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What Is a Terroristic Threat Charge in Texas?

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 or organization, you can be charged with a crime under the Texas Penal Code. Two […]


What are the Penalties for Interfering with an 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 an emergency call because they do not even know that this is a crime in […]


What Is Judicial Clemency?

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 that exact term is not used in the law. As the Texas Court of Criminal […]


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 […]


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 […]


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

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 your case beyond a reasonable doubt, which is a relatively heavy burden. You will have […]


Do I Turn Myself In If There’s a Warrant for My 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 run. That is never a good idea. The longer a person waits to turn themselves […]


Your JUUL Can Cause You Trouble With the Law

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 USB flash drive. Some users are altering the device replacing the nicotine oil in the […]


Can I Get My Weapon Back?

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 certain situations. If you are wondering if you can get your gun, knife or other […]