Texas Criminal Subpoenas

What is a subpoena? A subpoena is the legal term for a document which orders a person to come to Court. It can be used in criminal and civil cases. Usually a subpoena is directed at an individual person and orders them to testify during a Court case. A person may be ordered to testify

Police Body Cameras in Texas

What is a body camera? Most people follow the national news either online, on TV, newspapers, radio or a mixture of sources. If you’ve followed the national news in the past 6-8 months you’d see that more and more people are second guessing the actions of police officers and the citizens they come into contact

Collateral Consequences of Conviction

What are collateral consequences? Collateral consequences are the additional affects or penalties after you’ve been convicted of a crime. Some collateral consequences of a conviction include, losing the right to vote, being denied student loans through the government, loss of employment opportunities, deportation, loss of a professional license, and your arrest/mugshot as a permanent public

The Right to Have an Attorney

I have the right to have an attorney. Where does that come from? Your right to have an attorney (at least in criminal cases) comes from the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1 Sec. 10 of the Texas Constitution. Similar to your Fifth Amendment Right to Remain Silent, this amendment is jam

Court Appointed Lawyers in Texas

I’m going to write this blog post in two parts. The first part will be about what’s on everyone’s mind when they’re arrested and can’t afford a lawyer. The Second blog post will be your Sixth Amendment right to have a lawyer for your criminal charges. I want to explain a bit about Court appointed

Criminal Discovery in Texas

Guest Blog Post by Cory Roth, Attorney in Houston, Texas. Criminal Discovery, What Does It All Mean? When you hear the word, “discovery,” a few things might pop into your mind. For example, I think of the Discovery Channel, world explorers such as Christopher Columbus, and criminal discovery. Criminal discovery is the only one of

Meaning of the Right to Remain Silent

What does the Right to Remain Silent really mean? How many times have you heard someone say “I’m going to plead the Fifth.” If you’ve heard that before, they’re referring to our U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is the first 10 Amendments to our U.S. Constitution. These rights protect

GPS Ankle Monitoring Device

GPS ankle monitoring is usually part of Conditions of Bond or Conditions of Release. At this point you’ve already been bailed out of jail and now you have a GPS Ankle Bracelet monitoring your every move.  The bracelet is bulky. It needs to be recharged often. You don’t want to wear shorts in public. You

Conditions of Bond in Texas

How are conditions of bond are set? In a previous post we talked about types of bail bonds in Texas. If you remember, bond is your promise to come back to Court for future dates until your case is over. Sometimes, in addition to your promise or money, the Court will put conditions of release

Illegal Car Search By Police?

Police, Searches, and Your Car – Oh My! This post ties into a previous post on Search Warrant vs Warrant of Arrest. Why? That’s because we’re dealing with a search. Same rules apply in this post as the previous post. I know, at this point, most people can recite Jay-Z’s song 99 Problems from heart.

Search Warrant vs Warrant of Arrest?

What’s the difference between a Search Warrant vs. a Warrant of Arrest? A Search Warrant and a Warrant of Arrest serve similar but different purposes. They are the same because they give police the authority to search (I’ll explain later), and if necessary, seize things and people. Search warrants are required by the Texas Constitution

Texas Bail Bonds

How does bail work in Texas? Bail is the legal term used to describe getting someone out of jail. Bond is the legal term for a promise to the Court that you will show up for all court dates after you are released from jail. Despite what some might think, bail is not meant to be