TFDP offers provides resources for people affected by the criminal justice system.
June 26, 2019
How Does the Driver Responsibility Program Repeal Affect me?
In June 2019, the Governor signed a bill repealing the Driver Responsibility Program. This repeal will forgive surcharge debt for over 1.5 million Texans. Texas Fair Defense Project and Texas Appleseed published these FAQ's to answer questions related to the repeal.
What are your rights if you are not a U.S. Citizen and you are arrested for a criminal charge?
For Non-citizens, even a conviction for a minor offense can lead to deportation from the United States. This brochure, “Know Your Rights if You Are Not a United States Citizen and You Are Arrested for a Criminal Charge” helps non-citizens understand their legal rights from an initial interaction with the police through conviction.
You Have the Right to a Lawyer in Your Criminal Case . . . But You Gotta Know How to Get One
Protecting your right to a lawyer and having a lawyer assist you in your case can mean the difference between getting fair treatment in court and getting railroaded by the system. This fact not only applies if you hire your own attorney, but also if you can’t afford to hire one. If you can’t afford to hire a lawyer, the best way to be sure you get treated fairly is to obtain a court-appointed lawyer from the courts. Knowing how to request a lawyer from the courts can make the process easier.
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Why you need a defense lawyer if you are charged with a misdemeanor
A misdemeanor is not a “minor” crime. If you are convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor you will be exposed to a number of penalties that will remain with you and your family long after you have completed your sentence. Many of the penalties that you will face if you are convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor are “hidden” because the judge and the prosecutor don’t have to tell you about them. If you do not have a defense lawyer to explain all of these penalties to you, you may only find out about them after it’s too late.