Evading the Cops Can Prove Costly If You Are on Probation

February 5th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Family Law, Houston Criminal Cases, Understanding Texas Law

Many Texas criminal cases end with the defendant being placed on community supervision, i.e. probation. This means the defendant will not go to jail so long as he or she follows all of the conditions of community supervision imposed by the judge. And perhaps the most important of these conditions is that the defendant refrain […]

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How to Identify and Write Elected Representatives in Texas

January 3rd, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Understanding Texas Law

It might sound old-fashioned, but one of the best ways to participate in the Texas political process is to write your elected representatives about the issues that matter to you. While many people think their civic duty starts and ends on Election Day, the truth is that elected officials welcome regular feedback from their constituents. […]

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Capping Prison Sentences

December 9th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

The United States has the highest rate of imprisonment in the world. According to figures published by the BBC, 737 out of every 100,000 Americans are currently in jail. The only other country that comes anywhere near that rate is Russia (615 per 100,000 in prison). Marc Mauer, the executive director of The Sentencing Project, […]

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Warrantless Blood & Urine Tests in Texas

November 28th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Understanding Texas Law

In an effort to make it easier for Galveston-area prosecutors to prove DWI cases, Texas has an “implied consent” law with respect to blood tests. This means that if a police officer has probable cause to arrest a motorist on suspicion of drunk driving, the motorist is legally required to submit a blood sample for analysis […]

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Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs in Texas

November 16th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Drug Crime, Understanding Texas Law

Although drug crimes are often associated with illegal narcotics such as cocaine or marijuana, prescription drug abuse is actually the “fastest-growing drug problem” in the United States, according to the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. In many cases legally obtained prescription drugs are illegally resold or distributed to others. This is why […]

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Grand Juries vs. Petit Juries: An Overview

November 3rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

Every Houston resident has the right to a “trial by jury” when charged with a criminal offense. But there are two different kinds of juries. What we normally think of as a jury–12 people sitting at trial, hearing evidence, and reaching a verdict–is actually known as a “petit jury.” There is also a separate body […]

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The Legal Dangers of Methamphetamines

March 22nd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Possession, Understanding Texas Law

Methamphetamines—often known as crystal meth—constitute a powerful stimulant that can produce an immediate sense of euphoria in the human brain. While methamphetamine is occasionally prescribed as a medical treatment for attention deficit order, it is considered a highly dangerous narcotic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine use can lead to “anxiety, confusion, insomnia, […]

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Texans on Sobriety Checkpoints Survey

December 21st, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, DWI, Underage Drinking, Understanding Texas Law

At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, we regularly represent people that have been accused of drunk driving and other crimes. In order to better understand our clientele, we conducted a survey in which we asked Texans whether they would vote for a bill that would introduce sobriety checkpoints to Texas if it […]

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State Bill Seeking Harsher Penalties for False Reports

March 4th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Houston Criminal Cases, Understanding Texas Law

According to the Galveston County Daily News, a missing child hoax has prompted legislatures to propose a new bill. The proposed bill came after a Galveston woman decided to fabricate a story about a child to have her vehicle returned. The proposed bill seeks to increase the penalties for false reporting of a missing child. […]

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Self-Defense As A Legal Defense in Texas

February 27th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

Self-defense is referred to as a justification defense, such that although the defendant has committed a criminal act prescribed by statute, he or she should not be punished because the circumstances justify the defendant’s actions. Typically, one can use force that they reasonably believe is necessary to protect themselves from imminent unlawful force upon themselves. […]

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