The Use of “Relationship” Evidence in Texas Criminal Domestic Violence Trials

September 14th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence

In most criminal trials, the prosecution cannot introduce evidence of a defendant’s “prior bad acts” to establish their guilt of the charged offense. But Texas law makes a notable exception for domestic violence cases. When the alleged victim of a crime is the defendant’s spouse or dating partner, or a member of their household, Section […]

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Is My “Mere Presence” Near Illegal Drugs Enough to Prove Possession?

September 7th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Drug Crime, Felony, Misdemeanor Crimes

You probably already know that possession of certain drugs–or “controlled substances,” as they are technically known under Texas law–is illegal. For example, if an officer arrests you and finds a baggie filled with cocaine in your pocket, it is a pretty safe bet the prosecution will cite that as proof you knowingly possessed a controlled […]

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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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