What Is the Appeals Process for a Criminal Conviction in Texas?

July 27th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in Texas, your case does not necessarily end with the jury’s verdict. You do have the right to appeal, that is to seek review of the trial court’s judgment with an appellate court. Texas has an unusually complicated court system, so here is a basic […]

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How Is Shoplifting Prosecuted in Texas?

July 13th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Theft and shoplifting are among the most common types of misdemeanor crimes prosecuted in Texas. The severity of a theft charge is tied to the value of the property stolen. For example, under Section 31.03(e) of the Texas Penal Code, theft of property is a Class B misdemeanor if the value of the property stolen […]

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Houston Man Becomes Fugitive Following Fraud Conviction

June 8th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

Fraud is perhaps the most common type of white collar crime prosecuted in Texas. Fraud takes many forms. But the essential nature of fraud is that it involves acquiring the property of another through false pretenses. Fraud is also not just a matter of Texas law. Anyone who defrauds a financial institution–i.e., a bank–or uses […]

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How to Identify and Write Elected Representatives in Texas

January 3rd, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Understanding Texas Law

It might sound old-fashioned, but one of the best ways to participate in the Texas political process is to write your elected representatives about the issues that matter to you. While many people think their civic duty starts and ends on Election Day, the truth is that elected officials welcome regular feedback from their constituents. […]

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Warrantless Blood & Urine Tests in Texas

November 28th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Understanding Texas Law

In an effort to make it easier for Galveston-area prosecutors to prove DWI cases, Texas has an “implied consent” law with respect to blood tests. This means that if a police officer has probable cause to arrest a motorist on suspicion of drunk driving, the motorist is legally required to submit a blood sample for analysis […]

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Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs in Texas

November 16th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Drug Crime, Understanding Texas Law

Although drug crimes are often associated with illegal narcotics such as cocaine or marijuana, prescription drug abuse is actually the “fastest-growing drug problem” in the United States, according to the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. In many cases legally obtained prescription drugs are illegally resold or distributed to others. This is why […]

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Grand Juries vs. Petit Juries: An Overview

November 3rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

Every Houston resident has the right to a “trial by jury” when charged with a criminal offense. But there are two different kinds of juries. What we normally think of as a jury–12 people sitting at trial, hearing evidence, and reaching a verdict–is actually known as a “petit jury.” There is also a separate body […]

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Passion Murder vs. Premeditated Murder

July 19th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

The term “crime of passion” is often used by the media to describe certain sensational murder cases. The archetype of a crime of passion is the jealous spouse who arrives at home, finds their partner in bed with someone else, and then proceeds to shoot and kill them both in a fit of rage. So […]

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Texas Gun Laws: What You Should Know

March 29th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Firearms

As of January 1 of this year, holders of Texas concealed handgun licenses may now “open carry” their firearms in most public places. Although “concealed carry” has been legal for decades in Texas, last year the state legislature voted to eliminate the concealed-vs.-open distinction. The amended law does not, however, alter the eligibility requirements for obtaining […]

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