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Buzzed Driving Actually Isn’t Drunk Driving

You may notice a new ad campaign sponsored by NHTSA (the “National Highway Transportation Safety Administration”) and the ad council telling people “buzzed driving is drunk driving.” Though I’m not unsympathetic to pleas for driver discretion and safety, this is not the law in the State of Texas. Texas Penal Code Section 49.01(2)(A) defines intoxication […]

Is Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent Presumed Innocent: The Trouble With High Profile DWI Cases

The story is almost a week old now, and for the news media it is an open and shut case: Cowboy nose tackle kills best friend and fellow teammate in a drunk-driving accident. With public opinion, the desire to spread condemnation seems to impair the ability to reject or even explore the basis of the […]

Turkey Trot Out of Jail This Thanksgiving – How a Writ Bond Can Help You

For most of us, Thanksgiving means spending time with family, eating too much turkey and pie, and watching some football on t.v.  But when family and friends come together, there may inevitably be some frustrations and confrontations that may lead to legal consequences.  For some, a choice may be made to drink a bit too […]

Getting a Theft Arrest Off Your Record

Few things look as bad on your record as an arrest for theft. They’re statistically proven to cost you income over your lifetime, be denied professional licenses, and even suffer the humiliation of being denied the right to serve on a jury. When it comes to repairing your criminal record there are several ways to […]

The Role of Constitutional Rights in Criminal Investigation

In our system of justice, criminal laws prescribe punishment to deter people from a particular form of conduct. People generally understand how this works: police and private investigators work on violations of crime and prosecutors seek a punishment which is delivered by a judge or jury. What is not well-known is how our Constitutional rights […]

Defending Yourself with Self-Defense

In many assaultive-type cases, our clients will tell us that they were only reacting to and defending themselves against someone else’s attack.  This may often be the case, but proving self-defense requires more than just throwing up your hands, like in football as the universal sign of “not touching!”, or saying “I didn’t do it!” […]

Keeping A DWI Off Your Record

As criminal attorneys we are frequently called upon to anticipate what other people will think of a particular piece of information. Predicting other peoples’ thoughts or concerns is an imperfect science, but when it comes to counseling a person recently arrested for DWI, we understand that one of the biggest concerns is “how do I […]

Voluntary Probation Sanctions

It is a common practice for probation officers (“PO’s”) in Collin County to directly request from probationers “voluntary sanctions” or “amended conditions of community supervision” which have the affect of changing the terms of probation. You have the right to say no to any voluntary sanction the PO requests. PO’s have a hard job. They […]

Officer Indicted For False Report – A Criminal Defense Perspective

Last week, media scrutiny was directed at the Dallas Police Department when the chief of police fired Officer Eric Watts after he was indicted for filing a false police report in March. According to the news reports, Mr. Watts’ false statement was discovered after reviewing dash-cam footage from his squad car. “Dirty cop” allegations are […]

I’ve Been Arrested, Now What?

“I’ve been arrested, so what happens next?” I hear this question quite a bit in my practice. And it’s a good one. In life, one of the greatest fears is the fear of the unknown–and at no time is this more true than after an arrest and a night or two in jail. Following an […]