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Richard Timothy Jones

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  • I wanted to learn the dating laws in texas. i am 20 years old and she is 16. we are not looking for sex right now.

    ill be 21 on november and she will be 17 on january. i met her at work and want a good relationship without getting in ANY TROUBLE. as i am in a criminal justice major. we are not planning on having any sexual intercourse or any of that at the mom...

    Richard’s Answer

    You're more than 3 years older than she is. She's under 17. You could be in a bad spot. If you're dating, even if you're not engaging in sex (and there's a pretty broad definition of sex), someone could easily accuse you.

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  • CAN I APPLY FOR MY CHL IF I WAS CHARGED 4YRS AGO WITH A CLASS C?

    So, 4 years and 9 months ago I was charged with a class B misdemeanor (for theft <500) I went to jail and got out the next day I hired a lawyer and plead "Nolo Contendere" the charge was reduced to a class C misdemeanor and i was on something call...

    Richard’s Answer

    I would need to see the exact question but because you completed deferred disposition, you haven't been convicted of anything. 2 years after you complete the deferred disposition, you are eligible for an expunction.

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  • Galveston Texas evading arrest what fine and is it a misdemeanor

    Was a party on beach and ran from the officer caught and went to jail got bond

    Richard’s Answer

    Class "a" misdemeanor if it's a first time evading. Punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4000 fine. If you've previously been convicted of evading on foot then the offense is a state jail felony. State jail felony punishment range is 6 months to 2 years in the state jail and up to $10,000 fine.

    If it's a second offense and you've been convicted of two prior state felonies, then it could be a third degree felony with a punishment range of two years to ten years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

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  • What is the first thing I need to do? A Detective is looking for me for check fraud.

    A couple of years ago I commited check fraud and has now finally caught up with me

    Richard’s Answer

    Never admit to anything without a lawyer. Get a lawyer and bondsman now.

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  • I was in a domestic violence situation and my ex is now is telling me to remove charges because then he won't get his cpa licens

    Is it try true that if he has that on his background they will not let him get the cap?

    Richard’s Answer

    You can't remove charges. You can tell the prosecutor you don't wish to pursue charges but it's up to them. Certain convictions may bar someone from being licensed in certain professions. You could check with the CPA licensing board for their standards.

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  • I just fount out I had a warrant and I have court tomorrow for something diffrent. How long could I be in jail?

    A misdemeanor b theft case.

    Richard’s Answer

    Up yo 180 days in jail and a fine up to $2000. The punishment for a first offense is often much less.

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  • Can an alleged victim ask to not press charges then change their mind?

    My ex sent a letter to the DA explaining why she didn't want to press charges. Can you reverse course?

    Richard’s Answer

    Yes. However, the more an alleged victim changes their mind, the better off you are. The alleged victim's credibility is almost always an issue in a family violence case. Changed stories affect credibility.

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  • A friend was charged with 2 counts of armed robbery, but he only exited the vehicle and said nothing to the victim

    he got out of the car on one of the robberies and his codefendents did all the talking and they had the wepon? he has a clean slate and is 14. what might the punishment be?

    Richard’s Answer

    Under the law of parties, if you're with them, you're redpinsible. Get an experienced Juvi lawyer. Being only 14 will help.

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  • Should I hire a lawyer from the county I was arrested in for a level 2 felony and class A misdemeanor drug possession charges?

    I have been recommended to lawyers that are in Houston, and I was arrested in Austin, Texas. Is there any advantage to having a lawyer that is more familiar with the county even though the felony is a federal offense and not a state jail felony? W...

    Richard’s Answer

    If your case in state district court, you would likely be better off with local counsel. A familiarity with the prosecutors' likes and dislikes can be to your advantage. If your case in federal court, procedure is much the same across the state. I have been practicing for 22 years in both, and have seen little variation in federal court but a great deal in state court.

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  • I had I got arrested it was an felony.I bonded out and 3 weeks latwe my bondsman called me and told me it was dismissed.

    no court no, first appearance.... if I have an New felony will this hurt me ?was I convicted?

    Richard’s Answer

    If it was dismissed then no conviction. It will show up as charged for 3 to 5 years.

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