Christopher J. Downey’s Answers

Christopher J. Downey

Houston Violent Crime Lawyer.

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  1. My husband got a 2nd dui. Can he be sent to jail if he is the sole provider?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher J. Downey
    2. Gene Raymond Beaty
    3. Jacob Robert Jenkins
    4. James C Forslund
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes, he can. If the case is "enhanced" with the prior offense, his potential term of confinement is up to 1 year in the county jail. He should also be aware that he can lose his driver's license for up to two years and that he is not eligible to receive a driver's license or occupational driver's license for the first year of the suspension.

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  2. How likely is it for a man with these charges, MAN DEL CS PG 3/4 <28G ,INSUFFICIENT BOND - POSS MARIJ <2OZ ,AGG ROBBERY to get

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Priscilla Tommye Bush
    2. Brook A. Busbee
    3. Christopher J. Downey
    4. Jorge Luis Rodriguez
    4 lawyer answers

    The result will be a function of the facts of the case and the quality of the lawyering.

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  3. Arrested for DWI and they said I refused to give a blood test.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. James Morris Balagia
    2. Cynthia Russell Henley
    3. Christopher J. Downey
    3 lawyer answers

    Your situtation raises a host of issues. As regards the allegation of DWI, it is critical you seek the representation of a criminal attorney who can guide you through the myriad of legal venues you will need to travel to protect your driver's license and to defend yourself against the allegation of DWI. You have only 15 days from the date of arrest to challenge the State's intention to suspend your driver's license. Additionally, Texas law allows for increased sanctions and penalties depending...

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  4. In Texas, can a misdemeanor B be expunged?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher J. Downey
    1 lawyer answer

    The short answer is "no" a marijuana charge that resulted in a probation cannot be expunged. However, if the "probation" was, in fact a "deferred adjudication," then it may be possible to seek an Order of Non-Disclosure, which, if granted, has the effect of removing the charge from public view. Cwertain agencies can still find the record, but for most purposes, not the general public.

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  5. In jail on a federal drug charge and is not a us citizen he was caught after crossing mexico boarder what can happen to him

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Aaron B. Goldstein
    2. Stephen F Wallace
    3. William M Butler Jr
    4. Christopher J. Downey
    4 lawyer answers

    Because this question lacks specific detail, my answer must be general. The range of punishment for such offenses is vast and is largely a function of the type and amount of the drugs involved, the context of the underlying case, and the actions of any co-conspirators with whom the person was acting. In the event the criminal matter resolves, the person will, after resolution, be transported by the United States Marshalls to ICE for deportation proceedings.

  6. What do I do if my lawyer is not calling me back after paying him 2,500.00

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Kevin Mark Jones
    2. Robert Werner von Dohlen
    3. Lu Ann Trevino
    4. Christopher J. Downey
    4 lawyer answers

    1. Send written request for a meeting via facsimile, email and mail. Keep records. 2. If no response in a reasonable time, call office and request a meeting. 3. If no response, demand an accounting of time, a refund of any unearned fees, and find another lawyer. There may well be a reasonable explanation for your lawyer's delayed response to your inquiry. No need for this to turn into a matter of lost faith until it become apparent that there is no reasonable explanation.

  7. MY GIRLFRIEND IS ON FELONY PROBATION.WOULD SHE BE ALLOWED OUT OF THE COUNTRY FOR MAYBE 4 DAYS?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James Richard Butler
    2. Christopher J. Downey
    3. Mitchell Scott Sexner
    3 lawyer answers

    Generally speaking, courts in Harris County will review all travel requests to travel out of the Country but will typically grant them if the person is in compliance. The person should anticipate that he/she may be required to take a drug test including a hair follicle test upon return.

  8. Why does a DUI disqualify you if you have lived here 22 years, graduated high school, went to college?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel Warren Thomann
    2. James Richard Butler
    3. Christopher J. Downey
    3 lawyer answers

    You should absolutely have an attorney look at the paperwork associated with your prior conviction to determine whether the "judgment and sentence" contains the requisite wording to uphold the conviction.

  9. I have 2 misdemeanors B in Texas one for failure to identify and the other for theft by check both from 2001 need cleared

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher J. Downey
    2. Joseph A Lo Piccolo
    2 lawyer answers

    The key to resolving your problem is knowing what the result was. Generally, speaking, if the cases resulted in dismissals or acquittals, they can be "expunged." If they resulted in deferred adjudications that were successfully completed, they may be eligible for "Orders of Nondisclosure." If they resulted on probations or other forms of final conviction, they will remain on your record unless they are somehow overturned or pardoned.

  10. If someone is charged with a crime (white collar) in a different county, and they aren't considered a flight risk, what happens?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Troy Austin Pickard
    2. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    3. Peter J Tomao
    4. Christopher J. Downey
    4 lawyer answers

    As you might imagine, this answer will change depending upon the jurisdiction handling the case. Your best bet is to contact an attorney routinely practicing in Shasta County and asking them whether that jurisdiction will allow a negotiated turn in, or a manner to post bail without being arrested in the traditional sense. This will have the effect of lifting the arrest warrant. Most jurisidictions I've dealt with simply will not negotiate the details of a case unless and until the target has...