What Crimes are Wobblers in Texas?

July 21st, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Felony Crimes, Houston Criminal Cases, Misdemeanor Crimes, Wobblers

Most people have a basic understanding of how crimes are organized in the classification of offenses under Texas law, which separates them into misdemeanors and felonies. Each category in turn breaks down into three levels of misdemeanor and multiple degrees of felony, but the basic distinction revolves around punishment. If you are convicted of a […]

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Actual vs. Constructive Possession in Texas Drug Crimes Cases

July 9th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Felony Crimes, Marijuana Possession, Misdemeanor Crimes

When it comes to drug possession charges, the elements that prosecutors must prove are the same in every case. The Texas Controlled Substances Act prohibits the knowing, intentional possession of a controlled substance that is listed on different Schedules and/or Penalties groups. The nature of the charges varies by the type of drug, but the […]

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Can I Have a Misdemeanor Expunged from My Record?

May 24th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Expungement, Misdemeanor Crimes

Many people in Texas face misdemeanor charges and are convicted of the offense. While a misdemeanor offense on your criminal record certainly may not be as serious as a felony offense and likely came with a much lesser sentence, simply having a criminal record with a misdemeanor offense can be problematic. Indeed, from applying for […]

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Fight Domestic Violence Charges?

May 18th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence, Felony Crimes, Misdemeanor Crimes

Whether you are going through a breakup or a divorce and domestic violence allegations have arisen out of your split with your ex, or if you are facing domestic violence charges under different circumstances, it is critical to begin working with a Texas domestic violence defense attorney as soon as you can. While you might […]

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Do I Need a Criminal Defense Attorney?

May 5th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Felony, Misdemeanor Crimes

When you are facing criminal charges in Texas, you might be wondering: do I need to hire a criminal defense attorney? While there are some scenarios in which a defendant might successfully craft his or her own defense, it is always a good idea to seek legal representation from an experienced Texas criminal defense lawyer. […]

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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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Can My Misdemeanor Criminal Record be Expunged?

December 15th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

In addition to potentially resulting in jail time and fines, any type of conviction will go on a person’s criminal record. Having a criminal record can make it difficult to find housing, secure employment, and apply for educational or training programs. It can also have serious repercussions on someone’s personal life. Fortunately, it is possible […]

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Understanding the Different Types of Misdemeanor Offenses in Texas

November 20th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

Texas law divides misdemeanor crimes into three categories, each of which comes with its own range of penalties. The specifics of a defense strategy depends largely on the type of crime that a person is being charged with, so if you were recently arrested for or charged with a criminal offense in Texas, it is […]

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Is It a Crime to Look Like a Member of a “Criminal Street Gang”?

October 21st, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

One of the ideals of our criminal justice system is the notion that someone is not guilty of a crime simply based on how they look or appear. Unfortunately, reality does not always meet this ideal. For example, in recent years there has been a movement against individuals who are perceived as belonging to a […]

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Is It Still Considered Shoplifting If the Stolen Items Never Leave the Store?

September 23rd, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

Shoplifting is one of the more common misdemeanor crimes that occur in Texas. Legally speaking, shoplifting is a form of theft, and the severity of the charge will depend on the retail value of the items involved. Regarding the actual definition of theft, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has said it is essentially the […]

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