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  • In Texas, can you legally be arrested for evading arrest if you were not actually committing a crime or charged with any crime?

    My 17 year old son and a friend were arrested for evading arrest. Another friend and his girlfriend were arguing outside, and my son and the friend were attempting to break up the argument/fight. The police were called to the apartments and when t...

    Lisa’s Answer

    The charge is actually "evading arrest or detention." Thus, to answer your question, the police may attempt to detain someone during an investigatory detention. If police investigate potential criminal activity, it would be wise to stick around.

    Depending on your household income, your 17 year old son may qualify for a court-appointed attorney. You/he can also hire an attorney. If charges have already been file and your son has a case number, talking to the officer will be futile. But your son will find the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office here has a diversion program perfect for his situation. There is an application to complete, which a defense attorney can provide. If your son is accepted, it is possible to have his arrest dismissed. Upon dismissal he could seek to get it erased from all records via an expunction. But the expunction requires a defendant to be proactive in filing for an expunction. Best wishes!

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  • If i get a criminal record as under 17, will it affect my parents job?

    So i got caught shoplifting which i know i should not do, it was under $50.

    Lisa’s Answer

    I cannot see how your juvenile could affect your parents' jobs. You are charged with a class c misdemeanor. You can pay a fine and plead guilty. But that is a bad move - it would leave you with a theft conviction. The better choice is to do community service and/or sign up for on a deferred probation. End result: no conviction. Talk to a criminal defense attorney who handles tickets.

    Whether you do community service or a short deferred prosecution or deferred probation, you should be able to expunge this arrest shortly after your case is resolved. "Deferred" is another word for postpone. If you plead no contest, the judge will defer finding you guilty. (Guilty = a conviction.) If you successfully complete the community service and/or deferred probation, you will not have a theft conviction. Even though this is a small case, avoid a theft conviction at any level. Every job application asks if you have ever been convicted of a crime! But if you complete your deferred probation, you can seek to get the arrest erased forever from your record. This is the expunction.

    I will also suggest that comments from out-of-state attorneys just aren't relevant. Focus on information from Texas and particularly Tarrant County attorneys.

    Best wishes.

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  • How do we get the address for the public defender?

    My Friend needs to know the address for her appointed lawyer but the jail didn't give it to her.

    Lisa’s Answer

    Google Texasbar.com and the lawyer's full name. This is the State Bar of Texas website. You will always be able to locate any licensed Texas lawyer.

    We defense attorneys are members of the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (a/k/a
    TCCDLA). Find the phone, email, office address and website link for any criminal defense attorney in Tarrant. at. www.TCCDLA.com/memberlist.aspx. Select the last name of your lawyer to find his/her listing.
    Note that today is a holiday (Cesar Chavez) in our county.

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  • I would just like to know.

    can i vote n tx if i have a 3dui n tx.can i every get it reduced to a misdemeanor if it is over 26 years old?

    Lisa’s Answer

    Quick answer: No and No.
    The third DWI in Texas would have indicted as a 3rd degree felony. If you resolved the third DWI with a plea agreement or if you were convicted by a jury, you have a felony conviction. (There is no deferred probation for any DWI.) A convicted felon does not have the right to vote in any election in Texas. You cannot get any of your cases reduced, even if 26 years ago. There is a 30 day window from the date of the plea or conviction to appeal your case. I am sorry I could not give you a more positive answer.

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  • Can We Sue The Store and the Franchise compensate us for the embarressment and stress caused us for a false accusation of theft

    Falsely accused my a store and report was sent to police department for investigation of theft. The detective let me know already we are not at fault. This being after interrogation and home visit. Waste of time it was stressful and more embaressi...

    Lisa’s Answer

    The is a question of civil law, not criminal law. Talk to a civil lawyer.

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  • How will Juvenile court in play out for me? Might i have to pay a fine?

    My cousin (22) and I (16) went to Walmart and stole up to $123 worth of things. I had a bag that we put the stuff inside of. We got caught before we left. They said it was on me (16) because I had possession. So she got off easy. They said because...

    Lisa’s Answer

    First of all, you said you were stopped before you left the store. Where exactly were you stopped by Walmart personnel? Were you stopped (1) in a department within the store, (2) at the register, or (3) were you in the area where Walmart stores the shopping carts? A defense attorney can explain why your answer is significant. How you handle this charge will directly effect whether you can get this erased from your criminal record in the future. You asked about paying a fine. Please talk to an criminal defense attorney before you ever pay a "fine." There are significantly negative consequences if you pay a "fine!

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  • Any help

    My dad got a DWI he got probation for a yr and they told him he wouldn't get his DL suspended but we don't know who to contact to see when and where he can get it back

    Lisa’s Answer

    Drivers license status can be check with Texas Department of Public Safety. Go to www/TXDPS.state.tx.us. Click on "Drivers License" on left side. It will provide you with further information regarding the status of your dad's DL. There are reinstatement fees, surcharges, perhaps a interlock device that are handled at DPS, not the criminal court where he pled to the DWI. Just be sure you are on the exact site listed above if you ever pay TXDPS any fees online. There are scam artists whose sites sound like they are government agencies but are just stealing your debt card info and identity. They often show up on Google's page one - even higher than the legitimate TXDPS.state.tx.us website.

    When there is an arrest for DWI, a driver faces 2 DL suspensions in 2 different courts. So his DL may not be suspended by the ALR judge but could be suspended with the criminal court. Sound confusing? It is! Many of us defense attys handle all of these DL issues daily. So you might want to consult with a DWI defense atty in Houston to get his DL back. Harris County has some tremendous lawyers in this area of law.

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  • Would I qualify for the VAWA program?

    I was in an abusive relationship with the father of my children. He at the moment was a green card holder. Due to the abuse I decided to separate from him. Recently a friend informed me I could petition for the VAWA. So my question is how do I kno...

    Lisa’s Answer

    An immigration attorney can answer your question. This is not a criminal law question.

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  • DWI Probation Violation: Is it worth the risk to fight this case? Odds of winning? Any better solutions, lawyers, terms, etc.?

    18 months probation for DWI >.15. I have completed 7 months, however, I've failed with high BrACs on my breathalyzer about once a month. And, I have missed a few blow windows due to forgetfulness. My PO filed a violation, wanting to change my prob...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Keep in mind that whether you go to jail or take a probated plea agreement, you are already convicted of the DWI. You have to figure out what is most important to you. If finishing school is most important, see if the judge would allow you to do week-ends in jail so that you can continue your studies. Find out if you have options regarding serving time in the Bexar County jail. Many attorneys offer free consultation. Perhaps another Bexar County DWI defense attorney would provide a different perspective to consider? Best wishes!

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  • Curious if Tarrant county will test me for alcohol at court if I drank a few days before my court date?

    I'll be going to my first court date in a week for a DWI arrest in Tarrant county. Will they ask me for a urine test at any of my court dates before sentencing? I've been assigned to CCC3 if that makes a difference. I paid a cash bond and as fa...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Some judges will order a drug test when a defendant comes to court late. Parking and rising the elevators can take 15 to 30 minutes around 401 W. Belknap St at the Tim Curry Justice Center so plan wisely. Of course, if you are under 21 years of age, your bond could be revoked since it is a crime to drink alcohol under 21. If your court date next week is called "IA" (initial appearance), you will need to appear with an attorney. If you think you may qualify for an court-appointed attorney, be prepared to discuss your income and expenses for the past year. Bring your tax documents if you have already prepared 2015.

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