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Paul Dennis Key

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  • Can I expunge my pre-trial diversion record and arrest? I see my record online w/mugshot and my case dismissed.

    Around April 2009 I was charged with a DWI w/open container in Hidalgo County in Texas. I was able to get under a pre-trial diversion program and was told to complete an alcohol/drug class, community service and probation. I completed all of my re...

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    Expunctions do work, but you have to actually get your case expunged. Based on the information you provided, you should be able to get it expunged. Note, however, that expunction orders don't really apply directly to mugshots.com-type websites. Most of them, if not all of them, will remove your arrest information if you provide them with the expunction order. What I do for my clients is get a certified copy of the order and provide them with the paper copy and a PDF copy. I then instruct them to Google themselves and send that order to any website that is still showing the information out there. This generally seems to work. Good luck.

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  • Do I need a criminal defense attorney?

    I was with a "friend" when I was accused of stealing from dillards. I did not resist arrest because I know for a fact I did nothing wrong, they did not read me my miranda rights at all, but they had time to insult me and criticise me while arresti...

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    You could sue them, but your chances of winning will depend on why they thought you stole. You're beating the criminal charge would have a big effect on your chances in a civil suit. You definitely need a lawyer in the criminal case.

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  • If i am 17 almost 18 and i get my 16 year old girlfriend pregnant can i go to jail/

    we have dated for about 8 months her dad forced her to break up with me because I am going to the military

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    In Texas, it is unlawful to have sexual contact with anyone under the age of 17. However, there's an affirmative defense to any sexually related offense if the sexual contact is consensual and both people are over the age of 14 and within three years of each others' ages. Sounds like you're in good shape. Be weary of angry fathers of 16 year-old pregnant girls. They're generally not your friend, either, when you're the one that got her pregnant.

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  • Will I my sister and I have to appear in court?

    Two days ago my sister and I got caught for shoplifting $150 of merchandise from Walmart.it was our first time, and I feel so stupid for doing that and hate myself. I am 16 and she is 14. We went back with security and the cops were called, but th...

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    You may have to go to juvenile court. Often, however, the juvenile probation department will offer you deferred prosecution or DPRO. Under most circumstances it's a great deal, as you can get the record sealed.

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  • Criminal trespass on my record. do need to expunge or do nondisclosure?

    expunged. it was six years ago. in 2010

    Paul’s Answer

    It depends on how the case was resolved. If you were found not guilty, the charge was dismissed or refused, or you got pre-trial diversion, or if it was reduced to a class c misdemeanor and you got deferred, then you could get it expunged. If you got deferred for a class b misdemeanor or higher, then you could get a nondisclosure. If you got straight probation or a straight conviction, then you can't do anything to get it off your record, unless you were pardoned by the governor.

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  • I have a warrant for my arrest for pbv forgery. How do I keep from going to jail and still resolve this matter?

    On deferred adjudicated probation

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    What I do for my clients that are in your situation is I contact the DA and see if I can get something worked out to continue the client on probation. If I can, then I have the client go straight to court with me, we enter a plea to the revo, the client gets continued, and all is good. If the DA is not willing to give you what you want, then you're likely going to have to turn yourself in, bond out (if bail set) and deal with it like any other.

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  • Am I allowed to get another lawyer if original one is unresponsive and inadequate?

    The original lawyer that I hired for my misdemeanor duty on striking a highway structure got me deferred adjudication for 15 months. I had paid him a flat fee for all of his services. A couple months after I started probation, I was told by my PO ...

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    Yes, you can hire any lawyer you want. Negotiate a deal for the early release and a petition for nondisclosure. You want to get that record sealed. That's the point of getting deferred in the first place!

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  • My probation officer just called me and told me too come c him my appointment isn't for another 2 weeks

    Myprobation officer called me and asked me if I wanted to jump on an opportunity to go to an interview for college students from Texas Tech and I will get community service hours for that should I be worried?

    Paul’s Answer

    If he told you to come see him, it will likely be a probation violation not to. You were likely ordered to report "as directed" by your PO. Should you be worried? Maybe, say, if you taken a drug test lately or have picked up a new offense, or if you have some other violations out there. Good luck.

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  • Can a another judge besides your original judge extend your probation?

    Possession of a control substance

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    Only the court that put you on probation can alter the terms, unless jurisdiction of the case is transferred to another court with the receiving court's permission. Notice the use of the word "court" and not "judge." If, for example, the original judge is defeated, then the next judge can do the modification because it's still the same court. If the original judge leaves office and the court is vacant, then the presiding judge of the judicial administrative district may deny any motion to modify or appoint a new judge to hold a hearing.

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  • Minor accented paid ticket started yearly fines insurance company clams if i don't pay soon I lose my license no insurance atm.

    I live in texas, i was unaware my roommates did not have car insurance, I've paid ticket off started the yearly fines and now I've been told that the other drive has made a claim against me, and if i don't start paint soon they will get the state ...

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    Yes, you can have your license suspended in Texas for failing to pay a judgment against you for damages caused in an auto accident. If you're liable for the damages, then you ought to consider making arrangements to pay for the damage caused, as (1) it's the right thing to do and (2) if you end up with a suspended license, you'll have even more financial hardship. License suspensions cause many people to go into a downward financial spiral and pretty quickly. You're license is suspended, but, because you live in Texas, you drive anyway, because you have to get to work, etc. You get caught driving with a suspended license, so you pick up a criminal charge, extra suspension and surcharge, which you can't afford, and it goes on an on.

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