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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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 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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What are the Penalties for a White Collar Crime Conviction?

January 27th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

White collar crime allegations are taken very seriously in Texas, even though they are by definition, non-violent offenses. For this reason, most of those who are accused of committing a white collar crime end up facing felony charges. Some of the more minor offenses, however, can be charged as misdemeanors, which tend to have much […]

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What You Should Know About Consent Laws in Texas

January 25th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

It is not uncommon for people to be charged with a sex crime regardless of their intent, especially if there is confusion amongst the parties about what qualifies as consent. For this reason, having an understanding of what consent means under Texas law is crucial, including how a person’s age or intoxication level could affect […]

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Are You Facing Misdemeanor Theft Charges?

January 22nd, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Theft

Unlike many other states, Texas doesn’t actually discriminate between different kinds of theft. Whether a case involves a robbery, shoplifting, or embezzlement, offenses involving the unlawful taking of someone else’s property are typically charged as theft. The exact charges that a person faces, however, will differ depending on the value of the items that were […]

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Underage Drinking and Driving Laws in Texas

January 18th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in DWI

In Texas, motorists who are accused of driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or more could face charges of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). If, however, a driver turns out to be under the age of 21 years old, he or she will likely be charged with Driving Under the Influence of […]

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Alternatives to Incarceration for Those Convicted of Domestic Violence

January 15th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Being convicted of domestic violence can have devastating consequences for the parties involved, especially if the conviction was based on untrue or exaggerated allegations. Fortunately, just because a person has been charged with domestic violence does not mean that he or she will need to spend time in prison. In fact, there are a number […]

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When Can the Police Search Without a Warrant?

January 7th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

While it is true that in most cases, police officers are barred from searching someone’s personal belongings, vehicle, or home without first obtaining a warrant, there are some circumstances in which this formality is not necessary. One of the most common exceptions to the search and seizure rule is when police officers claim that a […]

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