Don’t Talk to the Police without a Galveston Defense Attorney Present

May 5th, 2022 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Perhaps nothing is as terrifying as being arrested. Many law-abiding citizens have never had handcuffs slapped on them, and they will do anything to be free so they can return to their families. After taking a suspect into custody, police usually usher them into a room for an interrogation. Believe it or not, this is […]

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5 Things to Know About White Collar Fraud Offenses

December 17th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, White Collar Crime

White-collar crimes in Texas are more serious than you may think, and penalties for a white-collar conviction can be severe. White-collar crime is a broad term that refers to a wide variety of criminal offenses, including various forms of fraud. Indeed, according to the FBI, “the term white-collar crime is now synonymous with the full […]

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How Does the Fourth Amendment Apply to Criminal Defenses?

December 2nd, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

When you are facing any kind of criminal charges, it is essential to begin working with an aggressive Houston criminal defense attorney as soon as possible on a defense strategy. The best defense strategy for your case will depend upon the particular circumstances of your arrest, and the specific elements of the criminal offense for […]

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Texas Prosecutors Make Aggressive Use of “Human Trafficking” Law to Address Sex Crimes

November 19th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Sex Crime

Human trafficking–also known as sex trafficking–is traditionally understood to mean “the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act,” according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Sex trafficking is normally associated with the act of transporting someone across state or international lines for the purposes of […]

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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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How “Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity” Can Add Years to a Possible Sentence

October 5th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Gang Membership, Robbery

Texas prosecutors will often try and “enhance” a criminal case by charging the defendant with “engaging in organized criminal activity” or EOCA. This is the state equivalent of the federal RICO statute. It essentially enables the government to charge a defendant with participating in a criminal organization in addition to the underlying criminal act. An […]

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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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Fourth Amendment Violations and Criminal Defense: What You Should Know

June 4th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Constitution, Criminal Defense

If you are arrested for a criminal offense in Texas and charged with that crime, you should begin working with an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to fight the charges and to avoid a conviction. While there may be multiple defense strategies available to you based on the specific facts of […]

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How do Federal Drug Crimes Differ from State Charges?

March 4th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Most of the drug-related offenses that are charged in state court tend to be relatively minor. Federal crimes, on the other hand, almost always come with jail time, lengthy prison sentences, and hefty fines. Drug trafficking prosecutions are particularly common in Texas. In fact, in 2010, two of the top five federal districts for drug […]

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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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