I was falsely accused of injury to a child with a bond set at $15,000. After 7 days in jail, I was released. I did not post bond. There are no court dates scheduled. It didn't go to the grand jury. No one would tell me what had happened when I was released. I assumed it meant the charge had been dropped but it looks like the charge is still open on the County website. It doesn't show any activity past the date of my release but it doesn't show I was released either. The public defender hasn't responded. I was told by another attorney not to ask questions and wait for the statute of limitations to run out. That may been ok before the internet but it is not ok now.
Depending on how much time has passed will essentially guide my answer to your question. If it was recent (within the last year or so), then it is possible that the case just has not been decided on by a grand jury. Prosecutor's have years to get a felony indictment by a grand jury. It is possible to get out without paying anything, typically known as a Personal Recognizance Bond (AKA PR Bond). It is also possible that someone paid a bond for you (typically 10% of the total bond the court sets, i.e. $1,000 for a total $10,000 bond). You may want to at least retain a private attorney to keep an eye out on the case, since your PD is not calling you back.
My response to your question is not, nor is it intended to be, a creation of an attorney-client relationship. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.
Most felonies have a 3 year Statute of Limitations, some have longer.
This case may or may not just go away on it own (but probably not). Just keep checking the Dallas County website to see if your case is filed / set for Grand Jury. Dallascounty.org
Would be best to hire a lawyer to make sure / keep watch for you / be ready to fight for you.
I am a Dallas area criminal defense attorney and former State prosecutor. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice. This answer does not form an attorney-client relationship.
Hire a lawyer to figure out what is going on. Cases usually don't just go away and the only way a case is dismissed is if the prosecutor dismissed it. You can also see if the district clerk (who has a file on the case) has any documents in their file about a dismissal or a bond or other documentation.)
Yes, you still have a pending charge and no, there is nothing you can do about the matter until the State decides to move on the matter. Even if the State decides not to pursue the case, you will have to wait (in all likelihood), for the Statute of Limitations to run on the case before filing a petition for expunction.
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