Dallas Order of Non-Disclosure Lawyer

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Is your criminal history holding you back?  You may be eligible for an order of non-disclosure.  Once granted by the court, an order of non-disclosure can seal your criminal history information from public view, thereby allowing you to obtain employment that would otherwise be unavailable to you.  Also, an order of non-disclosure may allow you to rent an apartment or condo that you’ve been denied in the past.  Once an order of non-disclosure has been granted in your case, you can

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Dallas Arrest Warrant Attorneys

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The 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup began on March 7th.  If you’ve been putting off taking care of that pesky Dallas arrest warrant, now is the time to take action.  Law enforcement agencies from the around the state are presently joined in a concerted effort to arrest anyone who hasn’t taken care of their arrest warrants.  Depending upon the type of warrant that has been issued for your arrest, a Dallas arrest warrant attorney can advise you as to the best course of action to take, and can assist you in removing the warrant.  Don’t wait until you’re taken to jail during the 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup.

If your Dallas arrest warrant is the result of a felony charge, or a class A or B misdemeanor, it may be necessary to post an attorney bail bond.  A Dallas arrest warrant attorney can post an attorney bail bond on your behalf, thereby removing the warrant so that you are no longer subject to arrest.  If you’re arrested at your home, office, or during a traffic stop, and are taken to Lew Sterrett (the Dallas County Jail), you may be forced to wait in jail for six hours, or more, before a bond is set on your case.  However, a Dallas arrest warrant attorney may be able to avoid your having to go into custody at all.  To that end, a Dallas arrest warrant attorney may be able to obtain a personal recognizance bond, signed by a judge, in which the requirement that you be taken into custody is waived.

Alternatively, if your Dallas arrest warrant was issued due to an unpaid traffic ticket, a Dallas arrest warrant attorney can post an attorney bond, remove the warrant, and represent you in court on the underlying violation.  Under these circumstances, you won’t be required to go to jail or appear in court.  A Dallas arrest warrant attorney can handle the entire process for you.

No matter where your arrest warrant lies, if it’s been issued in the State of Texas, you are presently subject to arrest during the 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup.  Don’t end up in jail. Take action immediately!

Texas Surcharge Fees

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Many people don’t even know surcharges exist.  However, if you receive a traffic ticket and pay the fine, you may be signing up for expensive surcharge fees that are imposed by the State of Texas.  In Texas, surcharges obtain when you’re convicted of certain traffic violations.  For example, if you receive a traffic ticket for not having valid insurance on your vehicle, your first inclination may be to go online, or run down to the courthouse, and pay the fine.  Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that, in so doing, they’ve resolved their obligations on the ticket.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

When you pay the fine on a traffic ticket, you are convicted of the offense.  Traffic ticket convictions are reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.  When the State of Texas receives notice that you’ve been convicted of a “no insurance” violation, a $250 surcharge is imposed for three years.  To be clear, this surcharge is an additional $750 you’re required to pay, in addition to the fine you paid to the court.  Failure to pay surcharges can result in the loss of driving privileges.  In addition, multiple insurance violation convictions can cause your license to be suspended (i.e., separate and apart from the consequences you may suffer as a result of the surcharge fees).

The “no insurance” scenario is but one example of how you may incur surcharge fees.  There are many others.  For example, under some circumstances, a DWI conviction can result in a total of $6000 in surcharges!  Unfortunately, most people have no idea that they’ve incurred surcharge fees until it’s too late to do anything about them.  Don’t fall prey to Texas surcharges!  If you’ve been cited for a traffic offense, or arrested for DWI, contact an attorney to insure that your rights are protected.

2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup

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The 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup is about to begin!  The official staring date of the 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup hasn’t been released.  However, these warrant roundups usually begin in February and continue for several months.  During the 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup, a combined effort involving numerous jurisdictions throughout the State of Texas is unleashed.  Police officers, county sheriffs, constables and sheriffs deputies work together, going to great lengths to serve outstanding arrest warrants.  If you have an arrest warrant issued in your name, you are at risk during the Great Texas Warrant Roundup of 2015.  If you are subject to arrest, a law enforcement may come to your home, school, or office and take you into custody.

