For all the 2020 law school graduates, congratulations!
Judge DaSean Jones presides over a State District Criminal Court. ATTORNEY The balance of DaSean's legal career has been spent working on behalf of individuals who were charged with criminal matters or select civil matters.
In addition, he has represented Army soldiers in various matters dealing with deceptive consumer practices, criminal defense, and general legal assistance. SECOND GENERATION SERVICEMEMBER Apart from the practice of law, DaSean is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. DaSean is the son of a career Army Non-Commissioned Officer. As an undergraduate, DaSean attended Tuskegee University where he was active in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and a senior member of the National Society of Pershing Rifles—Drill Team. ACTIVE DUTY DaSean entered the Army as a Field Artillery Officer in 2001. While in the active component of the Army, he served as the Battalion Fire Support Officer for the 4th Battalion, 227th Regiment Attack Reconnaissance Battalion. Prior to that duty, he functioned as the Operations Officer for 17th Field Artillery Brigade, the Battalion Liaison Officer in the 5th Battalion, 3rd Artillery “First Round”; the Battalion Logistics Officer in the 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery “Steel Professionals”; the Executive Officer for Alpha Battery, 3-18th Field Artillery; and a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for the 6-37 Field Artillery Battalion (Republic of Korea). DEPLOYMENTS DaSean deployed twice to Southwest Asia to support Operation Iraqi Freedom; first as a Platoon Leader and Battalion Logistics Officer and again as a Fire Support Officer for an Aviation Attack Reconnaissance Battalion. While on active duty, DaSean participated in various large-scale training exercises such as Ardent Sentry (Homeland security) and Ulchi Focus Lens (Joint simulation with the Korean Army). RESERVE DUTY After several years of active service, DaSean joined the 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) where he served during his first two years of law school. Upon completing law school, DaSean worked in the 1st Legal Operations Detachment (“LOD”) (Legal Assistance); 22nd LOD (Trial Defense Counsel), and the 420 Engineer Brigade (Assistant Brigade Judge Advocate). He is now assigned as a Team Chief in the 87th LOD (Special Victims Counsel).
For all the 2020 law school graduates, congratulations!
Too many people abandon their dreams because of the shortsighted nature of others.
Article 1, Section 11 of the Texas Constitution
Sec. 11a. DENIAL OF BAIL AFTER MULTIPLE FELONIES. (a) Any person (1) accused of a felony less than capital in this State, who has been theretofore twice convicted of a felony, the second conviction being subsequent to the first, both in point of time of commission of the offense and conviction therefor, (2) accused of a felony less than capital in this State, committed while on bail for a prior felony for which he has been indicted, (3) accused of a felony less than capital in this State involving the use of a deadly weapon after being convicted of a prior felony, or (4) accused of a violent or sexual offense committed while under the supervision of a criminal justice agency of the State or a political subdivision of the State for a prior felony, after a hearing, and upon evidence substantially showing the guilt of the accused of the offense in (1) or (3) above, of the offense committed while on bail in (2) above, or of the offense in (4) above committed while under the supervision of a criminal justice agency of the State or a political subdivision of the State for a prior felony, may be denied bail pending trial, by a district judge in this State, if said order denying bail pending trial is issued within seven calendar days subsequent to the time of incarceration of the accused; provided, however, that if the accused is not accorded a trial upon the accusation under (1) or (3) above, the accusation and indictment used under (2) above, or the accusation or indictment used under (4) above within sixty (60) days from the time of his incarceration upon the accusation, the order denying bail shall be automatically set aside, unless a continuance is obtained upon the motion or request of the accused . . .
Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, the courthouse will be opened Monday through Thursday and closed Friday through Sunday.
Contact your individual courts if you have questions.
Please continue to visit www.justex.net to learn more.
The 180th Criminal District Court is using the Zoom App in order to allow essential court matters to proceed.
Attorneys should contact the Court Coordinator to arrange a meeting via zoom.
Harris County has suspended jury service through Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Jurors who have received a summons for dates through April 30 do not need appear and do NOT need to reschedule.
For updates or additional information, please check our website www.justex.net.
