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How do Federal Drug Crimes Differ from State Charges?

March 4th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Most of the drug-related offenses that are charged in state court tend to be relatively minor. Federal crimes, on the other hand, almost always come with jail time, lengthy prison sentences, and hefty fines. Drug trafficking prosecutions are particularly common in Texas. In fact, in 2010, two of the top five federal districts for drug […]

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Resisting Arrest in Texas

March 3rd, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Very few people are actually prepared to be placed under arrest. There are, however, a few things that you should keep in mind if you find yourself in this situation, as failing to comply with certain orders could result in additional charges of resisting arrest. We also all have certain rights when being detained and […]

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Can a Company be Held Criminally Liable for Employee Fraud?

February 25th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

Many white-collar crimes are committed by employees of large companies. Unfortunately, while many of these individuals are acting on their own, it is not uncommon for the companies that hire them to be unfairly accused of participating in the scheme. This can have devastating financial and personal repercussions for a company, making it especially important […]

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Aggravated Sex Crimes

February 18th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Unlike many other types of crimes, sex offenses are usually charged as felonies. Felony sex crime convictions come with severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences, as well as mandatory registration as a sex offender upon release. Those who are charged with aggravated sex crimes, however, face particularly harsh punishments, making it especially important for defendants […]

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Special Sentencing Considerations for Misdemeanor Offenses

February 16th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

Criminal offenses that are considered to be less serious are usually charged as misdemeanors and so may not come with particularly severe penalties. There are, however, a few exceptions to this rule, as Texas law requires courts to apply minimum sentences in certain misdemeanor cases. To learn more about these rules and how they could […]

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Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

February 12th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in DWI

Most people know that driving while under the influence of alcohol is illegal in all 50 states. Many are unaware, however, that in Texas, drivers can be charged with DWI even if they haven’t ingested any alcohol, but are under the influence of marijuana. These types of charges tend to be more complicated than those […]

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What You Should Know About Protective Orders in Texas

February 10th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Those who have been the victims of domestic violence in Texas can legally protect themselves by requesting a protective order. These orders are issued by the court and are specifically designed to shield petitioners from further violence. There are, however, certain procedures and rules with which petitioners must comply, so if you believe that you […]

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Accumulating Points on Your Driving Record

February 8th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Traffic tickets are often more than just an inconvenience, but could end up being a significant drain on your finances. For instance, many traffic citations come with hefty fines, but this is not the only cost that a driver may incur, as it is a common practice for auto insurers to increase premiums after a […]

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Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana in Texas

February 4th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

While the possession of small amounts of marijuana has been legalized in many states, it remains a misdemeanor level crime in Texas, which means that defendants who are convicted of this offense face serious penalties, including jail time and fines. Although not as serious as a felony offense, misdemeanor allegations should still not be taken […]

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What You Should Know About Plea Bargains

February 2nd, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Plea bargains, or plea agreements, are a kind of compromise that a defendant makes with a prosecutor. Basically, in exchange for entering a certain plea in a criminal case, the state agrees to change or reduce other charges, or even to lower a person’s sentence. While plea bargains can place defendants in a better position […]

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