Don’t wait to be arrested!  If you have outstanding traffic ticket warrants, a lawyer can post an attorney bond and remove the warrants without your having to go to jail.  Even if your arrest warrant is for a more serious misdemeanor, or even a felony, an attorney may be able to post a personal recognizance bond or an attorney bail bond on your behalf, and work with you to seek a favorable resolution to your criminal case.  For a list of jurisdicitions that are participating in the Great Texas Warrant Roundup of 2015 please click here.

Dallas Jail Release Attorney

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If you know someone who’s been arrested in Dallas County, you should call a Dallas Jail Release Attorney.  A bail bondsman can only post your bond.  He can’t represent you in court.  Also, if someone you know is being held on a no bond warrant, a bail bondsman can’t ask for a reasonable bond to be set.

A Dallas Jail Release Attorney can ask for a bond to be set, even if your friend or loved one is in jail on a no bond warrant.  Also, a Dallas Jail Release Lawyer can post bond AND represent you in court on the underlying offense with which you are charged.  When you hire a Dallas Jail Release Lawyer, you are not simply hiring someone to post bond.  You are also hiring him to represent you in the criminal case that has lead to the arrest (a Dallas Jail Release Lawyer cannot bond you out, and not represent you in your case).

If someone you know is under arrest in Dallas County, whether they are being held in Lew Sterrett, or in a suburban jail, call a Dallas Jail Release Attorney today!

Dallas Forgery Lawyer

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You can be charged with forgery, if you alter any type of writing in such a way that it suggests that it’s been written by someone else.  Hence, you can be arrested for forgery if you sign someone else’s name while endorsing a check, executing a legal document, etc.  Not only can a forged document get you in trouble, but possession of a forged document with the intent to pass it can also land you in jail for forgery.  Under the Texas forgery statute, a “writing” contemplates a number of different scenarios, including money, printed materials, coins, checks, seals, stamps, trademarks, and credit cards.

Generally, forgery is charged as a class A misdemeanor, which carries a penalty range of up to one year in the county jail, and a fine not to exceed $4000.  More specifically, if the alleged act of forgery concerns a deed, will, security instrument, deed of trust, check, credit card, authorization for debit, or mortgage, the forgery charge is classified as a state jail felony, which can result in a sentence from 180 days to two years in the state jail, and a fine in an amount of no more than $10,000.  Additionally, if the forgery, cconcerns securities, cash, stamps, or a governmental record, you could be facing a 3rd degree felony.  In Texas, third degree felonies carry a punishment scheme of two to ten years in the state penitentiary, and a fine of $10,000 or less.  Finally, if the victim of an alleged forgery is elderly, the Texas Penal Code provides for an enhancement of the charge to one degree of offense greater than what the charge would have been, were the alleged victim not an elderly person.  For example, a third degree felony charge would be enhanced to a second degree felony, if the alleged victim is over 65.

Texas Improper Photography Statute Held Unconstitutional

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Last Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals held the improper photography statute unconstitutional, “to the extent that it proscribes the taking of photographs and the recording of visual images.”  Citing 1st Amendment “Free Speech” grounds, the court reasoned that taking photographs in public places is constitutionally protected, because they are considered to be “protected expression.”  Therefore, “the act that creates the end product” should be afforded similar protection.

Dallas Issuance of Bad Check Lawyer

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Facing charges for issuance of a bad check?  If you didn’t have enough money in your account to cover a check you’ve written, you could find yourself facing bad check charges.  You can be arrested for issuance of a bad check, even if you gave someone the check as a gift (good to know, in case your grandmother writes you a bad check for your birthday and you want to prosecute).    In this respect issuance of bad check charges are distinguishable from the offense of theft by check, which requires that you

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Dallas Live Chat Attorney

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 Need to speak with a Dallas criminal defense attorney, but are reluctant to call a law firm on the phone? Perhaps you want to simply ask a quick question. Or maybe you’re at work, and you don’t want your co-workers to overhear your conversation. The solution is live online chat.

Our website now features Live Chat, which allows you to speak with someone from our office, online, without even having to pick up the phone. We’re available during normal business hours (and, sometimes, after hours) to answer your questions, schedule appointments, and

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