Criminal Defense Blog

Miranda Rights: Is it the Same As We See on TV

The most common misconception is that the police must read you your Miranda rights when you are arrested; this is incorrect. Miranda warning is used for the purpose of being interrogated. If the police start questioning you but have not read the Miranda warning, they cannot use anything you say as direct evidence against you… read more

I Completed Deferred Adjudication – Now What?

Non-Disclosure Order Once a person completes deferred adjudication probation they get one step closer to potentially non-disclosing their record. A non-disclosure order will prohibit public entities from disclosing certain criminal records. While a non-disclosure order will not completely remove the charge and arrest from your record, it is still a useful tool in sealing a… read more

Driving Under the Influence – Impact for Students

Drinking and Driving Under 21 Underage drinking by high school or college students isn’t anything new to local enforcement. With a seemingly endless flow of alcohol and classmates readily hosting parties, many young adults make poor decisions that can influence their futures. Regardless of BAC level, any alcohol consumption by an individual under 21 years… read more

Should I Represent Myself?

What is the Sixth Amendment? The sixth amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees every criminal defendant the right to an attorney and controls the right for one to represent themselves. Before you make the decision of self-representation you should be fully aware of what this entails. Representing Yourself  In order to represent yourself, referred… read more

When do you Need to get an Interlock Device Installed on your Vehicle?

When someone is arrested for the offense of Driving While Intoxicated in the State of Texas, they are often required to have an interlock device installed on their vehicle as a condition of bond. Because this condition is not always imposed, it is important to know what events trigger this requirement. What is an Interlock… read more

Driving While Intoxicated… Without Alcohol?

One common misconception is that Driving While Intoxicated, or DWI, is always related to alcohol. We all know 0.08 BAC is the legal limit, but if you have lost the use of mental or physical faculties from any substance, you may be charged with DWI. What Signs do Officers Look for in a DWI Stop?… read more

What You Should Know About Child Pornography Laws

Unfortunately, in today’s digital age, incidents of child pornography have risen. Because of the accessibility of this material, and to protect children from being subjected to this type of conduct, the government harshly prosecutes and punishes child pornography offenders. Child Pornography Is Both a State and Federal Crime In this country, the U.S. government has… read more

How Do I Know I’m Under Federal Investigation?

When it comes to federal crimes, many people do not realize they are being investigated by the federal government until the charges are filed. Federal investigations are secretly conducted, which is why is it not uncommon for someone to be completely shocked when federal agents appear at their home or business. The following are some… read more

5 Common Types of Juvenile Crimes in the Summertime

When school is out for the summer, minors will spend more time at home and outside with friends enjoying the sunny weather, warmer temperatures, and longer daylight. However, this time of year is often associated with a significant spike in juvenile crimes in Texas. The following are the most common types of juvenile crimes in… read more

What Happens at an Arraignment?

An arraignment is one of the steps of your criminal case. After you have been arrested, you will be ordered to appear at an arraignment to formally advise you of the charges and ask you to enter a plea to the charges. The arraignment must be held soon after arrest, to prevent a violation of… read more