Law Office of Jillian Hawkins, PLLC

Law Office of Jillian Hawkins, PLLC Criminal Defense
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Texas and Louisiana Jillian Hawkins is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduaing from the Universtiy of Louisiana at Lafayette, Jillian obtained her law degree from Howard University School of Law where she was a member of the Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court team for two years.
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During her time in law school, Jillian interned for United States District Judge Richard Haik, Sr. of the Western Distrct of Louisiana. Jillian also "summered" at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia during her second summer of law school. While there, Jillian assisted Assistant United States Attorneys with the prosecution of a number of felony and misdemeanor domestic violence and s*x crimes charges. Additionally, Jillian spent one semester working within the Criminal Section at the Attorney General's Office for the District of Columbia where she again assisted in the prosecution of specifically DWI charges and other misdemeanors. Upon obtaining her law degree, Jillian worked as a staff attorney with the State Counsel for Offenders in Huntsville, Texas defending the rights of offenders currently incarcerted in the Texas Dpartment of Criminal Justice. Afterword, Jillian spent time as an Assistant District Attorney at the Harris County District Attorney's Office developing her trial skills and knowledge of the criminal justice system as a whole. Jillian ultimately left the District Attorney's Office to become a true protector of justice by becoming and criminal defense attorney. With legal experience exclusively in the area of criminal justice for the past 5 years, Jillian's passion is clear. A defender of rights, and your voice during the battle, Jillian will fight until the end and beyond for you or your loved one's future.

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Did you know that the 5th Amendment alone does not apply to State law enforcement? The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10) ...
04/01/2021

Did you know that the 5th Amendment alone does not apply to State law enforcement? The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10) originally only protected you from FEDERAL law enforcement only while STATES could violate you however they wanted. It wasn’t until the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 during reconstruction that those natural inalienable rights became applicable against State law enforcement as well. Luckily, whether you get caught up by the State or by the Feds, I’m licensed in both so bring it!

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03/31/2021

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The Fifth Amendment protection against double jeopardy is often misunderstood. Many people believe that the law prohibit...
03/30/2021

The Fifth Amendment protection against double jeopardy is often misunderstood. Many people believe that the law prohibits the prosecution from charging a person with the same crime twice. FALSE. The state is only prohibited from charging a person with the same crime twice only AFTER the case has reached a certain stage. Before that point, they can dismiss a charge and refile the same case against that person. What is...a second bite at the apple, Alex 🙄. RIP Alex :-(

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Unless your arrest was based on involuntary statements made to police, being read your rights at the time you’re hauled ...
03/27/2021

Unless your arrest was based on involuntary statements made to police, being read your rights at the time you’re hauled off by the cops is not a requirement. I’m asked at least twice a month, “they didn’t read me my rights, so they have to throw out the case right?” Wrong, and you can blame tv for that misconception.

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No, seriously, these words are literally MAGIC. The moment you say them, an entirely new set of rules come into play. Wh...
03/26/2021

No, seriously, these words are literally MAGIC. The moment you say them, an entirely new set of rules come into play. When you ask if you are free to leave, the officer in that very moment has to reveal whether or not you are being detained. Unfortunately 5th amendment magic isn’t really activated until you are in custody. If I can prove you were in custody before you started singing like a canary bird during mating season, I might be able to have all of your statements and confessions thrown out. The prosecutor has to PROVE that you were read your rights and affirmatively WAIVED those rights once you’re in police custody in order for your statements to be admissible. When you ask for a lawyer, all questioning MUST cease. Abracadabra, we’re done here Officer.

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I could write a book on the 5th Amendment. In fact, hundreds already have! But I’ll spare you the lecture and simply pop...
03/26/2021

I could write a book on the 5th Amendment. In fact, hundreds already have! But I’ll spare you the lecture and simply pop on your feed the next few days with my fav highlights.

Did you know the Fifth Amendment was originally interpreted as a protection from having to take the witness stand and explain yourself (give your side of the story) during trial? It was thought to have NOTHING to do with police interrogations.

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03/20/2021

While it can become mundane and tedious at times, I enjoy reviewing BWCs especially when it seems officers have forgotten they have them on. Every little conversation/interaction is right there! It can be a gift as well as a curse for my clients so always remember that what you say and gesture to an officer is all being captured.

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Houston Police Departments full BWC Policy can be found here 👉🏾 https://www.houstontx.gov/police/pdfs/Body-Worn-Cameras....
03/20/2021

Houston Police Departments full BWC Policy can be found here 👉🏾https://www.houstontx.gov/police/pdfs/Body-Worn-Cameras.pdf

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*SMILE* you’re on BODY WORN CAMERA! Bodycam policies have come a long way over the past 5-10 years. There’s a big push f...
03/19/2021

*SMILE* you’re on BODY WORN CAMERA! Bodycam policies have come a long way over the past 5-10 years. There’s a big push for agencies to not only require officers to wear them but to implement disciplinary actions and/or criminal offenses against officers who do not operate their camera according to those policies.

