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May 2019 Archives

What makes a misdemeanor different from a felony?

Facing a criminal charge is a threat to your future, freedom and opportunities. You understand that it's important to present a strong and thoughtful defense, but where should you start? Are you facing misdemeanor or felony charges? It can be smart to start with a complete understanding of the specific charges you are up against.

Criminal defense: Senate considers bill re Texas arrest practices

Facing jail time is often a frightening experience that can leave defendants struggling with a range of emotions. However, ending up behind bars for an offense that is not punishable by jail time can be even more frustrating. The Texas House of Representatives is currently reviewing a bill that would change that, and it could have significant implications for how some defendants end up approaching their criminal defense process.

Driver charged with drunk driving following accident

A woman who allegedly caused a serious accident was recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police charged her with intoxication assault, a drunk driving charge that can carry steep penalties if she is convicted. Although she was initially taken into custody by Texas police, the driver was later released on $5,000 bail.

Criminal defense: Bartender charged with over serving customer

A bartender in Texas is facing criminal charges for allegedly over serving a customer. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code prohibits the sale of alcohol to a person who is already intoxicated, and the official charge of "sale to certain persons" is considered a misdemeanor. However, the circumstances that led to the bartender's arrest could play an important role in her criminal defense plan.

Bill aims to lower penalties for some drug crimes

The Texas House of Representatives recently passed a bill that will reduce the criminal penalties associated with marijuana possession. Convictions for drug crimes can have a significant impact on people's lives, limiting their employment and education opportunities for years and even decades to come. The bill could benefit a significant number of people if passed into law.

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