What to do if I was arrested and charged wrongly with a public intoxication?

They held me in jail for 22 hours and forced me to sign paperwork agreeing to a court date. I insisted that I wished to sit my time out in jail and they would not let me, saying the judge wasn’t available until Monday so I had no choice. Is it legal for them to make me sign/agree to things I openly say I don’t want to agree to? How long do I have to take action about this?

Asked on September 6, 2012 under Criminal Law, Texas

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you wish to bring a civil action against a municipality, you need to consult with a perosnal injury lawyer who has experience in suing governmental entities. Under the laws of all state sin this country, you have to timely submit a claim under the given state's tort claim action normally within six (6) months after the wrongful conduct to perfect a possible lawsuit. From there, you have so long to file a lawsuit after the claim is rejected.

I suggest that you consult with a personal injury attorney sooner rather than later due to the running of certain statutory requirements that you must fulfill to even be able to file a lawsuit against the governmental entity that you are writing about.


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