Our Number is (972) 369-0577. Put it In Your Phone Right Now. Yes, YOU!

June 13, 2017

By Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

www.rosenthalwadas.com

(972) 369-0577

Put our phone number in your phone right now.  It is (972) 369-0577.

Why do you want a criminal defense lawyer’s number in your phone?  It should be self explanatory but many don’t think they’ll ever need it.  Fair enough.

There are two main reasons.

The First Reason

I recently spoke to several groups of non-lawyers about criminal justice.  They were interested in my topic but not particularly excited or passionate.  Why should they be?  To them criminal cases happen in newspapers or on television and — like advertising — it might affect a few people out there but it doesn’t affect them.

At the most recent lecture, I decided to bring the topic home for a more engaging discussion.  I wanted the audience to know why they all needed our phone numbers in their phone.  And the answer is simple —  You don’t lead a life of crime and you don’t plan on getting arrested…? GREAT!  Me too!

But Rosenthal & Wadas has built a big criminal defense law practice right here in the suburb of McKinney, Texas?  How did we do that…?  Because people’s sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, grandsons, granddaughters, sisters, brothers, friends and co-workers are getting arrested here.  They get arrested for DWI, domestic violence, drug charges, embezzlement, sexual assault and on and on and on.

Now, when a criminal case gets hot — it gets hot.  When the arrest or accusation happens — the case is hot.  We potentially create more value by getting into a case right at the beginning than at any other time.  This is because we can represent someone during an investigation or sometimes just help put the fire of an arrest out so we can begin getting to the bottom of what happened to get the best end result.

Sometimes key legal advice or representation at the inception of a case can make the whole thing go away.  You read that right.

So if you don’t plan on ever getting arrested — great — but put our number in your phone for when you get an unexpected call from a co-worker, friend, or just a non-conformist family member.  People’s friends and loved ones are being arrested every-day right here in Collin County and they’ll often turn to you looking for direction.  I hope it is never your loved one, but why not be prepared?

Our office has a lawyer on call 24/7.

The Second Reason

Putting our number in your phone is free.  (972) 369-0577.

Do it now while you’re thinking about it.

*Jeremy Rosenthal is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice.  For legal advice about any specific situation you should contact a lawyer directly.

 

 


24-Hour Criminal Lawyer

October 28, 2016

By Board Certified Collin County Criminal Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

(214) 724-7065 (24-hour line)

www.rosenthalwadas.com

Call if you’re having a criminal law emergency.

Examples of things the lawyers at our office can help with 24/7 are:

  • Police want to interview you or a loved one about anything;
  • You have reason to believe you or a loved will are or soon will be investigated;
  • Law enforcement has just executed a search warrant on you or a loved one;
  • A loved one has been arrested for a felony or Class B Misdemeanor or higher and you don’t know what to do;
  • A loved one is being held in jail without bond;
  • You or a loved one are concerned about probation violations;
  • Any other type of “bomb-shell” which you know or suspect needs a lawyer;

Criminal law emergencies come in many shapes and forms, so if you have a question please call.  (Please, no traffic tickets or traffic warrants).

All calls are confidential pursuant to Tex.R.Evid. 503(b)(2).  Rosenthal & Wadas has a team of 7 lawyers so someone will be available 24/7 to help.

 

Common Mistakes People Make With Criminal Law Emergencies

  • They Self-Diagnose on the Computer

There is only so much you can google about a situation where someone has an urgent criminal legal problem.  There is no substitute for picking up the phone and calling a lawyer who has handled thousands of cases.  If you had a true medical emergency, would you call 911 or would you go to a search engine?

  • They panic too Little

I can’t tell you how often someone comes into my office after it’s too late.  They considered calling a lawyer earlier but because they didn’t their situation is worse than it was before.  People often follow their gut instinct which is understandable.  The problem when you face an unknown and new situation is “you don’t know what you don’t know.”  We’ve handled thousands of cases.  We can tell you if there is a problem or not and what to do.

 

  • They Panic too Much

We can help ease the stress for some problems — which just aren’t problems.  We do see plenty of cases where someone or their loved one is worried sick about a situation that isn’t worth the mental strain of the worry.  Nothing makes us happier than to give some good news and help people understand criminal proceedings, consequences, or jail is simply unrealistic or far-fetched.

Your Call is Welcome 24/7

If you’re having a criminal law emergency, please call (again, no traffic tickets or warrants please).  If you’re just web-surfing then put the phone number in your phone.  I hope you never need it, but putting it in your phone is absolutely free and it could save you valuable time if you ever do need to find a criminal lawyer in a hurry.

 

*Jeremy Rosenthal is an attorney licensed in the State of Texas and is Board Certified in Criminal Law.  Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice.  For legal advice about any situation you should consult an attorney directly.

