Common Reasons People Drink and Drive

January 24th, 2017 by Tad Nelson in Drunk Driving, DWI

Although most people understand the risk and legal consequences of a DWI, drinking and driving remains a common problem in Houston and Galveston. So why do people still drive drunk? There are a number of possible explanations. People Do Not Know Their Limits Under Texas law, a person is considered driving under the influence if […]

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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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Warrantless Blood & Urine Tests in Texas

November 28th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Understanding Texas Law

In an effort to make it easier for Galveston-area prosecutors to prove DWI cases, Texas has an “implied consent” law with respect to blood tests. This means that if a police officer has probable cause to arrest a motorist on suspicion of drunk driving, the motorist is legally required to submit a blood sample for analysis […]

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Facebook: A Leading Cause in Divorce?

November 9th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Divorce, Family Law

Twenty years ago many Houston residents were only starting to use the Internet. Today, most of us spend all day online in some capacity, in particular social media. But while Facebook and similar services like Twitter and WhatsApp are great for staying in constant contact with the rest of the world, social media use may […]

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Kindness is a Gift

November 3rd, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Kindness is a Gift

November 13 is World Kindness Day. On this day, people around the world are urged to do kind deeds for one another and take the time to think about ways they can incorporate more kindness into their lives. Kindness makes every social interaction easier for you and the other parties involved, even when you are […]

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Calculating Child Support in Texas

September 14th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Child Support

Under Texas law a non-custodial parent—that is, the parent who does not have physical custody of a child—may be ordered to make regular child support payments. Unlike many other states that employ fairly vague methodologies for determining how much support is in a child’s “best interests,” Texas employs a fairly straightforward set of guidelines for calculating […]

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Texas Divorce Checklist

September 6th, 2016 by Tad Nelson in Divorce

A divorce is a major life-altering event. Divorce is not an informal process that is just between the spouses. Divorce is a legal proceeding—one spouse is suing the other for a judgment—and it is therefore important for each party to get all of their ducks in a row before heading to court. Here is a […]

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