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Texas robbery reports lead to criminal charges

When there appears to be a wave of crime happening in a particular area of a city, there is an understandable concern and desire for justice. However, there must be sufficient evidence to support any criminal allegations made as a result. Unfortunately, a man in Texas now faces multiple charges as a result of several robbery accusations, among others, made against him by law enforcement officials. 

The charges are connected to a series of robberies, primarily against Asian women in a specific area, that are said to have occurred from June 2017 to Sept. 2018. Police say that the 41-year-old man accused of the robberies stalked his victims before robbing them of money, jewelry and high-end purses. Police suspect that he targeted these women because he found them easy targets and because minority groups may be less likely to report the crimes due to fear of law enforcement officers.

Police say Texas father accused of drunk driving after chase

The criminal justice systems is complex, even for those who have spent years of their life trying to understand it. For those who have little legal training, criminal charges can be especially stressful. In fact, a Texas father may now be wondering about his legal options after he was arrested following an incident that allegedly involved drunk driving.

The incident that led to the man's arrest is said to have occurred on a day in late October. While it is unclear what initially attracted police attention, police say that the 37-year-old father, driving a tractor-trailer, led them on a chase that lasted an hour. Reports claim that the chase spanned three countries and just under 40 miles, and the man was driving at 80 mph.

Texas man faces possession charges after complaint, traffic stop

An interaction with police can be an overwhelming experience for many people in Texas. Simply because of the authority that police officers have, some people may be unsure how to respond to certain requests, including requests for information. Fortunately, help from a legal professional with experience with drug possession charges and other crimes may be able to help a man respond to the accusations he faces following his recent arrest.

Reports indicate that the man first came to the attention of police after they received a complaint about "possible illegal drug activity" one day in mid-October. The details of that complaint are unclear. As a result of it, however, police initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man.

What common legal drugs can lead to DWI?

One of the more frequent questions Texas residents ask criminal defense law firms is if prescription drugs could lead to a DWI arrest. They are harder to prove than drunk driving and those accused are using a substance that is perfectly legal. Not to mention, most of these are necessary to help the client function throughout the day.

To answer those questions, an officer can arrest you for driving while impaired if they find you have prescription or over-the-counter drugs in your system. Even celebrities are not immune to getting charges from going behind the wheel after taking pain medication. Since there is no minimum level of intoxication for prescription drugs, it may not take much for the prosecutor to convince the court that you were driving while impaired. Before you head out on the road, you should be aware of popular medications that could lead to a DWI conviction in Texas courts.

The costs of a Texas DWI can really add up

Being convicted on DWI charges here in Texas can have many ramifications. This includes major impacts on a person’s finances. A DWI can be a very expensive conviction.

First off, a DWI conviction typically comes with a fine. For a standard first offense of DWI, this fine can be as high as $2,000.

Texting While Driving: New Texas Law Needs Autocorrect

image1.jpgAs you may have heard, Texas has passed House Bill 62 which will be codified as Section 545.4251 of the Texas Transportation Code. This new law, effective September 1, 2017, will prohibit the use of a portable wireless communication device to read, write, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle, unless the vehicle is stopped. Said another way, you can no longer text and drive unless you are safely stopped at a red light or stop sign. Electronic message means a text message, email, or even social media message that is being sent for the purpose of communicating with another person. Certain exceptions will apply for emergency situations.

The Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Dilemma


Sometimes bad things happen to good people. One of the more frequent examples of this occurs when a driver obeying all of the traffic laws is involved in a car accident. Usually, if you are not at fault, the other driver's insurance will cover the damages to your vehicle as well as your reasonable medical expenses.

Most states, including Texas, have a law that requires drivers to maintain a liability insurance policy. If a driver does not have liability insurance that meets the minimum required levels of insurance coverage, they are committing a crime known in Texas as "Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility."

What does a criminal defense attorney actually do for me?


We hear it almost daily from potential clients that call to inquire about our services. What does hiring a defense attorney do for me? Can you guarantee a dismissal? If you can't guarantee a dismissal, why should I pay you? We've probably answered these questions over 100 times over the last calendar year alone, which indicates to us that this is something that many people clearly don't know. So what can a criminal defense attorney do for you?

Often times in criminal cases there is no one on your side. The first and most important thing we can do for you is be in your corner as the only one standing between you and the state of Texas. Let's take the picture attached with the article. This is a pretty well-known picture from Tiananmen Square, with a few editorial editions. This is telling, because if you are charged with a crime, the State has the power of the tanks behind it. They have almost unlimited resources, law enforcement brotherhood on their side, multiple photos and documents they'll try to use against you, complaining witnesses determined to have you thrown in jail, etc. They can and will use all of this against you. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony, the State has the force of multiple tanks behind them, which leaves you in an extremely vulnerable position.

Miranda Warnings: When are they required?

We've all seen plenty of legal TV shows and movies that depict the "Miranda warnings" that are read after someone is arrested by the police on suspicion of a crime. You probably even have most of them memorized. (Hint: The first one is "you have the right to remain silent.") The warnings set out in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 467-73 (1966) protect a person's constitutional rights against self-incrimination during a custodial interrogation. But many people incorrectly believe that if an officer doesn't read you the Miranda warnings the second he puts the cuffs on you, your case will later be dismissed. Unfortunately, that's not how it works. An officer doesn't need to read you the Miranda warnings until you are both in custody and being questioned by the police with the intention that your answers will be used against you at trial. Much of the distinction about when an officer needs to read Miranda comes down to a.) What type of encounter you are having with the police and b.) What type of information they are asking you.

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