Understanding Federal Smuggling Crimes

In Texas, the issue of illegal or undocumented immigration is nothing new. The way that many of these people get over the border, however, is constantly evolving. Today, many people are being solicited online to help bring people over the border or harbor them once they enter the state. This can be done by enticing those who want to help out of a sense of compassion, or through manipulation, or by offering financial Read More

How to Follow and Comply with New Gun Laws

As the new legislation aimed at ‘Ghost Guns’ takes effect, gun owners, manufacturers, and gun shop operators need to make sure they know how to stay in compliance with the new regulations. Since only a small percentage of guns sold are ghost guns, most people will not need to do anything in order to remain in compliance with all state and federal firearm regulations. It is important to note, however, that when ghost Read More

New Rules Aimed At “Ghost Guns” Could Impact Your Personal Firearms

In April of 2022, President Biden made a change to existing rules surrounding gun serial numbers and identification. These changes recently went into effect in August, and are part of an attempt to reduce the trafficking of “ghost guns” or firearms that are made entirely from parts that can be ordered online without a background check. While the efficacy of these laws in preventing ghost guns from being manufactured Read More

Your Third DWI Could Come With Some Serious Penalties

Those with existing DWI convictions should be careful - regardless of how your existing DWI convictions have been handled, receiving a third could spell trouble. Any DWI charge is a serious matter, but Texas law specifies that the third DWI on your record carries much heavier penalties than the first two. While the simplest solution is to avoid drinking and driving at all, we’re here to make sure you’re aware of the Read More

Deferred Adjudication Could Keep Your Criminal Record Clean

For those who are facing criminal charges, deferred adjudication could be the key to keeping those charges off of your criminal record, and avoiding time in jail or prison. While it may not be available to everyone, deferred adjudication provides a second chance by which offenders can show that they’re able to remain in good standing, and as a result, avoid conviction for the charges they face. Before you jump at the Read More

Pretrial Diversion for Your DWI Case

Many first-time DWI suspects understandably feel lost, wondering what to do next - and more importantly, are concerned over what a DWI on their record could mean for their future. Thankfully, many counties in Texas have made pretrial diversion available to most first-time offenders, who also fulfill some other specific requirements. For those who successfully complete the program, the DWI charge will be dismissed, Read More

What’s the Difference Between Aiding, Abetting, and Accessory to a Crime?

You may be familiar with these terms after hearing them in your favorite late-night crime drama, but these charges aren’t just fiction. Aiding, abetting and accessory to a crime both carry harsh sentences in Texas, often similar to those given to the person who committed the crime. While they may sound similar, the qualifications for these charges are different. Knowing the differences between the two could make a Read More

What is a Lack of Criminal Intent?

Before anyone can be convicted of a crime, Texas law specifies that they must have knowingly or intentionally committed the action they’re accused of. While this may sound like a semantic point, proving criminal intent is an essential part of the Texas rule of law. How your attorney handles criminal intent could make or break your case, so knowledge of criminal intent is integral to a quality defense. To start, a Read More

What Does “No Refusal” Mean for Texas Drivers?

You’re likely familiar with the phrase “No Refusal” in reference to Texas DWI arrests. Many Texans, however, believe that this means you legally cannot refuse a breathalyzer or field sobriety test, which is untrue. While you may still refuse the tests, the purpose of the no refusal initiative is to crack down on DWI suspects by fully enforcing the implied consent laws of Texas, so there will likely be harsh Read More

5 Ways you may Unwittingly Violate a Protective Order

If you’ve become the subject of a protective order, it is absolutely essential that you fully understand and abide by the rules set out within the order. Violating a protective order can carry heavy sentences, and it may be easier than you think. Here are some important things to watch out for if you’re now involved in a protective order: Communicating with someone in the petitioner’s household or family It’s Read More