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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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A Mistake Gets Suspect’s Guilty Plea Overturned

January 29th, 2015 by admin in Criminal Defense

The Monitor reports Nohemi “Mimi” Gonzalez, a South Texas woman, is facing up to twenty (20) years in prison for three counts of allegedly practicing medicine without a license and one count of aggravated assault. These charges stem from accusations that Ms. Gonzalez used store-grade silicone to inject into a woman’s face, legs and buttock, […]

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Texas Expungements

January 7th, 2015 by admin in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

Carrying a criminal record can be a difficult thing to do. Having convictions or arrests appear on a background check can make it harder to get a job, find an apartment, effect your credit negatively and do many other things. Fortunately, Texas law provides a way for someone to clear his or her criminal record, […]

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The Media’s Destruction of Innocent until Proven Guilty

December 12th, 2014 by admin in Criminal Defense

The past decade or two have seen a rapid expansion in the amount of news media that people have access to. Although the ratings of the cable news networks continue to decline the sensationalism has risen exponentially. Websites and blogs have proliferated. Social media has allowed people to consume more news faster without any concern […]

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Lessons from the Adrian Peterson Case

November 14th, 2014 by admin in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases, Understanding Texas Law

There are many lessons that non-famous, middle-class Americans can learn from the Adrian Peterson Case. We bring them up because they apply to everyone; and odds are, you will face one or more of them someday. Lesson #1 – You may not know that you are breaking the law. Adrian Peterson struck his son repeatedly […]

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Texas investors fooled by Ponzi scheme

January 11th, 2013 by admin in Criminal Defense

A $195 million Ponzi scheme has affected 724 victims in multiple states, including several Texas investors. At least three of the perpetrators behind the investment scheme have received felony sentences, including an order to pay more than $155 million in restitution. As defined by the FBI, a Ponzi scheme typically promises high financial returns or […]

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Texas man charged with homicide

January 4th, 2013 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

A 19-year-old Texas man recently appeared in court for arraignment on capital murder charges. According to local authorities, the victim was shot as he tried to escape armed robbers who wanted the pair of Air Jordan XI “Bred” sneakers — a newly released item that retails for about $185 — that he had purchased earlier […]

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