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  • Do I Have to Give a DNA Sample in Texas?

    DNA technology has jumped by leaps and bounds in the last decade. Today, DNA evidence is being used to solve cold cases, violent and sexually-motivated crimes and even to exonerate the wrongfully convicted, especially with defendants who claimed their innocence throughout their trial but were “found guilty” due to eye witness testimony, which many argue is weak at best. When people are caught up ...
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  • License Suspensions for Drug Offenses in Texas

    As a resident of Texas, you’re probably very familiar with the state’s driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws. You know that if you’re convicted of DWI, your Texas driver license will most likely be suspended for some time. But what about drug offenses ? Did you know that if you’re facing drug charges, your license could be at risk? In Texas, if someone is convicted of a drug or controlled ...
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  • Restitution for Crime Victims in Texas

    Restitution is money paid to crime victims to help repair the damage done. To help right a wrong. It’s money paid be an offender to a crime victim to compensate the victim for the damages incurred directly from the criminal act. Texas prosecutors don’t always get to collect restitution from defendants but when they do, it makes crime victims very happy. Typically, we’ll see court-ordered ...
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  • Is DWI a Felony in Texas?

    Texas has a major problem with driving while intoxicated (DWI), whether drivers are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or both. So, as a big state with a big DWI problem, a lot of people wonder if the state is tough on drunk and drugged driving. In fact, people often ask me, “Is DWI a misdemeanor or a felony in Texas?” Considering how hard Texas is on crime, it’s no wonder why people worry ...
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  • Penalties for Theft in Fort Worth

    Are you facing theft-related charges in Fort Worth or anywhere else in Texas? If so, you’ll be curious to know how theft charges are prosecuted in the Lone Star State. You’ll also want to know the penalties involved. Theft offenses are covered under Title 7, Chapter 31 of the Texas Penal Code. Under Chapter 31, theft can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the ...
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  • Can I Be Deported for DWI?

    Driving while intoxicated (DWI) under Sec. 49.04 of the Texas Penal Code is the one offense that is commonly committed by everyday people and Texas especially, has a big problem with people who drink and drive. According to the Texas Department of Transportation , “About every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol.” TxDOT continues, “Don’t drink and drive.” If ...
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  • Tax Evasion Charges in Fort Worth

    Given that it’s February and April is around the corner, taxes are on everybody’s mind. A lot of people are afraid of being audited by the IRS, especially those who are not W2 employees, but who are business owners, independent contractors and freelancers. In fact, the fear of an IRS audit is one of the reasons why workers are so careful to file their taxes before the deadline. According to the ...
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  • Unlawful Possession of Firearm Charges Texas

    Texas’ gun laws can be found under Title 10, Chapter 46, Weapons , of the Texas Penal Code. This Chapter covers the state’s laws regarding weapons offenses. It addresses things like “unlawful carrying weapons” and places where weapons are prohibited. It also goes over “unlawful possession of a firearm,” which is what this post is dedicated to. Texas is notorious for its weapons laws. In fact, ...
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  • Aggravated Assault Charges in Fort Worth

    Fifty years ago, a couple high school kids could get into a fight and the worst thing they’d face is suspension. Even thirty years ago, bar patrons could fight over a lady, football, or over a game of pool or poker and the worst thing that would happen is they’d get thrown out. Fast-forward to today and a lot has changed. These days, if you’re in a physical altercation with somebody and you cause ...
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  • Effects of a Family Violence Protective Order

    Under Title 1, Chapter 5 of the Code of Criminal Procedure it states, “Family violence is a serious danger and threat to society and its members.” It continues: “Victims of family violence are entitled to the maximum protection from harm or abuse or the threat of harm or abuse as is permitted by law.” If someone is a victim of family violence (sometimes called domestic violence ), he or she can ...
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  • Prostitution Charges in Fort Worth

    Prostitution is commonly referred to as “one of the oldest trades in existence,” and yet, it’s still against the law almost everywhere in the United States with the exception of a certain part of Nevada. Often, people argue, “Prostitution involves two consenting adults, why on Earth is it still illegal?” While criminalizing prostitution seems ridiculous to some people, there are reasons why it’s ...
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  • Penalties for a First DWI

    Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in all states. While every state has enacted its own drunk and drugged driving laws, it’s against the law in all states to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, “About every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving ...
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  • Tarrant County's First Offender Drug Program

