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Archives for: December, 2017

Dec 28
2017

In Texas, Masterminding a Burglary Is Still Burglary

Burglary

Can you be charged with burglary even if you didn’t enter a building or commit the actual act? The answer, surprisingly, is yes… if the jury determines that you were the mastermind behind the burglary. Recently, one Texas woman was not only charged, but convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Below we’re going to tell you her story, detail what the Texas laws state about burglary, and what to do if you are facing charges.

“Mastermind” Gets a 25-Year Sentence

In late September 2016, a man broke into a habitation with a weapon. His trial for burglary is pending, but recently the woman who asked him to do it was sentenced to 25 years in prison and [...]

Dec 22
2017

How to Fight Texas Drug Possession Charges

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession

Texas has some of the harshest penalties in the nation for drug possession. If convicted, you could face years in prison and hefty fines for even small amounts of controlled substances. Moreover, you will be left with a criminal record that can come back to haunt you for the rest of your life.

However, not all drug possession charges lead to a conviction. In fact, most do not.

To successfully convict a defendant of drug possession in Texas, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly possessed an illegal substance intended for consumption. Therefore, most defenses focus upon whether the defendant was knowingly in possession, whether the evidence attained is admissible in court, and whether the [...]

Dec 14
2017

No, Domestic Violence Does Not “Spike” in Texas Over the Holidays

Domestic Violence

A common myth this time of year is that domestic violence rates spike during the season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. However, the facts point to the contrary. Below, we’ll explain the reasons why and what Texas law states about domestic violence.

‘Tis the Season to Be Stressed… But are We Also More Violent?

Here’s what most of us understand about the holiday season: it is horrifically stressful. The extra activities can be exhausting. The financial strain can be intense. The family gatherings aren’t always peaceful, and are often made worse due to the additional alcohol consumption. To top it off, everywhere you look, expectations rise high.

Learning how to minimize this stress can be incredibly valuable. Here are [...]

Dec 8
2017

What It Means to Face a Texas Minor in Possession Charge

Juvenile Crimes | Minor in Possession

If you or your child are facing a minor in possession charge in Texas, you need to understand what the law says and what penalties are associated with a conviction.

Below, we’re going to discuss what the law says and how an experienced Fort Worth criminal attorney can help you.

The Texas Minor in Possession Law

Texas law prohibits a minor under the age of 21 from engaging in the following acts:

  • Buying alcohol
  • Possessing alcohol
  • Consuming alcohol
  • Intentionally using false information to obtain alcohol
  • Driving or operating a motor vehicle or watercraft while under the influence of alcohol
  • Importation or possession with intent to import alcohol into the state of Texas

Are There Exemptions?

Only four exemptions exist [...]

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