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DWI vs. DUI in Texas: Different Offense, Different Punishment

DWI vs. DUI in Texas: Different Offense, Different Punishment

Not the Same Offense   Every state handles drunk-driving cases differently. Many use the terms DWI and DUI interchangeably. But Texas distinguishes between the two. DWI and DUI are separate yet similar offenses. Thus, if you have been arrested for drunk driving, it’s essential you educate yourself on these two offenses so you can know what you’re up against.   Texas DUI   DUI is the less serious of the two offenses. It applies to minors who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This means a minor can be charged with a DUI for having any detectable amount of alcohol in his or her...

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Weighing Your Chances in a Texas Criminal Trial

Weighing Your Chances in a Texas Criminal Trial

Is Trial a Good Idea?   Criminal trials are complex legal proceedings. Weighing your chances at a Texas criminal trial is impossible without a full examination of the facts and circumstances of your case. Even then, a good attorney can only give you a general idea of what the outcome may be. For this reason, you should consult with an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney to discuss your case. But, in the meantime, here is some helpful information on the factors that can affect the outcome of a trial.   Who Decides?   Trials in Texas are most commonly jury trials, meaning a panel of...

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How to Quickly Lift a Texas Warrant

How to Quickly Lift a Texas Warrant

First Steps to Deal With Your Warrant   Many people panic when they find out they have an outstanding warrant. Even if your warrant is for unpaid traffic tickets, police can arrest you at any time and any place. Warrants are not easy to resolve or “lift.” While you may have many options for doing so, each of those options comes with pros and cons. You could easily choose the wrong option for your case and suffer the consequences. In some cases, those consequences can end up costing you much more than the ticket itself. Thus, you should always work with a seasoned Dallas-Fort...

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Occupational Driver’s License: Drive Legally When Your License Is Suspended

Occupational Driver’s License: Drive Legally When Your License Is Suspended

The Step to Save Your License   If your license is suspended, it can be difficult to meet your daily responsibilities. You may need a license to drive to work, school or carry out essential household duties. Fortunately, the State of Texas allows people with suspended licenses to obtain an occupational driver’s license under certain circumstances.   An occupational driver’s license is a restricted driver’s license that allows you to perform essential functions. Typically, allowable uses include driving to work, school, and the grocery store or to medical providers. An occupational driver’s licenses (ODL) can help you if your license was suspended. But there...

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Demystifying Texas Drug Cases and Search and Seizure Laws

Demystifying Texas Drug Cases and Search and Seizure Laws

Know Your Rights   The U.S. Constitution protects you from unreasonable search and seizure. Law enforcement routinely searches people and their property to seize valuable evidence. This is particularly common in drug cases. Search and seizure remains a large component of law enforcement protocol. When investigating drug cases, obtaining evidence is of utmost priority. Texas has very strict controlled substance laws with severe penalties. The consequences of drug possession can vary widely based on the substance, the quantity, the context and the defendant’s criminal history. Thus, it’s essential to thoroughly understand search and seizure laws when facing drug charges.   Following Protocol   Typically, a police...

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How to Be a Proactive (and Productive) Criminal Defendant

How to Be a Proactive (and Productive) Criminal Defendant

The Road Ahead   Many people feel helpless when facing criminal charges. But what they don’t realize is they have more control than they think. You control—in part—the outcome of your case. And, oftentimes, the more you put into your defense process, the more you get out. Criminal defendants who don’t make an effort often get disappointing results. But those who are proactive and thus productive can obtain case outcomes that far exceed their highest expectations. To help you be the latter, here are some essential tips on how to be a proactive criminal defendant.   Don’t Do Their Job For Them   Exercise your right...

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Top Tips for Facing Felony Charges in Texas

Top Tips for Facing Felony Charges in Texas

Facing a Felony? Here’s What You Need to Know   The State of Texas defines felonies as crimes that are punishable by terms in state prisons or Texas Department of Correction. Felonies are typically considered more serious than misdemeanor crimes because of the potential of prison time. Felony convictions also carry the possibility of steep fines. Federal law prohibits felons from owning or possessing firearms. In addition to these consequences, you could lose your professional license or even your job.   When the stakes are this high, it’s normal to feel anxious about what your future holds. You are right to be worried, but...

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Criminal Record Cleaning: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

Criminal Record Cleaning: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

A Clean Start   Now is a better time than ever to explore criminal record cleaning. More employers are running background checks on employees and applicants. And almost anyone can access your criminal background online. Unfortunately, the discrimination against those with criminal convictions hasn’t lessened, putting many at an unfair disadvantage.   But the good news is there are steps you can take to clean your record. You may be able to limit public access to your record or remove certain pieces of information. The best way to have a clean criminal record is to avoid run-ins with the law in the first place....

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3 Reasons to Fight Assault Family Violence Charges

3 Reasons to Fight Assault Family Violence Charges

Why You Should Defend Yourself   Assault family violence charges are very serious. The consequences of an assault family violence conviction are far-reaching. Thus, you should not take them lightly. No matter the degree of the offense, an assault family violence conviction can result in severe penalties. Specifically, here are three reasons why you should always fight family violence charges.   Court-Imposed Penalties   Texas courts aggressively prosecute family violence offenders. Defendants face a lifetime of legal and social repercussions for a conviction. A first assault family violence conviction is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by:   Up to 365 days in county jail, and/or ...

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Arrested for Texas Family Violence? Essential First Steps

Arrested for Texas Family Violence? Essential First Steps

After Your Arrest   Being arrested for family violence is a stressful experience. It can feel like a violation of the privacy of your home life and as if the State doesn’t care about your side of the story. When facing family violence charges, your first steps are the most crucial. To help you navigate the initial stages of your family violence case, here are some essential first steps you should take after your arrest.   Think Before You Speak   Don’t plead guilty or no-contest before learning about your options and your rights. The State of Texas treats assault/family violence cases more seriously than assault...

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