Is There a Silver Lining to Criminal Trial Delays?

Though COVID-19 cases are largely trending in the right direction, there is still plenty of chaos in the Texas criminal justice system. As a result of switching to virtual court and ultimately preserving defendants’ Constitutional rights to jury trials, there exists a sizable backlog of criminal cases that have yet to move forward. While many types of court hearings have been handled efficiently in virtual settings, Read More

When is Deadly Force Justified in Texas?

Texas has a reputation for empowering its citizens to use self-defense if they feel threatened, and for good reason — the state has both “castle doctrine” and “stand your ground” laws. In the simplest terms, Texans have the right to use deadly force against someone else when that person is using unlawful deadly force against you. Using deadly force must be immediately necessary and reasonable for it to be Read More

What Are Your Rights if the Police Pull You Over?

Almost every driver will experience some iteration of the following scenario: you’re running a little late to work, school, or another engagement and decide to cruise a few ticks over the speed limit. You think you’re going a reasonable speed, but, all of a sudden, the flashing blue lights in your rearview mirror indicate otherwise. After presenting your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance, the Read More

How to Legally Carry a Firearm in Texas

It’s a widely held notion that Texas has some of the most generous firearm laws (for gun users) among the 50 states in the U.S.A. And, that reputation is rightly earned: restrictions on selling, manufacturing, and carrying firearms and few and far between. There are, however, a handful of regulations that Texans need to be aware of when traveling by foot or vehicle while carrying a gun.  Carrying a Firearm in Your Read More

What You Need to Know About Texas’ Stand Your Ground Law

A unique area of criminal law that frequently comes up during high-profile murder and homicide cases is the “stand your ground” or “castle doctrine” laws that 27 states, including Texas, have adopted. As well-known as the term “stand your ground” is, it is also frequently misunderstood. This blog will take a look at this defense and communicate the key points of the law.  The first thing to understand about Read More

An Overview of the Administrative License Procedure after DUI Arrest

What many people don’t realize about getting arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is that, apart from the criminal penalties and collateral consequences of pleading guilty or being found guilty, your license will generally be suspended through an administrative procedure. The state Department of Public Safety oversees this process, which is entirely separate from proceedings in criminal court. This blog will Read More