Galveston Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Evading Arrest

April 2nd, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

When a police officer stops you–or attempts to stop you–for suspicion of a crime, the absolute worst thing you do is flee. The reason for this is simple. Even if you did nothing wrong in the first place, the mere fact you fled is considered evading arrest, which is a criminal offense under Texas law. […]

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“Questionable Behavior” Can Lead to DWI Arrest in Texas

September 16th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in DWI

In Texas, a police officer does need definitive proof of drunk driving before initiating a traffic stop that ultimately leads to a DWI arrest. The law only requires “reasonable suspicion” that the defendant is possibly engaged in some sort of criminal activity. In other words, if the officer can articulate specific facts that led him […]

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Can a Jury Convict Me If Domestic Violence Even If the Accuser Recants?

September 12th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious matter under Texas law. In some cases it can lead to felony charges and put a defendant in jail for well over a decade. So it is critical that every piece of evidence is carefully considered by the jury before it reaches a verdict. Appeals Court: Jury Allowed to Disbelieve […]

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Court: Harris County May Collect Road Tolls Against Ex-Owners of Vehicles

August 8th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

If you fail to pay a required toll on a county road, you commit a misdemeanor traffic violation punishable by a $100 fine. And in fact, under Section 284.0701 of the Texas Transportation Code, the owner of a vehicle can be cited for this offense if they fail to pay a previously imposed fine, even […]

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Can Houston Police Legally Search You for Drugs During a Weapons Frisk?

February 8th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Houston Criminal Cases, Possession

Drug charges obviously require drugs. And police typically recover drugs when they search suspects or their property. As you probably know, the police typically require a search warrant to conduct such a search. But there are multiple exceptions to this general rule. For instance, if a police officer has “reasonable suspicion” to suspect someone is […]

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Evading the Cops Can Prove Costly If You Are on Probation

February 5th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Family Law, Houston Criminal Cases, Understanding Texas Law

Many Texas criminal cases end with the defendant being placed on community supervision, i.e. probation. This means the defendant will not go to jail so long as he or she follows all of the conditions of community supervision imposed by the judge. And perhaps the most important of these conditions is that the defendant refrain […]

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Federal Court Upholds 5-Year Prison Term for Texas Woman Convicted of Embezzling from Former Partner

January 30th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in White Collar, White Collar Crime

Not every white collar crime is the result of a grand conspiracy to commit fraud. Oftentimes, these cases simply involve a personal relationship gone bad. Maybe a couple had a bad breakup, and one party decides to appropriate money or property from the other. While the appropriator may think they are just “taking what they […]

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What You Need to Know About Domestic Violence in Texas

June 18th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Anytime force is used in a domestic situation and results in bodily injury, threatens to cause bodily harm, or results in physical contact that another person may find offensive, it is called domestic violence. Texas domestic violence laws don’t just apply to spouses, but anyone residing in the same household. This may include foster parents, […]

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Are You Facing Possession or Sale of Marijuana Charges?

June 13th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Drug Crime

Late last month, border patrol agents near Laredo seized more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana from a semi-truck. Some 423 bundles weighing in just over five tons with an estimated street value of about $8 million were confiscated. Although busts near the border are fairly common at the Laredo Port of Entry, this is the […]

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Common Reasons People Drink and Drive

January 24th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Drunk Driving, DWI

Although most people understand the risk and legal consequences of a DWI, drinking and driving remains a common problem in Houston and Galveston. So why do people still drive drunk? There are a number of possible explanations. People Do Not Know Their Limits Under Texas law, a person is considered driving under the influence if […]

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