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Protecting Yourself From Unlawful Vehicle Searches in Texas

Texas motorists, like all Americans, have certain protections against unreasonable searches and seizures of their vehicles. These rights stem from the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, and Texas law enforcement must adhere to federal law. The core principle of the Fourth Amendment is that police cannot search your vehicle without probable cause, which Read More

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Understanding Title IX Prohibited Conduct and Consequences

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex at educational institutions receiving federal funds. But the law goes beyond institutional practices. It also forbids students, faculty and staff from engaging in harmful conduct based on gender, including harassment, assault and interpersonal violence. Alleged violations of Title IX Read More

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Intoxication Manslaughter — The Crime and Its Potential Defenses

In Texas, intoxication manslaughter means causing death of another person by reason of being intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. It also applies to operating an aircraft, watercraft or amusement ride while intoxicated and causing death as a result. In essence, this is the most extreme instance of driving while intoxicated Read More

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Federal Drug Trafficking Charges and Potential Defenses

Drug trafficking is a serious federal offense that encompasses the illegal manufacturing, distribution or importation of controlled substances. Also known as drug distribution, these acts pose significant threats to public health and safety, which is why they carry stiff penalties. Anyone charged with such a crime needs to bolster the strongest defense possible. Federal law Read More

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Texas Domestic Assault Charges and the Defenses Available

Domestic assault, also known as family violence, is a serious offense in Texas and one that is given high priority among prosecutors. The priority given to victims’ rights and protections can put a person accused of domestic violence at a significant disadvantage. Nevertheless, there are often effective defenses that can be raised.  Generally, domestic assault Read More

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The Differences Between Federal and State Criminal Cases

The American legal system operates in a dual court structure, with both state and federal courts handling criminal cases. While these systems share core functions, they differ in several fundamental ways, relating to the nature of the crime, potential consequences and investigative processes. State crimes violate the laws established by individual states and are prosecuted Read More

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Sexting by Teens Can Carry Serious Legal Consequences

In the age of smartphones and social media, “sexting” has become popular among teens and even some adults. While the name derives from texting, it actually involves sending, receiving or forwarding sexually suggestive or explicit pictures or videos. While teens may view sexting as a harmless way of flirting or expressing intimacy, it can have Read More

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White-Collar Crimes That Can Be Committed Without Intending to

White collar crime is generally defined as the wrongful diversion or destruction of money or property without the use of violence. These crimes are usually associated with deliberate schemes or malicious intent. However, certain situations can lead to individuals or corporations being held criminally liable even when they lack intention to commit wrongdoing. This is Read More

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New Texas Law Criminalizes “Grooming” a Child for Sexual Abuse

In September 2023, Texas enacted a law prohibiting behavior known as “grooming,” defined as an adult building a relationship with a child in order to gain their trust for illicit purposes. The statute is meant to allow law enforcement to intervene early in order to prevent harm to minors. Despite this laudable goal, the law Read More

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Obtaining an Order of Nondisclosure of a Texas Criminal Record

Having a criminal record can be a major disability in many aspects of your life, such as career, education, housing and financial activities. Fortunately, Texas law allows certain individuals to obtain a court order of nondisclosure, which is effectively a sealing of records. An order of nondisclosure prevents law enforcement authorities from releasing information about Read More

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Intoxication Manslaughter – Reduced Sentence

While client was already on probation for DWI when arrested for Intoxication Manslaughter. Client pleaded guilty to the jury and jury awarded probation where State sought prison term from the jury.

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