Does Admitting to a Possible Crime at a Probation Hearing Prevent Me from Arguing Self-Defense at Trial?

February 4th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Any criminal charge is a serious matter. But if you are already on probation–or community supervision, as it is known in Texas–for another offense, you are now facing a possible two-front battle. On the one hand, prosecutors can use the new charge as grounds to revoke your probation. On the other hand, you now face […]

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Can a Jury Consider “Outside Evidence” in a Texas Criminal Case?

September 3rd, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

One of the most important principles of criminal defense law in Texas is that every defendant has the right to trial by jury. The jury is expected to weigh the evidence presented and reach an impartial verdict according to the law. Among other things, this means the jury cannot consider any outside evidence–including their own […]

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Can I Be Convicted of Misdemeanor Theft Even If Nobody Saw Me Take Anything?

May 23rd, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

Petty theft is one of the more common misdemeanor crimes committed in Texas. The degree of the offense is tied to the value of the stolen property (or services). For example, if you are accused of stealing property from a store worth between $500 and $1,500, that is a Class A misdemeanor under the Texas […]

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Can I Be Charged with Possession If the Police Find Drugs Near Me?

May 7th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Drug charges involving possession typically arise from the police finding illegal narcotics on the suspect’s person. But what if the police simply find drugs in a room where you happen to be sitting? Is mere proximity to drugs enough to support a conviction for possession? To help answer these questions, the Texas Court of Criminal […]

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How the “Law of Parties” Can Lead to Felony Charges Even If You Did Not Directly Participate in the Crime

May 2nd, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

In Texas criminal law, a person may be held responsible for a crime they did not directly participate in under what is known as the “law of parties.” Basically, this means that someone else committed the actual crime, but the defendant charged under the law of parties acted “with the intent to promote or assist […]

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Can I Lose My Handgun License If I Plead Guilty to a DWI

April 16th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in DWI

If you have never been in trouble with the law before, a DWI charge might not seem like a big deal. After all, a first-time DWI is only a misdemeanor offense. But what you may not realize is that even a misdemeanor conviction can have serious consequences for your civil rights going forward. Houston Court […]

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What Qualifies as “Felony Murder” in Texas?

April 2nd, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Murder normally refers to the crime of intentionally killing someone. But Texas also recognizes the criminal offense of “felony murder,” which broadly refers to an unintended murder committed “in the course of a felony.” In other words, if you intentionally commit a felony other than murder and accidentally kill someone, the state can prosecute that […]

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Do Police Always Need “Reasonable Suspicion” of DWI Before Talking with a Driver

March 14th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in DWI, Uncategorized

When it comes to DWI & drunk driving offenses in Houston, you need to be concerned with both the potential civil and criminal consequences. For instance, if you are arrested for DWI and have no prior drunk driving record, you can still face up to 180 days in jail if convicted on criminal charges. But […]

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What Questions Can You Ask Prospective Jurors in a Domestic Violence Case?

March 12th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence, Uncategorized

Everyone charged with a crime in Texas has the right to a trial before an impartial jury. But when the defendant is accused of domestic violence, that can be especially difficult. Domestic violence cases are always emotionally charged affairs, so it is even more important for the courts to screen prospective jurors for any bias […]

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What Are the Penalties for Driving with an Invalid License in Texas?

March 8th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Houston Criminal Cases

Most of us know the drill when a police officer stops on suspicion of a traffic violation. Among other steps, the officer will request your driver’s license and vehicle registration. Of course, if you do not have a license–or you are driving with an invalid license–then that in of itself constitutes a traffic violation normally […]

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