What Makes a Kidnapping “Aggravated” Kidnapping?

June 3rd, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

In Texas criminal law, there is often a distinction between a regular offense and an “aggravated” offense. For example, kidnapping is normally a third-degree felony under the Texas Penal Code. But under certain circumstances, a defendant may be charged with “aggravated kidnapping,” which is a first-degree felony. Section 20.04 of the Penal Code lists six […]

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How “Promoting” Prostitution Can Lead to Serious Felony Charges

May 28th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Even when it involves two consenting parties, prostitution is still classified as a sex crime in Texas. Similarly, it is a crime to “promote” prostitution by acting as a middleman or forcing someone to engage in prostitution against their will. And when alleged promotion of prostitution involves minors, Texas prosecutors will make every effort to […]

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What Happens If Someone Reenters the U.S. After Being Deported for Committing a Crime?

December 5th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

With all the recent talk about illegal immigration in Texas, it is important to keep a couple of things in mind. First, illegal entry into the United States is not, in and of itself, a felony. Rather, a first-time offender only faces a possible sentence of six months in jail and a fine. But there […]

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