Recently, a tragic event happened at a youth football game in Texas. According to USA Today, Yaqub Salik Talib, brother of former NFL player Aqib Talib, shot and killed Michael Hickmon, a former college football player, during a youth football game in Lancaster, Texas.
Reportedly, the incident happened at the Lancaster Community Park. The Talib brothers were coaching the North Dallas United Bobcats and Hickmon was coaching the opposing team, the D.E.A. Dragons. An altercation broke out between the coaching staffs after they disagreed about a call the officials made. The altercation turned from verbal to physical, and it was at that point, that Yaqub Talib allegedly shot Hickmon.
According to police, following the shooting, Yaqub Talib fled the scene, taking the gun with him. Hickmon was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
After a warrant was issued for Yaqub Talib’s arrest, he turned himself in at Dallas County Jail. As of this report, he is facing charges for felony first-degree murder.
What to Do If There’s a Warrant for Your Arrest in Texas
If there’s a warrant for your arrest, the two things you shouldn’t do are run or do nothing. Beyond that, your best option is often to turn yourself in to authorities and if possible, post bail. Another option is to wait for the police to arrest you. However, doing that can paint you as irresponsible and provide the prosecution with more ammunition to use against you in court.
Whether you choose to turn yourself in or wait for the police to come collect you, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after finding out there’s a warrant for your arrest.
A criminal defense lawyer can help you negotiate your arrest with law enforcement, including arranging a time and place for you to turn yourself in that allows you to keep your dignity. The last thing you want is for police to show up to arrest you as you are picking up your kids from school, sitting down to have dinner with your family, or in the middle of a meeting at work.
In addition to helping you negotiate your surrender, an attorney can assist you with the bail process, which can help limit the amount of time you spend behind bars following your arrest.
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Warrants should always be taken seriously. They don’t just go away. You must respond to them, or things will only get worse for you. In some cases, the sooner you respond to a warrant, the better your chances of having the charges against you reduced or dismissed. At the very least, the sooner you respond to a warrant, the more time you and your attorney have to design and implement a defense strategy that can help you fight back against the charges against you.
Whatever crime you’re facing, Derek A. Adame is prepared to defend you. Attorney Adame has been successfully handing criminal matters for almost 25 years. Prior to becoming a criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Adame was a prosecutor. His time as a prosecutor gives him an advantage when defending his clients, because he often knows what tactics the prosecution plans to use beforehand and can design a defense strategy to combat them.
For more information about what to do if there’s a warrant for your arrest in Texas, or to speak with our experienced criminal defense attorney, give us a call at 940.441.4239 or contact us online today for a free initial consultation.