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Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction For many people, fears about being convicted for criminal offense are often based on the possible fines and prison sentences that may be imposed. In truth, criminal convictions carry many other long-term consequences that make other case resolutions far more preferable. The collateral consequences of convictions depend on the…
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Sealing DWI Convictions in Austin Texas

First-Time DWI Offenders Get Second-Chance New Texas Bill, House Bill 3016, was recently signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbot, allowing individuals with certain nonviolent criminal convictions to have those convictions sealed from their records. The new “second chance” law, as it is being called, is a drastic step forward for Texas citizens, especially…
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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…
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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…
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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….
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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…
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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…
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Tips to Avoid DWI Arrest during SXSW

Tips to Avoid DWI Arrest during SXSW South by Southwest (SXSW) is an event that is synonymous with the city of Austin. Locals and tourists from across the nation flock to the nine-day annual event, which showcases interactive media, music festivals, and conference. SXSW is perfectly scheduled during Spring Break and attracts a large number…
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Nine Marijuana Bills Filed for 2015 Texas Legislative Session

Nine Marijuana Bills Filed for 2015 Texas Legislative Session Over the last decade, voters have passed and legislators have approved several measures in multiple states all over the country to either decriminalize or legalize marijuana (referred to as “marihuana” in Texas statutes). Some states have enacted measures that legalize certain forms of cannabis for medical…
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Can I Have My Drug Possession Arrest Record Sealed or Expunged?

Can I Have My Drug Possession Arrest Record Sealed or Expunged? An arrest record may have a very negative effect on your life. Many people believe that if they were arrested for drug possession but never charged, their saga is over. Unfortunately, many of these people soon come to realize their job opportunities, personal relationships,…
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