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Texas Criminal Defense Blog

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What is No Refusal Weekend in Texas?


In Texas, “No Refusal” weekends are a policy directive aimed at DWI enforcement. Assume you hear on the news or radio that the coming weekend is a “No Refusal” weekend. Assume further that you happen to be out and about...

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Do I have to speak to Police in Texas?


No. The first thing I would point out is that the tag line of this post is not specifically directed at suspects or defendants. In other words, no one has a general legal obligation to speak to police. That doesn’t mean you should not call...

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What Are People Required To Do In Hit And Run Accidents?


No one wants to be involved in a car accident. It’s a bad situation. Nevertheless, they happen. It’s why we’re all required by Texas law to be covered by a policy of insurance. So, in most cases, if you are involved in an...

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What are the penalties for reckless driving?


In Texas a conviction for reckless driving can result in a fine of $200 and confinement in county jail for up to 30 days. Reckless driving is a rare hybrid offense in Texas. It’s not really a Class C misdemeanor. It’s not a Class B...

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What can I do if I am arrested for domestic violence?


The first thing you could and should do is to disengage. Your relationship may or may not be over. You may or may not be able to work it out. You may or may not be able to get through this difficult time to become a stronger family or couple. But,...

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What are the benefits of a Petition to Expunge criminal records versus an Order of Non-Disclosure of criminal records?


In the state of Texas there are two remedies available to a person who is trying to clean up a criminal record: (1) a petition to expunge; and (2) an order of non-disclosure. The eligibility requirements for each are different. Unfortunately, if you...

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What is a Magistrate's Order for Emergency Protection (MOEP)?


In Harris County if you are charged with Assault-Family Violence the magistrate who sets your bond has statutory authority to delay your release from jail for up to an additional 48 hours after your bond has been posted. In order to do that the...

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Unable to pay amount of bail?


There is no set rule in Texas law that determines the amount of bail to be set. Instead, the rules that regulate the setting of bail state that the bail “shall be sufficiently high to give reasonable assurance that the undertaking will be...

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Do you have to give police your Consent to Search?


No. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects citizens from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” And, any search conducted without a warrant is “presumptively unreasonable.” In other words, any search...

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If You Been Arrested For a DWI in Houston The Clock is Ticking!


If you ever find yourself in the unenviable position of having been arrested and charged with DWI, the worst thing you can do is to stall. Hire an experienced DWI lawyer. The sooner, the better. Once you're formally booked and processed the clock...

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What If George Zimmerman Shot Trayvon Martin in Houston?


  Public sentiment surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman seem to reflect the generational struggle in this Country towards racial respect and equality. But, from a strictly legal perspective,...

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What is a Bond and How do I Pay it In Texas?


Someone you know has been arrested, is in County jail, and wants you to get them out. What do you do? First, do a quick internet search for a Houston-based bail bond company. Your search will return innumerable results. Pick one. Call them....

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