    Texas, like Arizona and Florida, is notorious for having some of the toughest laws in the nation, and drug offenses are no exception. If you were recently arrested for a drug crime in Fort Worth or anywhere else in Tarrant County, you probably have a lot of concerns. Will you go to jail? How much will the fines be? How will a criminal record impact your future? Assuming this was your first drug ...
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  • Community Supervision in Tarrant County

    What is Community Supervision, and what happened to Adult Probation? Are they the same thing? In Tarrant County, Community Supervision used to be called Adult Probation. So, they are the same thing; however, we no longer refer to it as Adult Probation. That being said, when you think of probation, think of Community Supervision and you have it right. A judge orders Community Supervision (think ...
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  • White Collar Crime Charges in Fort Worth

    In the United States, our crimes are separated into two categories: state-level crimes, and federal crimes. State legislatures enact state laws, while Congress enacts federal laws. By far the majority of crimes are state crimes, which are prosecuted in the state courts. Common state crimes include: sexual assault, drug possession , driving while intoxicated ( DWI ), theft , and murder. While each ...
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  • Pre-File Investigations in Fort Worth

    Do you have reason to believe that the police are currently investigating you? Perhaps a friend, neighbor, or co-worker said the police were asking questions about you. Or, perhaps you swear you’ve seen detectives or someone following you. If your instincts are right, you may be the target of a police investigation, otherwise known as a “pre-file investigation.” A pre-file investigation simply ...
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  • The Stages of a Criminal Case

    If you’ve recently been arrested for a crime, you are at the preliminary stages of what could be a very long journey through the criminal justice system. The process varies from state to state, but there are several steps that most criminal cases will follow – regardless if the case ends early from a plea bargain or goes through trial litigation. In this blog, our Fort Worth criminal defense ...
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  • Can I Get Fired for a Fort Worth DWI?

    There’s one thing that most of us depend on – economic security. In the face of driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges, clients frequently ask me if they’ll lose their job if they are convicted of DWI, and this is a reasonable question indeed! Since a simple, first-time DWI in Texas is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, it’s important for all DUI defendants to consider how a DWI conviction ...
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  • Three Holiday Theft Crimes

    The holiday season always leads to a rise in theft crimes as criminals look to capitalize on the frenzy of gift shopping in numerous ways. Today, skilled criminals continue to find new ways to capitalize on the information being passed around in the digital sphere as much as the physical world, often leading to even bigger losses for victims. On this blog, we examine three common holiday theft ...
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  • Election 2016: What Are Election Crimes?

    Election Day is finally here! It’s important to note while lining up at the polls to cast your vote that there are numerous laws that protect voter rights in this country. In recent days, those laws have been largely in the public eye thanks to comments from both major Presidential candidates, and the crime of election fraud has started to dominate the headlines. Election Fraud Election fraud can ...
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  • Beware Increased Police Presence This Labor Day Weekend!

    If you drive a fair amount each day, you may have noticed an elevated police presence on our roads. The Texas Department of Public Safety says that State Troopers have increased the number of patrols on the roads beginning today and running through the end of the holiday weekend on Monday. This increased presence is designed to curtail motorists “… who disregard traffic laws, including impaired ...
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  • The Attorney-Client Confidentiality of Information Rule

    The fundamental principle that allows clients to reach out to a legal professional and seek their advice without any repercussions of being incriminated or having their actions exposed to a third party. This hallmark constitutes the attorney-client relationship and is covered by the American Bar Association in Rule 1.6. If this rule did not exist, clients could not reasonably be encouraged to be ...
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  • Five Common Internet Crimes

    While the Internet has provided all of the benefits of near-instantaneous information exchange, it has also become an avenue for a sharp rise in non-violent crimes, and even has been attributed as a factor in the rise of certain violent crimes as well. Thus, nearly every state as well as the federal government have developed stringent and highly-specialized sets of laws governing the use of this ...
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  • What Traffic Offenses Can Get you Arrested?

    Traffic tickets are as much a part of driving as auto accidents: they happen. But while failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and getting a ticket may not seem like that big of an issue, there are actually driving offenses that are far more serious and can even result in your arrest. If you are convicted of these offenses, your penalties could include jail time, the suspension (or full ...
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  • Can Police Search my Home Without a Warrant?

    A search warrant is an order signed by a judge that gives police officers authority to search for specific objects or materials in the location noted in the warrant. In order to obtain a search warrant, the police must have probable cause to believe there is criminal activity taking place in the location they are wishing to search. Although the search warrant grants police access inside the ...
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