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Busted for Driving while High: What’s Going to Happen?

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It’s not like drinking, is it? After all, you don’t feel out of control, you’re perfectly able to walk and—depending on your substance of choice—your head may actually be clearer than it is when you’re clean. So why all the fuss about taking a drive while you’re high? What exactly can happen to you? Let’s clear up the myths: It Doesn’t Matter...

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What Happens If I Am Busted for Buying a Minor Alcohol?

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Busted! Not a word you want to hear, but one that can happen very easily if you’re caught buying alcohol for someone under age—even if you didn’t realize they were under age. So, in all good faith you picked up a purchase for a friend who said he or she was 21, and heck, the kid looked it so how...

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My Friend Is Drinking in My Car: Am I Breaking Any Laws?

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Texas laws are sneaky. Yes, it’s legal for a passenger to drink in your car—as long as it isn’t alcohol. Yes, it’s legal for him to drink alcohol as long as your car is a taxi (and, presumably, you’re a registered, licensed cab driver!) Confused? Here’s the skinny on drinking and driving, even if they aren’t being done by the...

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When Ninjas Attack: 5 Crazy Houston Crimes

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Houston hasn’t always been the relatively tame, civilized city it seems to be these days, on the surface at least. It has a colorful history of crazy crimes that are almost unbelievable to read. Which is of course good for criminal defense attorneys in Texas, because it keeps us occupied when other good folks are being, well—good. Here’s a sampling...

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What Kind of Evidence Do They Collect for Assault?

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The term “assault” takes on several different definitions according to the court: Felonius assault is an unlawful attack that causes injury to another person and typically creates a need for immediate medical attention Simple assault involves no weapons, and the injury to the other party is typically minor Aggravated assault involves the use of a weapon, such as a gun or knife, with...

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Counterfeit Money: Am I Going to Jail?

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Can you go to jail for counterfeiting? Yes – or no – depending on the scope and details of your actions. Counterfeiting, which literally means one thing imitating another, is the term most often used when referring to phony currency and coins, though it also refers to material items like those “fake Gucci” designer purses often sold by street-corner vendors. Retailers and...

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I Disrespected a Police Officer: What Should I Do?

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Disrespect for authority has always come at a price, and when you do it to a Texas police officer it’s no exception. It doesn’t matter whether you ignored him (or her), swore at him, flipped him the bird or filmed him with your smartphone camera, he is free to consider it disrespect. Of course, in terms of freedom of speech...

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DWI, DUI, OWI and BUI: What Do They Mean?

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Alphabet soup. The human knack of abbreviating everything and using a few letters to describe it can make the law extra-confusing for anyone without exposure to the terms. When you’re picked up for a DWI, for example, how is it different from a DUI? And what about the OWI and the BUI? As the old song says: “You say tomato,...

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Houston Child Abuse Conviction: Possible 99 Year Sentence

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It’s a nightmare that happens far more often than it should. You—or a member of your family—is accused of child abuse, and whether it’s true or not the consequences can be extremely serious for your life and future. At times like that, you deserve the best legal counsel possible to help you get justice. Here’s what child abuse charges mean...

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What Should I do If I’m Being Investigated?

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Every criminal defense attorney in Texas has had the experience of dealing with clients who have shot themselves in the foot. Not literally, but figuratively. That’s what happens when you're being investigated and you fail to exercise your rights under the law. Whether it’s because you aren’t familiar with your rights or you forgot to act on them, the harm...

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