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What Is a Terroristic Threat Charge in Texas?

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Free speech is a bedrock principle of American law. But “free speech” does not give you the right to say whatever you want without restriction or consequence. For example, if you speak threats of physical violence directed against a person

Posted in Criminal Defense, Federal Criminal Defense

I was Contacted by an Investigator—Do I Need a Criminal Attorney?

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The police often investigate a crime before making an arrest, especially if they need more proof that a person is probably the culprit. Being called into the police station or having officers show up at your doorstep is unnerving enough.

Posted in Criminal Defense

What Is Judicial Clemency?

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Under Texas law, there are certain cases where a judge may set aside a defendant’s criminal conviction while they are still serving a term of community supervision (i.e., probation). This is informally known in legal circles as “judicial clemency,” although

Posted in Criminal Defense, Federal Criminal Defense

What’s Legal in Your State Might Not Be Legal in Texas

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Many of us will be traveling during the holiday season. When you cross states lines, however, you need to be aware that there are certain items that may be legal in your destination but not Texas, and vice versa. And

Posted in Criminal Defense, Federal Firearms Violation

Jeremy Rosenthal & Kyle Therrian Co-Authors For Study

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Jeremy Rosenthal and Kyle Therrian were co-authors for the study “Police Discretion and Racial Disparity in Organized Retail Theft Arrests: Evidence from Texas.” The primary author of the research, Michael Braun, an associate professor at the SMU Cox School of

Posted in Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Never Takes a Holiday

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Many people take vacation in December, which would seem to lower stress levels, but with financial obligations, busy schedules and family issues, holidays can be extremely overwhelming. If a loved one is arrested during the holiday season, they may be

Posted in Criminal Defense

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

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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

Posted in Criminal Defense

Are Photos and Video Evidence Always Allowed in Texas Courts?

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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

Posted in Criminal Defense

What Are the Laws Regarding Fake IDs in Texas?

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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

Posted in Criminal Defense

Falsifying Documents in Texas

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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

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