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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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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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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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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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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What are White Collar Crimes?

December 18th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

When many people think of criminal activity, they imagine violent offenses that result in physical injuries. While these kinds of crimes do occur, they are by no means the only type of criminal offense with which a person can be charged. Fraud-based financial offenses, for instance, such as white collar crimes, are non-violent in nature. […]

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How Long Does a Person Have to Remain on the Sex Offender Registry in Texas?

December 17th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Sex offenses are some of the most serious crimes that a person can be accused of, as conviction almost always comes with mandatory registration as a sex offender. This can have far-reaching consequences for registrants, making it especially important for those who have been accused of a sex crime, to speak with an experienced Houston […]

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