Criminal Defense

Child Protective Services Investigations in Texas

Child Protective Services (CPS) is a government agency organized under the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service. The stated mission of CPS is to protect Texas children from abuse and neglect by providing protective services, foster care, and adoption services. This stated mission is certainly important. However, in practice, CPS frequently violates the constitutional… read more

Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer if I’m Innocent?

The short answer to the question of whether you need a criminal defense lawyer if you are innocent is “yes.” Being innocent does not mean you will be acquitted of your criminal charges. There are many innocent people convicted for crimes each year. The presumption of innocence is the foundation of our criminal justice system…. read more

Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer to Fight Misdemeanor Charges?

Criminal defendants always have the option to represent themselves. But you should consider hiring a criminal defense lawyer any time for any criminal charges that are more serious than a traffic infraction. To decide whether you should hire a criminal defense lawyer, consider the risks of conviction. Conviction could include consequences that follow you for… read more

Is It Legal to Drive Barefoot in Texas?

Most people do not think twice about sliding off their shoes to drive. As soon as they get into their vehicle, they slip out of their shoes and drive barefoot. However, could you get into trouble for driving barefoot in Texas? Texas Laws Regarding Driving Barefoot It may be unlawful for you to enter some… read more

8 Tips for an Effective Character Letter for a Judge

After a guilty verdict or a plea deal, a defendant will face sentencing. For most crimes, the criminal statutes provide a range of possible sentences, and the judge has the discretion to choose a sentence within that range. Below, we’ve compiled information on the ways that character letters are used in sentencing, together with tips… read more

Exigent Circumstances: What They Are and Why They Allow the Police to Search and Seize Without a Warrant

Many people are not aware that under certain circumstances, Texas police can conduct searches without a warrant. In these specific cases, the police can enter your home or property without even knocking.   You might assume that you are safe from an intrusion by police when you are inside your own home or apartment, but you… read more

What Are Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude?

Being charged with any criminal offense is a serious matter. You can face numerous penalties for a conviction, including prison, fines, probation, and electronic monitoring. However, are there special punishments for crimes involving moral turpitude in Texas? What is a Crime of Moral Turpitude? The conduct involved in committing a crime of moral turpitude is… read more

10 Examples of Police Misconduct to Refer to For Your Case

Police departments across the country have come under increased scrutiny over the last few years as video of officers breaking the law have gone viral in a number of now-infamous instances. However, police misconduct doesn’t need to be caught on video or make national headlines in order to affect you negatively. Police have a long… read more

What Happens If You Get an Out of State Warrant for Arrest?

You live in Texas or moved to Texas, but you have an out of state warrant for arrest. Is that a problem? Should you be concerned? If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, it is a serious matter.  It does not matter if the warrant for arrest is from Texas or another state…. read more

What’s the Difference Between a Lawyer and an Attorney?

The words lawyer and attorney have become interchangeable in modern English. To some degree, it makes sense that the terms have become synonyms. For one, both the term lawyer and the term attorney refer to a person who has graduated from law school.  There is, however, one significant difference between a lawyer and an attorney…. read more