Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
Fran, r u still online?
the link u provided in your post "But try to call the Texas Bar Association's lawyer Referral Service. They may know of lawyers who are working the holiday weekend. I have linked you to their site" lists a telephone number that is only manned Mon-Fri, did you post the correct link?
Hi,Yes, I posted the Bar Association's link. I do not have their hours. I was hoping they had their office staffed on weekends for emergency purposes. Apparently they don't.If you know the court where he'll be arraigned, you can try to reach the clerk and see if there's a public defender covering arraignments. Every jurisdiction in the country is different and courts set their own administrative procedures in the buildings, but if he's being arraigned today there has to be an office open somewhere in the courthouse, and you might be able to put your mind at ease.The 6th Amendment right to counsel begins at arraignments, so it is customary in most courts that an incarcerated defendant first coming before the judge will have assigned counsel. But someone there may be able to reassure you.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).