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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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Texas Divorce Checklist

September 6th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Divorce

A divorce is a major life-altering event. Divorce is not an informal process that is just between the spouses. Divorce is a legal proceeding—one spouse is suing the other for a judgment—and it is therefore important for each party to get all of their ducks in a row before heading to court. Here is a […]

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Marijuana Laws in Texas

August 29th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Marijuana Possession

Although legalization of marijuana has gained ground in a number of states and cities, it remains very much illegal in Houston, Galveston, and the rest of Texas. Last year a Texas House of Representatives committee endorsed a bill to legalize “recreational use” of marijuana, but the full House never passed the measure. It is therefore safe to […]

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Implied Consent in Texas

August 16th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in DWI

If you have been arrested on suspicion of DWI in League City or Galveston, the first thing that police will likely do is ask you to submit to a blood or breath test. Texas, like most states, has an “implied consent” law that imposes certain penalties if a person refuses to submit to such tests. […]

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Passion Murder vs. Premeditated Murder

July 19th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

The term “crime of passion” is often used by the media to describe certain sensational murder cases. The archetype of a crime of passion is the jealous spouse who arrives at home, finds their partner in bed with someone else, and then proceeds to shoot and kill them both in a fit of rage. So […]

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Simple Ways to Protect Yourself Online

July 12th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

The Internet is an essential part of modern daily life. But along with the conveniences afforded by online services, there are also legal risks. And while staying safe online is often a matter of common sense, it is important to constantly take stock of your own Internet practices to make sure you are not inadvertently […]

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Common Sex Crimes Allegations in America’s Schools

June 23rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

The term “sex crimes” is usually associated with rape or violent assault. But sex crimes, particularly those involving school-age children, include a wide category of offenses, many of which might seem benign to you. There is nothing benign, however, about the serious effects of a sex crimes conviction. Statutory Rape Forcible rape is a crime […]

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Determining Your Rights In Your Divorce

June 16th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Divorce

A divorce is often a traumatic experience for both parties (and their children). Aside from the emotional aspect, divorce is also a legal proceeding. And as with any matter involving the courts, it is important to understand your rights under the law. You Have the Right to Contest the Divorce In Texas, either spouse may […]

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