Talking with Police

In Texas, a person has three basic types of encounters with law enforcement.

  1. Consensual Encounters – No 4th amendment protections and the conversation can be stopped by either party; “Nice talking to you, but I’ve got a movie to see.”
  2. Investigatory Detentions – you reasonably feel like you are not free to leave and yield to the Officer’s authority, 4th amendment protections are initiated, no requirement for Officer to have warrants or probable cause
  3. Arrest – 4th amendment protections in full effect, Officer must have a warrant or Probable cause, “Book’em Dan-O.”

The information contained in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.

What to wear on a First (Court) Date

In life, one of the most difficult decisions a person has to make is what to wear on a first date. We want to make a perfect impression. You want your date to see how great you look without seeming as if you tried to impress them. But what if the first date’s location is a courtroom and your date, a judge.

I used to tell my clients, “Church attire or Sunday’s best.” That is no longer is my mantra. I have learned this definition is not adequate to convey the correct message. I have seen people show up in outfits suitable only for late night street walking or tailgating at the Talladega 500. It is never a good idea to dress as though you are auditioning for a role as a prostitute when you are being charged with prostitution.

If you have an upcoming date at the courthouse, I would suggest the following style and etiquette guide:

  • Wear long pants- plain colors with limited or no patterns, No shorts that were once pants, i.e. Jorts
  • Wear a shirt, preferably with buttons and sleeves- No gang, gun, or marijuana leaf designs
  • Wear shoes- closed toed, no sandals or flip flops- Courtrooms do not have a beach theme day
  • No hats, sunglasses, excessive jewelry
  • No food or drinks- It is a Courtroom not a Cafeteria
  • Leave your cell phone off- There is nothing worse than having a phone ring during a court session; The Judge does not want to hear your latest Kanye ringtone.

Court is a place where you absolutely need to make a good impression. By following this advice, you can assure you will make the right  impression in Texas courts.

Texas DWI- Request an ALR Hearing

In Texas, a person, who is arrested for DWI, has only 15 days to request an ALR (Administrative License Revocation) hearing. A person can request an ALR hearing via telephone, mail, or fax.

For more information on Texas ALR hearings: Texas DPS Website

The information contained in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.