The Best Crime Shows on TV in 2017

February 23rd, 2017 by admin in Criminal Defense

Crime shows–sometimes called “police procedurals”–have been a staple of American television since the 1950s, when Jack Webb’s landmark series Dragnet featured two Los Angeles detectives doggedly solving murders, robberies, and other mysteries. More than 60 years later, television (and now online distributors) features dozens of programs designed to satisfy the public’s seemingly insatiable appetite for […]

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10 Common Misdemeanor Crimes in Texas

February 2nd, 2017 by admin in Criminal Defense

For many people in Harris and Galveston counties, their first run-in with the law will be over a misdemeanor charge. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies. In Texas, a misdemeanor is defined as any criminal offense where the maximum penalty is no more than one year in jail. There are different classes of misdemeanors–ranging […]

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How to Fight a Crystal Meth Possession or Distribution Charge in Texas

January 17th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases

The television series Breaking Bad popularized the knowledge of crystallized methamphetamine–i.e., crystal meth–and the dangers it poses to producers and users. Indeed, crystal meth is considered a “significant drug threat to Texas,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In Texas, a person may be imprisoned up to two years and fined $10,000 for possessing […]

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Capping Prison Sentences

December 9th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

The United States has the highest rate of imprisonment in the world. According to figures published by the BBC, 737 out of every 100,000 Americans are currently in jail. The only other country that comes anywhere near that rate is Russia (615 per 100,000 in prison). Marc Mauer, the executive director of The Sentencing Project, […]

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Increasing the Juvenile Criminal Age in Texas

December 2nd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Houston Criminal Cases

The United States is one of the few western countries to try accused juvenile offenders in an adult court system. A handful of states actually try 16-year-olds as adults. In Texas, a minor is only eligible to be tried as a juvenile if he or she is “under 17 years of age” or under 18 […]

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Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs in Texas

November 16th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Drug Crime, Understanding Texas Law

Although drug crimes are often associated with illegal narcotics such as cocaine or marijuana, prescription drug abuse is actually the “fastest-growing drug problem” in the United States, according to the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. In many cases legally obtained prescription drugs are illegally resold or distributed to others. This is why […]

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Grand Juries vs. Petit Juries: An Overview

November 3rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense, Understanding Texas Law

Every Houston resident has the right to a “trial by jury” when charged with a criminal offense. But there are two different kinds of juries. What we normally think of as a jury–12 people sitting at trial, hearing evidence, and reaching a verdict–is actually known as a “petit jury.” There is also a separate body […]

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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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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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