Lisa Mary Haines’s Answers

Lisa Mary Haines

Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon--is probation an option?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Lisa Mary Haines
    2. M Elizabeth Foley
    3. Russell David Hunt Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    If he received pen time or a straight probation in his prior felony possession of a controlled substance case, he is no longer eligible for probation. If he is convicted in a trial in this new AADW, neither the jury nor the judge can consider a probation. However, the prosecutor can offer probation if a plea agreement is reached without a trial. Seek an attorney well versed in criminal law, especially one familiar with the Travis County district courts.

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  2. Is it better to plead guilty or no contest to a class b theft 50-500 charge?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Robert Sterling Guest
    2. Lisa Mary Haines
    3. Raymond Ellis Daniel
    4. Michael Wayne Goolsby
    4 lawyer answers

    Consult with a Tarrant County criminal defense attorney! Some attorneys do not charge for the consultation. A Tarrant County attorney will know the programs, prosecutors and the judge for your Tarrant County Criminal Court. You should learn all of your options so that you can make an educated decision. Perhaps you might even qualify for a deferred prosecution or a reduction. At the first court setting, you will not be forced to resolve your case at that time so take a deep breath.

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  3. How long do they have to indite you from the time you got charged on a drug charge in texas

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Lisa Mary Haines
    2. Carmine John Giardino
    3. Scott Douglas Marquardt
    3 lawyer answers

    Once a person is arrested on a felony, the Grand Jury must vote to indict ["true bill"] or no bill that case. Thus the prosecutor must present the case to the Grand Jury within 180 days from the date of arrest. If the defendant is unable to bond out, the prosecutor must present the case within 90 days of arrest. If this is not done, the prosecutor can simply refile the case and do it all over again. This also means the defendant would have to be re-arrested, etc.

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  4. Indictments

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Eric Erlandson
    2. Lisa Mary Haines
    3. Naval Hemendra Patel
    4. Michael Wayne Goolsby
    4 lawyer answers

    A felony charge is usually resolved many months after the arrest. Here is how the indictment process goes: The Grand Jury will vote "true bill" if the prosecutor can show there was probable cause to arrest a suspect. "True bill" means the case is indicted and proceeds to a felony court for regular settings until the case is resolved by a plea or trial. The police report filed with the District Attorney's Office contained a sworn affidavit from a police officer. A judge reviewed the...

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  5. Is it possible for the police to file a DWI on you without ever arresting you or giving you papers?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Kelly W. Case
    2. John M. Gioffredi
    3. Lisa Mary Haines
    3 lawyer answers

    You should try to obtain a copy of your hospital records. [I am not clear whether the police took you to the hospital at your request or at their demand.] The blood alcohol results should be included in the hospital records, along with a toxicology report of any drugs [marihuana] that may have been in your system. Even if your blood alcohol level is not .08, you still could be at risk for a probation revocation on the marihuana if marihuana shows up in the tox report. It is time to talk with...

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  6. DWI Arrest in Texas – How does probable cause work?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Gene Raymond Beaty
    2. Lisa Mary Haines
    3. George Chadwell Creal Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    Failure to maintain a single lane is a violation of the Texas Transportation Code. Police officers can pull someone over to investigate this offense. They can also investigate if they think a driver may have a medical danger. During the detention, if the officers believe a crime was committed, the driver can be arrested. Once a person is arrested, his/her attorney must file a pretrial Motion to Suppress. A judge then hears the evidence [people testify and/or the traffic stop video is played]...

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  7. What is the penalty range for POSS CS PG 2 >= 4G<400G

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Lisa Mary Haines
    1 lawyer answer

    The title of your quesiton asks for the penalty range for possession of a controlled substance PG2 4- 400 grams so I will answer this first. But you also ask about a state jail offense. There is a huge difference in these two charges. Was your friend arrested with a state jail for his alleged sale of under one gram to a friend, then subsequently charged with the 4-400 grams when he was searched incident to arrest? If so, he is likely looking at prosecution on the higher quantity, not the...

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  8. Question

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Lisa Mary Haines
    2. Macy Michelle Jaggers
    3. David Christopher Hardaway
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes. If there is a warrant showing from a local municipality (city jail) for tickets, the sheriff will hold you as well. It will be up to the city or the other county to come over and pick you up. At least in Tarrant County, most local municipal judges will give a defendant credit towards money owed for tickets (class C misdemeanors) for the time he sat in the county jail. But this is discretionary - not mandatory - for the city judges. In Tarrant County, the release desk will provide you...

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  9. On a 3 years jail sentence how much time do you have to do

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Ryan Joseph Mitchell
    2. Macy Michelle Jaggers
    3. Lisa Mary Haines
    3 lawyer answers

    A 3 year sentence indicates this is a felony charge, therefore time would have to be served in prison (Texas Department of Corrections). Misdemeanor sentences are served in the local county jail. If the charge is a "3g offense" and/or includes the word "aggravated," the defendant must serve at least 50% of the sentence before he/she can be considered for parole. Otherwise a defendant can be considered for parole after 25% of his/her time is served. In Tarrant County, judges give credit for...

  10. Why are Appellate Attorneys so rare? I can't find one in DFW area

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Macy Michelle Jaggers
    2. Evan Edward Pierce-Jones
    3. Richard Kurt Arbuckle
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
    5. Lisa Mary Haines
    5 lawyer answers

    There are some very knowledeable and experienced criminal attorneys in Tarrant County who handle criminal appeals. If you are looking for someone in Fort Worth, please give me a call (817-877-5472) or email me at LisaHainesLaw@att.net. I would be happy to recommend several appellate attorneys who are honorable and highly regarded in our legal community.