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2 false statements to obtain credit
Hello and thanks so much for choosing this forum to pose your important legal question. I will do my best to give you some honest and accurate guidance as I answer your question.
"if i voluntarily admit to a charge that is brought against my wife would they dismis the charge against her." The answer is a qualified "Yes". I say that with the caveat that the decision of whether or not to dismiss the charges against your wife lies solely in the discretion of the prosecutor. As a practical matter, however, I would expect that to happen. The elements of the offense are codified in Texas Penal Code § 32.32. Unless there are grounds to prosecute both of you (i.e. co-defendant, accomplice), then the case pretty much dissolves and dismissal would be the usual next step.
I say all of this in reply to your direct question, but I would also strongly caution you to give serious consideration to the negative impact that a conviction would have on your life. This is true not only in terms of the initial punishment, but also in a lifetime criminal record. For this particular offense, one involving moral turpitude and dishonestly, it could also close the door to many professional and occupational opportunities as well.
Prior to making any such admissions, I would implore you to at least sit down with a criminal defense attorney and explore your options. Even if you do go through with your plan, a lawyer can coordinate your surrender and try to obtain the most favorable outcome on your behalf. The most economical way to accomplish this would be to purchase a half-hour session for $20 through the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service. It would be money well spent.
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