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  • Assault

    The latest posts for Assault are listed below.
    • How Assault Charges Become Aggravated Assault Charges

      Texas law considers simple assault any action that attempts to physically harm another person, or actually does so. While this is a serious criminal charge that can lead to extensive jail time, high fines paid to the state, and restitution paid to the victim, matters for the accused will be even worse if they are charged with aggravated assault . How does this escalation occur? There are two ...
    • Charges of Assault on Campus

      In recent years, the public eye has been gaining focus on assault and sexual assault cases arising from university and college campuses. While it is clearly beneficial to encourage safe educational institutions and environments, it is equally beneficial to ensure that social stigma and biases do not unfairly damage the reputations and wellbeing of the accused. Other than the usual criminal ...
    • Can I Be Charged with Assault if I Didn't Touch the Victim?

      When most people hear the word assault , they associate it with the physical attack of one person by another person. While it is true that when one person deliberately or purposefully causes bodily harm to another person he or she is committing assault, and usually assault & battery, it is not the only way in which a person can commit an assault. If you threaten another person with physical harm ...

    Criminal Defense

    The latest posts for Criminal Defense are listed below.
    • What Shows Up On a Criminal Background Check?

      You would be hard-pressed to find a job application these days that does not mention the potential-employer’s decision to conduct a criminal background check prior to your hiring. Whether you want to be a part-time cashier or a company executive, employers need to know if you could become a liability due to criminal inclinations of the past; this is especially true for assault and theft ...
    • Texas' Law on Marijuana Possession

      It’s no secret that the national opinion on marijuana is rapidly changing. Each year new states enact bills that legalize the use of medical and recreational marijuana. However, in Texas, it remains illegal to possess, sell, distribute, or cultivate the drug. In fact, Texas is a leading state when it comes to the severity of punishments for drug crimes . The possession of two grams of marijuana ...
    • Invoking Your 5th Amendment Right to Remain Silent When Pulled Over

      Where is the best place for the police to gather evidence against you after you are pulled over for driving while intoxicated ( DWI ) or any other suspicion of criminal activity ? You might be surprised to find out that it’s you. Many police officers rely on their suspects saying the wrong thing to put them in cuffs. Furthermore, many prosecutors depend on those same statements when it comes to ...

    Domestic Violence

    The latest posts for Domestic Violence are listed below.
    • What Happens if I Violate a Protective Order?

      In the state of Texas, protective orders are issued for a number of reasons—the most common being an impending threat of domestic violence or stalking. While these orders are not always sought out for legitimate reasons, the fact of the matter is that a violation is punishable by law. This means that you could be subject to serious legal penalties if you were to ignore any of the terms or ...

    Drug Crimes

    The latest posts for Drug Crimes are listed below.
    • Voter Trends in Texas May Sway to Marijuana Legalization Next Year

      Support for medical marijuana, and even the legalization of recreational marijuana, in Texas seems to be gaining considerable steam, despite the closing of the November 2016 voting cycle. Proponents of legal uses for cannabis, hemp, and marijuana are hopeful about the future, citing that numerous bills on the ballots are indicative of a growing public interest and awareness. As with other states ...
    • Texas' Law on Marijuana Possession

      It’s no secret that the national opinion on marijuana is rapidly changing. Each year new states enact bills that legalize the use of medical and recreational marijuana. However, in Texas, it remains illegal to possess, sell, distribute, or cultivate the drug. In fact, Texas is a leading state when it comes to the severity of punishments for drug crimes . The possession of two grams of marijuana ...
    • An Overview of Texas Drugged Driving (DUID) Laws

      In the state of Texas, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is a serious offense that can expose a person to the possibility of harsh legal consequences such as jail time and expensive fines. Since there is no set standard for measuring a person’s intoxication from drugs, unlike alcohol, ...

    DWI

    The latest posts for DWI are listed below.
    • Invoking Your 5th Amendment Right to Remain Silent When Pulled Over

      Where is the best place for the police to gather evidence against you after you are pulled over for driving while intoxicated ( DWI ) or any other suspicion of criminal activity ? You might be surprised to find out that it’s you. Many police officers rely on their suspects saying the wrong thing to put them in cuffs. Furthermore, many prosecutors depend on those same statements when it comes to ...
    • Ignition Interlock Devices & Kombucha: What You Need to Know

      Did you know that a drink may be sold as “non-alcoholic” while still containing low levels of alcohol? While drinks with an alcohol-by-volume (ABV) of below .05% may not affect the average consumer, they can create tremendous problems for drivers who have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in their vehicles. Kombucha, a tea containing low levels of alcohol, is one such drink and ...
    • An Overview of Texas Drugged Driving (DUID) Laws

      In the state of Texas, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is a serious offense that can expose a person to the possibility of harsh legal consequences such as jail time and expensive fines. Since there is no set standard for measuring a person’s intoxication from drugs, unlike alcohol, ...

    Expungement

    The latest posts for Expungement are listed below.
    • What Shows Up On a Criminal Background Check?

      You would be hard-pressed to find a job application these days that does not mention the potential-employer’s decision to conduct a criminal background check prior to your hiring. Whether you want to be a part-time cashier or a company executive, employers need to know if you could become a liability due to criminal inclinations of the past; this is especially true for assault and theft ...
    • How to Expunge Your Criminal Record in Fort Worth, TX

      If you were previously arrested or convicted of a crime, your criminal history may be looming over you like a black cloud. Not only can a sordid background make it difficult for you to find employment, but it may even put strain on your personal relationships. For this reason, you should not hesitate to find out if you are eligible for expungement in the state of Texas. This legal process would ...

