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Some Jail Release Basics in Tarrant County

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for AdobeStock_80814322.jpegPrompt jail release is an often-overlooked component of a successful criminal defense. Without jail release, the presumption of innocence basically becomes a presumption of guilt. Incarcerated defendants cannot meaningfully participate in their own defenses, and they may accept unfavorable plea bargain offers to get things over with.

Expungement and Sealing in Texas: Some Nuts and Bolts

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for AdobeStock_116715709 (1).jpegContrary to popular myth, criminal convictions do not fall off one's record after seven or ten years. Employment and other background checks may only go back that far, but the records are still there. Expungement and sealing are the only ways to erase conviction records, or at least limit access.

Parker County Jail Release Options

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 920x920 (1).jpgPrompt pretrial release is an essential component of a good criminal defense. Typically, defendants who are behind bars do not make good decisions, usually because the increase stress hormone production interferes with the thought process. In practical terms, defendants who are in jail often accept unfavorable plea bargain agreements just so they can get back to the free world.

Legal Issues in Drug Possession Cases

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for AdobeStock_116715709 (1).jpegEven though most states have legalized marijuana, at least for medicinal purposes, the number of drug possession arrests has increased sharply since 2017. Texas laws are particularly harsh in this area. Drug possession laws mandate stiff penalties, even if the amount of drugs is very small.

Search Warrant Exceptions Go to the Movies

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for AdobeStock_80814322.jpegThe Dirty Harry movie series was one of many vigilante crime fighter movie series in the 1970s and 1980s, such as Death Wish and Walking Tall. This clip from 1971's Dirty Harry illustrates how much criminal law has changed over the past fifty years. The hunting rifle which was inadmissible in 1971 would almost certainly be admissible today.

Five Expungeable Results in Parker County

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for AdobeStock_80814322.jpegIn many cases, criminal convictions have lifelong negative consequences. For example, certain convictions male it impossible to obtain certain licenses or obtain student financial aid. Many records in Texas are expungeable, meaning that all paperwork related to the case goes away. However, these situations are rather limited, as outlined below. Criminal convictions do not fall off records after seven years or any other period of time. In most cases, they remain forever.

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