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Bexar County Criminal Defense Glossary


Bexar County Criminal Defense Glossary

 

Every occupation has its language. The Bexar County Criminal Defense community is no different. In San Antonio, Texas, if you are charged with a crime, you may see some of these terms and wonder what they mean. This glossary will help you know the meaning of many commonly used terms. Do you see a term being used in the criminal defense context but don’t see it here? Let us know, and we will add it.

Questions about the Glossary

Shouldn’t Glossaries be alphabetical? Yes, in a perfect world, ours would be. But we wrote these down as they came to mind, and like every other normal person, I don’t think alphabetically.

Aren’t some of these generic criminal defense terms?  Yes. And some of them are specific to Bexar County.  But all of them are terms you should know if you are involved in the world of Bexar County criminal defense.

 

TermMeaning

FUG

 

Fugitive. Someone who has a warrant. Usually, they have missed court, but sometimes a person becomes a FUG after they get charged (indicted) for a crime they were under investigation.

 

RWOBRemanded Without Bond. This usually happens when someone was on a bond while awaiting trial or on some form of supervision (Deferred adjudication or Probation)

 

CappedIf a sentence is capped, it means that the parties have agreed that the sentence cannot exceed a certain number of years. “We got a cap twenty” The judge can follow the agreement by sentencing anywhere between the minimum and 20.

 

OpposedIf an application is opposed, it means the State will be allowed to argue against the application, and the judge can deny the application while still following the agreement.

 

RecA recommendation for the application. The State will argue in favor of the application.

 

SilentThe State remains silent on the application. The Judge can grant or deny the application while still following the agreement.

 

SIDState Identification Number. This is a number assigned to you by Bexar County. The term “State Identification Number” is misleading because it only applies to Bexar County. Once you leave Bexar County, you get a different number.

 

GPSGlobal Positioning System. This refers to the machine or device that is fastened around the ankle to keep track of your location. If you are “on GPS” or “on House Arrest,” you will be tracked with one of these monitors until your attorney convinces the judge to get it taken off.

 

Plea MonkeyAn attorney who does not practice law but pleas out his clients and never goes to trial. “We don’t have any evidence, but no worries, the attorney is a plea monkey.”

 

Sattelite BondA bond that is posted at the courthouse. It allows someone with an arrest warrant to be processed without having to go to jail.

 

FTAFailure to appear. There are several ways you can get an arrest warrant. But if you miss a court date, you will have an FTA. In the system, you will show up as a FUG. If you get an FTA, you may be RWOB and need an attorney to have a bond set so you can get a satellite bond.

 

Baby ProsecutorAn attorney who gets out of law school and goes to work at the District Attorney’s Office.

 

Federal CaseA case prosecuted by The United States of America. If you find yourself in the Western District of Texas, you have a Federal case. However, most people don’t have Federal cases. They have felony cases and are required to appear in State District Court.

 

FelonyA crime that is punishable by more than a year in jail. Usually, people who have felony offenses believe (mistakenly) that they have a Federal offense.

 

ABI-MarriedAssault Bodily Injury Married. These are Domestic Violence cases. Domestic violence cases can involve any member of your household or family. Still, the charge is listed as an ABI-Married.

 

Failure to Stop and Render AidThis is what people call a hit and run. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and don’t stop at the scene, you will be charged with a Failure to Stop and Render Aid. The seriousness of the offense will be determined by how much damage was done and whether other people were injured.

 

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