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Blog Posts in 2014

  • Understanding Your Rights After a DWI Arrest in Texas

    If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas, you probably have questions. Facing criminal charges can be a frightening experience, especially if you have never been in trouble with the law, so it is highly recommended that you seek counsel from a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi as soon as you have been arrested. In doing so, you ...
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  • Why It's Better to Hire a Private Attorney Than a Public Defender

    When someone has been charged with a crime, they have the right to defense in a court of law. If someone does not have an attorney, one can be appointed to them unless they choose to represent themselves in trial. What are the benefits of private legal defense? The public defender system exists in order to allow those who cannot afford an attorney access to their services. With the amount of ...
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  • Types of Evidence That Can Be Admitted To a Criminal Trial

    Criminal trials are subject to a number of rules and regulations determining what types of evidence is allowed to be used against the defense. This includes both the types of evidence that can be used and the manner in which the evidence is presented to the judge and jury. What kinds of evidence are allowed in trial? The reason why some evidence is not allowed in a trial is because anyone accused ...
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  • What Is The First Step After Being Charged With Marijuana Possession?

    In Texas, being charged with marijuana possession will be followed by a booking. Depending upon whether or not you were given a marijuana ticket for having a small amount of marijuana, 2 ounces or less, or whether you were found with more than 2 ounces, your booking will take place in one of two ways. If you received a ticket for a small amount of marijuana, and if you do not have any other ...
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  • How Long Will My Criminal Case Take To Settle?

    The length of time a case will take from beginning to end is always a very common question that is asked when a client first hires their attorney. How much will this cost, and how long will it take seem to be what's on everyone's mind, and rightfully so. Well, the answer of course, depends, as any good lawyer will tell you. The time it takes for a case to settle or conclude depends on many factors ...
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  • First Time DWI

    In Texas, if you are under 21 years of age and you test with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.02% or greater after being stopped for suspicion of operated a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, you can be charged with a DWI. Likewise, if you are over the age of 21 and you are tested and are found to have a BAC of 0.08% or more, you will be charged with a DWI . If you are a ...
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  • Can You Expunge My Record?

    Although the two concepts are very similar, expungement , which is also called expunction, and record sealing are two distinctly different methods of securing information about your arrests. Expungement actually wipes away your record of arrest completely, while record sealing only hides the information from public view. With record sealing, someone must obtain a court order to view your records. ...
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  • Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Texas

    In Texas, possession of marijuana is covered under Section 481.121 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Under this Section, a person commits the offense of marijuana possession if he or she knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable quantity of marijuana. Marijuana possession can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony offense in Texas depending upon the amount in the individual's ...
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  • When Is Sex Illegal In Texas?

    When an individual engages in sexual activities in violation of state or federal law, he or she could be facing serious sex crime charges and penalties. Having consensual sexual intercourse is not a crime here in Texas. Having sexual intercourse or engaging in unwanted sexual acts without an individual's prior consent or through the use of physical force, threats, coercion, violence or ...
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  • What Challenges Exist for an Offender of Child Sexual Abuse?

    Any crime of a sexual nature committed here in Fort Worth or the rest of the state will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. While it is true that convicted sex crime offenders do have a difficult road ahead, there is no question that the challenges which exist for an offender of child sexual abuse are significantly more difficult to bear. Even in cases involving juvenile sex offenders, ...
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  • Can a Judge Remove a Defense Attorney Within 2 Weeks of a Trial?

    A defense attorney has a legal responsibility to defend his or her client's rights during the course of a criminal investigation, hearing or trial. In cases where a defense attorney wishes to be removed as counsel for the defense, or a defendant wishes to change his or her defense attorney prior to going to trial in a Texas federal court , the Judge presiding over the case will have the final ...
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