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Published on Thursday, 22 August 2013
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IT GOES ON YOUR RECORD, AND A LAWYER WHO SAYS OTHERWISE IS NOT TELLING YOU THE TRUTH

You must plead Guilty to receive Deferred Adjudication, and you will ALWAYS have a criminal record showing that you did so. You might be able to get it sealed, but that’s proving to be too little, too late in the information age.

YOU ARE GIVING UP THE RIGHT TO FIGHT YOUR CASE! Once on deferred, if you commit ANY violation of your probation, no matter how minor, the judge can CONVICT you of the case you pled to, and you can never fight that case, or seal the record.

Deferred Adjudication really might be the best deal for you, as it does technically avoid a conviction, but if your lawyer isn’t telling you the truth about the consequences, think long and hard about whether you can trust any of his advice. 

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Published on Thursday, 22 August 2013
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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT: USE IT!*

You are never required to, and you should NEVER, answer questions from a police officer without YOUR lawyer present.

If a police officer is calling you to ask questions, odds are very good that he thinks you have committed a crime. If he is asking about your whereabouts or your activity, he almost certainly does. YOU ARE HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO CONVINCE HIM OTHERWISE.

UPDATE: The Supreme Court has now decided that you must speak to use your Right to Remain Silent. Now, you must explicitly tell the officer that you intend to invoke your rights: 

“I WILL NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS WITHOUT A LAWYER.

 

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Published on Thursday, 22 August 2013
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Published on Thursday, 22 August 2013
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DO NOTHING, LOSE YOUR LICENSE: If you have been arrested for D.W.I., you have a rapidly-approaching deadline that most cops and bondsmen won’t tell you about. If you do not request a hearing from DPS within 15 days of your arrest, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended.

ANY LAWYER WHO TELLS YOU THAT THIS LICENSE HEARING IS POINTLESS OR A WASTE OF TIME IS NOT AN EXPERIENCED DWI LAWYER. It is true that many license hearings result is a suspension, but many do not. If nothing else, a competent D.W.I. lawyer will use this hearing as a way to learn more about your case than what the officer decided to put in his report, and some of these hearings even result in dismissal of the criminal case. NO competent DWI lawyer will suggest skipping this hearing.

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Published on Thursday, 22 August 2013
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