    Felonies

    The latest posts for Felonies are listed below.
    • How Assault Charges Become Aggravated Assault Charges

      Texas law considers simple assault any action that attempts to physically harm another person, or actually does so. While this is a serious criminal charge that can lead to extensive jail time, high fines paid to the state, and restitution paid to the victim, matters for the accused will be even worse if they are charged with aggravated assault . How does this escalation occur? There are two ...
    • What Is Considered a Felony Crime in Texas?

      Many have heard the term “felony” in crime dramas, books, and news reports when describing an alleged criminal’s heinous acts. But what exactly is a felony, and what makes it so much more serious than any other type of crime? To answer this question, one must first have a basic understanding of the criminal justice system and the way different types of offenses are classified. Infractions vs. ...

    Firm News

    The latest posts for Firm News are listed below.
    • Connect with Us Online

      As you face criminal charges, especially those involving driving under the influence, you can trust in the legal guidance of our highly skilled team. Attorney Samuel R. Terry has a solid reputation that is backed up by the firm's awards: Super Lawyers®– 2015 Super Lawyers® Rising Star℠ - 2014 Top Lawyer – Criminal Law by Top Lawyers, Fort Worth Texas Magazine Certificate of Merit for Academic ...

    Immigration

    The latest posts for Immigration are listed below.
    • California Allows Young Undocumented Immigrants a Driver's License.

      California has become the first state to allow illegal immigrants that are eligible for work permits under President Obama's new immigration policy to receive a California driver's license. California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will require California's Department of Motor Vehicles to accept whatever documentation the federal government gives to applicants in the deferred ...

    In the News

    The latest posts for In the News are listed below.
    • Texas School Buses Using Cameras to Catch Traffic Violators

      Carrollton and Dallas, Texas are both being targeted by a lawsuit that claims the cities have overstepped their legal boundaries when it comes to civilian surveillance and law enforcement. The lawsuit has stated that both cities have installed illegal traffic cameras on several school buses to monitor drivers in adjacent lanes and catch them in the act of violating traffic laws; in particular, it ...

    Juvenile Crimes

    The latest posts for Juvenile Crimes are listed below.
    • How are Juvenile Crimes Prosecuted in Fort Worth, TX?

      In the state of Texas, as in other states, juveniles are prosecuted differently than adults. As far as the court system is concerned, a juvenile is considered to be any minor between the ages of 10 and 16. Any person 17 years of age or older will be tried as an adult, and will face the penalties associated with the adult criminal justice system. When juveniles are charged with the commission of a ...

    Marijuana Crimes

    The latest posts for Marijuana Crimes are listed below.
    • Overview of the Marijuana Possession Laws in Texas

      As you may know, attitudes about the use of marijuana are rapidly changing throughout the U.S. While several states have taken measures to decriminalize the medicinal use of cannabis, most still uphold strict laws against the possession, sale and cultivation of this drug – including Texas. In fact, it is true that you could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor if you are caught with two ounces of ...

    Prostitution

    The latest posts for Prostitution are listed below.
    • Three Plausible Defenses Against Prostitution Charges

      When an individual deliberately engages in sexual acts for a fee, he or she is committing the crime of prostitution. Even the solicitation of sexual relations while in a public place for a fee, regardless of whether or not money actually changes hands, may be enough to warrant an arrest on charges of prostitution . If you have been arrested for prostitution, and it is your first offense, you will ...

    Sex Crimes

    The latest posts for Sex Crimes are listed below.
    • Megan’s Law – Effectiveness & Criticisms

      More than two decades ago, 7-year-old Megan Kanka was murdered and sexually assaulted by her neighbor. After discovering that the man who committed the act was a convicted sex offender, Megan’s parents set in motion changes that would come to define the national policy towards sex offenders. Today the collection of laws which require individuals convicted of sexual crimes to register in publically ...
    • Date Rape: What It Is and How You Can Be Charged

      Different states define the act of rape with various legal terms and in Texas, it is known as sexual assault. The term “date rape” refers to a sexual assault committed by a person that is involved in or potentially involved in a relationship with the victim. Legally, a conviction for cases of sexual assault of any kind, including date rape, typically centers on discussions of consent. If a victim ...
    • Who Qualifies for Sex Offender Deregistration in Texas?

      In the state of Texas, you could be required to register as a sex offender if you have been convicted of a sexually motivated crime . This may include a wide variety of offenses, including those related to sexual assault, prohibited sexual conduct, indecency with a child, compelling prostitution and possession of child pornography. The duration of one's registration will ultimately depend on the ...

    Violent Crimes

    The latest posts for Violent Crimes are listed below.
    • How Assault Charges Become Aggravated Assault Charges

      Texas law considers simple assault any action that attempts to physically harm another person, or actually does so. While this is a serious criminal charge that can lead to extensive jail time, high fines paid to the state, and restitution paid to the victim, matters for the accused will be even worse if they are charged with aggravated assault . How does this escalation occur? There are two ...
    • Can I Be Charged with Assault if I Didn't Touch the Victim?

      When most people hear the word assault , they associate it with the physical attack of one person by another person. While it is true that when one person deliberately or purposefully causes bodily harm to another person he or she is committing assault, and usually assault & battery, it is not the only way in which a person can commit an assault. If you threaten another person with physical harm ...
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