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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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Strategies for Defending Against DWI Charges in Texas

You may be charged with DWI if they are intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. “Intoxicated” is defined as not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of ingesting alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug or any other substance. However, it is also defined Read More

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Defending Against a Motion to Revoke Probation

Probation can be a second chance for individuals who have run afoul of the law in Texas. It offers an opportunity to serve a sentence in the community under prescribed conditions rather than behind bars. However, probation isn’t a guaranteed relief from jail time. Certain actions by the probationer can lead to government efforts to Read More

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What is Embezzlement and What Are Defenses to the Crime?

Embezzlement is a type of white collar crime often prosecuted in Texas. It is defined as the unlawful appropriation of funds or other property by a person who has been entrusted with them. What distinguishes embezzlement from other theft crimes is that the victim has willingly granted control of the funds or property to another Read More

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What to Know About Facing Federal Conspiracy Charges

Charging conspiracy is a powerful weapon in the arsenal of federal prosecutors. A conspiracy is defined as an agreement, express or implied, between two or more people to commit a crime. A conviction does not require that a person have committed the underlying crime. It is enough that he or she have performed an overt Read More

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Causing Death by Distributing Fentanyl Is Now Murder in Texas

The state of Texas has enacted a law creating the offense of fentanyl murder. This legislation, which took effect September 1, 2023, targets individuals who sell or otherwise distribute fentanyl to recipients who die as a result of taking the powerful synthetic opioid. Texas now joins about 30 states that have enacted drug-induced homicide statutes, Read More

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Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges in Texas

Domestic violence, also known as family violence, is defined in Texas to include physical assault, sexual assault and threats of violence against a family member or member of the household, as well as violence against someone with whom you had a dating relationship—even if that relationship has already ended. Domestic violence can occur between spouses, Read More

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New EU Visa Requirement Makes Expunging Criminal Records More Important Than Ever

In early 2024, the European Union (EU) will begin requiring visas for American tourists, as well as for those from Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This is a major change, as citizens of those countries have previously been able to travel to the EU without a visa for visits up to 90 days. The new Read More

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What Is the Timeline of a Title IX Case?

Title IX is a civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination at schools receiving federal funding. Schools have established procedures for investigating and resolving complaints of Title IX violations, including sexual harassment or sexual assault. These cases, which can result in disciplinary measures being taken against an accused student, follow a multi-step process that can 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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