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As many of you already know from the emails you have received, we are going to start using Google Groups to communicate. Eventually, the plan is to phase out the current Members Only section with the Google Group site. The hope is to replace the glitchy and hacker-prone system with a stable and secure one.…

Sarah Gunter’s Report on Bond Forfeitures

The following is a report from Sarah Mitchell Gunter, chair of the committee that is studying the problem of bond forfeitures in CCL#1. Please respond with any input to Sarah at: sarahmgunter@gmail.com I sat down with Kay Alexander yesterday to discuss the situation in county court 1. I think that, to get anywhere, I need…

Immigration Consequences of Selected Texas Offenses

Last week, Jeff Sheets and I tried an aggravated assault/deadly weapon case in Hockley County, ultimately working out a satisfactory deal for misdemeanor deadly conduct with no deadly weapon finding. Since the client was a resident alien, we struggled with immigration consequences of various lesser-included offenses to request in the charge. During our research Jeff…

Prairie Dog Lawyers’ Advanced Criminal Law Seminar – Now Online and on DVD

Don’t miss out on the topics from this outstanding program recently co-sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers (TCDLA) and Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (LCDLA). Choose from: – Court of Criminal Appeals – Defending Computer Crime & Law Office Computer Technology – Domestic Assault – DWI: Defense, Common Problems & Solutions, Jury Selection Techniques…

Administrative DL Suspension Appeal

AG Opinion, March 3, 2007: The State Office of Administrative Hearings is not required to furnish a free transcript in an administrative driver’s license suspension appeal. http://www.oag.state.tx.us/opinions/op50abbott/ga-0524.htm

Victory: Dwight McDonald

Big win for Big Mac! Dwight McDonald in a one day trial in Castro convinced a Castro County jury to give his client ten years probation for possession with intent to deliver 74 grams of methamphetamine. The jury was out 2.5 hours on guilt-innocence, but only 20 minutes on punishment. The State’s offer was 20…

New Motions Available for Member’s Only

New motions are now available under “Resources and Links” in the Members Only Section to assist LCDLA members secure their client’s criminal histories as part of the discovery process. If you have any problems accessing the Members Only Section, call Eric Metze at 749-8585. Happy hunting!

Victory: David Martinez

Congratulations to David Martinez. On February 7, he won a motion to suppress hearing in the 32nd District Court of Fisher County, Judge Glen Harrison presiding. It was a third-degree possession of cocaine case, and an apparent Dorch situation (illegal detention not related to purpose of the stop — driver’s nervousness not good cause to…

You Shoulda Been There

Dear LCDLA Members: Those of you who missed the February 15 LCDLA meeting shoulda been there. The 40-or-so folks in attendance enjoyed a very informative program from the Lubbock County Probation Office, elected new LCDLA officers and directors for 2007-2008, addressed the usual (and some unusual) bitch-and-moan problems we all endure, and generally had a…

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