Texas Incarceration Costs

Prisoners and prisons in Texas are expensive. However, not everyone knows exactly how much the state pays to run the corrections system, both in aggregate and per inmate. In this article, we will discuss these costs in full for the Texas penal system and analyze the implications of these numbers for the Texas taxpayer.
Breaking Down What Texas Spends
It is not easy to isolate an exact number…

What to Expect at DUI Checkpoints

DUI checkpoints are being used with ever increasing frequency around the United States. This includes not only in major and mid-sized cities, but on highways and in smaller communities as well. Because of the rather ubiquitous nature of DUI checkpoints, it is important for a driver to understand what to expect at this type of inspection point.

Proof of Identity

When a vehicle is stopped at…

How to Avoid the Most Common Bail Bond Scams

The bail bond process is a right ensured by the Constitution. The process and fees associated with a bail bond are also heavily regulated in most states. Any fee or procedure that deviates from the regulations is likely fraudulent. Anyone posting bail should be aware of the regulations of their state, and if they are unsure about the practice, an attorney may help them.

General Ways to Avoid…

Differences Between Bond & Bail

When a person finds himself or herself in jail, it could be argued that he or she usually wants to be released as soon as possible. The aim of this article is to describe how the process of being released from jail in the United States works by outlining the differences between bail and bond.

What is bail?

Bail can be thought of as a combination of a payment and a promise. When a person who…

The Booking Process: How Does It Work?

Your Rights Following An Arrest
Being arrested is a trying and uncertain time. Understanding your rights under the law can help alleviate some of the anxiety, and ensure that you are getting the treatment you deserve as a citizen.

Immediately following your arrest you will be transported to the police station for intake processing. The intake process involves confirming your identity by…

The Difference Between Misdemeanor and Felony Bail

Whether you or someone you know has been arrested, in most cases the person has the right to post bail in order to get out of jail. However, there are some cases where posting bail is not an option and the person must remain in jail even after the custody time has elapsed. What often determines whether a person has the right to post bail is the charge(s) for which they were arrested, as well as…

Got Pulled Over? Know Your Rights

If a police officer signals you to pull over, you should comply as soon as possible as it may be easier to deal with a police officer if they are not angry or frustrated. Keep in mind that officers are often attacked during traffic stops and so a police officer approaching your car will be viewing you as a potential threat. Furthermore, they have the right to use deadly force and to arrest, whic…

The Legal Drinking Age

The legal drinking age in the United States makes it illegal for everyone under the age of 21 to purchase or consume alcohol in public. The legal drinking age has been debated in the country since the days of prohibition over 90 years ago. Since there are arguments for both lowering and raising the legal drinking age, the debate should continue for many years to come.

Why is the Lega…

What To Expect With Bail Bond Hearings

It is perfectly natural to feel nervous during a courtroom appearance. Bail bond hearings are normally held to decide how much bail should be posted, or if there is any bail required. Appearing at a bail bond hearing can be an intimidating event, especially if it is a new experience. Sometimes just knowing what to expect during the hearing can be helpful.

Chain Of Events During A Bail Bond…

Arrest Warrant 101

An arrest warrant is a court decree that orders a person to be taken into custody and brought before the court to answer charges. The arrest warrant specifies the alleged crime and general facts that support the accusations. The arrest warrant also names and often describes the person alleged to have committed the offense.

Right Against Unreasonable Search and Seizure

To obtain an arrest…

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