What Is the Appeals Process for a Criminal Conviction in Texas?

July 27th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in Texas, your case does not necessarily end with the jury’s verdict. You do have the right to appeal, that is to seek review of the trial court’s judgment with an appellate court. Texas has an unusually complicated court system, so here is a basic […]

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Am I Guilty of Theft in Texas If I Thought I Had the Owner’s Consent?

May 22nd, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Theft is defined under Texas law as the crime of unlawfully appropriating property “with intent to deprive the owner” of said property. Put another way, theft is when you take someone else’s property without their consent. Of course, there are cases where a person mistakenly believes they had consent. If so, they can argue “mistake […]

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Is Failing to Pay a Subcontractor a Felony in Texas?

May 19th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

The phrase “white collar crime” usually conjures up an image of some type of massive fraud like a Ponzi scheme. But even seemingly ordinary business disputes can lead to criminal charges in Texas. For example, the Texas Property Code defines “misapplication of trust funds” as a criminal offense. “Misapplication” refers to a case where a […]

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How Long Do I Have to Live in Texas Before Filing for Divorce?

May 16th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Divorce

One of the common questions we get regarding divorce is whether both spouses have to live in Texas. Indeed, some people think you have to get divorced in the same state that you were married in or lived together as spouses before separating. This is actually now how the law works. Residency Requirements for a […]

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Is it a Crime in Texas for a High School Teacher to Sleep With a Student?

May 11th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

When in comes to sex crimes in Texas, the nature of the relationship between the defendant and the victim matters. For example, the Texas Penal Code contains special provisions for cases involving an “improper relationship between educator and student.” In other words, if a teacher is having sex with a student at the school they […]

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