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Update on License to Carry a Handgun Laws

LICENSE TO CARRY A HANDGUN UPDATE
With the passage of House Bill 910, individuals who hold a concealed handgun license (CHL) are now authorized by the State of Texas to openly carry their handgun.  However, there has been a lot of confusion of exactly what this law entails.  As a gun holder, it is important […]

Remove Your Criminal Record from Public View

Remove Your Criminal Record from Public View: Non-Disclosure Attorney
Is a criminal record preventing you from obtaining that new job?  Have you found your mug shot and arrest record online?  If so, please contact me at 817-284-2263 and let me help remove that arrest record from public view.

Not everyone will have an opportunity to expunge, […]

Consequences Associated with A DWI Conviction

Consequences Associated with a DWI Conviction – and Why You Need a Qualified Criminal Lawyer
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is the one crime where people who would not otherwise find themselves in criminal trouble, do find themselves in criminal trouble.  Respected members of our society find themselves arrested and charged with DWI all the time. […]

Texas Campus Carry

Concealed Weapons on College Campus
As of August 1, 2016, Texas individuals who have a License to Carry can legally carry their concealed weapon on college and university campuses. However, it is important to understand that this does not apply to the new Texas law on open carry. Only concealed carry will be allowed on […]

Can the Police Compel You To Open Your Phone Through a Fingerprint?

Under the Constitution, we are given certain rights that cannot be infringed on. One of the most important is the right to not be a witness against yourself. This right comes from the Fifth Amendment and applies to situations where statements are compelled, testimonial, and incriminating. If any evidence obtained by law enforcement violates […]

Miranda Rights—When Police Officers Must Read Your Constitutional Rights

Many of my clients come into my office thinking their case will automatically be dismissed because an officer did not read them their Miranda Rights when they were arrested. Contrary to what is seen on TV or in movies, police officers do not necessarily have to read your Miranda Rights when arrested.

In Miranda […]

Does an Officer Have to Use a Radar Gun for Speeding?

No. A general misconception in our society is that an officer can only pull someone over if the speed is recorded on a radar gun. Many also believe an officer cannot pull them over unless they are going more than five miles over the speed limit. But this is simply not the case. An […]

Can You Be Charged With Possession of Marijuana If They Are Located In Your Vehicle?

Can You Be Charged with the Possession of Marijuana or the Possession of a Controlled Substance Just Because the Drugs Are Located in Your Vehicle?
Yes, but that does not mean you will be convicted.

The State has to prove beyond all reasonable doubt (the highest burden of proof in the country), that you intentionally or […]

Can You Be Charged with the Possession of Marijuana or the Possession of a Controlled Substance Just Because the Drugs Are Located in Your Vehicle?

Yes, but that does not mean you will be convicted.
The State has to prove beyond all reasonable doubt (the highest burden of proof in the country), that you intentionally or knowingly possessed the illegal substance. However, they do not have to prove ownership. For example, when a person says to the police officers, “That’s […]

Can You Conceal Carry in Texas Airports?

Can You Conceal Carry in Texas Airports?
Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard, a known gun enthusiast with a collection of over 50 firearms, including bazookas, recently brought a loaded Glock 26 9mm through airport security in his carry-on bag. The incident allegedly happened on Friday, August 28th,2015.

Fortunately for Howard, he avoided any charges because Texas […]