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Handling Theft Charges for Teenagers and Young Adults

Parents, do you have a teen or young adult that has been arrested for some form of theft?  You aren’t alone.  According to the TxDPS crime reporting website, in Texas in 2017, over 40% of crimes in the theft category were committed young adults between the ages of 18-29.

Shoplifting specifically is at an all-time […]

Defense against Theft Charges

Theft can come in many forms – shoplifting, taking something from someone else’s yard, writing a check that you know will not clear the bank, or refusing to pay and agreed fee for a service that was performed.  Theft can be for a few dollars, or millions of dollars.  Technically, the Texas Penal Code […]

Possession of Marijuana Concentrate or TCH

Possession of Marijuana Concentrate or TCH (“dabs”, “budder”, “BHO”, “710”) in Texas
Have you ever heard of marijuana concentrate or TCH (also called Tetrahydrocannabidiol)?  Well, if you haven’t heard of it yet, you probably will sooner rather than later.

Even though possession of any amount of marijuana is still illegal in the State of Texas, it’s popularity […]

Current Gun Laws – The Basics

In light of recent events, “gun laws” and “gun law reform” have been hot topics in the news. But many people in Texas don’t know what the current gun laws are. So, let’s take a look at the current gun laws in Texas.

First, who can purchase a gun in Texas?
As a general rule, as […]

Update on License to Carry a Handgun Laws

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 to know your rights before […]

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 […]