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Should I Get a Public Defender or a Court-Appointed Attorney?

Should I Get a Public Defender or a Court-Appointed Attorney? The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution establishes that: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall…
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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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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…
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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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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…
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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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Understanding the Criminal Charges in the Texas Planned Parenthood Case

Understanding the Criminal Charges in the Texas Planned Parenthood Case Multiple states initiated investigations or moved to end funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. after a series of undercover videos were released allegedly showing employees of the nonprofit organization agreeing to sell the tissue and organs of aborted fetuses. Many critics and experts…
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