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Archives for: November, 2017

Nov 30
2017

Common Reasons Texans are Charged with Violating Their Probation

Probation Violations

Probation is often offered as an alternative to a jail sentence, or in combination with a much shorter jail sentence than you would otherwise face. Under probation, you are allowed to remain free, but must follow procedures and policies outlined by the community supervision department.

Violating your probation comes with serious consequences, which could include hefty fines, extended probation, or revocation of probation. Therefore, if you are under probation, it is imperative that you understand all of the requirements that you need to follow.

These can differ depending upon your specific situation, but there are a number of common requirements. Below, we’re going to detail two different types of probation in Texas and several ways that people typically violate them.[...]

Nov 24
2017

How YODA Helps Tarrant County Juveniles Who Have Been Charged

Juvenile Crimes | YODA

When you’re a teen or young adult, emotions tend to run high. Sometimes, it does not take a whole lot to make you angry. Physical altercations even come easier because juveniles often act without really thinking things through.

Obviously, if a juvenile breaks the law, they need to face consequences. However, that should not be the end goal. With juveniles especially, our society wants to educate and rehabilitate rather than merely incarcerating.

Unfortunately, there is a big question right now about whether the type of consequences typically imposed by the Texas Juvenile Justice System actually work.

How the Traditional Texas Juvenile Justice System Works

Here are the basic steps involved in the traditional Texas juvenile justice system.

  1. A report is
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Nov 15
2017

Everything You Need to Know about Texas Shoplifting Laws

Shoplifting/Retail Theft

If you have been charged with shoplifting in Texas, you may wonder what penalties you may face if convicted. Here is a guide to everything you need to know about shoplifting charges in Texas, and what defenses may be used to help you.

What the Texas Statutes Say about Shoplifting

Texas Penal Code §31.03 addresses theft, which comes in several different forms. Shoplifting is a type of theft crime. Moreover, it is the most common offense brought to court in the Fort Worth area.

Theft is defined as unlawfully taking someone else’s property. In a shoplifting case, this would apply to unlawfully taking a retail store’s property.

The taking of property is unlawful when the one who takes it has [...]

Nov 8
2017

Ft. Worth DWI Program’s Death Makes Fighting Back Even More Important

Drunk Driving | DWI | FAIP

Drinking and driving is a problem in our country and here in Texas, but that problem might now be getting bigger due to funding being cut from a program aimed at helping repeat DWI offenders get sober.

Last week, we discussed some of the diversion programs offered by Tarrant County to rehabilitate offenders and help them avoid the standard criminal justice process. Well, one of those programs – the Felony Alcohol Intervention Program (FAIP) – has lost its $140,000 state grant.

Using risk-assessment data, the governor’s office “believes the data reveals that most DWI offenders are at low risk of being arrested again, and such programs are for high-risk offenders.” In fact, they determined that 80 percent of FAIP’s [...]

Nov 1
2017

Do You Qualify to Have Your Texas Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged?

Expungment/Criminal Record Sealing

Alexander Pope wrote, “To err is human.” Which is true – we all make mistakes.

Most of the time, we learn from our mistakes and continue on with our lives. Sometimes, however, our mistakes follow us around wherever we go.

When you are arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime, it shows up on your criminal record, which is available for anyone to see. Regardless of how you’ve changed and improved your life after this “mistake,” your criminal history can continue to haunt your employment, educational, housing, and financial opportunities for years to come.

So how can you finally put your past behind you and move forward with a clean slate?

Depending on the offense and the circumstances surrounding that [...]

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