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New Sexual Assault Witness Amnesty Law in Texas

Published: Sep 25, 2017 in Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

Sexual assault is a serious problem in Texas, and the state’s legislators are working hard to put laws into place that would encourage people to report these crimes when they occur. One such effort is a sexual assault witness amnesty law that would protect anyone who reports sexual assault from prosecution for underage drinking. This new law has gained approval by both the Texas House and Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Abbott. Why Do Sexual Assault Witnesses Need Amnesty? Many sexual assaults occur on…

Why Am I Being Charged with a Federal Drug Crime?

Published: Sep 18, 2017 in Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes

Drug crime investigations and arrests take up a large portion of Texas law enforcement resources each year. The court system in Texas is bombarded with cases that result in drug convictions and the associated legal penalties that follow. The state imposes a range of penalties for drug crimes that include heavy fines, prison time, probation, and mandated community service. Some drug cases, however, are more likely to be charged at the federal level. Whether or not the drug offense for which you are arrested is charged as a state or…

What Is Intoxication Manslaughter?

Published: Sep 11, 2017 in Criminal Defense, DUI

The State of Texas has a law in place that specifically categorizes the act of homicide as it occurs in situations during which an intoxicated individual operating a motor vehicle causes the death of another person. This crime is referred to in the State as intoxication manslaughter. Texas identifies this type of manslaughter as an independent offense. Other terms for the similar or same offense are used in other states and include DUI causing injury or death, DUI manslaughter, and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Are you currently facing an intoxication…

What You Should Know About the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program in Texas

Published: Sep 05, 2017 in Criminal Defense, DUI

If you were pulled over and arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), you may be in for a rude awakening. You could be punished before charges are brought against you, or even before being found guilty in a court of law. If you are arrested for DWI and refuse a blood or breath test, a police officer may take your driver’s license, give you a temporary license, and give you notice of an administrative license revocation (ALR). This is an automatic license suspension program that can lead to the loss…

Can I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test in Texas?

Published: Aug 25, 2017 in Criminal Defense, DUI

When you are pulled over under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI), you can expect the police officers to do a few things. They will ask you a few questions. This is to see what you say about where you have been and where you are going as well as to see if you slur or stumble over your words. They will usually ask these questions while giving you a task, like getting your driver’s license and proof of insurance, to observe whether you have a hard time dividing…