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Felony Probation Violation in Texas - Staying on the straight and narrow and what happens next!

This topic is going to be broken into two parts. This part is going to deal with felony probation violation in Texas. The next part is going to deal with misdemeanor probation violation in Texas. Felonies are the more serious offenses in Texas. These can…
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Criminal Trespass in Texas. What is Criminal Trespass? What are the Defenses?

One of my recent cases involved a woman charged with criminal trespass. To make a long story short, she had been dating a man who lived at his mother’s house. Mom did not like her son dating my client. Eventually the two split up. My client received a…
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What is a Criminal Confession in Texas? What is a confession? What makes a confession "good" or "bad"? Miranda Rights and Remaining Silent

In Texas, as in other states, a criminal confession is a formal acknowledgment of guilt during a criminal investigation. This all goes back to your 5th Amendment Right to Remain Silent. When someone is suspected of committing a crime, police will begin…
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Planned Parenthood Shooter and Self Representation: A Dangerous Choice. What are the dangers? Why not represent yourself in your criminal case?

This is a topic which gets a lot of coverage from the media. Usually there is a horrific crime committed by someone, it makes national news, and then arrives their first day in Court. Fairly regularly, in open Court, these people will declare to the Judge…
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What's The Difference Between DUI and DWI in Texas?

This is a question that gets asked pretty often so I thought it’s worth explaining. Many people use the words DUI and DWI interchangeably when these problems come up. Some states call it DWI, others call it DUI, and some states have different criminal…
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Car Accidents, DWI, and Civil Lawsuits. What happens when a car accident case and criminal DWI case collide? What's next? Will insurance cover it?

This is a guest blog post by a friend of mine, Jon Clark, who is a personal injury attorney out of Austin, Texas. Personal injury cases usually include everything from slip and fall, car accidents, and wrongful death claims. Car accident cases and DWI…
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Is Domestic Violence a Felony in Texas?

Background and History of Domestic Violence Law in Texas In the past 5-10 years in Texas, the number domestic violence charges have rapidly increased. Domestic violence has caught national attention and the attention of the Texas Legislature. I think…
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Length of Probation and Early Termination. How long Will You Be On Probation in Texas? Can You End Probation Sooner? Things to consider.

I know that I’ve written over and over about the role of plea bargains and probation in the criminal justice system. One post that sums it up nicely is 3 Ways Your Criminal Case Can End. Plea bargaining and probation often go hand in hand in a criminal…
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What Happens If You Violate Probation?

This question comes up from clients pretty often. This post is Part 1 of 2. The stakes can be high if your probation is revoked in Texas. Usually, clients call or ask me – what happens if you violate probation? My answer is the same… it depends. Many…
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Should I Take a Plea Bargain? Part 2. Two more things to consider when plea bargaining. The weight of the evidence against you, the Costs. The financial costs, and potential jail/prison time.

This post is important. It’s a follow up to my first post on Should I Take a Plea Bargain? In that post I talked about a few considerations when you decided whether or not to take a plea. So here we are in Should I Take a Plea Bargain? Part 2. Taking a…
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