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

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

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

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.

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

Legal Services – Good, Fast, and Cheap

Recently I’ve been thinking about my clients, their expectations of me, legal services I provide, and the general cost of legal services. I would say that at least once a week, someone calls me and says “I got arrested for ________________. I was wondering how much you charge for representing me in court for ________________.”

My son is in jail. What next?

I’ve had a few phone calls on the weekends from panic stricken mothers. You can hear the fear in their voices. Some are about to burst into tears. Before they even start to tell me what happened, I can guess that someone got arrested. I always ask for the person’s name and relationship to the