DWI stands for “driving while intoxicated.” Texas law defines intoxication as “not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug…”
We all go through great lengths to protect our private information, but often overlook one of the most important and powerful elements of our personal profiles.
You only have one chance to make a great first impression. There are usually a lot of people in the court wearing all sort of things. We’ve seen people in court wearing pajamas, pants ripped in the crotch, halter tops, etc. Our clients don’t wear those things, we encourage clients to make an effort to look nice. It doesn’t matter if you have to borrow a suit that is four sizes too big, that shows you are trying. Everyone has different financial abilities and that is OK, the point is, show that you are trying.
You’re going to be in court as long as it takes. Typically when the docket is called, we can get you out of court relatively quickly. Criminal court isn’t run in a very organized way so it can vary from 1 hour to all day. Most of our clients are only in court for a few hours.
Typically, the only time you have to say anything is when the Judge or coordinator is calling the docket. At a minimum, you will need to let them know you are present. Some courts will also ask you to say the name of your lawyer.
The arresting officer only has to be in court during trial. On typical court dates before trial, the arresting officer will not have to attend.
The complaining witness is only required to be in court during trial. The district attorney will contact them outside of court hours to interview them. We have had complaining witnesses show up at other times when they weren’t needed. This usually helps our case because this shows the district attorney they are crazy and / or have a different motive.
If you like to read, bring a book. There is a lot of waiting. We recommend taking a notepad and writing down what you observe in court. You will want to forget being in court as quickly as possible, tearing up the notes you made is very rewarding.
You can bring a cell phone with you to court. Be sure to turn your cell phone off and put it in your pocket or bag once you enter the courtroom. If you are seen using a cell phone in court there is a good chance you will be asked to put it away. Some courts will even take the phone until the end of the day.
No, you cannot bring a gun to court. Guns are not allowed in the courthouse. Please leave all guns at home.
You can bring whoever you want to court, but it’s probably not the best idea. Space is usually limited in the courtroom and a lot of courts will ask your significant other to wait in the hallway alone. They obviously came to court with you to be supportive, and it’s hard to do that sitting in the hallway alone. We frequently see public displays of affection in the elevator or on the benches outside the courtroom. If that’s what you are into, that’s OK, just make sure to keep it outside the courtroom. Condoms have been seen on the elevator floor, the elevators in court are slow, but they aren’t that slow.
The Harris County Community Supervision & Corrections Department defines the rate at which someone on probation should complete community service hours. Community service hours are now called Community Service Restitution Program hours. What this means is your probation officer will tell you how many hours you need to complete a month.
This timeframe varies but it is usually around 30 days. The county notifies TDCJ to pick up the inmate. If the inmate stays in the county jail more than 45 days, the State has to pay the county $45 per day. We all know money is an incentive so they are typically picked up before the 45th day.
It depends. The government has 30 days from the date of seizure to file a law suit called a forfeiture. The government will serve you with notice and we must respond quickly. We have represented many clients in asset forfeiture cases and have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for our clients.
It is possible to early terminate deferred adjudication sentences. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Section 42A.111 states, the Judge may early terminate before the term of deferred adjudication ends if, in the judge’s opinion, the best interest of society and the defendant will be served by termination. You cannot early terminate a deferred when the defendant is charged with an offense requiring the defendant to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62.