4 cases to run concurrent took a plea of 15 (min). 2 of the 4 case carried a max. Of 10.yr They are treating all 4 cases agg (3g) all with deadly weapon. 2 drugs cases, evading arrest, tamper wit evidence. Is that possible?No weapon used or found. Car had recall for gear shift, put in park still would drive. Previous felon wit drug chrgs from 1996. Did 8.5 yr feds. Out 10 yrs..(tarrant co)
Absolutely. You can definitely hire an attorney to represent your husband. There are a couple of problems, though. First, if it has been more then 30 days since he pleaded guilty, he cannot appeal. Second, he waived his right to appeal when he accepted a plea bargain. The judge (unless it was in Criminal District Court 2) handed him a "Trial Court Certification" of his right to appeal and marked on it that he did NOT have the right to appeal. He would have to get the judge to agree to allow him to appeal.
You don't say what the drug cases entailed (possession of what and how much), but I know that the evading arrest with a motor vehicle and the tampering with physical evidence are both 3rd degree felonies, but that if he pleaded "true" to having a prior felony conviction, the range of punishment goes up to 20 years instead of 10 years. I would venture a guess that the "deadly weapon" was probably the car and that they alledged that the way it was used, it was capable of causing serious bodily injury or death.
Most of us in Tarrant County are able to look at all of the court documents online, which would be necessary to give you a good opinion on whether spending money on an attorney for appeal would be a waste or not.
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Sure...get a lawyer for your husband; retain him...but remember, that lawyer owes his duties to your husband and not to you.
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