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Increasing the Juvenile Criminal Age in Texas

December 2nd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases

The United States is one of the few western countries to try accused juvenile offenders in an adult court system. A handful of states actually try 16-year-olds as adults. In Texas, a minor is only eligible to be tried as a juvenile if he or she is “under 17 years of age” or under 18 […]

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Warrantless Blood & Urine Tests in Texas

November 28th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Understanding Texas Law

In an effort to make it easier for Galveston-area prosecutors to prove DWI cases, Texas has an “implied consent” law with respect to blood tests. This means that if a police officer has probable cause to arrest a motorist on suspicion of drunk driving, the motorist is legally required to submit a blood sample for analysis […]

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Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs in Texas

November 16th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Drug Crime, Understanding Texas Law

Although drug crimes are often associated with illegal narcotics such as cocaine or marijuana, prescription drug abuse is actually the “fastest-growing drug problem” in the United States, according to the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. In many cases legally obtained prescription drugs are illegally resold or distributed to others. This is why […]

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Facebook: A Leading Cause in Divorce?

November 9th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Divorce, Family Law

Twenty years ago many Houston residents were only starting to use the Internet. Today, most of us spend all day online in some capacity, in particular social media. But while Facebook and similar services like Twitter and WhatsApp are great for staying in constant contact with the rest of the world, social media use may […]

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Kindness is a Gift

November 3rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Kindness is a Gift

November 13 is World Kindness Day. On this day, people around the world are urged to do kind deeds for one another and take the time to think about ways they can incorporate more kindness into their lives. Kindness makes every social interaction easier for you and the other parties involved, even when you are […]

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Grand Juries vs. Petit Juries: An Overview

November 3rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

Every Houston resident has the right to a “trial by jury” when charged with a criminal offense. But there are two different kinds of juries. What we normally think of as a jury–12 people sitting at trial, hearing evidence, and reaching a verdict–is actually known as a “petit jury.” There is also a separate body […]

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Texas Motorcycle DWI Laws

October 25th, 2016 by admin in DWI

According to the most recent figures from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are approximately 4,700 motorcyclists killed in a “motor vehicle traffic crash” each year. The NHTSA said about 28 percent of these reported fatalities involved drivers who were legally intoxicated—i.e., they had a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Overall, […]

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Surprise: Weapons Charges in a Gun-Friendly State

October 17th, 2016 by admin in Criminal Defense, Firearms, Houston Criminal Cases

Texas has long had a reputation as a gun-friendly state. But that does not mean there is an absence of firearms laws. While Texas respects every citizen’s right to keep and bear arms, there are certain limits you need to be aware of in order to avoid possible felony weapons charges. The Right to Keep […]

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Burglary, Breaking and Entering & Theft? What Is the Difference?

October 3rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

There are many legal terms that people are familiar with even if they do not understand the exact meaning. “Burglary” and “theft” are two examples. Although you might think they are the same thing, they refer to different categories of criminal offenses, at least under Texas law. Theft Let’s start with theft. The Texas Penal Code […]

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Calculating Child Support in Texas

September 14th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Child Support

Under Texas law a non-custodial parent—that is, the parent who does not have physical custody of a child—may be ordered to make regular child support payments. Unlike many other states that employ fairly vague methodologies for determining how much support is in a child’s “best interests,” Texas employs a fairly straightforward set of guidelines for calculating […]

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