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Capital Felonies in the State of Texas

November 19th, 2015 by admin in Capital Felonies, Criminal Defense

A capital felony, as defined by the Texas Penal Code §12.31, is a criminal offense in which an individual intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another, under special circumstances. The state may or may not seek the death penalty for a capital felony. If the state seeks the death penalty for the crime, the punishment […]

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How Modern Mobile Apps Set Up Students to Commit Cyber Crimes

October 16th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Today’s news headlines are full of stories about teenagers who are being prosecuted nationwide for sexting, or sending explicit pictures to other teenagers via modern mobile apps like Snapchat and Instagram. For example, in May, 2014, authorities arrested two middle school boys and a minor girl in Chicago on child pornography trafficking charges. The boys […]

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Minors and Drinking in Galveston

October 13th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in DWI, Underage Drinking

Texas law prohibits individuals who are under the age of 21 to purchase, attempt to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. It is also illegal for minors to be intoxicated in public or to misrepresent their age in order to obtain alcoholic beverages. Nonetheless, underage drinking in Galveston and the state of Texas continues to […]

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Enhanced Offenses In Connection With A Brazoria County DWI

October 10th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, DWI

When someone is convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI), they have to deal with all the consequences of that act. However, if they cause harm to themselves, to others or to property, they may be on the proverbial hook for what Texas law refers to as an enhanced offense. Enhanced offenses are designed to ensure […]

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Decriminalizing Marijuana May Become Reality in Texas

May 14th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Marijuana Possession

State representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso) authored HB 507, a bill that would essentially decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill would specifically remove the threat of arrest, jail time, and a criminal record for possession if you possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Instead, the penalty for such a small possession […]

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Houston Police Officer Charged in Cocaine Conspiracy

May 11th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Houston Criminal Cases

A longtime Houston Police Department officer was charged just last month in connection with trafficking huge amounts of cocaine into Texas, according to the Houston Chronicle. The officer, Noe Juarez, was arrested by federal agents in the FBI and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and faces an indictment in federal court in Louisiana. He was charged […]

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Sex Crimes: Prostitution

May 7th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Prostitution is considered a crime against public decency in Texas and there are many laws criminalizing it and related acts. The penalties for involvement in prostitution are significant, particularly for repeat offenders. Legal Definition Under Texas law, there are two ways in which prostitution occurs: A person offers to engage, agrees to engage, or engages […]

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Marijuana Possession Laws and Penalties in Texas

May 5th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Marijuana Possession

The legal landscape for the possession and use of marijuana has changed considerably in the last 10 years. In fact, 23 states and the District of Columbia currently have laws on the books that legalize marijuana for a varying number of reasons, according to Governing Magazine. Of those 23, 4 states — Alaska, Oregon, Colorado […]

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Texas Man Receives Stiff Penalty for Hate Crime

April 9th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases

In November of 2014, Brice Johnson, a 19 year old Springtown, Texas teen was sentenced in the kidnapping and assault of a local man. During trial, the prosecutors were convinced that these criminal acts were motivated by Johnson’s disdain of his victim’s sexual orientation. As such, Johnson was charged with a hate crime, which enhanced […]

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Synthetic Marijuana Lands Edinburg Police Officer in Jail

April 7th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

In January ABC News 5 reported that Michael Anthony Moreno, a seven-year veteran of the Edinburg Police Department, and his sister have been arrested and are facing felony drug charges for selling synthetic marijuana out of a novelty store in Raymondville. The store, which recently opened, sits directly next to the Ignite Charter School. A […]

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