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Top Tips to Avoid an Arrest This Summer

Top Tips to Avoid an Arrest This Summer

Summer means good food, good people and good times, nowhere truer than in Texas. But before you jump into your summer celebration plans in the Lone Star state, review these top tips to avoid an arrest this summer in Texas.

 

Find a Designated Driver

 

Before you head out to a BBQ, concert or day at the lake, make sure you have a designated driver. This is the single best way to avoid charges for drinking and driving. Uber and other ride-sharing services are a great backup. Similarly, always operate watercraft sober. You can be charged with a BWI (boating while intoxicated) if you are caught operating a boat while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

 

Keep It Respectable

 

Public intoxication is illegal in Texas if you are intoxicated to a degree that makes you a danger to yourself or others. With that in mind, try to stay composed whenever intoxicated in a public space. Don’t provoke other people or cause a scene. You never know who will call the cops. Even if you are responsible and choose not to drink and drive, follow pedestrian laws, as crossing or walking along the road illegally can land you in cuffs. Police officers can use their discretion when determining the degree of danger you pose, so always err on the side of caution.

 

Don’t Be in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

 

Even if you are an innocent bystander, try to steer clear of scenes where an arrest is likely. Think bar brawls or drunken confrontations at large public gatherings. Again, police officers have a wide range of discretion to use when arresting people. And if they arrive on the scene in the middle of a commotion, they may—and often do—arrest the wrong people. Even if your name is eventually cleared from a crime you didn’t commit, that arrest may still appear on your criminal record unless you take steps to have it removed.

 

Find Some Good Clean Fun

 

There is no shortage of ways to beat the heat and enjoy the Texas summer. But to avoid an arrest, be cautious when drinking, and avoid people who are likely to cause trouble. Summer typically means increased law enforcement presence near beaches, lake resorts, festivals and concerts. Above all, use your common sense. And call a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney immediately if you are arrested.

 

If you are facing criminal charges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action given your circumstances. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

 

Can an Arrest Trigger Immigration Consequences in Texas?

Can an Arrest Trigger Immigration Consequences in Texas?

If you are not a US citizen, one false move can place your ability to remain in this country in danger. Noncitizens can face deportation or inadmissibility if convicted of certain crimes. Unfortunately, even just an arrest can raise a red flag to authorities and could potentially affect your legal status in the US. You can help prevent that from happening by learning a little about your rights and the procedures for detaining and prosecuting noncitizens.

 

Know Your Rights

 

If you are arrested, you have a right to remain silent. Local law enforcement is permitted to ask about a lawfully arrested individual’s immigration status, but you have a right to refuse to answer. No matter the circumstances, it’s best to invoke your right to remain silent, decline answering questions about your legal status in the US and say you’d like to speak with an attorney.

 

Triggering Interest and Immigration Consequences

 

After an arrest, you may be booked into a county jail. During the booking process, your fingerprints will be taken, which then follow a chain of command to the US Department of Homeland Security. At that point, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can issue a detainer request to hold you in custody for up to 48 hours or ask to be notified when you are released. This most commonly occurs after the booking process and identify verification, but ICE can issue detainers at any point when you’re in custody.

 

Also please note that federal authorities are cracking down hard on specific criminal activities, such as drug and human trafficking. If you are arrested for one of these offenses, you could face swift action from the federal government. While many offenses can trigger deportation, high-watch ones like drug trafficking usher in more aggressive action.

 

Trouble in Custody

 

Facing criminal proceedings as a noncitizen can be fraught with complications, due in part to the involvement of both state and federal authorities. And it could become even more complicated when you’re released from jail. Paying your bond to the county court will secure your release from county jail. If ICE issued a detainer or was notified of your release, however, you could be picked up and taken to an immigration detention facility. In light of this fact, try to speak with an attorney before you are released.

