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First Steps After Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

First Steps After Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

You’re facing charges. You’ve hired a criminal defense attorney. And now you’re wondering what to do next. While your attorney might set to work building your defense, your job isn’t over yet. Keep these first steps after hiring a criminal defense attorney in mind if you want to maximize your chances of clearing your name.   Learn About Your Case It’s crucial you familiarize yourself with your case process for your peace of mind and so there are no surprises. Ask your attorney what happens next and what you can expect in the coming weeks. Some criminal cases move slowly while others resolve...

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How Are Jurors Screened and Selected?

How Are Jurors Screened and Selected?

Assembling a Jury   Jurors must be selected carefully to be free from bias and prejudice and able to make reasonable and just decisions regarding the fate of defendants. But how does the court select jurors? And what is the process through which they are given a chance to vote on someone’s future? Answering these questions is essential, as the fate of many lies in their hands.   Speaking the Truth   In Texas, jurors are selected in a process called voir dire, which is French for “to speak the truth.” In voir dire, the prosecuting attorney, defense attorney and judge question potential jurors. This questioning...

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Defining Possession in Texas Drug Cases

Defining Possession in Texas Drug Cases

Drug Possession Defined   Drug possession is a serious charge in Texas, bringing with it the potential for prison time and enormous fines. Due to the gravity of this type of charge, it’s vital to thoroughly understand every element of the crime as the court interprets it. Only from there can you build a strong defense. Let’s take a look at how Texas law defines possession of a controlled substance.   Under Texas statute, a person commits the offense of possession of a controlled substance if he or she:   Knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance, unless the person obtained the substance directly from or...

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Top Tips to Avoid an Arrest This Summer

Top Tips to Avoid an Arrest This Summer

Summer means good food, good people and good times, nowhere truer than in Texas. But before you jump into your summer celebration plans in the Lone Star state, review these top tips to avoid an arrest this summer in Texas.   Find a Designated Driver   Before you head out to a BBQ, concert or day at the lake, make sure you have a designated driver. This is the single best way to avoid charges for drinking and driving. Uber and other ride-sharing services are a great backup. Similarly, always operate watercraft sober. You can be charged with a BWI (boating while intoxicated) if...

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Home Illegally Searched? Here’s What You Can Do

Home Illegally Searched? Here’s What You Can Do

What Are Your Protections?   The US Constitution protects us from unreasonable search and seizure, meaning the authorities cannot search your person or property without good cause. Nevertheless, police illegally search people and their homes every day. If the police searched your home unlawfully, here’s what you can do.   Determine the Legality   First, speak with an attorney to determine whether the police illegally searched your home. Unfortunately, Texas laws lend police officers significant discretion when it comes to searching and obtaining evidence. That said, the police do not necessarily need to show you a warrant to enter and search your home. A police officer...

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How to Reinstate a Texas Driver’s License

How to Reinstate a Texas Driver’s License

Losing your license due to a conviction or traffic citation can put a wrench in your gears. But when you’re ready to get back on the road, here’s how to reinstate your Texas driver’s license.   Check Eligibility   First, you’ll want to check your reinstatement eligibility. You can do this by using the Texas Department of Public Safety’s online portal. This should give you any balance you owe for your offense, your eligibility status and any compliance documents you need to submit during the reinstatement process.   Pay Fees   Pay all fees and surcharges owed to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). You must pay...

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Essential Tips for Hiring a Criminal Trial Attorney

Essential Tips for Hiring a Criminal Trial Attorney

Looking for Aggressive Legal Representation   Finding the right criminal trial attorney can be time-consuming. It’s bad enough you are facing criminal charges and are heading to trial. Now you are wading through listings of Texas criminal trial attorneys, each of which is vying for your business. But the real work lies ahead, so to make the process of finding the right criminal trial attorney for you easier, keep these essential tips in mind.   Look for Experience   Experience is one of the most important traits to look for in a criminal trial attorney. Ideally, find an attorney who has experience defending clients facing the...

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Refuse the BAC Test? Here’s What to Expect

Refuse the BAC Test? Here’s What to Expect

Implied Consent   Under Texas’s implied consent law, all Texas drivers arrested for a DWI must submit to a BAC (blood alcohol content) test. To give you some much-needed guidance on this little-understood area of DWI law, here’s what to expect if you refuse a BAC test.   The Police Should Inform You   First, you should expect the arresting officer to inform you of the consequences of test refusal. Officers must warn you of what will happen if you refuse before accepting an official test. If the arresting officer did not inform you of the consequences, you should reach out to a Texas DWI defense...

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The Consequences of Probation Revocation in Texas

The Consequences of Probation Revocation in Texas

Facing Probation Revocation   Adhering to the terms of your probation (i.e., community supervision) can be challenging. If you can’t meet that challenge, the judge can revoke your probation, the potential consequences of which can be staggering. Thus, if you are on probation, you should take a minute to learn about the ramifications of probation revocation in Texas.   One Misstep Can Hurt You   Many people consider probation as a “get out of jail free” card. Instead of serving time behind bars, you get to remain in your community, albeit under the close watch of the state. But step out of line, even just once,...

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Why Hiring a Defense Attorney Is a Better Investment Than You Think

Why Hiring a Defense Attorney Is a Better Investment Than You Think

Investing in Your Defense   When faced with criminal charges, money is often a top concern. Fines for a criminal conviction can be exorbitant, but the costs of a criminal defense attorney can seem out of reach, too. Even so, hiring a criminal defense attorney is an investment in your future. If you’re not convinced or are on the fence about hiring an attorney to fight your Texas criminal charges, consider these points.   Paying for Protection   A criminal defense attorney can do many things for you, one of the most important of which is protecting your rights. This isn’t to say you can’t protect...

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