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Mark Ryan Thiessen

Houston DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. First time speeding-should i fight it?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jason Robert Rew-Hunter
    2. Thomas Harlan Swain
    3. Mark Ryan Thiessen
    3 lawyer answers

    Absolutely you should fight it! Set it for jury trial. If the officer doesn't show they will most likely dismiss it. If he does show, most county attorneys will still offer you a deferred adjudication on the day of trial. Take the deferred if he shows up. If you get a "no conviction" deferred then that means you just can't get a conviction during that period of deferred. So... if you got a ticket during that deferred period, just set that next case for trial and get out past your...

  2. Where does defendant sit at the defense table and is it possible for the defendant to swap seating wih counsel

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Sambar Kumar Mukerji
    2. Mark Ryan Thiessen
    3. Robert Henry Featherston
    3 lawyer answers

    Depends on the county and the court. Each party typically wants to sit closer to the jury. In Montgomery County, the DA and defense attorney have an understanding that on trial day, who ever gets to the table first, is allowed to sit there. The doors open at 7am to both parties. However, in Houston, the DAs ALWAYS have their desk and computers permanently plugged in at the table closest to the jury. Most Courts won't entertain the arguments of who sits where. There is no law that says...

  3. My friend is on probation for a first dwi in texas, last week he broke his probation, what will happen next?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Mark Ryan Thiessen
    2. John Lawrence Buckley
    2 lawyer answers

    First, the maximum punishment your friend could face is 6 months in jail. Typically, courts will not assess the maximum punishment. The Court will most likely extend the length of his probation and may want a couple days of jail as a condition. It is very rare that your friend will have his probation revoked and serve the maximum sentence. Second, did your friend admit to consuming these drinks to the probation officer? The probation officer IS NOT your friend. Let the probation officer...

  4. Should I plead not guilty for an open container violation while on Conditional Discharge?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Eric Edward Rothstein
    2. Richard C. Southard
    3. Mark Ryan Thiessen
    3 lawyer answers

    Absolutely plead Not Guilty. You are on Federal Conditional Discharge, right? you can't have any violations of the law. Some discharges allow you to consume alcohol and some don't, so really depends on yuour packet. But I would never plead guilty to anything.

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