Can Lying on a Government Form Really Lead to Criminal Charges?

August 29th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Many white collar crime prosecutions in Texas begin when someone allegedly makes a false or misleading statement to a government agency. Keep in mind that any time you sign a document “under penalty of perjury,” you are subject to prosecution if the government thinks you are not telling the whole truth. And things can get […]

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What Is Considered a “Deadly Weapon” in Texas?

February 9th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Violent crimes are treated significantly more harshly in Texas when they involve a “deadly weapon.” This does not just refer to items, such as firearms, that are designed to be used as weapons. Section 1.07 of the Texas Penal Code defines as a deadly weapon as “anything that in the manner of its use or […]

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Texas Motorcycle DWI Laws

October 25th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in DWI

According to the most recent figures from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are approximately 4,700 motorcyclists killed in a “motor vehicle traffic crash” each year. The NHTSA said about 28 percent of these reported fatalities involved drivers who were legally intoxicated—i.e., they had a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Overall, […]

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Passion Murder vs. Premeditated Murder

July 19th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

The term “crime of passion” is often used by the media to describe certain sensational murder cases. The archetype of a crime of passion is the jealous spouse who arrives at home, finds their partner in bed with someone else, and then proceeds to shoot and kill them both in a fit of rage. So […]

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Houston Police Not Allowed to Talk to Defense Attorneys?

August 26th, 2010 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Without “express permission” from prosecutors, Houston Police Officers will no longer be permitted to speak with criminal defense attorneys about ongoing cases. The reasoning behind the new policy, as City Attorney David Feldman explained to the Houston City Council, is that Houston’s police officers “were incurring excessive overtime charges by communicating with defense lawyers about […]

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