Last updated 22 hours ago
Individuals charged with criminal offenses are not automatically granted bail. It’s important to have a criminal defense attorney present at your bail hearing to represent you, particularly since the prosecutor will attempt to have bail either denied or to set a very high amount for bail. There are a number of factors the judge may consider when granting bail and establishing the amount of bail.
One of the most important factors the judge will consider is the nature of the offense. Individuals charged with crimes that are considered particularly heinous, such as child sex abuse, have a much more difficult time obtaining bail. The judge may also consider your prior convictions, if applicable. If you were previously released on bail, the judge will consider how you behaved during that time. To assess your flight risk, the judge will evaluate whether you have family and a job in the area, and how long you have lived in the area. Your financial resources are another important consideration.
Don’t appear at your bail hearing alone; protect your legal rights by hiring a criminal defense attorney. Residents in Dallas and Plano can contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass at (214) 613-1972 to arrange for exceptional legal representation.
Last updated 6 days ago
Under most circumstances, a police officer cannot enter your home unless he or she has a search warrant that specifies access to the home. This legal protection is granted to citizens by the Fourth Amendment, which makes unreasonable searches and seizures illegal. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
You can hear about these exceptions by watching this video or by consulting your criminal defense attorney. For example, a police officer may enter your home and search it without a warrant if you provide consent for the search. An emergency, such as a house fire, is another exception.
If you believe you’ve been the victim of an unlawful search and seizure, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass in Dallas, Texas. You can reach our criminal law firm at (214) 613-1972 or you can visit our website to learn more about our legal services.
Last updated 23 days ago
Federal crimes carry severe punishment if convicted. Considering the life-changing consequences of a guilty verdict in federal court, it’s important that you seek legal representation from a defense attorney in Dallas who has experience defending federal crimes. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with a federal crime, there are a few important things you should know about federal court.
The difference between state and federal courts lies in the jurisdiction of each court. Jurisdiction refers to the kinds of cases a court is authorized to hear. Federal court jurisdiction is limited to the types of cases listed in the Constitution and specifically provided for by Congress. For the most part, federal courts only hear cases in which the U.S. is a party, cases involving violations of the U.S. Constitution or federal laws, and bankruptcy/copyright/patent law cases.
Criminal federal cases start with an indictment, which is a formal accusation that a person committed a crime. After the indictment is issued, the defendant is summoned to court for arraignment, a proceeding in which the defendant is brought before a judge and asked to plead guilty or not guilty to charges. The case then moves into the trial stage. Federal cases can be very complex, so be sure your criminal defense attorney has federal crime defense experience.
A defendant who is found guilty in a federal criminal trial has a right to appeal the decision to the U.S. court of appeals. An appeal is a formal request asking another court to decide whether the trail court proceedings were conducted properly. The federal appeals process requires the expertise and guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Whether you are under investigation or formally charged in connection with a federal crime, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Glass provides the legal representation you need to fight federal charges. Contact us online or call us at (214) 613-1972 to arrange your free initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Texas today.
Last updated 25 days ago
When an individual is charged with assault, he is either charged with simple or aggravated assault. The biggest difference is how the two are classified. While simple assaults are classified as misdemeanors, aggravated assaults are classified as felonies and may be punished with significant fines and lengthy prison sentences. In either case, it’s important that you have an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney on your side. To help you better understand the charges you are up against, here is a look at simple and aggravated assault in Texas.
Simple assault charges encompass minor injuries, touching, and threatening words or behavior directed at individuals or groups of people. In order to be charged with simple assault based on threatening words or behavior, the alleged victim must truly fear being hurt by the person making the threatening remarks or gestures. As a misdemeanor, simple assault carries a small fine and little to no jail time for a conviction—but that doesn’t mean a criminal defense attorney can’t aggressively fight to have the charges against you dropped.
Aggravated assault involves more serious injuries and the addition of weapons into the equation. Even if a deadly weapon is not used on another person, the act of threatening someone with a weapon can be considered aggravated assault. Because aggravated assault is classified as a felony, a guilty verdict can be a life changing event. If you are facing aggravated assault charges, don’t hesitate to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Dallas to begin establishing your defense strategy.
No matter what type of assault charges you are facing, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass can help. We handle state and federal criminal defense for clients throughout Dallas and the surrounding North Texas communities. Contact us online or call us at (214) 613-1972 to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense lawyers.