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The Best Crime Shows on TV in 2017

February 23rd, 2017 by admin in Criminal Defense

Crime shows–sometimes called “police procedurals”–have been a staple of American television since the 1950s, when Jack Webb’s landmark series Dragnet featured two Los Angeles detectives doggedly solving murders, robberies, and other mysteries. More than 60 years later, television (and now online distributors) features dozens of programs designed to satisfy the public’s seemingly insatiable appetite for […]

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What Ultimately Happens to the Drugs Confiscated by Police?

February 16th, 2017 by admin in Drug Crime, Marijuana Possession

Every day there are dozens of people arrested for drug crimes in Houston and throughout Texas. Most of these charges relate to simple possession of illegal drugs allegedly found on the defendant. So what happens when the police actually confiscate something they believe to be illegal narcotics? Using Drugs as Evidence First and foremost, the […]

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Capital Punishments around the Country

February 9th, 2017 by admin in Capital Felonies

Capital punishment–i.e., the death penalty–has been a feature of criminal justice systems dating back to ancient times. While over 100 countries across the world today have abolished capital punishment entirely, many parts of the United States, including Texas, still employ the death penalty for certain persons convicted of murder. Texas Leads the Nation in Executions […]

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10 Common Misdemeanor Crimes in Texas

February 2nd, 2017 by admin in Criminal Defense

For many people in Harris and Galveston counties, their first run-in with the law will be over a misdemeanor charge. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies. In Texas, a misdemeanor is defined as any criminal offense where the maximum penalty is no more than one year in jail. There are different classes of misdemeanors–ranging […]

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Common Reasons People Drink and Drive

January 24th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Drunk Driving, DWI

Although most people understand the risk and legal consequences of a DWI, drinking and driving remains a common problem in Houston and Galveston. So why do people still drive drunk? There are a number of possible explanations. People Do Not Know Their Limits Under Texas law, a person is considered driving under the influence if […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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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