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Harris County Jury Service Suspended until March 31, 2020
Houston Independent School District has cancelled classes, all non-essential matters, in the 180th Criminal District Court are cancelled on the days classes are cancelled.
Should the HISD closure last more than seven (7) days, the District Courts will communicate an alternate schedule on www.justex.net.
Individual courts may opt out of this protocol. Call the Court to confirm how it will proceed. The 180th will follow this protocol, but will be open for essential matters and upon requests by attorneys.
Below are some examples of essential matters:
Setting of Bail
Appointment of Counsel
Pre-trial writs of habeas corpus
Presentment of Motions for New Trial
MOEPS and other Protective Orders
Statutorily required deadlines; and
Determination of probable cause
Again, contact the individual court if you have questions.
The 180th Criminal Court is closed tomorrow, February 28, 2020.
Good time celebrating our court reporter's birthday!
Happy Founder's Day to my Court Liaison Officer and to all the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha!
Today is the 1 year a anniversary of me taking the bench.
It has been an incredible first year serving the people of Harris County, Texas. I have enjoyed your visits to the 180th Criminal Court. I have enjoyed working in the community and discussing criminal justice with you all.
As we move into 2020, I look forward to continuing to be innovative in my approach to managing my court. I will continue to preside with compassion and respect, because that's what we all deserve.
"Fortune favors the bold". In 2020, be bold and courageous. @ Houston, Texas
In order to make up for the inability to host court in the Criminal Justice Center, which is equipped to hold defendants who are being held in jail, I visit the Joint Processing Center every other week.
This allows me to release those who dont make the "jail docket" during "bond week".
Rather than have men and women who are presumed innocent until proven guilty waste away in jail, I take affirmative steps to have them released pending the disposition of their case.
There are exceptions. However, it is imperative that those exceptions match what has been outlined by the 8th Amendment of the United States Consititution; Article 1, Section 11 of the Texas Consititution; and the Code of Criminal Procedure 17.15.
We should not uphold the law through lawlessness, fear-mongering, or heightened emotions. Our jails are disproportionally black, brown and poor. The disparate impact upon these communities within the criminal justice system is an injustice.
Got to love it!
Come out and learn about the emerging criminal justice system in Harris County as well as prominent trends across the U.S.
10 til 3 at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.
Wonderful time discussing my journey to becoming a lawyer and judge with students at @pvamu.
Great questions, high energy! @ Houston, Texas
Wonderful time talking to students Prairie View A&M University about my transition from a U.S. Army combat arms officer to State District Judge.
I read something today that brought this book by @ibramxk to mind.
How can you label someone a criminal, yet at the same time note that you have no evidence to prove their criminality?
A very good discussion about criminal justice reform and restorative justice with @dav.lewis.official and #JudgeDarrellJordan
This week I was thrilled to have the Harris County District Clerk's IT personnel enable digital signature for documents I constantly have to sign along with two other parties. Now, we will save an an incredible amount of time that can be used on other matters.
Great job guys!!
This morning I was able to attend a logistics class for probationers. Once people have "paid their debt" to society, it's important to explore and implement restorative measures to get then back on track.
Me: Smile for dad.
Son: Okay dad, look ear.
Congratulations to one our newest Texas attorneys!
It was a privilege to swear in Mr. Millington this week. He is an ambitious person who I think will do great things.
My advice for him was to stay around positive, motivated people. And to consistently read and study his craft.
Often times just because you can do something does not mean you should do something. Wealth based detention is in our jails is wrong. Some have even described it as slavery by another name. Fear mongers would have you hold everyone in jail rather than just the outliers.
We must be compassionate in our approach to criminal justice because the system has ruined the lives of too many lives.
Congratulations to everyone who passed the Texas Bar!
If you have decided to jump right into things, please feel free to stop by my court if you need to talk.
In November of 2011, I struck out on my own and never looked back. No matter what you do, find good mentors and always be willing to listen.
I'm very happy for you all and wish you much success.
Fun night at the @mabahouston Masquerade Gala. Congrats to all the honorees!! @ Royal Sonesta Houston
Enjoyed my battle assembly this weekend!
Great having the students from NFISD with us this past week. I hope they all keep pushing towards their dreams, goals and aspirations.
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