Wednesday, February 24, 2010
2 Phone Numbers to better serve you
I've tried to pick numbers that are easily remembered and now you can text me or call me on either number.
The DFW number can also be remembered as 972-8-APTS-88. Just call anytime, from 8:30 AM until night fall. If I don't pick up, just leave a message and I'll get right back to you.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
FINALLY - An Apartment Manager that Understands what a D.A. is,
and what it isn't
As I detailed in yesterday's blog, I was frustrated by an apartment manager believing her courtsey officer who told her a Deferred Adjudication for a Felony is a finding of guilt - thus a conviction.
The word DEFERRED ADJUDICATION means that the judge does not render a finding of guilt but defers such finding until a later time. It is, in a sense, a time out. Time to see if it was a aberration, a misunderstanding before a person is permanently branded as "a felon".
The probationary period gives the individual the chance to show that it was a mistake. I know many of my client's were not guilty but couldn't afford a lawyer, or couldn't afford the small chance that a jury would find them guilty (mothers of small children and the working poor often chose this route).
Finally found a manager that understands. I guess that the one that didn't yesterday will fade into memory. I'm going to remember the one in San Antonio that understands.
She is a real winner in my eyes. I will work to fill up her complex.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I get SOOOOO Frustrated with Apt Managers who don't understand a D.A.
Today's frustration of the day was caused by an apartment manager in San Antonio. She had been "mis-informed" that a DA was the same as a conviction. Her "courtesy officer" is the one who told her it was "just a conviction by another name".
The law-makers and Judges in the State of Texas didn't have that in mind when they crafted the law. Here is an excerpt from the TEXAS BAR web site:
What is deferred adjudication?
Deferred adjudication is a special form of judge-ordered community supervision (commonly known as “probation”) that p
ermits the defendant to accept responsibility for a crime without automatically suffering all of the consequences of a formal finding of guilt and sentence. The judge literally defers a decision on the defendant’s guilt, places the defendant
on a period of supervision, and imposes certain contractual conditions designed to rehabilitate or punish the defendant
and protect the victim and the public.
The difference between “regular” probation &
Texas law provides that, depending on the offense, a criminal defendant may be placed on one of 2 types of probation:
regular or deferred adjudication.
Regular probation requires a finding of guilt (conviction) for the crime followed by a
specific punishment of confinement and/or fine (sentence) that is then suspended.
A defendant placed on deferred adjudication avoids a conviction or sentence because the judge is authorized to delay any finding of guilt or punishment for as long as the defendant successfully complies with the conditions of supervision.
What are the pros and cons of deferred adjudication?
A defendant placed on deferred adjudication can avoid a formal conviction and punishment. However, that does not
mean there will never be any negative consequences.... A violation of supervision could expose the defendant to substantial punishment without a jury trial and with no right to appeal the judge’s decision to adjudicate guilt.
Since our law-makers in TX have deemed that a Deferred Adjudication is NOT A CONVICTION, I don't see any reason that a courtesy officer would mis-lead an apartments manager. I can only surmise that the officer is ignorant of the law or is frustrated with "arresting people who then receive a DA".
I can help people with Deferred Adjudications rent in Houston, DFW, Austin, and San Antonio. Just call me at 832-303-3002 or go to my website:
The service is FREE - I bill the apartment complexes.
Friday, February 5, 2010
I'm always on the Lookout for more
DA Friendly Apartments
And nothing makes me happier than to announce that I have added more to my extensive database.
These are first class apartments. Really nice. They won't take felony convictions or a DA for violence or dealing but will take a DA for possession or many other infractions.