Aside from DWI and perhaps drug possession, assault is probably the most commonly-charged criminal offense in Tarrant County. Assault is a crime of moral turpitude, so in addition to its substantial direct consequences, like high fines and lengthy jail time, it has some substantial indirect consequences, including possible immigration effects.
Many jurisdictions have separate home invasion laws. But in Texas, the burglary and criminal trespass laws apply to home invasions. The lack of a separate law forces prosecutors to shoehorn home invasions into a category where they do not naturally belong. As a result, these prosecutions have lots of moving parts, and that dimension gives Weatherford criminal defense attorneys an edge.
Until recently, the DWI eye test, which is also known as the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, was considered the most reliable of the three tests in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration three-test battery. Now, it is considered the least reliable one.
At any given time, approximately one out of every forty-three Texans is on probation for something. That's significantly more folks than the nationwide average of one in every fifty-five people.
During plea negotiations, prosecutors often recommend deferred adjudication probation, especially if the defendant has no criminal record. In other cases, judges may be willing to grant deferred adjudication after an open plea. In open plea matters, defendants literally throw themselves on the mercy of the court. They plead guilty without working out an agreement with prosecutors. This approach is very risky, but it is a good idea in some situations.
Police believe that a motorist was intoxicated when he traveled the wrong way on I-30 and collided with two other vehicles.
Misdemeanor assault, which is in Section 22 of the Texas Penal Code, is one of the most commonly-charged misdemeanors in Tarrant County. In most cases, assaults occur because arguments get a bit too heated. Assault is a Class A misdemeanor, so a conviction could mean up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
Since 2014, the average dog bite settlement has increased 16 percent, to over $37,000. Higher medical expenses explain part of that increase. Better understanding and treatment of dog bite injuries play a role as well.