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Can You Refuse to Testify if Subpoenaed by a Texas Court?

Have you received a subpoena to testify as a witness in a criminal trial or grand jury proceeding? If so, you probably have many questions regarding the law and your rights. For example, can you ignore the subpoena? If not, what are the penalties if you refuse to show up in court and testify? And […]


Moving Out of State While On Probation

In most misdemeanor–and many felony–cases, a defendant is not sent to jail upon conviction. Instead, Texas law allows the judge to sentence the defendant to community supervision, which is more commonly known as “probation” in other states. Probation basically means the defendant remains free, subject to his or her compliance with certain conditions imposed by […]


Attorney Vanita Budhrani Parker Joins Rosenthal & Wadas

is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Vanita Budhrani Parker to its practice, having joined the firm in September 2018. With more than 20 years of criminal law experience, including her background as both a Dallas County prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, Vanita is a tremendous asset to clients charged with alleged criminal violations,” […]


Rosenthal & Wadas Attorneys Selected for 2018 Super Lawyers List

Rosenthal & Wadas PLLC is pleased to announce that Derk Wadas and Bo Kalabus have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers list. Derk Wadas serves as a managing partner of Rosenthal & Wadas and has been selected for the Super Lawyer list for 5 consecutive years. He is Board Certified in […]


What Is the Difference Between a Dismissal, an Acquittal, and “No Charges Filed” in a Texas Criminal Case?

Most people’s view of the criminal justice system is that there’s a trial, and the defendant is pronounced either “guilty” or “not guilty.” But the reality is often not that simple. When police open a criminal investigation, there are many ways it can be resolved–and if you’re a potential suspect, you need to be aware […]


What is the Difference Between Deferred Adjudication and Straight Probation?

Regardless of whether you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor in Texas, there is an entire range of punishment you may face. The are many factors that influence the outcome of a case, including the severity of the crime, whether certain punishment is mandatory, and mitigating or aggravating circumstances. In addition, an important factor […]


Are Photos and Video Evidence Always Allowed in Texas Courts?

We live in a visual age. Thanks to modern technology we can all carry around small video recording devices at all times. And in a culture where people now routinely photograph and share their restaurant meals with the rest of the world, it stands to reason we expect to see photos and video evidence employed […]


What Are the Laws Regarding Fake IDs in Texas?

As long as the legal drinking age in Texas stays at 21, teenagers will probably continue to obtain fake IDs in order to get served alcohol at bars and nightclubs. Indeed, many college and high school students view a fake ID as a “right of passage” and a victimless crime. But the reality is quite […]


Falsifying Documents in Texas

People rely on documents every day to renew driver’s licenses, apply for benefits, and request help from the government. Society depends on the authenticity of these documents. For this reason, Texas has made it a crime to falsify documents, and the penalties can be steep. If you have been accused of falsifying documents, you need […]


4 Mistakes To Avoid After Criminal Charges Have Been Filed

Most people have never faced criminal charges in Collin County before, the first time you are arrested comes as a serious shock. Many Collin County residents have no idea how to deal with the situation. And unfortunately, their ignorance often leads them to make some easily avoidable mistakes that harm their ability to successfully defend […]