 

When Removal Proceedings Can Start

 

Removal proceedings can be initiated at any point while you are facing criminal charges, even while you are still in local custody. And whether you are convicted or found not guilty, incarcerated or put on deferred adjudication, ICE can detain you. The interplay between state and federal authorities is problematic, as local law enforcement retain certain rights regarding their decision to cooperate with ICE. But those rights are under fire and are actively being fought against.

 

Get a Legal Advocate on Your Side

 

The bottom line is an arrest can trigger immigration consequences, potentially even if you have a green card or a visa. Don’t face criminal charges alone if you don’t have full citizenship. Contact a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney immediately if you’ve been arrested. Do not wait until charges are filed or you are released. Promptly involving a criminal defense attorney is the only way to ensure you have every possible chance of avoiding immigration consequences and preserving your legal status in the US.

 

If you are facing charges for a crime in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on how to defend your rights. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

The Fight to Change the Dallas County Bail System

The Fight to Change the Dallas County Bail System

A Look at Dallas County Bail

 

Many critics argue Dallas County needs an urgent bail reform. Magistrates set a bond based on factors such as the seriousness of the charges and the defendant’s prior criminal history. Other crucial factors, such as the defendant’s ability to pay and the security risk they pose, go by the wayside. Proponents of bail reform argue this system needs to change. They argue considering the defendant’s ability to pay and using better risk assessment tools can lift the burden on the poor and keep higher-risk offenders behind bars.

 

An Oppressive Approach

 

With the current approach, financial resources are all that separates those who have to wait in jail until trial and those who can be released and return home to their family. Accordingly, some critics argue the Dallas County bail system is used as an instrument of oppression. They call for a more holistic assessment of the defendant, which could result in fairer bond setting practices. Such a reform would come at the cost of time and personnel resources. And many argue lowering bond amounts will only work to put more dangerous criminals on the street. The fatal shooting of Dallas police officer Rogelio Santander in April revived this debate. Santander was shot and killed by Armando Juarez, a man who had released from Dallas County jail on bond but had a warrant for his arrest. Juarez had been released on bond several times for low-risk offenses, but his pattern of failing to appear in court and reoffending could have been red flags under a reformed bail system.

 

Is There a Solution?

 

Bail reform would involve time and money, but if executed effectively, could let lower-risk defendants return to their families while keeping those with a clear propensity to reoffend behind bars. The reach of this problem extends to Harris County, too, which was recently subject to a civil suit brought on by inmates to demand fairer bail. A federal ruling favoring the plaintiffs shed light on the imbalance of justice of a bail system with such ridged determining factors. Now Dallas County faces the same type of suit brought on by inmates who claim the bail system is unconstitutional and discriminatory against the poor. While some accused individuals, no matter the risk, cannot afford to buy their way out of jail, others have the financial resources to walk free.

 

Call a Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney if You Have Been Arrested

 

Navigating the immediate steps following an arrest in Dallas County can be overwhelming and stressful. Calling a Dallas criminal defense attorney after an arrest is the best way to ensure you can return to your family as soon as possible. An attorney who is familiar with the Dallas County bail system can explore your options for reducing your bond, so you don’t have to work with a bail bond company. Bail bond companies cannot defend your rights or provide any legal assistance. Conversely, an attorney might be able to release you from jail without having to post the full bail amount and can promptly get started on fighting your charges.

 

 

If you’ve been arrested for a crime and need a legal advocate in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action to minimize the consequences of your charge. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

 

Texas State Jails or Prisons: Know Where You’ll Go

Texas State Jails or Prisons: Know Where You’ll Go

The three main types of correctional facilities in Texas include county jails, state jails and prisons. You’ll often hear people using the terms jail and prison interchangeable, but, in fact, they are quite different. In Texas, correctional facilities differ in the type of offenders they house. County jails house most misdemeanor offenders, but we’ll focus on state jails and prisons in this post.

