Cowboys’ Wide Receiver Dez Bryant Faces Legal Trouble

Despite a number of legal troubles, Dez Bryant’s teammates say they are sticking by him. The talented Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver has reported to training camp after a recent brush with the judicial system. Whether he will be able to remain is still in question, as he faces Class A misdemeanor charges and a possible suspension from the NFL.

Bryant, age 23, was arrested on charges of family violence on Monday, July 16, 2012, when he turned himself in to DeSoto, Texas, police. Two days earlier, his mother had called 911 and reported that her son “tried to kill” her. When police arrived at the home, Angela Bryant, age 37, told them her son had pulled her hair, tore her shirt, struck her face with his hat, hit her wrists and hands several times, and pushed her in the chest. She declined medical help, but later developed bruising on her arms and wrists. Following his arrest, Bryant was released on bail.

Angela Bryant subsequently changed her mind about the charges against her son. On July 24, the family’s attorney issued a statement on their behalf acknowledging that a disagreement had occurred but denying that Dez Bryant committed family violence against his mother. Attorney Royce West disclosed that the elder Bryant had filed an Affidavit of Non Prosecution with the DeSoto Police Department.

“Dez and his mother believe this is a family matter that can be worked out through counseling,” West said, adding that the family requested the public’s continued prayers and support as they worked through the matter.

Bryant’s teammates are honoring that request.

Quarterback Tony Romo was the first to speak out in support of Bryant. “Dez knows I have his back,” he told reporters on July 21. “Dez knows I’ll be there for him.”

“Obviously, we’re going to support Dez no matter what,” linebacker Sean Lee added during a promotional appearance on July 24.

Bryant still faces possible prosecution and may need to hire a criminal lawyer despite his mother’s reluctance to press charges. Because the bruising to Angela Bryant’s arms is physical evidence of an assault, the police could proceed without her cooperation. If they do, Bryant faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. He also faces possible discipline for violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The league is reviewing the matter.

Although this is Bryant’s first arrest, it’s the latest incident in a series of off-field legal troubles for the Cowboys’ 2010 first round draft pick. In March 2011, a security guard ejected Bryant from an upscale Dallas mall with a criminal trespass warning for a dress code violation and profanity-laced tirade. A week later, a jeweler and a ticket broker served him with a pair of lawsuits claiming he owed them more than $600,000. In January 2012, Miami police detained and questioned him after a scuffle at a South Beach nightclub.

Bryant’s legal troubles don’t seem to be impacting his on-field performance. On the second day of the Cowboys’ training camp, team owner Jerry Jones reported that Bryant has been working hard in practice and looks “very impressive.”

Will hard work and the support of his team be enough to keep Bryant out of future trouble? At least Romo is optimistic.

“He’s going to have a good season this year,” the quarterback has predicted.

This article was contributed by Price Benowitz LLP Client Manager Jenny Kim.

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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 Law in the News No Comments

Being Bailed Does Not Mean You Hold a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card

Just because someone posted bail on your behalf doesn’t mean that you hold a “get out of jail free” card. In fact, this only means that you are out of prison for the time being, and that you still have to wait for the final court ruling to decide your fate. If you’re convicted of your crime, then you go back to prison. If you’re acquitted, then that’s the only time that you’re truly free.

As someone who’s out on bail, what are your responsibilities?

Stay in the Area

Bail laws differ from one state to another. Some states will require that you stay in the state when you’re out on bail; while some don’t. To be safe though, you need to stay in the area. This way, you can easily work with your lawyers in strengthening your case and proving your innocence. Aside from this, if something comes up that you need to appear in court at a short notice, you can easily do so.

Of note though, you can only leave your state or even the country if you get permission from the court and if the police officer who charged you granted you his permission.

Stay Out of Trouble

You most definitely don’t want to add more charges filed against you, so you need to stay out of trouble. If there are special requirements and conditions of release that you need to follow while you’re out on bail, then follow them. For example, if the complainant also filed a temporary restraining order to prevent you from getting in touch with him in any way, then honor it. Breaking this can lead you back to jail.

Finally, obey all laws. Committing a crime, however minor, can prompt the judge to revoke your bail and order the police to re-arrest you and take you back to prison. Aside from dealing with your current charges, a new one can be filed against you.

Appear for the Court Dates

A court date will be given to you when you leave jail on bail, and you can see this information on your bail order. It is very important that you show up for this court date. Failure to appear in court can be enough reason for your bail to be revoked, which will mean that you could be re-arrested and hauled back to prison.

Do Not Skip Bail

Never skip bail. Yes, you might think it’s so easy to get lost in the country and nobody will be able to track you down if you hide carefully; however, you should understand that the police, bail bond agents, bounty hunters, and skip tracers have special means of tracking down a fugitive. By skipping bail, you’ve labeled yourself as a fugitive, and because you’re a fugitive and wanted by the law, these people are going to do everything they can to find you, arrest you, and bring you back to prison.

Remember, the legal ramifications of skipping bail, whether you’re guilty or not, is very serious. You do not want additional charges filed against you, and you do not want to receive additional penalties for your very foolish behavior.

The author, Jennifer Dallas, writes for several bail bond agents and agencies such as BailBondsDirect. Skipping bail is a serious matter, so through her articles, she hopes to educate people regarding the importance of being out on bail.

Sunday, July 1st, 2012 Finding a Lawyer No Comments

Being Bailed Does Not Mean You Hold a "Get Out of Jail Free" Card

Just because someone posted bail on your behalf doesn’t mean that you hold a “get out of jail free” card. In fact, this only means that you are out of prison for the time being, and that you still have to wait for the final court ruling to decide your fate. If you’re convicted of your crime, then you go back to prison. If you’re acquitted, then that’s the only time that you’re truly free.

