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Home Illegally Searched? Here’s What You Can Do

Home Illegally Searched? Here’s What You Can Do

What Are Your Protections?

 

The US Constitution protects us from unreasonable search and seizure, meaning the authorities cannot search your person or property without good cause. Nevertheless, police illegally search people and their homes every day. If the police searched your home unlawfully, here’s what you can do.

 

Determine the Legality

 

First, speak with an attorney to determine whether the police illegally searched your home. Unfortunately, Texas laws lend police officers significant discretion when it comes to searching and obtaining evidence. That said, the police do not necessarily need to show you a warrant to enter and search your home. A police officer can enter your home without a warrant under exigent (i.e. emergency) circumstances. Typically, they do this when they need to provide assistance or aid to someone in the domicile to protect his or her life.

 

Exceptions and Exemptions

 

An officer may also conduct a warrantless search with probable cause, pursuant to an arrest, if they reasonably believe the suspect is about to destroy evidence in the home, when in “hot pursuit” of a suspect or when doing a protective sweep of the home to ensure there are no people or weapons that could potentially endanger the officer.

 

Fighting Back

 

If you and your attorney determine you are a victim of an illegal search of your home, you can take steps to exercise your rights. Specifically, you can petition the court to have any unlawfully seized property released to you. You can also file a motion to suppress evidence, which is relatively common in criminal cases. If you are facing charges, and the prosecuting attorney has evidence that law enforcement illegally obtained, your attorney can request the court “suppress” it, meaning that evidence cannot be used against you.

 

Police make mistakes. They also can make poor judgment calls. And when they do, they might conduct a search unlawfully. But the power of law enforcement does not have to go unchecked. If your home was illegally searched, or if you want to learn about your rights, speak with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney promptly. Involving an attorney early on in these types of cases is essential if you want to stand up and defend your rights.

 

If you’re 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 your rights and help you protect them. 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.

 

How to Quickly Lift a Texas Warrant

How to Quickly Lift a Texas Warrant

First Steps to Deal With Your Warrant

 

Many people panic when they find out they have an outstanding warrant. Even if your warrant is for unpaid traffic tickets, police can arrest you at any time and any place.

Warrants are not easy to resolve or “lift.” While you may have many options for doing so, each of those options comes with pros and cons. You could easily choose the wrong option for your case and suffer the consequences.

In some cases, those consequences can end up costing you much more than the ticket itself. Thus, you should always work with a seasoned Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney if you have a warrant. An experienced attorney can learn about your case and lift your warrant quickly and cost-effectively. Review this basic information on lifting Texas warrants to increase the productivity of your meeting with your attorney.

 

You can lift your warrant with a number of methods.

 

Do Jail Time

 

Many people mistakenly believe doing jail time instead of paying their ticket will be the cheapest way to lift the warrant. Some people even think this is their only option if they can’t afford to pay their expensive ticket. In reality, doing jail time is the equivalent of pleading guilty to the offense. It may have the indirect result of resolving your warrant, but it doesn’t save you from the other penalties associated with the offense, and some Class C convictions have very expensive surcharges and/or suspensions associated with them.

 

Pay the Ticket

 

You can also pay your ticket to lift the warrant. But paying the ticket is also seen as a guilty plea. So, once you pay the ticket and lift the warrant, you can be subject to more penalties, including surcharges. If you fail to pay those surcharges or miss a payment, your license can be suspended.

 

Post a Cash Bond

 

Another option is to request a new court date. To do this, you may have to pay a cash bond. But this is a high-risk move. If you miss your new court date, even accidentally, you forfeit the cash bond amount and are right back to square one.

 

Hire an Attorney to Post a Surety Bond

 

The best option is to hire an attorney to post a surety bond on your behalf. This lifts the warrant and reinstates the case on the court’s docket, and you have someone knowledgeable to appear for you in court to obtain the best deal for you, which may be to have the case dismissed! Moreover, you don’t have to take time out of your busy schedule to appear in court; the attorney does that for you!!

 

 

If you have a warrant 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.

 

How a Texas Traffic Ticket Can Lead to an Arrest

How a Texas Traffic Ticket Can Lead to an Arrest

An Escalating Situation

 

Many Texas traffic tickets are Class C misdemeanors, punishable by a fine of up to $500. But if you don’t pay the fine, you could face even more legal trouble. In fact, failing to pay your fine could lead to an arrest and even another criminal charge.

 

Fulfilling Your Obligation

 

If you signed your ticket, you made a promise to show up at your court date. If you don’t appear in court, the judge can issue a warrant for your arrest. The judge can charge you with failure to appear and can fine you even more. And if the judge has already issued a warrant and you appear in court, you could potentially be arrested.

 

If you want to try to pay the ticket without going to court, know that in doing so you are most likely pleading guilty to the offense and will be convicted. You may also have to pay additional fees—called surcharges—to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 

Seek Legal Guidance for Your Texas Traffic Ticket

 

Whatever you do, don’t think paying your ticket is the most cost-effective way of handling your case before you learn about your options and the consequences. Keeping a clean driving record is more important than ever, as Texas cracks down on unsafe drivers by charging excessive surcharges. As a result, mounting tickets could result in serious penalties.

 

Don’t make the mistake of failing to address a Texas traffic ticket. If you have a ticket you need to deal with, it is worth your time to consult with an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate the process. This is especially important if you’ve already missed your court date. An attorney can explain what could happen if you don’t appear in court or pay your fine and help you identify the most efficient way to clear your name. Often, a seasoned attorney will know how to step in immediately and take control of your case to prevent your arrest and minimize the consequences of your ticket. That may involve going to court to fight the ticket for you so you don’t have to take time off from work or your other responsibilities.

 

If you need help dealing with an outstanding traffic ticket 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.