 

Texas State Jails and Texas Prisons

 

Texas state jails and prisons both house felony offenders. But those facing Texas felony charges might not know where they will go if convicted and sentenced to incarceration. Likewise, they may not know the difference between state jails and prisons. In reality, those differences can be significant depending on where you’re headed.

 

Where Do Felons Go?

 

Texas classifies felonies as state jail felonies, third-degree felonies, second-degree felonies, first-degree felonies or capital felonies. State jails house those with state jail felony convictions. Examples of state jail felonies include possession of a controlled substance under one gram and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. State prisons house those with higher degree felonies.

 

Felony designations determine where the offender will serve his or her sentence of incarceration. Unfortunately, they do not always correlate with the level of comfort the inmate will encounter. Put simply, neither sentences in state jails or state prisons are pleasant. State jails might offer more programs and amenities to inmates if resources are available. But when it comes to state prisons, those resources are increasingly scarce. These designations also segregate more serious felony offenders from minor felony offenders. This allows the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to better allocate funds to house inmates based on their offense category.

 

Fight Your Felony Charges Head on With an Experienced Attorney

 

If you are facing charges for a Texas felony, make sure you discuss your case in detail with a seasoned criminal defense attorney in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. An attorney can advise you on what type of felony charge you are facing. He or she may also be able to help you avoid a prison sentence by reducing your charge to a state jail felony or (better still) a misdemeanor. Every case is different, however, so consult with an attorney for personalized legal advice.

 

 

If you’re facing felony charges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action to protect your rights. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

 

Pressing Charges in Texas: Does the Victim’s Voice Count?

Pressing Charges in Texas: Does the Victim’s Voice Count?

Who Files Family Violence Charges?

 

In domestic violence cases—also called family violence in Texas—it is not uncommon for the victim to call law enforcement to report the incident. Usually, they think a police officer will come, talk to their partner and help him or her cool down. What they infrequently realize, however, is that once law enforcement arrives on the scene, the series of events that follow are entirely out of their hands.

 

In Texas, crime victims do not formally “press charges” against the other person. In criminal cases, it is the State, specifically the district attorney’s office that files charges against people. Criminal cases are between the offender and the State, not the offender and the accuser. Because the accuser is not a party to the case, he or she does not have the authority to press or drop charges personally.

 

The Accuser’s Voice

 

Accusers play an invaluable role in family violence cases. Without their word, many people would never face criminal charges. Nevertheless, they have little leverage when it comes to the district attorney’s decision to file or dismiss charges. The district attorney’s office will primarily consider the responding officer’s report and other pieces of evidence that may have been submitted. The district attorney can decide to formally file misdemeanor charges or bring the matter before a grand jury for indictment for felony charges even without the accuser’s cooperation.

 

When the Accuser Recants

 

It is not uncommon for the accuser to later recant the allegation and ask that the charges be dropped. The district attorney will indeed listen to what the victim has to say. Most know, however, accusers often backtrack on their initial allegations when they realize the gravity of their actions. Suddenly, their boyfriend/girlfriend, partner or spouse is behind bars, facing serious criminal charges and prohibited from coming in contact with them. The accuser may also be fearful of the defendant seeking revenge upon release or of the consequences of losing the breadwinner of the family. In light of these possible motivations, district attorneys might not give the accusers’ voice much weight.

 

Call an Attorney if You Are Facing Family Violence Charges

 

Speak with a skilled Dallas-Fort Worth assault family violence defense attorney if you are facing charges. These cases can be dangerous to navigate on your own given the high stakes and the aggressive prosecution. Even when an accuser recants, the State can follow through with the prosecution. Usually, there is enough evidence to do so even when against the accuser’s wishes.

