The criminal process essentially begins with your arrest. You can either be arrested at the scene of the alleged crime (called a “warrantless arrest”), or the police will issue an arrest warrant - which usually occurs when either the police or an investigator for the Collin County District Attorney’s Office can articulate probable cause that you committed a crime under Texas law. County warrants are issued for felony offenses and Class A and Class B misdemeanors - While municipal warrants and JP (Justice of the Peace) warrants are issued for traffic tickets and other class C misdemeanors.
With or without a warrant, the police must have probable cause that you committed a crime for an arrest to be valid. A reputable local criminal defense attorney like Andrew Peveto will be able to tell whether the arrest was valid after consulting with you and/or reviewing the evidence. The Law Offices of Andrew S. Peveto successfully challenges dozens of Collin County arrests - and can get the evidence against you thrown out if the arrest is invalid. We can also lift active Collin County warrants and provide a jail “walk-through” if necessary. You can check the Collin County Active Warrant List to see if there are any outstanding warrants against you.
Typically when someone is arrested, he or she is taken to the local city jail (i.e. Plano, Frisco, Allen) and then transported to the Collin County Jail in McKinney a few hours later. You can generally do one of three things to secure release from jail:
- arrange for someone to go to the Collin County jail and pay the full amount of your bond in cash,
- pay a bail bondsman a percentage of the total amount to post the bond for you, or
- hire a local criminal defense attorney to post an attorney bond - or writ bond.
The attorney bond is the fastest option, and can usually secure your jail release BEFORE you are transferred to Collin County for processing. Attorney Andrew Peveto provides attorney writ bonds in Collin County, and can secure your release from Collin County jail in McKinney - as well as any other city jails in Collin County (ie. Plano, Frisco, Allen, Murphy, etc...). For your convenience, here are links to the Collin County Current Inmate List - as well as links to the Plano Jail, Frisco Jail, and Allen Jail. You will likely have to call these and any other city jails to check and see if your friend or loved one is being held there.
After you have been arrested and bonded out of jail for a crime in Collin County, Dallas, or the greater DFW area District Attorney’s Office will either file formal misdemeanor charges or pursue a felony indictment against you. This process usually takes two to four weeks following your initial arrest, during which time you should consult with a DFW Criminal Defense Attorney like Andrew Peveto. In fact, if you do not hire an attorney before your first court appearance, the judge will likely admonish you during your first court appearance about the “dangers and disadvantages” of representing yourself and encourage you to hire a lawyer.
Whether your case is in Dallas or McKinney (Collin County), it will often require several court settings before your case is resolved. This is to give your attorney time to review all of the evidence, discuss possible plea-bargain or dismissal with the prosecutors, and thoroughly review the evidence against you. It is not unusual for a criminal case to have three or more court settings before the case is resolved - in addition to a possible hearing and/or trial date. Expect one month to three months on average - longer if a trial or evidentiary hearing is required.
Whether you face misdemeanor or felony charges in the DFW area, you need an experienced, reputable defense attorney. Plano criminal lawyer Andrew Peveto knows the local legal landscapes in Dallas and Collin County, and has a stellar history of negotiating dismissals, charge reductions, pretrial diversions, memo agreements, conditional dismissals, and deferred adjudications - if you don’t want to take the case to trial. For a DFW criminal lawyer who you can trust, contact attorney Andrew Peveto today for a free consultation.