 


Bail Bond FAQ’s

January 15, 2011

By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

(214) 724-7065 24-hour jail release number

(972) 369-0577 (office)

www.thecollincountylawyer.com

1.  What is a Bond?

Bond is a dollar amount an arrested person needs to post as collateral for their release.  If the person doesn’t come to court when requested, then the bond can be forfeited and an arrest warrant issued.

2.  What is a Cash Bond?

A cash bond is where an arrested person (usually through their family) pays the full amount of the bond to secure the release on their own accord.  When the case is over, regardless of the outcome, the bond is refunded directly to the accused person.

3. What is a Bail Bond?

Often people can’t afford to pay cash for a bond.  A bail bond is where a 3rd party guarantor assures the county that if the person forfeits — that this person will pay the county it’s money.  Guarantors can be certain lawyers authorized by the county to do so or can be bail bond companies.

4.  How Does Bond get Set?

Bond can be set a handful of different ways.  If someone is arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant, then the warrant will usually have a bond amount already assigned.  In most cases, though, bond is set after the arrested person is taken to a magistrate judge who then sets the bond.

In Collin County, where a lawyer files a writ of habeas corpus in certain misdemeanors (usually DWI, Theft, or marijuana drug possession arrests), it will also trigger an immediate bond without having to wait to see the magistrate.  These are referred to locally as writ bonds.

Under Texas law, an automatic bond of $5,000 should be set on any misdemeanor offense where the accused has not been taken to a magistrate within 24-hours after the arrest under Tex.Code.Crim.P. 17.033(a) and $10,000 bond for felonies after 48-hours.

5.  Can a Non-Lawyer File a Writ of Habeas Corpus?

No.  A writ bond is a formal pleading filed by one person on behalf of another.  That requires a license to practice law.

6.  Are there Other Reasons to Hire a Lawyer for a Writ Bond in Collin County?

Yes.  An attorney can obviously do far more than just file the writ.    A lawyer can meet with your loved one in custody to give them legal advice they can use if there is an ongoing investigation and help to answer questions they may have.  Also, the attorney can usually give you instant professional analysis of the case to answer some of the many questions the family may have.

7.  Can a Lawyer Also do a Bail Bond?

Yes.  Some lawyers are also approved by their counties to be sureties on bonds.  For example, I am authorized to write bonds for people arrested in Collin County.  This allows me to both file the writ and be a surety so that my client saves money in the transaction by not having to both pay my fee and pay a cash bond in addition.  You should ask any lawyer you are dealing with if they are also approved by the County.  Also, any lawyer acting as a surety is acting as that person’s attorney of record pursuant to Texas Occupation Code 1704.163(2).

8.  How Do Bail Bonds Work?

Most bail bond companies charge a fee that is a percentage of the over-all bond in exchange for being the guarantor with the County.  For example, someone with a $10,000 bond may pay a bondsman a fee of $1,000 (or 10%).  The bondsman will then inform the county that if the person does not go to Court to resolve their case, the bondsman may be liable for the entire amount to the County.  A bondsman will usually take steps to make sure that the person is aware of their court date, and if necessary, assist in the apprehension of someone that has ‘skipped’ bail so that they don’t have to pay the county in the case of a default.  A bondsman can file an application with the Court to be discharged from the bond if they feel the defendant may not appear for court.  This filing can result in a warrant and arrest of the defendant.

9.  Can a Bail Bondsman Refer a Lawyer to Me?

Texas Occupations Code 1704.304(a) criminalizes certain activity by bondsman and says, “A bail bond surety or an agent of a bail bond surety may not recommend or suggest to a person for whom the bail bond surety executes a bond the employment of an attorney or law firm in connection with a criminal offense.”  Also a bail bondsman can lose their license if they, “recommend(s) to a client the employment of a particular attorney or law firm in a criminal case.”  See Tex.Occ.C. 1704.252(11).

Getting a loved one out of jail can be a trying experience.  The number one priority is taking care of your friend or family member.  There is no such thing as a bad question when your dealing with a bail bond company or an attorney.

*Jeremy F. Rosenthal is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is authorized to write surety bonds in Collin County, Texas.  Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice.  For legal advice about any specific situation you should consult an attorney directly.




When You’re Entitled to a Bond (and When You’re Not)

December 29, 2010

By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

www.thecollincountylawyer.com

24-hour Jail Release Number (214) 724-7065

Office Number (972) 369-0577

A bond is an amount of money set by a magistrate judge to secure the release of someone arrested.  It is the state’s collateral to assure the arrested person appears for future criminal proceedings.

As a quick reference guide, you’ll find bond statutes in the Texas Constitution and throughout the Code of Criminal Procedure in Chapters 15, 16, 17, 44, 45, 47 and 55.  So if you’re paging through the code, you’ll have to be diligent and thorough.

In some instances people are not eligible to even have a bond set.  This obviously means they can’t get out of jail.  In other instances, their right to have a bond set may be discretionary by the Court — meaning bail can be denied.  Judges can also impose limitations or conditions of bond such as a deep lung device for DWI arrests or no-contact provisions for family assault cases.

