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  • Do I need a Criminal lawyer for shoplifting class b misdemeanor?

    My record is clean, never been to jail, never had a ticket, never being convicted for a felony or misdemeanor

    Grant’s Answer

    There are 15 county criminal courts at law in Harris County (Houston), Texas. Every judge in the Harris County Criminal Courthouse will encourage you to get a lawyer. While a clean record certainly works in your favor, this is not something that you should try and handle yourself. If you cannot afford a lawyer, the court will appoint one for you - free of charge.

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  • Can a felony charge be dismissed?

    my cousin and his friends were in a car, they got pulled over for speeding and the cop found cocaine in the car. The car belongs to his friend and his friend was driving. Can my cousin go to jail even for just being a passenger?

    Grant’s Answer

    In order to convict your cousin of drug possession, the prosecutor must prove an "affirmative link" between your cousin and the cocain to the degree that "a reasonable inference may arise that the accused knew that the drugs existed and where they were kept." The question of whether the evidence is sufficient to affirmatively link your cousin to the cocaine, in order to establish unlawful possession of cocaine, depends on a number of things, including: where, in the vehicle, was your cousin sitting?, where were the drugs found?, did your cousin do anything "suspicious" (such as moving his arms in an apparent attempt to hide something) within view of the officer?, did your cousin admit to being in possession of the cocaine? Considering that your cousin wasn't driving the vehicle and didn't own the vehicle, the case may be difficult for the prosecutor to prove.

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  • Criminal law

    I am filling out an application for professional registration for Interior Design and one of the questions is if you have ever been convicted of a crime (other than minor traffic violation). I had a class C misdemeanor case theft by check 20-$500...

    Grant’s Answer

    Assuming you successfully completed your deferred adjudication, the answer is "no," you have not been convicted. FYI - you might wish to check with a criminal lawyer to see whether you are eligible to have your records expunged or sealed. Best of luck.

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  • DUI/DWI license to drive to/from work

    I am 53 and while working on a contract in Colorado I was stopped for "weaving within my lane" -long story Anyway I refused the B.A. test and asked for a lawyer-did NOT get on- Pleaded out on a DWAI {?} charge. Due to my refusal of the B.A. I los...

    Grant’s Answer

    To verify your drivers license status in Texas, call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 512/424-2600. They are open during normal business hours. Ask to check the "status" of your license. Ask DPS if you are eligible to apply for a restricted (a.k.a. "occupational") drivers license. Based on what you have written, I am not optimistic about your chances, but call DPS to make sure. Good luck.

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  • TX dui/dwi law, attorney misconduct for failure to represent client

    10 years ago i got a dwli in san antonio tx i hired (attorney name omitted) to represent me we went to court a few times and he told me he would take care of it i didnt have to go no more last week i got arrested for a warrat stemming from that ca...

    Grant’s Answer

    To follow up on a previous suggestion that you file a grievance against your lawyer, please keep in mind that in most cases there is a four year statute of limitations on filing a grievance:

    http://www.texasbar.com/Template.cfm?Section=Home&CONTENTID=9482&TEMPLATE=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm

    Good luck, I hope things turn out OK.

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  • Ignoring jury duty

    My son did not report for jury duty. He doesnot have a permanent address but his mail comes here. Can I be held responsible for anything.

    Grant’s Answer

    Assuming you have not hidden your son's mail from him, you are not responsible for his failure to show up for jury duty.

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