 

If you need help fighting your family violence charges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action to fight your charges. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

 

Explanation or Confession? Think Twice Before You Talk

Explanation or Confession? Think Twice Before You Talk

Telling Your Side of the Story

 

When dealing with law enforcement, many people don’t know what to do or how to act. Consequently, saying or doing the wrong thing happens all too frequently. One of the most common examples of this happening is when a person provides law enforcement with an “explanation” of what happened. While done in an attempt to avoid an arrest, it usually results in a trip down to the station. It never ceases to surprise us how often people think they can convince law enforcement they are innocent using nothing but a carefully (or, rather, not so carefully) crafted account of what they did. In reality, that explanation might as well be a confession because it almost always results in an arrest. Furthermore, many people think that if they are forthcoming with the police officer then he or she will go easier on them. Wrong!

 

When You’ve Said Too Much

 

Law enforcement is trained to gather facts in order to establish probable cause for an arrest. To do this, they question the suspect to collect information to build the case. Typically, they are not open to negotiations or susceptible to conversational tactics. If they have a reasonable basis to believe you committed a crime, they will arrest you. Then, they hand over all the information they have, including notes on what you said, to the district attorney’s office, which then decides what to do next.

 

So, while you may think you gave a foolproof explanation, you might have given them a confession and everything they need to convict you. What you voluntarily say can and will be held against you. And even if you think your explanation will clear your name, don’t assume law enforcement will come to that conclusion, too.

 

A Confession Can Result in a Conviction

 

If you’ve already tried to explain your way out of an arrest, chances are good you are now facing criminal charges. While in an ideal scenario you would have exercised your right to remain silent, don’t lose hope yet. In this situation, it’s best to call an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney to discuss your case. You should review with your attorney:

 

  • The circumstances under which you were detained/arrested
  • What the law enforcement officer said to you
  • What you said to the law enforcement officer
  • When you said it to the officer
  • What other information you may have inadvertently provided, and
  • The charges you now face

 

This information can help your attorney jump into action to protect your rights, enforce rights that may have been violated and fight your charges.

 

If you are facing charges for a crime in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on how to defend your rights. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

Call 911 in a Domestic Dispute? Here’s Why an Arrest Is Likely

Call 911 in a Domestic Dispute? Here’s Why an Arrest Is Likely

Responding to Domestic Disputes

 

When responding to reports of domestic disputes (i.e. family violence), law enforcement officers must proceed with caution to protect themselves and the alleged victim. Officers are trained in responding to reports of family violence and know how to secure the safety of the scene. An officer will be mainly concerned with protecting the victim, apprehending the aggressor and collecting information to build the case. The officer will typically arrest someone to accomplish all three of these objectives.

 

Automatic Arrests?

 

In the vast majority of domestic dispute responses, one party to the conflict will be arrested. Arresting someone ensures that the situation –whatever it may have been- will be diffused and the remaining person can be left in safety. Officers typically err on the side of the caution when deciding whether to make an arrest. Leaving the scene without an arrest can put someone at serious risk, especially if one of the participants in the dispute was the one who reported the incident.

 

Who Gets Arrested?

 

During a typical response to a report of family violence, a law enforcement officer will first attempt to identify the person they deem the aggressor. He or she may employ a variety of methods, such as observation and interrogation, to do so. The office will consider the aggressor to be the person who initiated the conflict, sustained the conflict or otherwise was the predominate instigator (and sometimes they consider the person who got the worst of it to be the aggressor). When identifying the aggressor, police officers will rely on the information received from dispatch and begin observing the scene from the moment they leave their squad car. They may stand outside the home and listen. Identifying the aggressor quickly is important, as officers can be at risks of assault, too.

 

Is an Arrest Imminent?

 

Again, law enforcement officers may use discretion when responding to a domestic dispute but typically won’t leave without ensuring everyone will be safe. To do this, they often make an arrest. No matter the participants’ in the incident wishes or the story given, law enforcement officers have a duty to protect. But police can make mistakes, and alleged aggressors are often wrongfully accused. Remember; just because you’re arrested doesn’t mean there is enough evidence to convict you. In fact, an experienced assault family violence attorney can usually obtain a dismissal in most of these types of cases. Therefore, if you find yourself facing family violence charges, it’s wise to speak with an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth assault family violence defense attorney. An attorney can explain how you can fight false or exaggerated allegations and defend your rights.

