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Thursday, April 25, 2019

“Ban the Box” Ordinance


In March of 2016, Austin’s City Council passed the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance. This ordinance is referred to as the “Ban the Box” Ordinance because it removes the check box that asks if a job applicant has a criminal record. It prohibits most employers from asking questions about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment is made. The ordinance applied to private employers with 15 or more employees. Once a conditional employment offer is made, an employer may ask about criminal history.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Motions to Suppress Evidence in Texas Criminal Cases

What are the grounds for suppression of evidence in a criminal case in Texas?

Many criminal cases in Texas will involve evidence that has been seized from you either before, during, or after your arrest.  A motion to suppress evidence is one of the best tools a criminal defense attorney can use to defend against the charges you face.  Evidence that has been seized against you illegally must be excluded by the court, which could at times result in dismissal of the criminal charges.  However, winning a motion to suppress evidence will require meeting a heavy burden of proof.  Our West Texas criminal law attorneys discuss the basics of suppression motions in Texas and grounds for suppression below.


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Monday, October 8, 2018

The True Consequences of a Felony Conviction

How long with a felony stay on my record?

Being convicted of any felony offense can have tremendous consequences.  While the first concern on the mind of most defendants is the potential for prison time, a felony conviction will continue to impact your life long after you have served your time in jail.  Convicted felons will lose their basic right to vote, right to own or use a firearm, and right to serve on a jury.  In addition, a felony conviction will appear on your employment record and could severely impact your ability to obtain and keep your career.  These are just a few of the many potential negative consequences that may accompany a felony conviction.  Our Midland, Texas criminal defense lawyers discuss the consequences of a felony conviction below and the tremendous importance of defending against any felony charge.


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