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03/17/2021
WEEK 2 of JURY SELECTION on deck. 7 “in the box”, 7 to go. When picking a jury, it’s completely illegal to strike a juro...
03/14/2021

WEEK 2 of JURY SELECTION on deck. 7 “in the box”, 7 to go. When picking a jury, it’s completely illegal to strike a juror based on race, religion, sex or ethnicity. Any other reason is pretty much fair game. The prosecutor has not been shy in challenging Derek Chauvin’s defense team in this regard. They used 3 of their strikes against Hispanic jurors last week.

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03/11/2021
“...it just so happened, she became stronger than she ever imagined” Happy International Women’s Day#houstonattorney #cr...
03/08/2021

“...it just so happened, she became stronger than she ever imagined”
Happy International Women’s Day

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Prosecutors have to PROVE that you were OPERATING a vehicle while intoxicated. Being pulled over while driving is one th...
03/07/2021

Prosecutors have to PROVE that you were OPERATING a vehicle while intoxicated. Being pulled over while driving is one thing, but a high percentage of my cases are initiated when a cop simply pulls up on someone who is already pulled over. There are so many rumors about what’s legal and illegal here. Let me set the record straight. “Operation” is a question of Fact. What does that mean? It means that whether or not you were operating the vehicle at that moment is completely up to a jury. Car in park/car in drive/engine on/engine off/side of road/middle of road, it’s up to 6 or 12 of your peers to decide. Every fact matters.

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Prosecutors have to PROVE that you were OPERATING a vehicle while intoxicated. Being pulled over while driving is one th...
03/07/2021

Prosecutors have to PROVE that you were OPERATING a vehicle while intoxicated. Being pulled over while driving is one thing, but a high percentage of my cases are initiated when a cop simply pulls up on someone who is already pulled over. There are so many rumors about what’s legal and illegal here. Let me set the record straight. “Operation” is a question of Fact. What does that mean? It means that whether or not you were operating the vehicle at that moment is completely up to a jury. Car in park/car in drive/engine on/engine off/side of road/middle of road, it’s up to 6 or 12 of your peers to decide. Every fact matters.

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Don’t forgot your constitutional right to remain silent 🤫🤐#houstoncriminallawyer #houstoncriminaldefense #criminaldefens...
03/05/2021

Don’t forgot your constitutional right to remain silent 🤫🤐

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Let’s talk RETROGRADE EXTRAPOLATION! Depending on what you eat, the time you eat, and your body composition, your blood ...
03/05/2021

Let’s talk RETROGRADE EXTRAPOLATION! Depending on what you eat, the time you eat, and your body composition, your blood alcohol concentration constantly changes during and after drinking. The results of a test only reveal your BAC at the time that your blood is taken or the time that you blow, NOT at the time you were driving (which could be hours later! Cops are trained to attempt to ask you questions about what you’ve eaten in order to estimate what your BAC was at the time of the actual stop. They will NEVER use this info in your favor. Please...always remember your right to remain silent 🤫🤐

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DWI WEEK!!! ————-> SWIPE for more infoHere’s what you need to know about those tests on the side of the road. #houstoncr...
03/03/2021

DWI WEEK!!! ————-> SWIPE for more info

Here’s what you need to know about those tests on the side of the road.

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STANDARD FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS (SFSTs) are NOT Pass/Fail. All tests are used to simply gather evidence of intoxication ag...
03/03/2021

STANDARD FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS (SFSTs) are NOT Pass/Fail. All tests are used to simply gather evidence of intoxication against the driver. The more “clues” you exhibit, the stronger the prosecution’s case.

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02/26/2021

Just so you know...

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02/24/2021

Find your purpose...lean into it...and don’t let up until it’s DONE!

