Criminal law involves an action initiated by the government against an individual who has committed a crime. The criminal laws of the government are codified into statutes. When an individual allegedly violates a law, as listed in the statutes, then the government can prosecute that individual. The remedies in criminal court may involve a money fine and/or a jail or prison sentence. Civil law is the area of law by which private individuals or businesses resolve their differences with the help of the civil courts. The remedies available in civil courts are generally limited to money damages.
Yes. For example, if a person decides to walk up and hit another person and causes injuries to that person, the person initiating the contact may be found guilty of assault in a criminal court and liable for their injuries in a civil court.
The general rule, as provided for in both our federal and state constitutions, is that all persons are entitled to “reasonable bail” while their case is pending. There are some circumstances that may entitle the Court to deny you a bond.
If you have received a “No Bond”, in your case this means that you cannot be released out of jail by paying a bond until a bail amount is set by the assigned judge. The bond will not be set until you are taken into formal custody. You may receive a “No Bond” if you have been previously sentenced to prison two or more times. You may receive a “No Bond” if you are on probation or are out on bond for another criminal offense. If you have been charged with a particularly violent crime like abuse or murder, the judge or prosecutor might consider you to be a “flight risk,” and you may be held without bond.
Yes. However, any evidence obtained as a direct result of a statement obtained in violation of Miranda rights, will likewise be excluded from the evidence admissible at trial. While what you say may not be used against you if your Miranda rights are violated, it does not prevent the government from prosecuting you based on evidence obtained from other sources.
Maybe and maybe not, and your answer to this question will depend on many circumstances. The United States Constitution, Texas Constitution, as well as Article 38.22 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, place limits on your interrogation by a police officer. Police officers are not required to read you your Miranda rights prior to placing you under arrest, but once the arrest is made these rights must be read to you prior to any police interrogation. Any statement taken in violation of these provisions may result in suppression of the statement as evidence in trial.
Most Criminal Defense Attorney almost always recommend that you refrain from conversing with a police officer about a crime that you are accused of committing. Even if you are innocent, police investigators are highly skilled at distorting seemingly innocent statements into ammunition that can be used against you in court. It is difficult to overcome the police officer’s predisposed opinion about you, and therefore it is recommended that you seek the help of Experienced Trial Attorney.
Texas law impose restrictions on gun possession and ownership for individuals who have felony convictions. Texas Penal Code Sec. 46.04 specifically states, (a) A person who has been convicted of a felony commits an offense if he possesses a firearm: (1) after conviction and before the fifth anniversary of the person’s release from confinement following conviction of the felony or the person’s release from supervision under community supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision, whichever date is later.
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When you are faced with possible jail time, you need to move fast to protect yourself, your family and your future. Attorney Equator L. Turner can help to provide you with the protection you may need. With Criminal Law Matters, having an Experienced Attorney at your side at the earliest state of an investigation can really make a difference.
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