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3 Signs You Are Under Investigation in Austin

3 Signs You Are Under Investigation in Austin

Can you be under investigation without knowing? The short answer is yes. Being investigated for a crime usually comes as a surprise and can be very confusing and unsettling. If you’re wondering if you are under investigation, read on to learn more about some of the...

National Police Week Begins on May 14th

National Police Week Begins on May 14th

National Police Week 2023 begins on May 14th. The concept of a holiday dedicated to honoring law enforcement officers began in 1961, when the United States Congress authorized President John F. Kennedy to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the...

Challenging Deadly Conduct Charges in Texas

Challenging Deadly Conduct Charges in Texas

Deadly conduct is a serious criminal offense in Texas that involves the reckless use of a firearm or other deadly weapon. If you have been charged with deadly conduct in Texas, it is important to understand the gravity of the situation   What is Deadly Conduct?...

Theft Charges in Texas How to Get Them Dropped

Theft Charges in Texas How to Get Them Dropped

Texas law defines the crime of theft as being when an individual “unlawfully appropriates property with the intent to deprive the owner of the property.” In other words, this means that theft is taking something without consent from the owner or without any other...

Felonies in Texas

Felonies in Texas

There are many felony offenses that result in criminal charges in Texas. But many people do not know or understand that there are different levels of felony crimes with different punishment ranges. The level assigned to the offense depends on the specific criminal act...

DWI Charges and Criminal Record Expungement in Texas

DWI Charges and Criminal Record Expungement in Texas

In certain cases in Texas, individuals are able to have their criminal record expunged through the process of expunction. Expunction can clear the record to permanently remove entries from an adult’s recorded criminal history.   Filing a petition for expunction...

How to Beat an Assault Charge in Texas

How to Beat an Assault Charge in Texas

Are you are facing assault charges in the Austin area? Are you wondering how to beat an assault charge in Texas, so you can keep a conviction off of your permanent record? Regardless of the specific circumstances of your situation, once you have been arrested and...

Intoxication Manslaughter in Texas

Intoxication Manslaughter in Texas

In Texas, intoxication manslaughter is a criminal offense that occurs when a person operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causes the death of another person. Under Texas law, a person commits intoxication manslaughter (sometimes...

DWI Repeat Offenders

DWI Repeat Offenders

In Texas, a person who is convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) can face severe penalties, including fines, jail time, and license suspension. If pulled over by police under suspicion of DWI, you might not know what to expect if it is your first time being...

Types of Protective Orders in Texas

Types of Protective Orders in Texas

There are several different types of protective orders that can be issued by a court in the State of Texas. These varying protective orders are issued to protect victims of a wide range of assorted crimes. Some orders are specific to criminal cases.   Types of...

What Happens on Your First DWI in Texas?

What Happens on Your First DWI in Texas?

What happens on your first DWI in Texas? Being stopped due to suspicion of driving while impaired (DWI) in Texas can be a very scary experience. Many adults who are arrested and charged with a DWI do not fully understand the laws associated with the crime, which can...

How to Beat a Domestic Violence Charge in Texas

How to Beat a Domestic Violence Charge in Texas

If you are facing domestic violence charges in the Austin area, you are likely wondering how to beat a domestic violence charge in Texas. You probably understand that a domestic violence conviction will be on your permanent criminal record, becoming problematic when...

Burglary Charges in Texas

Burglary Charges in Texas

In the State of Texas, burglary is a major crime. Referred to as “burglary of habitation” under Texas law, the state penal code outlines what burglary is and what the penalties are for the crime. Read on to learn more about burglary charges in Texas.   BURGLARY...

Burglary and Sexual Assault

Burglary and Sexual Assault

Most people usually do not think of burglary and sexual assault as related crimes. But many burglaries are actually sexually motivated. Burglaries themselves are prosecuted harshly in Texas; but if such crimes involve sexual assault as well, they are considered...

Penalties for Drug Possession in Texas

Penalties for Drug Possession in Texas

Drug crimes are a real problem in Texas. Drug possession charges in the State of Texas should be taken seriously by the alleged offender. The Texas Controlled Substance Act outlines what constitutes simple possession charges under the law--it is illegal to possess,...

A Brief Discussion of Illegal Traffic Stops

A Brief Discussion of Illegal Traffic Stops

  Illegal traffic stops are made by law enforcement officers across the country. Anyone can be the victim of an unlawful traffic stop--maybe you or someone you care about has been involved in such a stop but didn’t even realize it was illegal. It is important to...

Things to Know if You Are Pulled Over for DWI

Things to Know if You Are Pulled Over for DWI

Picture this: you’ve been out at a restaurant or bar and had a drink or two.  Afterward, as you drive home, you suddenly hear a siren and see the flashing lights of a police car in your rearview mirror. You start to panic because, while this type of traffic stop...