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02/23/2021

Lab tests are one of the most underrated pieces of evidence in criminal defense. Not only can they reveal a lack of an illegal substance, but they can also reveal errors in the chain of custody. State labs are drowning with drug analysis requests every single day. Thousands of illegal substances pass in and out of their doors. How do they keep track? The prosecution has to prove that each and every piece of evidence was never lost for a single second on a single day. One missing link in the chain of custody floods a drug case with reasonable doubt.
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WAIT FOR THE LAB TEST!!!I cannot stress enough how important it is to press the prosecution to provide a lab report for ...
02/23/2021

WAIT FOR THE LAB TEST!!!
I cannot stress enough how important it is to press the prosecution to provide a lab report for EVERY possession accusation. Each item in this pic is a real example of everyday household objects I’ve seen that were seized and charged as drugs (except the ice of course). How a person could mistake oregano for marijuana, idk, but I’ve seen stranger things.
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02/21/2021

DRUGS DONT FEEL LIKE GUNS!
So many motions to suppress are won based on “Terry” frisks that cross the line. Under more circumstances than what should be allowed, cops are permitted to search the outer layer of your clothing for weapons. THATS IT! Many cops get bold and start feeling you up for other things. My favorite sentence in an offense report is, “I felt what I know from training and experience to be contraband”. WHAT?!? Someone please tell me how to distinguish the feel of a crack rock from an Altoid because I’d LOVE to know. If they enter your pockets at that point they’ve gone beyond what the law permits and anything found is subject to suppression, which means it’s THROWN OUT. Remember, even if you know this info at the time, cases are won in the courtroom and not on the streets. Just keep quiet, keep still and know that a good lawyer will have your back on the back end.
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DRUGS DONT FEEL LIKE GUNS! So many motions to suppress are won based on “Terry” frisks that cross the line. Under more c...
02/21/2021

DRUGS DONT FEEL LIKE GUNS!
So many motions to suppress are won based on “Terry” frisks that cross the line. Under more circumstances than what should be allowed, cops are permitted to search the outer layer of your clothing for weapons. THATS IT! Many cops get bold and start feeling you up for other things. My favorite sentence in an offense report is, “I felt what I know from training and experience to be contraband”. WHAT?!? Someone please tell me how to distinguish the feel of a crack rock from an Altoid because I’d LOVE to know. If they enter your pockets at that point they’ve gone beyond what the law permits and anything found is subject to suppression, which means it’s THROWN OUT. Remember, even if you know this info at the time, cases are won in the courtroom and not on the streets. Just keep quiet, keep still and know that a good lawyer will have your back on the back end.
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02/20/2021

How can you get charged with drugs that aren’t even on your person? The prosecution will try to prove that you possessed the drugs CONSTRUCTIVELY. They’ll still need to show that you had care, custody, or control. When looking at a constructive possession case, every single detail matters. Whose car was it? Whose bag was it? Who had the car/bag last? Did you KNOW the drugs were there? Where were the drugs compared to where you were upon being stopped by police? The list is infinite, and every second is important. I LOVE these cases because they leave so much room for doubt and it’s up to me to find each hole and expose it!
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Happy Saturday! Courts are back open next week!#houstonattorney#houstoncriminaldefense #criminaldefenseattorney #texascr...
02/20/2021

Happy Saturday! Courts are back open next week!

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02/19/2021

When fighting a drug possession case, it’s important to remember that the prosecution must PROVE that you had either 1) Care; 2) Custody; or 3) Control of the drugs found. Dismissals are filed every day in Texas for cases that lack this element. While saying “it wasn’t mine” isn’t always enough, this claim along with other factual details can add up to a reasonable doubt that possession existed.

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Proving DRUG POSSESSION requires proving CARE, CUSTODY, or CONTROL***************#houstoncriminallawyer #criminaldefense...
02/19/2021

Proving DRUG POSSESSION requires proving CARE, CUSTODY, or CONTROL
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Happy Ash Wednesday As we begin the Lenten season, don’t forget to pause today to reflect on humility and your weaknesse...
02/17/2021

Happy Ash Wednesday

As we begin the Lenten season, don’t forget to pause today to reflect on humility and your weaknesses as a human being.

💜💛💚Happy Mardi Gras!!! 💚💛💜Stay safe, stay warm, stay HOME!#houstoncriminallawyer#houstonattorney  #criminaldefenseattorn...
02/16/2021

💜💛💚Happy Mardi Gras!!! 💚💛💜

Stay safe, stay warm, stay HOME!

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Thank you for your service
09/19/2020

Thank you for your service

Organizations like the ACLU will always have relevance and be needed in America. God Bless these hard working attorneys
02/16/2020
Black college swimmer on team trip had gun pointed at head by police

Organizations like the ACLU will always have relevance and be needed in America. God Bless these hard working attorneys

Jaylan Butler of Eastern Illinois University said officers threatened to blow his head off before it became clear they mistook him for a suspect.

Your old conviction might be eligible for a nondisclosure! The laws have changed significantly regarding who’s eligible....
02/10/2020

Your old conviction might be eligible for a nondisclosure! The laws have changed significantly regarding who’s eligible. Come find out if you qualify THIS SATURDAY! I’ll be doing free screenings!

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