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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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Age Is More Than a Number When It Comes To Consenting to Sex

March 17th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Sex Crime

Texas law makes it illegal for an adult, those ages eighteen and older, to have sex with a minor, those under the age of eighteen, even when the minor consents. The criminal charge for performing a sexual act with a minor is known as statutory rape. Statutory Rape is a Strict Liability Offense Under Texas […]

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State Bill Seeking Harsher Penalties for False Reports

March 4th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Houston Criminal Cases, Understanding Texas Law

According to the Galveston County Daily News, a missing child hoax has prompted legislatures to propose a new bill. The proposed bill came after a Galveston woman decided to fabricate a story about a child to have her vehicle returned. The proposed bill seeks to increase the penalties for false reporting of a missing child. […]

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Self-Defense As A Legal Defense in Texas

February 27th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

Self-defense is referred to as a justification defense, such that although the defendant has committed a criminal act prescribed by statute, he or she should not be punished because the circumstances justify the defendant’s actions. Typically, one can use force that they reasonably believe is necessary to protect themselves from imminent unlawful force upon themselves. […]

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White Collar Crime: Money Laundering

February 20th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

Discussing white-collar crime in general terms can be difficult because there are many definitions of it and it includes many different types of crimes. As a result, it is easier to begin understanding white-collar crime by discussing specific crimes that fall under its umbrella. Here, we will discuss money laundering. Generally speaking, money laundering involves […]

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Harris County No Longer Accepting Early Plea Agreements in Possession Cases

February 18th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Possession

After an investigation by a local newspaper and the fallout of having to pay out nearly $150,000 in taxpayer dollars to those wrongfully convicted of drug possession, Harris County, Texas, is now changing its drug testing policy. The new policy disallows prosecutors to accept plea agreements before obtaining the results of drug tests. The previous […]

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We Are the Marked Ones: Why Colored License Plates for Convicted DWIs Are a Bad Idea

February 3rd, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Uncategorized

A DWI punishment that has been around in some states for years is getting new attention as a way to deter drunk drivers. People looking to increase the penalties for DWIs are considering special, brightly-colored license plates for people who have been convicted of a DWI. At least two states, Ohio and Minnesota, already use […]

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