In the news, you often read about those arrested for alleged crimes leaving police custody after "posting bail" or "posting a bond." What exactly does that mean? How do they get the money? What is the deal with bail and bonds in the state of Texas?
You are dealing with an arrest for drunk driving, and your future flashes behind your eyes. Will you go to jail? And will you be able to keep your job -- or get another job?
Facing a charge of murder -- particularly first-degree murder -- is one of the most terrifying experiences you may have in your life. Naturally, you may be worried about losing your freedom and potentially spending a significant amount of time away from your family.
Being accused of committing a financial crime can understandably be scary, as such a charge can be life-altering if it results in a conviction. The reality is that authorities typically investigate these types of crimes many years before they bring charges, so if you are facing charges, you may feel uneasy about your chances of fighting them successfully.
Robbery is defined as taking money or property from another party by using fear or physical force against the victim. If a reported robbery involves a gun or other deadly weapon, if the crime victim ends up suffering an injury, or if the victim is disabled or over the age of 65, the alleged robber may face a charge of aggravated or armed robbery.
If you are on probation, you may consider yourself fortunate. However, while the court did not sentence you to jail, technically, you are still under the eye and hand of the justice system. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest and conviction, a judge may have granted you probation up to three years. In some situations, probation may last longer, but no matter its length, you likely felt relieved to have avoided a jail sentence.
Drunk driving charges are serious, no matter how old you are, but they can be particularly serious if you are under the age of 21. Texas minors charged with crimes related to alcohol and drunk driving face serious penalties, some of which may affect college careers and future opportunities.
There are many types of situations that can somehow result in criminal charges being filed against you. Perhaps you were driving along a Texas highway when police pulled you over because your tail light was out. The next thing you knew, you were asked to step out of your vehicle and walk a straight line, then charged with drunk driving. Maybe you borrowed a friend's jacket, and an officer searched the pockets, found a baggie of suspicious material and charged you with a drug crime.
The vast majority of criminal charges are resolved by a plea bargain. While access to a public trial is a constitutional right set forth in the Sixth Amendment, few defendants ever exercise this right.