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

April 29th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Counterfeitting

Even in the age of debit cards and online banking, paper currency is still an important part of the U.S. economy. This means counterfeiting money remains a significant problem for law enforcement officials in Texas and throughout the country. Despite continuing efforts to increase the security of U.S. paper currency, counterfeiting still happens on a […]

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Texas Property Division Survey

April 7th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Divorce, Family Law

Texas is a community property state. What this means is that all property acquired during the course of the marriage is considered to be “community property,” and is therefore subject to equitable division in the event that the couple divorces. In order to find an agreement that is equitable, or “just and right” per Texas’ Family […]

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How to Handle Sexual Allegations

April 7th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

A sex crimes allegation can be devastating for someone who is completely innocent of any wrongdoing. The publicity and social media attention that attaches to a mere allegation of a sex crime can seriously injure a person’s reputation, family, and career. That it why, if you or a loved one has been accused of any type […]

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Texas Gun Laws: What You Should Know

March 29th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Firearms

As of January 1 of this year, holders of Texas concealed handgun licenses may now “open carry” their firearms in most public places. Although “concealed carry” has been legal for decades in Texas, last year the state legislature voted to eliminate the concealed-vs.-open distinction. The amended law does not, however, alter the eligibility requirements for obtaining […]

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The Legal Dangers of Methamphetamines

March 22nd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime, Possession, Understanding Texas Law

Methamphetamines—often known as crystal meth—constitute a powerful stimulant that can produce an immediate sense of euphoria in the human brain. While methamphetamine is occasionally prescribed as a medical treatment for attention deficit order, it is considered a highly dangerous narcotic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine use can lead to “anxiety, confusion, insomnia, […]

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How to Register as a Sex Offender in Texas

March 7th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Like most states, Texas maintains an extensive system for the registration and notification of sex offenders. Actually, this is not only applicable to sex crimes such as rape and sexual abuse. Texas law requires registration for persons convicted of wide variety of felonies, including prostitution, kidnapping, and burglary. If you have been convicted of an eligible […]

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Boating While Intoxicated in Galveston

February 24th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in DWI

Galveston Bay and Trinity Bay are popular locations for recreational boating. And while many people choose to enjoy alcoholic beverages while out on the water, anyone operating a boat must be mindful of Texas law. Boating while intoxicated is just as much a legal offense under as driving a car while under the influence. What Is […]

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The Only Prize for Attempted Murder in Texas is Prison

February 9th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Murder Cold Case

Sideshow Bob, the fictional criminal mastermind from “The Simpsons,” once complained about the fact he was in jail for a crime he never successfully completed: “’Attempted murder,’ now honestly, did they ever give anyone a Nobel prize for ‘attempted chemistry?’” It may be a funny line, but there is nothing humorous about criminal attempt. In […]

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Intoxication Assault and Intoxication Manslaughter

January 13th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in DWI, Underage Drinking

You may think drunk driving is not that big of a deal. But if you injure—or kill—someone while operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are likely to face felony criminal charges. Under Texas law, both “intoxication assault” and “intoxication manslaughter” are criminal offenses separate and apart from DUI/DWI. Intoxication Assault If […]

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Conspiracy is a Serious Crime

January 5th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

The word “conspiracy” may invoke thoughts of paranoid individuals rambling on about how the government is covering up evidence of UFOs. But conspiracies happen every day in a legal sense. If two people talk about committing a crime, and then take steps to do so, that is a criminal conspiracy in the eyes of the […]

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