What Types Of Criminal Defense Cases Does Your Firm Handle?
In terms of criminal defense cases, my firm handles criminal cases in San Antonio, Texas. We help people who are not considered career criminals, but rather regular citizens who are human, who may have made a mistake or are at the wrong place or the wrong time or are just wrongfully accused. For example, we have helped many people with charges of DWI, even getting dismissals where it is justified. For example, we have gotten dismissals, as well as charges dropped to obstruction of public highway on DWI cases. We also handle DWI-related auto accident charges and drug impairment cases (prescription or non-prescription). I have had several cases dropped from a felony to a misdemeanor or given time served sentences. We also handle domestic violence cases and violations of protective orders, assault with a deadly weapon, which may oftentimes be involved with divorce and child custody cases, and false allegations of abuse or sexual assault. While our main practice is currently injury trial work, over the years, I find that if a client has felt comfortable with us handling an injury case for them previously, then they will likely want us to handle other type of trial cases that may follow them at some future point.
Thus, over the last 30 years, I have handled quite a few different criminal cases in state court, both in Bexar County in San Antonio, and in South Texas. I have handled everything from disputing traffic tickets or charges to criminally negligent homicide. It is a prosecutor’s job to be above the law and prove the criminal accusations beyond a reasonable doubt. I hold them to their oath and rule of law, and when they cannot rule out my client’s innocence then I fight to make them see the failure of their proof. I have in the last 45 days, worked on two cases, which recently obtained two different offers of probation where the separate prosecutors both indicated they would never offer probation and demanded prison time. Both offers came after a long hard look into the details of the accusations and the charges and were the result of a lot of hard work and sleepless nights on behalf of my clients.
How Does The Process Of Bail Work In Texas?
After a person has been initially arrested and taken by the officer to be processed through a county jail, a judge called a magistrate advise them of the initial charges and will set their bail. Bail is usually based on the type and severity of the charge, and most crimes have a certain amount of bail already determined. There are some individual requirements to be able to qualify for bail. The bail obligation or contract sets out the terms and obligations including the promise that the person accused upon release from jail, will appear in court to face or defend themselves against the charges, and the bail amount is meant to financially penalize the person if they fail to do so. Most people do not have the full cash amount to post the entirety of the bail, so the court will allow a bondsman or a licensed attorney who has the approval to write the bail on behalf of the person accused. We write bail for clients in many cases. We have written bail as low as $1,000 up to $ 300,000.00.
The bail system works much like a credit card system whereby the person who bails someone out has a line of credit that they place at risk in order to secure the client’s release from jail. If the person who had bail posted for them fails to appear in court, then the government will want that money from the person who posted bail. The amount that is paid to the bondsman by the arrested person or family member is a fraction of the total amount of the bail, and is payment for the risk that person writing the bail takes on the Defendant. So, sometimes people think that they get their money back, but they do not, unless some part of the bail money is paid as security to guarantee performance.
The good news is that the full amount of the bail if the court orders it forfeited for a failure to appear does not have to be paid unless the court finds that the defendant intentionally hid from law enforcement or from facing the charges for a stated amount of time, which thankfully is very rare. If you are absent from court, and the judge orders your bail forfeited and issues a warrant for your arrest, an experienced attorney can initiate the process to turn you in so the bail is not forfeited and so bail can be reinstated or new bail can be written. The sooner you work with the attorney to correct any absence leading to a bail bond forfeiture and arrest warrant, the more options are available to keep you out of jail.
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