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  • I want to get divorced without having to hire an attorney , but my situation is hard. NEED ADVISE, I can't stand it longer .

    My wife and I still live together but haven't been in a relationship for about 10 years or more. I'm the main head house hold, I pay for everything. She has a job , I've been paying her for child support for a couple of years even though it has...

    J’s Answer

    Not only do you need a lawyer, but you could use some outside support such as Al-Anon. Al-Anon is free and there are meetings throughout the greater Houston area at all times of day. http://www.houstonalanon.org/
    My firm practices primarily criminal defense, but I have a young associate who practices family law.
    **Life is too short to live unhappily and you and those children deserve better than how you are living today.**

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  • What does, "GRAND JURY ACTION ROTATION CRT 184 OFF FREQ BND" mean in Texas court?

    A person has 3 active felonies in 2 counties. What does this mean?

    J’s Answer

    That language is specific to Harris County. You should consult a local attorney to assist you.
    Best of Luck!
    -JL Carpenter-Rambin
    www.jlcarpenterlaw.com

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  • Is it better to be a Pro active attorney or a Re active attorney?

    I'm under investigation of a Felony crime, but haven't heard back from the detective in over 5 months, so i live in constant fear of being arrested. My attorney says not to bother him since no arrest have been made

    J’s Answer

    I charge my clients per hour before a potential charge comes down to be there for the client during this process. While I agree with the other attorneys that you should not bring attention to a matter that may either go away or slip through the cracks, I have my clients call a local bonding company who can put them on a "watch list" so if/when a warrant does come out, the client can do a non-arrest bond rather than unexpectedly get arrested on a traffic stop or at their home. That gives clients a little peace of mind.
    While I know nothing about your particular case, I also suggest to my clients to create a timeline of events while the incident is fresh in the client's mind. I also ask for them to collect anything and everything that shows our side of the story. That way the defense is building and at everyone's fingertips just in case that charge gets filed.
    Wish you the best of luck!
    -JL Carpenter-Rambin
    www.jlcarpenterlaw.com

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  • Can i ask for a pretrial diversion if i go in by myself to court?

    this is my first charge crime when i went to go return some glasses for a friend and gave him the money i didn't keep any.

    J’s Answer

    If you do not have the money to hire a lawyer and the court will not appoint a lawyer to you, you may represent yourself but it's very risky. The best advice is to have a lawyer. If you choose to represent yourself, be careful not to make any admissions of guilt during the negotiation phase. Gather information about your options without admitting guilt because what you say to the prosecutor can be used against you. -JL Carpenter-Rambin www.jlcarpenterlaw.com

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  • I am charged with an A-DWI with a BAC of .156 and it's a first offense. What are my options to avoid jail-time?

    I currently have a court-appointed attorney, but he is very hard to reach. I think I would like to reach a plea bargain of some sort but I don't know what is likely or even possible for me. I was driving on an isolated road, and pulled o...

    J’s Answer

    If you do not have any criminal history, you are eligible for probation with an interlock device on your vehicle. Make sure the breath or blood test is admissible evidence. If it is not, then sounds like the video might get you to a Not Guilty at trial. Good luck!

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  • My son has two felonies but hasn't ever went to prison. Does this make a difference with employers?

    In addition, he has misdemeanors which lead to one of the felony. He has charges of possession of marijuana and other substances. First charge in 2005, last charge in 2010. He's having a hard time finding a decent job.

    J’s Answer

    You may want to consult an attorney regarding your son's criminal record to see whether any of the charges are eligible for expunction or non-disclosure. This will help clean up his record a little. Additionally, your son should seek letters of character reference from upstanding citizens who know him, such as former employers, school teachers, pastors, neighbors or counselors. Knowing that he not only has to set himself apart from his competition, but also overcome his past, your son should be equipped with a full presentation in a report cover for each potential employer. It should contain the his cover letter on the top, his resume and character reference letters...and anything additional that would show the potential employer that your son has made a life change. Above all, he needs to be honest. It's easier to explain past mistakes than to explain why they weren't brought up originally. Best of luck!

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