When Is It Legal to Drive on the Shoulder in Texas?

September 9th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in DWI, Traffic Offenses, Understanding Texas Law

Have you ever become frustrated with the flow of traffic and decided to try and “ride the shoulder” of the road? In most cases, this is a traffic violation. The Texas Transportation Code specifies only seven cases where driving on an “improved shoulder” to the right of the main road is legal: To stop, stand, […]

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Common Questions About Red Light Camera Tickets

March 10th, 2021 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

In 2019, Texas lawmakers passed a bill that barred cities from using red light cameras to issue tickets to drivers in the state. Some cities, however, have been permitted to continue using their cameras, but only until their existing contracts have expired. This exception to the law that banned red light cameras in Texas has […]

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How Backing Out of a Driveway Can Lead to More Serious Criminal Charges

April 8th, 2019 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

A simple traffic violation is often the first step towards a police officer arresting someone for a more serious crime, such as drug possession or DWI. That is why all Houston-area motorists need to be aware of the rules of the road. Even a seemingly innocent act may technically violate the Texas Transportation Code–and in […]

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Traffic Violations and Drug Charges: Does the State Need to Prove Both?

December 7th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Traffic Offenses

Many drug crimes investigations in the Houston area start with a seemingly routine traffic stop. Of course, police officers cannot simply stop someone without a reason. Most of the time, the officer observes a possible traffic violation. This justifies conducting a stop, and in the course of dealing with that issue, the officer then discovers […]

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Is Touching the “Fog Line” a Traffic Violation in Texas?

February 7th, 2018 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Houston-area police are always on the lookout for potential traffic violations that may justify stopping a driver. But sometimes the police interpret the traffic laws of Texas in an overly aggressive manner. So just because an officer insists there was a violation does not make it legally correct. Court Rejects Drug Arrest Based on Incorrect […]

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