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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Affirmative Defenses


When a person is charged with committing a crime, there are a number of defense strategies that can be employed to help them be acquitted. Most commonly, a defense strategy will involve undermining the prosecution’s case. After all, as all defendants are innocent until proven guilty, the burden rests with the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. By undermining the prosecution’s case, doubt is cast on it and it can be a barrier to having the jury convinced of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the highest legal burden to meet in the U.S.
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Friday, December 16, 2022

What are the Three Classes of Misdemeanors in Texas?


Conviction of a misdemeanor in Texas is a serious matter. While the penalties may not be as severe as those of a felony conviction, it can still change the rest of your life. In addition to steep fines and jail time, a misdemeanor conviction can also make it difficult for you to find a job and secure housing. Here is what you can expect to potentially face if you are charged and convicted of one of the three classes of misdemeanors in Texas.

What are the Three Classes of Misdemeanors in Texas?

Texas law divides misdemeanor offenses into three different classes.


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Monday, November 21, 2022

What Drug Crimes are Felonies in Texas?


Drug crimes are a serious business. Texas has cracked down on drugs and prosecutors will show little mercy to those facing drug charges. Not all drug charges will be considered felonies, but many are. Felonies are more serious offenses than those at the misdemeanor level. They come with harsher penalties and can cause problems well beyond the period of incarceration you may be ordered to serve or the fines you may be ordered to pay.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

What Happens On Your First Texas DWI?


Texas means business when it comes to driving while intoxicated. The penalties are severe and the prosecutors will go after defendants with the full force and resources of the state. The consequences of being found guilty of driving while intoxicated (DWI) are serious, right from the start. This means that even if it is only your first DWI, you will be faced with some devastating fallout. Here, we’ll discuss what can happen upon conviction of your first Texas DWI.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

What Qualifies as Assault in Texas


When it comes to the criminal justice system, knowledge is power. It is beneficial to be aware of what defines certain criminal violations as well as the potential penalties should a person be convicted of such a violation. Many types of crimes are subdivided into levels of severity with certain aggravating factors raising the severity of the crime as well as the potential penalties. Here, we will go over how Texas law defines assault and its different levels.

What Qualifies as Assault in Texas?

Texas law defines assault generally as when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another or intentionally or knowingly threatens another with bodily injury.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Violating Probation with a DWI


If you have been convicted of a crime in Texas, it is likely that part of your sentence will include a probationary period. Probation, also known as “community supervision, involves a period of you out in the community that is still monitored by the court through the assignment of a community supervision officer with whom you will need to periodically check in with. During probation, you are required to comply by certain stipulations of your probation, follow established guidelines, and comply with the law. This means that being charged with a Read more . . .


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

What is Deferred Adjudication?


Let’s face it, having a criminal record can make life tough. It can come up and cause problems on your employment applications. It can cause problems on housing applications. Fortunately, if you have been charged with a crime in Texas, you may be eligible for deferred adjudication.

What is Deferred Adjudication?

Deferred adjudication is comparable to court-ordered community supervision, commonly referred to as “probation,” but the person accepts responsibility for a crime without a conviction going on their record.


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Monday, September 5, 2022

Is Burglary the Same as Robbery?


There is a lot of legal jargon that is thrown around in conversation, on the news, and elsewhere. Sometimes, it gets all jumbled up and ends up being misused in everyday life. The legal terms “burglary” and “robbery,” for instance, are often used interchangeably. The reality is, however, that they are two separate crimes that are applicable under two different sets of circumstances and a conviction of one will carry a different set of consequences than conviction of the other. Let’s take a look at what burglary and robbery actually are in the legal sense.


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Monday, July 25, 2022

Challenging Field Sobriety Test Results


If you are being charged with a DUI, some of the prosecution’s evidence may include field sobriety test results from when you were originally pulled over by law enforcement on suspicion of DUI. Testimony as to how you responded to the field sobriety tests can be compelling and help the prosecutor secure a DUI conviction against you. There are, however, several ways to effectively challenge field sobriety test results and, thus, undermine their credibility and the weight they are given in the courtroom.
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Monday, May 23, 2022

Is there a Difference Between Probation and Parole?


There are some legal terms that are used interchangeably, even though there are distinct differences between them. Two such words are “probation” and “parole.” While you may have some sense as to what these terms mean, it is important to note that they both refer to two distinct legal processes. Let’s sort them out here by discussing their distinctive features.

Is there a Difference Between Probation and Parole?

Probation is court-ordered supervision.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Double Jeopardy


The double jeopardy has been popular in movies and television courtroom dramas. A great twist for Hollywood productions, double jeopardy is a foundational legal concept the framers of the U.S. Constitution included in order to protect people from being prosecuted or punished more than once for the same crime. While you may have seen the movie, let’s dive deeper into double jeopardy as a critical legal concept in the American justice system.
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