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Kevin Bennett Elected Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation

Kevin Bennett Elected Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer Kevin Bennett has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their professional achievements and have demonstrated a commitment to the justice system throughout the State of Texas. Kevin is an experienced [ Continue Reading… ]

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Citations / Arrest / Release for Theft

Citations / Arrest / Release for Theft When someone gets accused of theft, they are arrested or issued a ticket, sometimes both. Texas Penal Code 31.03 says that a person commits theft when they unlawfully take the property of another with the intent to deprive the owner of that property. That person must also have [ Continue Reading… ]

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Laws Regarding Synthetic Marijuana in Texas

What are the Laws Regarding Synthetic Marijuana in Texas? In recent years there have been many forms of synthetic marijuana created and marketed as “herbal incense” or “herbal smoking blends.” These compounds are considered designer drugs, and were created to have the same psychoactive effects as marijuana while still being legal. Synthetic marijuana has since [ Continue Reading… ]

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Continual Increase in Controlled substance use by College Students

Continual Increase in Controlled substance use by College Students For over a decade marijuana use has increased continually among college students. In 2015, 38% of college students said that they used marijuana in the last 12 months. This is up 30 percent from 2006. Studies show that young people age 18-24 have a heightened risk [ Continue Reading… ]

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Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Charges

Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Charges If you are found possessing illegal drugs you can face very serious criminal charges. The severity of the charge depends on the drug possessed, the quantity of the drugs possessed, the presence of aggravating factors, and the defendant’s past criminal history. If you are charged with a drug crime in [ Continue Reading… ]

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New Criminal Laws in Texas in 2015

New Criminal Laws in Texas in 2015 As of Sept 1 2015, the State Legislature in Austin, TX, changed the penalties for several of the most common criminal offenses prosecuted in Texas. Many of these new law changes impacted the threshold levels that determine the classification of the offense and the penalties associated with that [ Continue Reading… ]

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Texas Concealed Handgun New Laws Take Effect

Texas Concealed Handgun New Laws Take Effect Effective January 1, 2016 new laws for the open carrying of handguns were passed in House bill 910. The new law authorizes individuals to obtain a license to openly carry a handgun in the same places that allow the licensed carrying of a concealed handgun with some exceptions. [ Continue Reading… ]

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Do Not Plead Guilty to Family Violence Charges in Travis County, Texas

Do Not Plead Guilty to Family Violence Charges in Travis County, Texas Many individuals accused of family violence in Travis County and throughout Texas believe they are trapped and must plead guilty to domestic violence charges to make the whole thing go away. This is not always the case. In Travis County nearly 65% of [ Continue Reading… ]

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Possession of Synthetic Marijuana is Still a Crime

What is Synthetic Marijuana/K2? Most people have heard about synthetic marijuana, K2 also known as spice, legal weed and herbal incense. Yet, most people are unaware of the danger and high risk of this drug. K2 is detrimentally affecting millions of people throughout Texas and the United States. Although K2 is referred to as synthetic [ Continue Reading… ]

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You Will Pay to Party: Criminal Consequences of Ecstasy Possession

You Will Pay to Party: Criminal Consequences of Ecstasy Possession What is MDMA/Ecstasy/Molly? MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly, is an illegal substance that acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic, producing an energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from physical experiences. Usually, MDMA which is an [ Continue Reading… ]

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