 

 

If you’re facing family violence charges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action to clear your name. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

 

Your Right to Remain Silent: Why It Matters and When to Use It

Your Right to Remain Silent: Why It Matters and When to Use It

A Right to Protect

 

We hear a lot about our right to remain silent in the movies and on TV, and perhaps it is one of the most well-known rights we have. But the scope of this right and the specific situations under which it protects us are less publicized. Consequently, few people take advantage of this right when it counts most. In fact, many people believe that unless their rights are read, they cannot be arrested. To help you fearlessly defend your right to remain silent, here’s why it matters and when you should use it.

 

Why Your Right to Remain Silent Is Important

 

Your right to remain silent can protect you from self-incrimination. This means it gives you the right to withhold information that would be held against you. That said, this right is extremely important to use when you are detained, arrested, and interrogated (i.e. questioned). Without getting information directly from you, the police must resort to other evidence and witnesses to gather what’s needed for the prosecuting attorney to file charges.

 

Use it or Lose It

 

You should know you do not have to answer any questions the police ask you. If you refuse to answer their questions, you could indeed be arrested, but at that point, you can also invoke your right to remain silent and lawfully protect yourself from self-incrimination. Furthermore, what a person says can be used against them during a legal proceeding –it is not hearsay. That means an officer can testify that you said something without any corroborating evidence if it happens prior to a custodial interrogation.

 

Once you’ve been arrested, the officer might read your rights if he or she plans on interrogating you. After that point, if you fully understand your rights and choose to answer the questions anyway, your answers can be held against you. As an almost absolute rule, you should never answer an officer’s questions, even after having your rights read to you. Why? It pretty much means there is something that they still need to know that they do not know. And your chance of providing them with this missing information is probably pretty high. So why do it?

 

Defending Your Rights

 

Your right to remain silent is not a courtesy. It is a constitutionally protected right that is vital to the maintenance of a just legal system. It is also a very good idea. If you have been arrested and have questions about your rights, consult with an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney. An attorney can evaluate the circumstances of your arrest and advise you on whether your rights were violated. A seasoned attorney can also make sure whatever you said when interrogated isn’t unlawfully held against you.

 

If you’ve been arrested and need a legal advocate in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email clients@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

 

 

 

 

10 Quick Tips for Navigating Your Texas DWI Case After an Arrest

10 Quick Tips for Navigating Your Texas DWI Case After an Arrest

Navigating Unknown Territory

 

You never thought you’d hear the words, “I’m placing you under arrest.” by a police officer. Now it’s happened, and you don’t know what to do or who to turn to. Every day in Dallas-Fort Worth, well-meaning citizens are arrested for DWI. Maybe they just had a few drinks with dinner. Maybe they weren’t even over the legal limit, but the officer that pulled them over thought otherwise. If you find yourself in this stressful and unfamiliar territory after a DWI arrest, you are not alone. To help you navigate your Texas DWI case after an arrest, here are ten quick tips our firm has compiled.

 

Invoke Your Constitutional Rights

 

During and after your DWI arrest, it’s important to invoke your constitutional right to remain silent when interrogated by the police.

 

Post Bail

 

It’s difficult to navigate a DWI case from jail. Post bail as soon as you can or enlist a friend or family member to help. You can also call an attorney to post a surety bond, securing your release from jail. You’ll want to jump into action a soon as possible to maintain as much control over your case as you can.

 

Call an Attorney

 

In reality, this can and should be your first step. But if you’ve just been released from jail after a DWI arrest, calling an attorney should definitely be the first thing you do. Without having insider knowledge of the Texas criminal court system and the specific jurisdiction under which you are being charged, you have a very slim chance of successfully fighting your charges.

