is the first offense I have for theft and am not sure what to do. Do I plead gulity? What will happen??

    Philip’s Answer

    I would advise against pleading guilty without at least speaking in person to an attorney in your area about the specific facts of your case.

    Here's Why:

    A theft conviction, no matter how small, on your record can be used to question your truthfulness.

    If you work with an attorney, you may be able to negotiate a resolution for your case that doesn't permanently affect your record.

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