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I need help with a couple of criminal questions

Lawyer's Assistant: Have any charges been filed? If so, when is the next court date?

Its actually for my brother n law hes currently incarcerated in the tdcj and is trying to appeal and hes representing himself

Lawyer's Assistant: In what state did this occur?

Tx

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Its a aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating (click here for more info) so all that means is that you can count on me to help today.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Im trying to help my brother who is incarcerated in the TDCJ with his appeal. Our questions is, If an indictment tracking penal code 12:35 (c)(1) fails to allege during the commision of the offense is the indictment void?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ok thank you.

oK,so if I can clarify, you said that the indictment didn't allege that he had a deadly weapon, is that correct? And you're wondering if that is the case will it void the indictment?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
It was a motor vehicle. He was backing up when the cops were pulling up on him.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
He never touched the cop.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
that’s all correct

I see what you mean. So, the answer to your question is that if they do not allege that he had a deadly weapon, then he needs to fight the indictment with a grand jury packet.

An indictment is based on evidence that is presented by the DA, the DA gets to chose what is presented and you have no right to be present. So, the only option you have is to ask for a Grand Jury Packet.

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If that is not possible, then his best bet is to try to argue that a vehicle is not a deadly weapon and that the indictment doesn't properly allege that he used it as a deadly weapon. Plus, if the facts show he didn't hit the cop and if the cop suffered no injuries and if there are no other witnesses to corroborate this, then this element cannot be met.

What other questions did you have for me today that I can help you out with:-)?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ok one more question. Does the court have jurisdiction over the subject matter?

Yes, so long as it is a criminal court that received the indictment. Subject matter jurisdiction applies when the subject matter in the case (e.g. theft, fraud, etc.) is within the scope of what a court can hear. For example, a criminal court cannot hear family cases and a family court cannot hear criminal cases. If the subject matter is criminal, only the criminal courts have jurisdiction.

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