What is a subpoena? Can you refuse to testify if subpoenaed?

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Can you refuse a grand jury subpoena? People who receive a subpoena for a criminal matter often wonder if they can ignore the subpoena or refuse to testify. Neither is advisable. Subpoenas are court orders that require a person to appear in court to testify and should be taken seriously. Failure to comply can lead … Read moreWhat is a subpoena? Can you refuse to testify if subpoenaed?

What Diversion Programs are Available for Criminal Cases in Tarrant County?

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Diversion Programs The criminal justice system, generally, has three ways to deal with crime: punish the criminal, deter future crimes, and rehabilitate the individual who committed the crime. Diversion programs focus on rehabilitating individuals. Tarrant County stands out in Texas for the number of diversion programs that are available to certain categories of offenders. Before … Read moreWhat Diversion Programs are Available for Criminal Cases in Tarrant County?

Affirmative Defenses in Texas | What is an Affirmative Defense to a Crime?

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An affirmative defense allows a defendant to avoid legal responsibility for the charged offense. When a defendant uses an affirmative defense, the defendant is admitting guilt. However, the affirmative defense provides an excuse or justification for why the action transpired. An affirmative defense has the ability to mitigate the legal consequences of an unlawful action. Affirmative … Read moreAffirmative Defenses in Texas | What is an Affirmative Defense to a Crime?

DWI in an Autonomous Vehicle? | Fort Worth DWI Lawyer (2018)

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Can You Get a DWI in an Autonomous or Self-Driving Vehicle? It was bound to happen. A driver of a self-driving vehicle has claimed he was not driving while intoxicated (or under the influence) because the car was driving itself. This week, the California Highway Patrol in San Francisco reported finding an individual passed out … Read moreDWI in an Autonomous Vehicle? | Fort Worth DWI Lawyer (2018)

What is a 12.44 Reduction? 12.44(a) and 12.44(b) Explained. (2018)

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What is a 12.44 reduction and am I eligible for one? If you have been charged with a crime in Texas, you may have been told to ask for a “12.44,” which refers to section 12.44 of the Texas Penal Code and allows state jail felonies to be punished as misdemeanors. What is a state … Read moreWhat is a 12.44 Reduction? 12.44(a) and 12.44(b) Explained. (2018)

Hit and Run in Texas: Consequences for Failure to Stop and Render Aid

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It is not uncommon to hear about drivers leaving the scene of accidents in Texas. Sometimes the accident is a minor fender-bender while others may involve a major crash resulting in serious injuries or even death. Most drivers who flee the scene do so because they are scared of the consequences. Perhaps they had something … Read moreHit and Run in Texas: Consequences for Failure to Stop and Render Aid

Character Letter for a Judge: 9 Essential Tips for an Effective Letter

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Sentencing in federal criminal cases – whether they are a result of a plea or a verdict – are set by the judge. Character letters for a judge requesting a lower sentence for a defendant are a mainstay of federal criminal cases. This is because most federal judges limit the number live witnesses, but will … Read moreCharacter Letter for a Judge: 9 Essential Tips for an Effective Letter

11 Crime Stories from 2017 that are Hard to Believe

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Another year is in the books and, true to form, it was marked by some crazy, humorous and downright unbelievable crime stories. From weed-gifting grandparents to inmates who broke back into jail, these schemes and snafus are sure to leave you shaking your head. Curated from around the country, here’s a list of some of … Read more11 Crime Stories from 2017 that are Hard to Believe