Can You Be Convicted of Aiding and Abetting a Burglary in Houston?

May 12th, 2022 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Texas prosecutors seek stiff punishment for criminals. But in their zeal to reduce crime, they often go after those people who might have assisted in the commission of a crime. If you did not participate in a criminal act but nevertheless helped the criminal in some way, you could face aiding and abetting charges. Contact […]

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Can Two Defendants Share a Criminal Defense Attorney?

April 22nd, 2022 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

This question pops up sometimes when two people are arrested for participating in the same crime. They might think hiring the same lawyer is convenient or will help reduce costs. But there are serious ethical issues which prevent a lawyer from representing two defendants in the same case. And defendants benefit by having their own […]

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Should You Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer or Go with the Public Defender?

April 1st, 2022 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of criminal defendants to an attorney, even when they can’t afford one. If you are charged with a crime, you might consider asking the judge for a public defender. But should you? Are there advantages to hiring your own Houston criminal defense attorney? Public Defenders Are Overworked & Short-Staffed […]

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Understanding Assaultive Offenses in Texas

March 18th, 2022 by Tad Nelson in Assault

When you are facing assault charges in Galveston or League City, it can be difficult to understand what type of assaultive offense you have been accused of specifically since Texas law has a wide variety of crimes that fall into this category. It is important to know that these offenses can be charged as misdemeanor […]

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What You Need to Know About the Texas Sex Offender Registry

February 18th, 2022 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Anyone who is facing charges for sex offenses under Texas state or federal law may be required to register as a sex offender with the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program. Even seemingly minor offenses that result in a conviction can require sex offender registration, and the consequences can be dramatic and significant. If you have […]

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Reasons a Former Prosecutor Makes the Best Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer

July 6th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Prosecution, Understanding Texas Law

If you have been arrested for a criminal offense in Texas, it is understandable that you view the prosecution as your enemy. The last thing you expect to hear is that a former prosecutor is ideally suited to defend your rights. At one time, this person was the lawyer representing the government in pursuing criminal […]

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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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Who Is Allowed to Present Evidence to a Texas Grand Jury?

September 26th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

A grand jury proceeding is often the first stage in prosecuting a defendant suspected of white collar crimes like securities fraud or money laundering. In Texas, 12-member grand juries review evidence presented by district attorneys before deciding whether to issue an indictment–a formal accusation against the defendant. Under state law, an indictment may be set […]

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Are “Citizen’s Arrests” Permissible in Misdemeanor Cases?

September 7th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

Misdemeanor offenses like theft or a first-time DWI may not carry the same potential for lengthy prison sentences as felonies in Texas. But any kind of criminal conviction will have a negative impact on your life. For instance, aside from the criminal record itself, a DWI conviction can lead to the loss of your driving […]

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What Are My Rights Before a Texas Grand Jury?

July 31st, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

You have probably heard of a “grand jury” without understanding its exact function. Unlike a trial (or “petit”) jury, a grand jury is not there to determine a person’s guilt or innocence. Rather, the grand jury interviews witnesses and reviews evidence to decide if there is “probable cause” to formally charge–indict–a defendant with a particular […]

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