What Does the Right to a “Speedy Trial” Mean in Texas?

January 3rd, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Every person charged with a crime in Texas has the right to a “speedy trial.” This right is guaranteed by both the United States and Texas constitutions. But there is no fixed definition of what constitutes a “speedy” trial. Indeed, in many cases it is in a defendant’s interests not to proceed too quickly to […]

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Can Drunk Driving Save You From a Murder Conviction?

April 6th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Capital Felonies, Drunk Driving

Murder and manslaughter are not the same thing. Murder refers to the intentional killing of another person. Manslaughter, in contrast, means “recklessly” causing a person’s death. Intoxication manslaughter, for example, occurs when a drunk driver accidentally kills someone as a consequence of their inebriated state. When Is a Murder Defendant Allowed to Argue It Was […]

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