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What Is a Terroristic Threat Charge in Texas?

Terroristic Threat

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

What are the Penalties for Interfering with an Emergency Call?

Emergency Call

Preventing or otherwise impeding a person from making an emergency call is a crime in Texas. Those who are convicted face serious penalties, which is a testament to how seriously Texas takes this offense. Many people end up interfering with

Posted in Federal Criminal Defense

What Is Judicial Clemency?

Judge Gavel

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

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

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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,

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Posted in Federal Criminal Defense

Moving Out of State While On Probation

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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

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Posted in Federal Criminal Defense, Probation

What is the Difference Between Deferred Adjudication and Straight Probation?

Book of Law

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,

Posted in Federal Criminal Defense, Felony

Theft, Robbery and Burglary Charges…What is the Difference?

Theft - Burglary

If you were charged with robbery, burglary, or other types of theft crimes in Texas, the first thing to keep in mind is that an arrest is not a conviction: You have constitutional rights and the prosecuting attorney must prove

Posted in Federal Criminal Defense, Theft

Do I Turn Myself In If There’s a Warrant for My Arrest?

warrant for arrest

Most criminal cases in Texas begin with a judge or magistrate issuing a warrant for the suspect’s arrest. If you have reason to believe there is an active arrest warrant for you, your first instinct might be to try and

Posted in Bail, Federal Criminal Defense

Your JUUL Can Cause You Trouble With the Law

Cannabis Plant

What is a JUUL? JUUL devices heat up a cartridge containing oils to create vapor, which quickly dissolves into the air. The device is small enough to fit in a closed fist and has a sleek look that resembles a

Posted in Drug Crimes, Federal Criminal Defense

Can I Get My Weapon Back?

Federal Firearm

If you are convicted of a crime involving a firearm in Texas, your gun could be taken away permanently if certain elements apply. It will be forfeited to the state, but you may be able to get it back in

Posted in Federal Criminal Defense, Federal Firearms Violation

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