Are Sex Crimes Charged Under Federal or State Law?

December 15th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Sex Crime

Sex crimes in Texas are extremely serious offenses, and it is critical to have a Texas sex crimes defense lawyer on your side. You might be wondering: are sex crimes charged under state or federal law? These charges can be complicated, and it can be difficult to understand whether you are facing federal or state […]

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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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Do You Have the Right to Cross-Examine Witnesses at a Bail Hearing?

September 2nd, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Bail, Conviction, Criminal Defense

The United States Constitution and Texas law guarantee a criminal defendant’s right to seek and receive reasonable bail pending trial. That does not necessarily bar a judge from setting a high bail. But it does require the court to consider a number of factors in setting bails, such as the nature of the alleged crimes […]

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