 

Request a Hearing

 

You have 15 days from the date you receive your notice of license suspension in which to request an administrative (ALR) hearing through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Your ALR hearing is your chance to fight your license suspension, so take advantage of it.

 

Heed Your License Suspension

 

If you failed to request an ALR hearing or didn’t prevail at your hearing, the DPS will suspend your license 40 days after you receive your notice of license suspension. Watch that date. If your license is suspended, speak with your attorney about obtaining an Occupational Driver’s License (ODL).

 

Discuss Your Options

 

Go over your options for handling your case with an attorney. Do you want a DWI trial? Try to negotiate a plea bargain? Learning about your options will give you peace of mind. Also, it will help you make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case.

 

File Pre-Trial Motions

 

If you are heading to trial, work with your attorney to file any pre-trial motions that may help you, such as a motion to suppress evidence.

 

Prepare for Trial

 

Most DWI cases resolve before trial by way of plea bargains (in our opinion generally not your best option). But if you weren’t offered a plea bargain you can accept, prepare for trial with your attorney so you know what to expect, what to say, how to act and what to do.

 

Go to Trial

 

If you make it all the way to trial, this is your chance to fight your charges full force. Make sure you are working with an experienced criminal defense attorney who has handled DWI trials in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to have the best chance of an acquittal.

 

These steps can help you get through the stressful and at times confusing DWI case process from arrest to trial. If you are ready to take your DWI charges seriously and fight them with all you’ve got, consult with a Dallas-Fort Worth DWI defense attorney immediately to get started.

 

If you’re facing DWI charges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email clients@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

Tips to Help a Friend or Family Member in Jail

Tips to Help a Friend or Family Member in Jail

Help in a Time of Need

 

Discovering a friend or loved one was arrested can be a scary experience. You want to help but, if you’re like most people, aren’t sure how. Luckily, there are many ways you can help your friend or family member in his or her time of need. To help you navigate the process during this stressful time, here are a few tips to follow when a friend or family member is in jail.

 

The first thing to do if you discover a friend or family member has been arrested is to locate him or her. Then, gather other important pieces of information so you can set to work. Specifically, you’ll want to find out:

 

  • Where your friend or family member is being held
  • The arresting officer’s jurisdiction
  • The charge on which your friend or family member was arrested, and
  • The bail amount

 

If you don’t know where your friend or family member was taken, call the jail for the city in which he or she was arrested. Remember, stick to essential information when talking with your friend or family member in jail, i.e. do not talk about what happened that caused them to get arrested. Your communications aren’t confidential.

 

Jail Release

 

Next, you’ll want to get your friend or family member out of jail. Post the cash bail amount if you can. If you can’t post bail, your next step should be to call a criminal defense attorney. An attorney can either get the bail amount reduced or eliminated or post a surety bond. A surety bond is a promise the attorney makes to the court that the defendant will appear in court as instructed. Then, that attorney can start to work on the case.

 

An alternative to working with an attorney to post bail is to work with a bail bondsman. Typically, you pay 10-15% of the total bail amount to the bondsman, who then posts the amount needed to secure your friend or family member’s release from jail. You do not get that percentage back, however, and the bail bondsman cannot provide legal advice or representation. Conversely, if you work with an attorney, your friend or family member will have a good head start. The sooner you involve an attorney, the more an attorney can do to fight the charges.

 

Seek Advice When a Friend or Family Member Is in Jail

 

If you haven’t already, talk to a few attorneys about your friend or family member’s situation. Now is when that important information you gathered will be helpful. Find an attorney with ample experience handling cases similar to your friend or family member’s. You will want to find one who has handled similar charges in the same jurisdiction. Once the attorney has a few basic pieces of information, he or she can explain what will happen next and what you can do to help.

 

Following the above tips can help you get your friend or family member out of jail. Also, remember these tips if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

 

If your friend or family member has been arrested and is now in jail in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action to help your friend or family member. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email clients@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.