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  • What are typical bond conditions for a second degree felony possession charge? Could a lawyer get them modified?

    This is my third felony drug possession charge though first was deferred adjucation probation. This is for poss 4-200g cs. Is bond probation like regular probation?

    Lisa’s Answer

    As Lex noted, the felony judges vary in bond conditions. But with a high charge like you face, it is likely you will have to report to the bond office weekly and do random drug testing. To answer your second question, a lawyer can seek to have conditions modified. Bond conditions will be in place until your case is resolved with a plea, favorable outcome on a motion to suppress, or trial. Bond conditions are not as extensive as probation terms and conditions, at least in Tarrant County.

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  • Is burning a 14 yr old child with clothes iron by his father who was using that as a punishment going to be a felony charge.

    I have asked before but I was wondering if this is a felony charge since he was using this torture as punishment and what the range of punishment is on this type of felony

    Lisa’s Answer

    Any injury to a child under 15 charge is a felony charge. It can be a third degree felony with a range of punishment of 2 to 10 years in prison. It can also be a first degree felony with a range of punishment of 5 to 99 years or life in prison. The District Attorney's Office will decide the degree when they receive the case from the police, then the Grand Jury will determine whether to indict on the 3rd or 1st degree level.
    If he has never been previously convicted of a felony, he is eligible for a probation.

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  • I got minor in the possession of alcohol, will they drug test me in court?

    Not going to lie, im pretty scared for this upcoming court date on nov, 5 and i don't think im clean of marijuana, what will the consequence be if they do test me and test positive?

    Lisa’s Answer

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    MIP is a Class C misdemeanor ticket so it is handled in the city of Arlington municipal court. Drug testing is regularly ordered in the Tarrant County criminal courts (Class A and B Misdemeanors) but no, not in this muni court.
    If you are going to court for the first time (you have not plead yet) you have some option besides pleading guilty and paying a fine, so it would be wise to talk to a criminal attorney who handles tickets in the Arlington muni court.

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  • If my 16 yr old brother stood as a look out for a burglery of the premises can he still be charged for it .?

    He was picked up at school today by a ranger , from what I gather is one of his buddy's broke into a church smh , stole a laptop and tv ... They busted that kid , he said my bro was the look out .. They found the laptop case in my bros room when t...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Under the law of parties in Texas, anyone who assists others can be charged with the same level of crime as the person who physically commits the crime. For example, whether the defendant was the robber in a bank or the getaway driver in a bank robbery, each would be charged with a first degree aggravated robbery (5 - 99 years in prison as the range of punishment). From what you have described here, your brother is facing a felony charge. Additionally, he was found with evidence of the crime in his possession. He needs a criminal defense lawyer who handles felony crimes and knows knows the Bee County juvenile court system well.

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  • My twins will be 12 in Decmthere father who has custduial custdy has been harassing them about getting sexually abused by a live

    In boyfriend of there half sister. There dad still allows him to come around and there scared to death to be there. cps said there wasn't enough evidence but the DA disagreed and took on the case. how do I go about getting custduial custdy of them...

    Lisa’s Answer

    You need to consult with a family law attorney to discuss modifying the child custody order immediately. This is not an issue for a criminal law attorney.

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  • Could we get a sentence reduction for extenuating circumstances after a plea bargain is accepted?

    My husband tried to kill himself ingesting a bunch of stuff and tried to get the cops to shoot him when they told him to open the door. He did not receive any medical care at the time and his counsel never asked for consideration for extenuating c...

    Lisa’s Answer

    First let me say the courts rarely to never change a sentence, particularly if it was the result if a plea agreement. Your request deals with an appellate issue. I recommend you immediately speak with a criminal defense attorney who handles appeals. There is a 30 day window to raise an appellate claim. If there was a plea agreement, your husband likely waived away any and all rights to appeal. The appelate attorney can investigate whether there was an competency issue at the time of the plea.

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  • If I have a mistamener will I still get arrested

    Posetion of marijuana under 2 ounces

    Lisa’s Answer

    Yes. Possession of a usable quantity of marihuana is a crime in our state; it is an arrestable offense. Possession under 2 ounces is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in the local county jail and a fine up to $2,000. If you believe you are going to be arrested, contact bondspeople now so that you can secure bond for a walk-thru booking. Seek legal advise from a local criminal attorney who is familiar with the judge and the prosecutor in the court. If you have a clean record and are under 21, you may qualify for a deferred prosecution like we have in Tarrant County.

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  • How much time will a person do on a 2 year tdc prison term if non violent on a 3rd DWI conviction

    3rd DWI

    Lisa’s Answer

    A defendant would be eligible for parole once she has served at least one-fourth (6 months) of the time on a felony DWI. But when or whether the defendant is paroled depends on how she behaves in prison, the facts of her particular crime, how full the prison is, the members of the parole board, etc. In other words no one can predict an exact date of parole or whether she will even be paroled.

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  • Family has now served their sentence. Who should I contact to find out why he was not released?

    He entered a guilty plea and signed for a 20% reduction of sentence which was last week. Court appointed attorney not responding

    Lisa’s Answer

    If he has a warrant for his arrest in another county outstanding or he has tickets outstanding in a city (municipality) or multiple cities, he may have to sit in jail until he is transferred to the other county or the municipality where warrants are still alive. The jail administrator may provide an explanation. Jail guards are not truly knowledgeable about the legal reason.

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  • My husband is in dallas county for 4 misdemeanor cases he has a 3rd degree felony charge for having sum one scared what

    Can I expect to happen when he goes to court for the misdemeanor cases if the felony case is pending this is his first offense

    Lisa’s Answer

    The felony has a higher punishment so it is likely that the focus will be on resolving that case. His felony attorney could try to get the misdemeanor cases taken off the docket schedule in misdemeanor court until the felony gets resolved. The cases may all get resolved in one plea agreement in the felony court. The misdemeanor cases are just not significant when a felony is pending.

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