Snarky Lawyer

How to Fight a Crystal Meth Possession or Distribution Charge in Texas

January 17th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases

The television series Breaking Bad popularized the knowledge of crystallized methamphetamine–i.e., crystal meth–and the dangers it poses to producers and users. Indeed, crystal meth is considered a “significant drug threat to Texas,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In Texas, a person may be imprisoned up to two years and fined $10,000 for possessing […]

Read More →

How to Identify and Write Elected Representatives in Texas

January 3rd, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Understanding Texas Law

It might sound old-fashioned, but one of the best ways to participate in the Texas political process is to write your elected representatives about the issues that matter to you. While many people think their civic duty starts and ends on Election Day, the truth is that elected officials welcome regular feedback from their constituents. […]

Read More →

Capping Prison Sentences

December 9th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

The United States has the highest rate of imprisonment in the world. According to figures published by the BBC, 737 out of every 100,000 Americans are currently in jail. The only other country that comes anywhere near that rate is Russia (615 per 100,000 in prison). Marc Mauer, the executive director of The Sentencing Project, […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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, […]

Read More →