As someone who’s out on bail, what are your responsibilities?

Stay in the Area

Bail laws differ from one state to another. Some states will require that you stay in the state when you’re out on bail; while some don’t. To be safe though, you need to stay in the area. This way, you can easily work with your lawyers in strengthening your case and proving your innocence. Aside from this, if something comes up that you need to appear in court at a short notice, you can easily do so.

Of note though, you can only leave your state or even the country if you get permission from the court and if the police officer who charged you granted you his permission.

Stay Out of Trouble

You most definitely don’t want to add more charges filed against you, so you need to stay out of trouble. If there are special requirements and conditions of release that you need to follow while you’re out on bail, then follow them. For example, if the complainant also filed a temporary restraining order to prevent you from getting in touch with him in any way, then honor it. Breaking this can lead you back to jail.

Finally, obey all laws. Committing a crime, however minor, can prompt the judge to revoke your bail and order the police to re-arrest you and take you back to prison. Aside from dealing with your current charges, a new one can be filed against you.

Appear for the Court Dates

A court date will be given to you when you leave jail on bail, and you can see this information on your bail order. It is very important that you show up for this court date. Failure to appear in court can be enough reason for your bail to be revoked, which will mean that you could be re-arrested and hauled back to prison.

Do Not Skip Bail

Never skip bail. Yes, you might think it’s so easy to get lost in the country and nobody will be able to track you down if you hide carefully; however, you should understand that the police, bail bond agents, bounty hunters, and skip tracers have special means of tracking down a fugitive. By skipping bail, you’ve labeled yourself as a fugitive, and because you’re a fugitive and wanted by the law, these people are going to do everything they can to find you, arrest you, and bring you back to prison.

Remember, the legal ramifications of skipping bail, whether you’re guilty or not, is very serious. You do not want additional charges filed against you, and you do not want to receive additional penalties for your very foolish behavior.

The author, Jennifer Dallas, writes for several bail bond agents and agencies such as BailBondsDirect. Skipping bail is a serious matter, so through her articles, she hopes to educate people regarding the importance of being out on bail.

Sunday, July 1st, 2012 Finding a Lawyer No Comments

10 Tips to Help You on Bar Exam Day

  1. Pack your bag and get your clothing ready the night before.
  2. Get up early enough that you have plenty of time to double check to make sure you have everything you need. Rushing not only stresses you out, but causes you to potentially forget important items.
  3. Go through your bar exam practice questions one last time, but do not stress yourself out by trying to learn entire new information right before your test. The key to being successful with this is preparing in advance. You should give yourself months to prepare. Gradual, steady studying is the key to success.
  4. Eat a light, nutritious breakfast. There are specific foods that have been shown to help concentration and the intellectual process.  Try bananas, berries, a spinach omelet or ginseng tea.
  5. Dress comfortably in a loose, casual outfit.
  6. Dress in layers. You never know how hot or how cold a testing room may be. Wear items that you can put on or take off to adjust to the temperature. Being too hot or too cold can be extremely distracting and will definitely hinder your performance.
  7. Arrive to the test site early to give yourself time to get comfortable in the space.
  8. Wear a watch so that you are able to keep up with the time without having to search for a clock.
  9. Before sure to use the restroom before the test.
  10. Relax. No one wins when text anxiety comes to fight. Have a positive attitude. Good luck

Themis Bar Review is an established network of experts with decades of experience in successfully preparing candidates the bar exam.

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Thursday, June 21st, 2012 Becoming A Lawyer No Comments

Keep A Cool Head If You Get Stopped For Driving Under The Influence


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Everyone can have a run of bad luck now and then, and that can certainly entail getting stopped by the police when you’re driving on public roadways. It’s always the best policy to fully cooperate with law enforcement officers whenever you are being questioned about a possible violation, or in any other circumstance for that matter. But under certain circumstances, how you answer questions and what you do can be critical to your own ability to defend yourself in court should you be charged with a moving violation while operating a motor vehicle.

Making the wrong kind of statement or behaving in a certain way could be a mark against you if you do have to face a judge in a court of law at some future date. For most of us who are not indoctrinated in the ways of the law, it’s impossible to predict how every nuance of what we say or do might be interpreted in court, and how it could have an impact on the charges we might face and the penalties that we might have to pay when we finally do have to stand trial.

Call A DUI Attorney For Professionalism

It takes an experienced professional to put you on the best path that you can take in order to make the best appearance possible when you are facing law enforcement personnel of the court system. Laws governing operating a motor vehicle while under the influence can be extremely complex, and because of that you’re liable to make errors that will hurt your defense in the long run. That’s why it’s a good idea to first call a DUI attorney in O.C.

An experienced, reputable DUI attorney has tried many cases like yours and will know exactly what you should do and how you should present yourself when dealing with law enforcement officials. What you should never do is attempt to defend yourself under these circumstances because it’s unlikely that you’ll know the finer points of the law and it’s likely that you will unnecessarily offer evidence that will hurt your case.

The Quicker You Are The Better

If you should be so unlucky as to be charged with driving under the influence, one of the first things that you should do is call a SoCal DUI attorney, because you can get immediate advice on what to do, and more importantly, what not to do. In the first hours after you are arrested, it is critical that you present yourself in the best possible light if you are to mount a successful defense when you appear in court.

So before you act rashly, pick up the phone and call an experienced attorney, and be sure to take that attorney’s advice, because your freedom and well-being might very well depend on it.

Attorney Kelle Parker provides DUI legal assistance in Orange County.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments