Your story is so familiar because it happens so often. The girlfriend gets mad, falsely accuses the boyfriend, he gets arrested, and later--after she cools off and realizes the seriousness of what she did--she admits it was all her fault. Unfortunately, FCLD (Family Criminal Law Division) of the Harris County DA's office believes the initial allegations and often intimidates the alleged "victim" not to change her story, telling her that she could be charged with the misdemeanor offense of...
A juvenile court may not be willing to allow him to get his juvenile records sealed (expunged) as he has subsequently received a federal drug conviction, however the juvenile case is not public. A juvenile court can only order registration for up to 10 years beyond leaving the juvenile system, i.e. age 28, so he should not have to register any more. An employer should not be able to access his juvenile history, but his federal drug conviction may prevent him from getting a good job.
You can call a bondsman to post a bond. The court may have set his case to no bond, so that the judge can admonish him in court regarding the bond conditions or to approve a Protective Order prior to his being released.
This is a very serious felony offense. You definitely need to talk to a local lawyer such as myself who regularly represents clients charged with domestic violence. The FCLD (Family Criminal Law Division) of the Harris County DA's Office handles these cases and they do not...
I suppose with her parents' permission you can date her, so long as you do not do anything with her of a sexual nature, such as touching her breasts and/or genital area, having her do the same to you, having her show you her privates and vice versa. In other words, for a hot blooded young 17 year old guy, it would be a boring dating relationship and a really bad idea. That is why underage girls are referred to as "jail bait".
Unless they send you a complain and a summons to appear in small claims court (highly unlikely), then you do not have to send in any money. Companies make a big profit when people send in the money especially as their actual damages are much less than what they are demanding. As to the theft charge, you should request a 90 day deferred adjudication probation in court so as to avoid a theft conviction on your record.
You should definitely have your attorney talk to the prosecutor and the CLO about some other arrangements so that you can successfully complete your pretrial diversion. If that does not work, then you need to take a full day or two off work so that you can do the 18 years. If you complete the pretrial, then at some point you can get your record expunged, so that it is a BIG deal.
You should hire a good local defense attorney to represent you. Just because you were in a friend's apartment where alcohol is present does not automatically make you in possession of it. The State still has to prove actual care, custody and control.
His only hope for a shorter sentence is to request a "shock" probation within the first 180 days of his 2 year prison sentence. If granted, he would be released back out on regular probation. As to where he serves his sentence, that is up to TDC. It is possible, but you cannot rely on it, that he gets paroled out of the county jail. That does happen but infrequently. If this is his first TDC trip (and hopefully last), he most likely will make parole within 6 to 9 months, but it is all up to the...
The SOL on a misdemeanor is 2 years, so if an information was not been presented for the failure to ID to a police officer within the first 2 years from the date of the offense, then it cannot be presented now.