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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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New Evidence Wins Death Row Inmate a Stayed Execution

March 26th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Murder Cold Case

flickr image by tgp After several appeals to Texas Court of Criminal Appeals were denied, new evidence has resulted in an order for a stay of Rodney Reed’s execution that was scheduled to take place on March 5, 2015. The attorneys for Reed, the man convicted of the 1996 capital murder of Stacey Stites, have […]

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Sexual Allegations Threaten a High School Teacher’s Reputation & Career

March 25th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases, Sex Crime

flickr image by KT King On January 28, 2015, Juan Antonio Chapa, a Hanna Early College High School teacher, was placed on administrative leave after being the accused of having an improper relationship with a former student. Chapa, a math teacher, has worked for the Brownsville Independent School District since 1991. After a former student’s […]

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Informant’s Testimony Has Police Arrest a Suspect in a 1984 Murder Cold Case

March 23rd, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Murder Cold Case

flickr image by Colin Dunn Reuters is reporting that Houston police believe they have, with the help of an informant and the DNA database, cracked a double murder case that has been cold since 1984. The case involves two sisters who were murdered while in their family home. The Houston Police have charged Edmond Beauregard […]

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The Crime of Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency Carries Stiff Penalties

March 22nd, 2015 by admin in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases, White Collar Crime

On December 6, 2014 three individuals were suspected of passing over $600 in counterfeit U.S. currency at a Corpus Christie, Texas WalMart. Police say the suspects, two black females and a black male, entered the WalMart on the 3800 block of Highway 77 at different times and made purchases of less than $200, leaving with […]

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