When Do a Police Officer’s “Misrepresentations” on a Warrant Application Matter?

November 2nd, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

Before the police may lawfully search a person’s property without the owner’s consent, an officer must first obtain a search warrant from a magistrate. The process of obtaining a warrant typically involves the officer filing an affidavit with the court explaining their reasons for requesting the warrant. If the magistrate finds “probable cause” that evidence […]

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Do Police Have to Initiate a Traffic Stop Before Making a DWI Arrest?

September 29th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, DWI, Understanding Texas Law

Many DWI arrests start out as a traffic stop. This means that a police officer first needs “reasonable suspicion” to initiate the traffic stop. If the stop itself was baseless, then any evidence of drunk driving subsequently obtained during the stop is inadmissible in court. That said, not all drunk driving arrests require a traffic […]

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Will a Court Dismiss a DWI Case if the Arresting Officer Admits They Lacked Probable Cause?

September 16th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Drunk Driving, DWI, Understanding Texas Law

Normally, a police officer must have “probable cause” to arrest someone on suspicion of DWI or drunk driving. If the officer does not have probable cause, then the arrest is illegal. But can a judge determine probable cause existed even if the arresting officer later admits in court that he did not? This may seem […]

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When Is It Legal to Drive on the Shoulder in Texas?

September 9th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in DWI, Traffic Offenses, Understanding Texas Law

Have you ever become frustrated with the flow of traffic and decided to try and “ride the shoulder” of the road? In most cases, this is a traffic violation. The Texas Transportation Code specifies only seven cases where driving on an “improved shoulder” to the right of the main road is legal: To stop, stand, […]

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Answers to FAQs About Racketeering White Collar Crime in Texas

August 31st, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Racketeering, Understanding Texas Law, White Collar Crime

There are numerous criminal offenses lumped together under the unofficial term “white-collar crime,” and racketeering involves some of the most severe charges under Texas law. In general, the crime of racketeering occurs when an organized crime ring uses or poses as a legitimate business operation to embezzle funds. This type of conduct first became unlawful […]

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How to Obtain a Domestic Violence Protective Order in Texas

August 16th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence, Understanding Texas Law

There are few things more terrifying than being a victim of ongoing domestic violence. When you are a victim of domestic violence, you may constantly fear for the physical and emotional wellbeing of yourself and others in your household, including aging parents, young children, or even pets. If you are experiencing domestic violence in Texas, […]

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Most Common Traffic Violations in Texas

August 10th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes, Traffic Offenses, Understanding Texas Law

Operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that comes with a lot of responsibility. Motor vehicles are large machines that have the potential to cause serious damage when they are unsafely operated, and the state is aggressive about finding drivers committing traffic violations that endanger public safety. At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & […]

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Can I Expunge My Criminal Record in Texas?

August 3rd, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Conviction, Expungement, Misdemeanor Crimes, Understanding Texas Law

Being arrested, charged, and potentially convicted of a crime can have long-term consequences. In fact, even if you’re not convicted, an arrest can show up on your record for years—or decades!—to come, impeding your ability to get a job, secure housing, and pursue other opportunities. Those who are facing criminal charges or who have been […]

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Reasons a Former Prosecutor Makes the Best Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer

July 6th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Prosecution, Understanding Texas Law

If you have been arrested for a criminal offense in Texas, it is understandable that you view the prosecution as your enemy. The last thing you expect to hear is that a former prosecutor is ideally suited to defend your rights. At one time, this person was the lawyer representing the government in pursuing criminal […]

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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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