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Lisa Mary Haines

Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. What happens if your on probation for a DWI and you drive with a suspended license?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Ian Michael Kuecker
    2. Lisa Mary Haines
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    Driving with a suspended license is a misdemeanor offense. If he gets arrested for driving with license suspended (DWLS), he risks revocation of his felony probation. However, he may have been granted an occupational driver license, depending on how long he has been on probation. The occupational driver license allows the driver to drive for work and household activities (taking the children to school, medical appointments, groceries, etc.).

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

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Lisa Mary Haines
    2. Bruce Ward Bain
    2 lawyer answers

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

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Lisa Mary Haines
    2. Lisa M. Vanauken
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3 lawyer answers

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

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Lisa Mary Haines
    2. James Richard Butler
    3. Steve Daniel Santiago
    3 lawyer answers

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

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Lisa Mary Haines
    2. M Elizabeth Gunn
    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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  6. I AM ON DWI PROBATION FOR THE NEXT 21 MONTHS. BUT IT HAS NOT BEEN GOING WELL AT ALL. I NEED HELP!

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Melinda Joan Lehmann
    2. Lisa Mary Haines
    3. Raymond Ellis Daniel
    4. Aaron Price
    5. Jennifer J Wirsching
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes, and the judge may allow you to just report nightly to sleep at the jail if you are working, rather than spend 24 hours there. As you probably learned, whether you are put on probation or given a jail sentence for a DWI, you are convicted. So serving time in jail won't change your judgment. But you will still need to take the Texas Drug Offender Course and pay TXDPS surcharges for three years, whether you are on probation or you do jail time. This is not a complicated situation for a...

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

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Lisa Mary Haines
    2. Larry Lex Johnston
    3. Macy Michelle Jaggers
    3 lawyer answers

    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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  8. 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.

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Roberto Ambrosino Jr.
    2. Lisa Mary Haines
    3. Efrain Sain
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    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...

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

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Anne Elise Kennedy
    2. Lisa Mary Haines
    2 lawyer answers

    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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  10. If I just pled guilty to DWI misdemeanor does that mean I was convicted?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Scot R. Courtney
    2. Lisa Mary Haines
    3. Jeffrey Alan Hines
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes. A DWI charge always results in a conviction if the defendant is found guilty in trial or pleads guilty. There is no deferred adjudication for a DWI in our Texas and most other states. The legislators in Austin passed this law. Someone could plead guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child or aggravated robbery, for instance, and be given deferred adjudication probation. This means a person can plead guilty to a 1st degree felony and not be convicted. But a defendant cannot get...

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