Here’s a quick cheat-sheet:

Misdemeanor arrests:  Yes (eligible for a bond)

Misdemeanor probation revocations/ adjudications: Yes

Misdemeanor appeals:  Yes

Felony arrests:  Yes

Felony adjudications: Yes

Felony probation revocations:  Discretionary (up to the Judge)

Felony Appeals:  Yes, if the sentence is 10 years or less and is not offense under 3g(a)(1) of Art. 42.12.

Felony Appeal where higher court reverses conviction: Yes (regardless of amount of imprisonment).

Felony PDR (Petition for Discretionary Review): Discretionary, set by Court or Criminal Appeals

Always contact an attorney if you have questions about a bond in certain situations.

If conditions of bond are violated, in certain circumstances, then future bond can be denied altogether.  Examples are for violent offenders or for crimes against children.

*Jeremy F. Rosenthal is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Texas.  Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice.  For specific legal advice about any situation you should contact an attorney directly.

 


Collin County Writ Bonds

December 8, 2010

By Dallas and Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

(214) 724-7065 (jail release number)

(972) 369-0577 (office number)

www.rosenthalwadas.com

A “Writ Bond” is a filing by a lawyer in Collin County that will cause the sheriff’s office to set a bond prior to the arrested person being seen by a magistrate on a Class A or B Misdemeanor (typically DWI, possession of marijuana, or theft).

Writ Bonds aren’t applicable for felony arrests, traffic ticket arrests or assault arrests.

People arrested by police in any Collin County city may be eligible for a writ bond whether they are in the County jail in McKinney or not.  These communities include (but aren’t limited to) Prosper, Allen, Frisco, Plano, Celina, Fairview, Anna, Melissa, Parker or Murphy.

A “writ bond” shouldn’t be confused with a bail bond.

Hiring an attorney for a writ bond in Collin County is an important decision.  Not only can the attorney help your friend or loved one be released from jail quickly, but they can on occasion provide critical legal advice about the arrest ore even help ease your mind with information about the criminal justice system which may be rushing through your mind.

*Jeremy F. Rosenthal is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Texas.  Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice.  For legal advice about any topic you should directly consult an attorney.


How Do You Get Someone Out of Plano Jail on a DWI?

June 2, 2010

By Collin County Criminal Defense attorney Jeremy Rosenthal

www.rosenthalwadas.com

(214) 724-7065  24-hour line

(972) 369-0577   office line

Getting someone out of jail is a two-step process.  A bond (amount of money paid to the County to secure the release of an arrested person) must (1) be set; (2) and then paid or otherwise satisfied.

Bond can be set one of two ways in Plano, Collin County, for a first, second, or DWI over 0.15 arrest:

1.  Writ Bond

Collin County has a process described as a writ bond as a way to release people from jail without having physically appearing before a magistrate judge.  This is a writ of habeas corpus filed by an attorney on behalf of the accused which triggers an instant cash bond with the county.

Once the bond is paid, the person is released (assuming they have no other holds or unaddressed charges pending).

2.  Seeing a Magistrate Judge

A magistrate judge generally arraigns people arrested at the Plano city jail on a daily basis — normally in the morning.  This is where the judge will set a bond.  A Magistrate will take into consideration the severity of the charges amongst other factors when setting bond.

The main advantage of a writ bond is it will usually result in a quicker release from jail.

Paying the Bond

The County should accept cash for a bond set by a writ or from a magistrate judge.  The money is held by the County while the case is pending and is refundable once the case is over whether the accused is acquitted, convicted, or if the charges are dismissed.  The county can generally keep the money if the accused does not show up for a future court setting.

If you do not want to post the actual cash amount, then you can hire a bail bondsman who can guarantee the necessary amount on your behalf.

What if They Told Me They’re “Transporting” Him/Her to the Collin County Jail?

You can still do a writ bond at the main Collin County Jail in McKinney just the same as you could in Plano as long as the arrestee has not seen a magistrate.  There is typically a delay because of the transportation process.  Arrestees are transported to McKinney because it saves cities such as Plano money and has no significance to your friend or loved one’s underlying case.

Depending on the time of the transfer, it may delay the arrestees ability to see a magistrate judge once they get to McKinney.  Jailers will not discuss the times or methods of jail transports with the public for security reasons.

After Getting out of Jail:

One of the main questions I am asked about when someone learns their loved one was arrested for DWI is about how severe the charges are.  You can read about the severity of DWI charges here.  Generally, an attorney can cover the remainder of the ups, downs, rights and lefts of a driving while intoxicated arrest at a consultation. (preferably after your friend or loved one has gotten some sleep!)  My guess is that for now, you’re probably concerned enough about item No. 1 above.  If you’re really that curious, though, I’ll give you more basic information on DWI’s here, here and here, but it really takes an hour or more to go over everything in person.

*Jeremy F. Rosenthal is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Texas.  Nothing in this article should be considered legal advice.  For specific legal advice, you should directly consult an attorney.