austindefender

Criminal defense in Austin Texas.

Court Costs and Jail Time Don’t Mix

| September 15, 2009

Grits for Breakfast writes, “Inmate families offer the best and most frequently cited source of assistance for offenders who want to turn their lives around, but too often the state treats them as criminals, too, instead of as partners in promoting their loved ones’ rehabilitation.  Inmate families viewed as revenue source instead of anti-recidivism partners. […]

Are You A Felon?

| September 12, 2009

Well, one Craig’s listing, one Friday afternoon, and $100 later I’m back online, upgraded, and – incredibly – all 300K + spam comments are gone from my database.  (Thanks Bob!)  I even sort of understand what I did wrong the first time. To celebrate, I’m going to talk about how incredibly thick-headed & hypocritical our […]

Improper Photography writ

| September 5, 2009

Writ Draft Despite the title, it’s not really a draft. It was filed in WilCo, but the underlying case was later dismissed, so I didn’t get to argue it. It’s not often you get to include a raft of sexy photos of half-naked women (and men) in a legal document, so this was a first. […]

Writ of Habeas Corpus Improper Photography, pages 1-2

| July 13, 2009

Cause Number _____________ In The District Court of Williamson County 277th Judicial District Williamson County, Texas In re xxx Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Brief in Support Thereof Lance Stott Attorney for Applicant SB# 00797818 812 San Antonio, Suite 403 Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 472-0557 telephone (512) 472-9908 facsimile Petition for Writ of […]

Lady Godiva

| May 6, 2009

I was doing some research for a writ, when I came across a painting of the Lady Godiva, whose story, I realized, I didn’t know.  The Lady Godiva, it turns out, was the young wife of the 11th century Earl of Mercia, who had imposed a cruel tax on his people. When the townsfolk brought […]

Animal Cruelty, Free Speech

| April 24, 2009

A few months ago the 3rd Circuit struck down a law criminalizing videos depicting animal abuse.  Animal advocates condemned it. Just when you thought we might be making progress as a society, a story like this comes out… A society can be judged upon how well it treats its innocent and those in need of […]

Field Sobriety Tests – Walk and Turn

| January 30, 2009

When I was a younger (actually not that long ago, but getting longer every year) I was selected to take part in a DWI training class.  It was the same one police officers take, although this one happened to be attended mostly by other lawyers. My role, difficult as it was, was to be a […]

What is a §12.45?

| January 15, 2009

What is a §12.45? Explaining exactly what a 12.45 is has been one of the more difficult things I’ve tried to do as a lawyer. I can quote the statute, and I can tell you what it’s not. It’s not a conviction, or an acquittal, or a dismissal. What it is, really, is a compromise. […]

Travis County Courts Telephone Numbers & etc.

| January 12, 2009

Judge Denton Travis County Correctional Complex 854-4180 (Del Valle Jail) 3614 Bill Price Rd. 78617 Travis County Jail 854-9033 (Downtown) 500 W. 10th St. 78701 Pretrial Services (Personal Bonds) 854-9381 Court Administration 854-9244 Travis County Clerk 854-9440 Travis County Attorney 845-9415 Checks Division 854-9574 County Court #3: Judge David Crain 854-9243 Court Coordinator: July Alvarez […]

Probation revocations, and another LOL moment

| January 7, 2009

Probation revocation cases don’t usually get set for trial.  There’s several good reasons for this, including the fact that a judge can revoke a person’s probation for even the most trivial of reasons, and the fact that it’s the judge, and the judge alone, who gets to make that decision. So when the judge tells […]