San Antonio Warrant Lawyer
Warrants are dangerous. In Texas, warrants can have devastating consequences, and are routinely issued without notice. Warrants are common after failing to appear in court, an at-large filing of a new criminal charge, or a violation of probation.
Warrants must be resolved quickly and carefully. TPL works diligently to swiftly resolve arrest warrants in the most discreet and painless way possible.
Texas Failure to Appear Warrant
Everyone charged with a criminal offense in Texas has a right to release from jail before court. Defendants are released by posting a cash Bond or Bail bond, and in some instances, through a Personal Recognizance (PR) Bond. However release is obtained, every defendant must agree to appear in court on a set date and time.
Failure to appear in court will result in the forfeiture of the bond and the issuance of a Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear or Bail Jumping.
- What are the penalties for failure to appear? Failure to appear in Texas results in an arrest warrant and a new criminal charge, the punishment range falls anywhere between a Class C Misdemeanor and a Third Degree Felony, depending on the underlying charge.
Traffic Ticket Warrants in Texas
Traffic citations are an expensive inconvenience. However, if ignored, a simple speeding ticket can transform into a warrant, resulting in a surprise arrest at the worst possible moment.
- How do you get rid of traffic ticket warrants? Take action. The safest and most efficient way to lift warrants associated with tickets in Texas is to contact an attorney immediately. This prevents arrest, and can lead to swift resolution, the restoration of driving privilege, and peace of mind. Start now.
Probation Violation Warrant in Texas
Probation violations are critical matters that can have devastating consequences. Violating any term or condition of probation can result in the State filing a Motion to Revoke (MTR) probation. A simple violation can quickly turn into a permanent criminal conviction. Take no chance. If you have an MTR concern act now. Learn more.
Warrant Resolution in San Antonio
If you have an active warrant for your arrest, or believe you may soon have an active warrant, it pays to be proactive. In some circumstances, it is possible to avoid arrest, and actually clear the warrant, without going to jail.
- Do I have a warrant in San Antonio? The best way to check for warrants in San Antonio, is to call the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Trey Porter Named San Antonio Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
Mr. Porter has been voted by his peers as one of San Antonio’s Best Lawyers every year since 2015, with specific recognition in the fields of Criminal Defense and DWI Defense. Mr. Porter is also recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer, and holds a 10.0 Superb Rating from AVVO, where attorneys are rated on skillful litigation, client satisfaction, peer endorsements, and positive results. Learn more.
If you have an outstanding warrant in San Antonio or a surrounding county, it’s important to act quickly to get out in front of it.
Warrants are common issues after an arrest on a new criminal offense, failure to appear in court, or after a violation of probation. When warrants of these types are issued, the defendant is not automatically noticed.
I have extensive experience dealing with the following types of warrants:
- Felony warrants
- Class A or B misdemeanor warrants
- Municipal warrants
- Justice of the Peace warrants
- Failure to Appear warrants
- Motion to Revoke Probation warrants
- Bond increase warrants
- Warrants for unpaid traffic citations
Every judge has a different temperament. There are judges that will issue a warrant for your arrest after a simple probation violation. One of the worst parts about this type of situation is that you can have a warrant for your arrest for a days, even weeks, without notice.
While an arrest warrant requires being magistrated and having a bond set, I have had success approaching judges to resolve the situation without forcing the defendant to get re-arrested and post a new bond.
The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure §18.02 states that warrants can be issued to search for and seize the following:
- Property acquired by theft or in any other illegal manner
- Property specially designed, made, or adapted for or commonly used in the commission of a criminal offense
- Arms and munitions kept or prepared for the purposes of insurrection or riot
- Prohibited weapons
- Gambling devices or equipment, altered gambling equipment, or gambling paraphernalia
- Obscene materials kept or prepared for commercial distribution or exhibition
- A drug, controlled substance, immediate precursor, chemical precursor, or other controlled substance property, including an illegally kept, prepared, or manufactured apparatus or paraphernalia
- Any illegally possessed property
- Implements or instruments used in the commission of a crime
- Property or items, except the personal writings by the accused, constituting evidence of an offense or constituting evidence tending to show that a particular person committed an offense
- Contraband subject to forfeiture or
- Electronic customer data held in electronic storage.
The Government can circumvent the warrant requirement when exigent circumstances exist. Some examples include:
- “Hot pursuit” of an alleged offender
- Protection of life and property
- To prevent the destruction of evidence
- To prevent the escape of an alleged offender
- To search for additional alleged offenders or
- When alleged offenders are armed
- “Plain View” searches
- Stop and frisk
- Search incident to arrest
- Consent searches
Not all warrants are valid. The Government will frequently be protected for acting in “good faith,” but there are situations where the excuse of “good faith” isn’t good enough. Clear examples of dishonesty, exaggeration or mistake can undercut the validity of a warrant.
Evidence obtained from a warrant found to be invalid will be suppressed. Additionally, the warrant can be successfully challenged if:
- Application wasn’t made under oath
- Lack of probable cause
- False statements/motives of information source or confidential informant
- Property searched or seized was not specified in warrant
- Other procedural errors
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San Antonio DUI Lawyer
DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED .15
Driving facts involved failing to maintain a single lane and speeding. Client refused breath test and forced law enforcement to obtain search warrant for blood. Blood test result was not used after challenge from Defense, and State waived and abandoned charge.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Client was a college student, worried about the collateral consequences of an alcohol offense. After negotiation and review of the traffic stop, the case was dismissed. Client received no criminal conviction. The charge was later expunged and deleted from client’s record.
DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED .15+
Client was involved in minor accident. Client was at fault in accident. A young executive, client was concerned that a criminal conviction for DWI would result in termination. After review of the traffic stop, it was clear the officer lacked probable cause for arrest. State eventually dismissed DWI charge. Client received no criminal conviction.
Client, a military veteran, was facing up to one year in jail. State could not prove intoxication by alcohol, and was prepared to proceed on loss of use by marijuana. After challenging the State to prove that marijuana was ingested at or near time of driving, and that marijuana impaired client’s driving, the State dismissed the case on the day of trial.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Driving facts involved a false claim by police that taillight was out. After challenging the reasonable suspicion for the traffic stop, the State was forced to dismiss the case when video did not match police report. Client has since expunged arrest, and has no criminal record.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Client is a public school teacher and faced immediate termination upon conviction. The facts of the case were bad. State was unwilling to budge in negotiation, and matter was set for trial – the last shot at avoiding a conviction and preserving client’s livelihood. State was forced to dismiss on day of trial. Client has no criminal record, and has since expunged the DWI arrest.
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