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The Only Prize for Attempted Murder in Texas is Prison

February 9th, 2016 by admin 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 admin 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 admin 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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Texans on Sobriety Checkpoints Survey

December 21st, 2015 by admin in Criminal Defense, DWI, Underage Drinking, Understanding Texas Law

At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, we regularly represent people that have been accused of drunk driving and other crimes. In order to better understand our clientele, we conducted a survey in which we asked Texans whether they would vote for a bill that would introduce sobriety checkpoints to Texas if it […]

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What Makes a Warrant Invalid in Texas?

December 16th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

When a police officer appears at the door and states that he or she has a search warrant, most people assume that the warrant is valid and allow the police to enter. However, you always should take the time to examine the warrant carefully. There are many different ways that a search warrant can be […]

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Difference Between Theft, Robbery, Burglary in Houston

December 11th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Theft, robbery, and burglary are all criminal offenses under Texas law that involve the intentional and wrongful taking of property that does not belong to you. However, there are substantial differences between each of these crimes. As a result, the penalties for being convicted of these crimes differ, as well. Regardless of the offense, however, […]

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The Consequences of Having Alcohol in a Car in Texas

December 2nd, 2015 by Tad Nelson in DWI

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense in the state of Texas. However, DWI is not the only alcohol-related offense that exists under Texas law. The general public often does not realize that in Texas, and many other states, not only is illegal to drive with a certain blood alcohol content (BAC), but it […]

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Can You Trespass on Your Own Property?

November 30th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

Trespassing is a common offense in Texas, as it is in many other states. Even normally law-abiding citizens may find themselves charged with trespassing at some point in their lives. Typical trespass situations may include hunting or hiking on another’s land, or cutting through someone’s yard or a construction site. In some circumstances, the penalties […]

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Capital Felonies in the State of Texas

November 19th, 2015 by admin in Capital Felonies, Criminal Defense

A capital felony, as defined by the Texas Penal Code §12.31, is a criminal offense in which an individual intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another, under special circumstances. The state may or may not seek the death penalty for a capital felony. If the state seeks the death penalty for the crime, the punishment […]

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How Modern Mobile Apps Set Up Students to Commit Cyber Crimes

October 16th, 2015 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Today’s news headlines are full of stories about teenagers who are being prosecuted nationwide for sexting, or sending explicit pictures to other teenagers via modern mobile apps like Snapchat and Instagram. For example, in May, 2014, authorities arrested two middle school boys and a minor girl in Chicago on child pornography trafficking charges. The boys […]

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