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What Are The Most Common Types Of Criminal Cases That You Handle?

We handle almost every type of criminal defense case, whether it involves a felony or misdemeanor charge. This includes everything from minor marijuana possession to possession of methamphetamine or cocaine. We also handle all types of DWI cases, including first and second DWIs (considered misdemeanors) and third or more DWIs (considered felonies). We handle a large amount of cases involving theft or fraud- everything from shoplifting to embezzlement. So, there is a wide range of criminal cases that we handle. There are countless crimes that citizens can be accused of, and we handle the majority of those cases.

How Can People Unintentionally Incriminate Themselves In An Ongoing Criminal Case?

People can unintentionally incriminate themselves in an ongoing criminal case by interacting with the police in the absence of proper representation. This could involve being asked by local law enforcement to go to the police station for an interview. Most people will agree to the interview, thinking that they will be able to explain their way out of the situation. But in my experience, if law enforcement wants to conduct a personal interview with you, it usually means that they don’t have enough evidence without being able to obtain a confession, or at the very least more information from you. Most people think that they can talk their way out of a hole, but unfortunately, I’ve only seen people talk their way into holes. If there is going to be any interaction with law enforcement, it needs to be understood that these are very well-trained individuals who are highly skilled at solving crimes and putting people in jail.

If someone is trying to go up against that type of pressure, they need to have an attorney who is knowledgeable of law enforcement tactics, and can help defend their rights. It is important for the accused individual to ensure that any interaction with law enforcement is done under strict circumstances and with an advocate in their corner. During an interview, something as simple as answering what time you got home on a particular day could provide the police with a discrepancy in your story, thereby making you a target of further law enforcement investigation. Having someone in your corner who is there to protect your rights and who knows law enforcement tactics is extremely important.

What Are The Differences Between Misdemeanor And Felony Charges?

In Texas, misdemeanors are typically handled by a county attorney, whereas felonies are handled by a district attorney.

Misdemeanors are the result of a charging instrument that is normally filed by a county attorney based upon their own assessment of the case. Felonies, on the other hand, are the result of indictments, which the district attorney has obtained, by presenting evidence to a grand jury. The grand jury makes the determination as to whether or not there is enough evidence against the individual for them to be charged with a particular felony.

In Texas, misdemeanor punishment can range from 6 months to 12 months in county jail and a maximum fine of up to $4,000. But felony punishment can range from 180 days in a State Jail Facility to 99 years or life in an institutional prison and fines up to $10,000.

How Does The Process Of Bail Work In Texas?

For the most part, most offenses are bondable. There are a few exceptions, and the process really depends upon whether or not there has been an arrest warrant previously issued. In those circumstances, there will normally be a preset bond with that arrest warrant. That would be a situation where law enforcement knocks on the door, serves the arrest warrant, takes someone into custody, and transports them to the local jail. After being booked, they are almost immediately bondable, based upon that preset bail from the arrest warrant.

In instances where there is not an arrest warrant, or an arrest is made based upon the observation of law enforcement, the individual is transferred to the local jail, booked into custody, and will see a magistrate within a 24-hour period. The magistrate will set a bond, and the individual will then be eligible for being bonded out of jail.

For more information on Criminal Cases In Texas, a Case Evaluation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (432) 264-1800 today.

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