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Blog Posts in 2013

Avoiding a DWI This Holiday Season

The Christmas holiday season is supposed to be a time of celebration and jolly cheer–the last thing you want to be worrying about is a DWI charge. With holiday parties every weekend, it can be ... Continue Reading»

Illegal Search and Seizure: What You Need to Know

The 4th Amendment In the U.S. constitution, limits are placed on law enforcement via the 4th Amendment. It limits police’s ability to make unlawful arrests, search people, seize their property ... Continue Reading»

Hit and Run in Texas: Reasons, Penalties, Defenses

Texas’ Hit and Run Penalties Penalties for hit and run are very strict in Texas, however they depend upon the degree of damage at the scene. Penalties are much less harsh if no physical injuries ... Continue Reading»

Is Forensic Science a Science?

Sherlock Holmes. Hercule Poirot. Nancy Drew. Dexter Morgan. Benson & Stabler. All famous detectives from the media who use forensic science to solve their crimes and catch the culprit. Forensic ... Continue Reading»

A Guide To Posting Bail In Texas

When a loved one has been arrested, you may be scared, angry, and worried, not to mention the bail process can be frustratingly confusing and complicated. Putting all emotions aside, when a friend or ... Continue Reading»

Expungement: Sealing Your Record

You’ve heard the saying “crime doesn’t pay” before. Not only can a criminal charge result in jail time, fines, probation, and legal costs, but a criminal record can follow you ... Continue Reading»

Weird Thanksgiving Crimes

Assault by Turkey Back in 2004, a New York woman was driving down the highway when a group of menacing teenagers in an oncoming car tossed a frozen turkey through her windshield. Unfortunately, the ... Continue Reading»

Terry Stops in Texas

Many might have the misconception that police cannot search a person without a warrant. However, in Texas, police search and frisks are completely legal–a police officer can stop and search a ... Continue Reading»

The Criminal Charge Process

Perhaps your entire knowledge of the criminal process comes from television courtroom dramas and you’re wondering what really goes on in real life when it comes to the criminal charge process. ... Continue Reading»

Public Intoxication

In general, public intoxication laws are meant to protect the safety of the intoxicated person and the public. According to the jurisdiction you’re in, public intoxication could fall under ... Continue Reading»

Your Rights: Arrest and Holding

As you are probably aware, a police officer must have probable cause in order to arrest a suspected criminal. Probable cause is a very abstract term that can apply to various situations. Basically, a ... Continue Reading»

Apps Every Lawyer Needs

Dictation App For those who can talk faster than they can type on their smartphone keyboards. It’s an easy way to take notes when you’re on the go. It’s like having a personal ... Continue Reading»

Police Questioning and Your Rights

Sometimes it can be confusing to determine when you must legally answer police questions. Being read your Miranda rights is a signal that you have the right to remain silent during police questioning. ... Continue Reading»

Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

The simple fact is that not very many defendants choose to represent themselves in court if they have been charged with a criminal act. The large majority of defendants will ultimately hire a lawyer ... Continue Reading»

What are Status Offenses?

You may have wondered why it was illegal to skip school, run away, or be out past curfew when you were younger. As a minor, you could get into trouble with the police if they caught you doing those ... Continue Reading»

White Collar Crime: What is Computer Fraud?

Computer fraud is a type of white collar crime in which a person uses a computer or the internet to defraud others (including people, companies, government agencies) of money, internet access, or ... Continue Reading»

When Can Minors Be Charged as Adults?

Over the weekend a teenager in New York city brought a gun to an ice skating rink and shot two people, a 20-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy. The suspect is 16 years old and is being charged as an ... Continue Reading»

5 Facts About the Minimum Drinking Age

For people born after 1984, it probably never crossed their minds that the drinking age was ever under 21 in the US. That year, the Reagan administration passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act ... Continue Reading»

Probation vs Parol

Probation and parole are both “p” words that refer to a result of criminal conviction, however, they have very different meanings. Probation and parole are similar in that they are both ... Continue Reading»

Invoking Your Right to Remain Silent

The Miranda Warning is a mainstay in police dramas on TV. “You have the right to remain silent, everything to say can and will be used against you” and so on. The Miranda Warning is what ... Continue Reading»

Plea Bargains

What is a plea bargain? A plea bargain is a way for the prosecutor and criminal defense attorney to agree on a punishment for the accused without the need for a criminal trial. However, plea bargains ... Continue Reading»

Texas Underage Drinking Laws

Texas has some of the strictest laws in place against underage drinking in the US. They punish minors (anyone under 21) who attempt to purchase, purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. ... Continue Reading»

Managing Risk

Reducing your risk of lawsuits by using these proactive strategies when building your business. Here are some tips for reevaluating your risk management procedures. Hiring Every time you hire a new ... Continue Reading»

Preliminary Hearings

A preliminary hearing does not determine whether an accused person is found ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty,’ but it determines if there is enough evidence to proceed before a grand ... Continue Reading»

The Demerit Point System

With every traffic violation you incur, you are racking up invisible points with the Texas Department of Public Safety. It’s called the “Driver Responsibility Program”, and it could ... Continue Reading»
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