Shoplifting During the Holiday Season

Shoplifting During the Holiday Season

The winter holiday season is here, which means holiday shoppers are out in force. While there are scores out shopping for Christmas this year, it seems many of them are choosing to skip paying for what they choose in the wake of the high inflation rate. Christmas...

Domestic Violence and the Holidays

Domestic Violence and the Holidays

The winter holiday season is upon us, a festive time of year for most people. But the holidays are more challenging for some people, especially if there is domestic violence in their household. Whether emotional, verbal, or physical violence, abuse can make the...

3 Myths About Assault Charges in Texas

3 Myths About Assault Charges in Texas

In the state of Texas, if you are arrested and charged with assault, you could end up in court and will face extremely harsh penalties if convicted. You need to understand the legal nature of assault to avoid this, as well as common misconceptions and myths about...

Crime in Austin

Crime in Austin

Every state in the US has some level of crime. Criminal activity varies depending on several different factors, such as if the location is urban vs. rural. The types of crimes in cities differ from those in smaller towns. Read on if you want to know more about some of...

Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

A personal injury attorney in Austin, TX offers legal assistance in situations where, due to someone’s careless actions or negligence, physical or psychological injury is caused to another individual. A personal injury attorney will handle cases that involve injury...

Classes of Misdemeanors in Texas

Classes of Misdemeanors in Texas

In the State of Texas, a person arrested for a crime will be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor is a criminal charge under a felony, reserved for less serious crimes. If you are facing misdemeanor charges in Texas, you could be severely...

How to Expunge your Record in Texas: A Basic Overview

How to Expunge your Record in Texas: A Basic Overview

Have you made some legal mistakes in the past and now have a criminal record? Do you want to clear your record and clean up your act? You may be eligible to have your record cleared of qualifying arrests through the process of expunction. If you want to learn how to...

Expungements in Texas: Clear Your Criminal Record

Expungements in Texas: Clear Your Criminal Record

One mistake can cause inconveniences or minor setbacks for people. But when the mistake is actually a poor choice or decision that constitutes a criminal act, people’s entire futures can be impacted significantly.   Texans with criminal records often worry about...

DWI Pretrial Diversion

DWI Pretrial Diversion

Have you been charged with a DWI in Texas? If so, you are likely concerned that you won’t be able to keep working and providing for your family during your trial. If your case qualifies, one of the options you might have if you are facing Texas DWI charges is a...

Fentanyl in Austin

Fentanyl in Austin

Texas takes drug crimes very seriously, imposing the harshest possible penalties on convicted drug offenders. Texas is currently dealing with a rise in drug offenses, especially those involving fentanyl, a synthetic opioid and one of the latest drugs of concern across...

A Brief Discussion of Sex Offender Registration in Texas

A Brief Discussion of Sex Offender Registration in Texas

Being charged with a sex crime in Texas can result in the offense being added to your criminal record and you will be required to register with the state as a sex offender. Most people think that registering as a sex offender in Texas is straightforward; but there is...

Understanding Sexual Assault Charges in Texas

Understanding Sexual Assault Charges in Texas

Have you or a loved one been blindsided by allegations of sexual assault? Unfortunately, such allegations are made every day, sometimes falsely. If you are facing possible charges for this crime, it is important that you have an understanding of sexual assault...

Capital Murder Versus Murder in Texas

Capital Murder Versus Murder in Texas

What is the difference between capital murder versus murder in Texas? From the perpetuation of the crimes to their punishments, Texas handles these charges very differently. While both are categorized as homicides under the Texas Penal Code, one is a first-degree...

Repeat Offenders, Part 1: the Three Strikes Law in Texas

Repeat Offenders, Part 1: the Three Strikes Law in Texas

Texas 3 Strike Law The state of Texas deals harshly with repeat offenders. Individuals who have been deemed to be repeat offenders face especially strict state laws for the crimes they commit. Many of them face the Three Strikes Law related to felony convictions if...

Murder in Texas: Police Investigation and Arrest

Murder in Texas: Police Investigation and Arrest

Murder investigation Austin. When murders occur anywhere across the country, they send shockwaves through communities. People often wonder what happens when a murder occurs. How does law enforcement proceed? Read on for a brief overview of what happens after a murder...

Self Defense in Texas

Self Defense in Texas

Can you go to jail for self defense in Texas? Are you facing murder charges in Texas? Were you charged with the crime even though you were defending yourself? If you want to protect your rights and minimize subsequent legal consequences, you might be able to fight the...

Murder Charges in Texas: An Overview

Murder Charges in Texas: An Overview

If someone is responsible for the death of another individual, he or she can be charged with the crime of homicide. Homicide is understood as the killing of one individual by another. The law in Texas includes different categories of homicide; which category is used...

What is Deadly Conduct in Texas?

What is Deadly Conduct in Texas?

Deadly conduct in Texas is an assaultive offensive clearly defined in Texas state law. Deadly conduct means engaging in behavior that puts someone else at risk of death. However, loss of life isn't necessarily required for a person to be charged with this offense. If...