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3 Texas men face charges in Texas robbery

The criminal justice system can be daunting regardless of the circumstances that results in an arrest. Unfortunately, it can seem especially so for young people with little legal experience. For example, three young men in Texas are likely wondering about their legal options following their recent arrest on robbery charges.

The charges are related to an incident that reportedly happened in Oct. 2019. Though three people were reportedly involved in the incident, one of the young men suspected of being involved remains at large. The two in custody, an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old, are charged with aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Why you need an attorney if charged with a crime

If you are charged with any type of crime, from DUI to domestic violence, it's critical to understand the finer details of your charges and how you fit into the legal system.

While you are not required by the law to hire an attorney if you're charged with a crime, there are many reasons to consider doing so.

  • Targeted experience: Don't assume there is nothing an attorney can do to help prevent a conviction. Even if the evidence against you is strong, an attorney with targeted experience can create a defense strategy to help prevent a conviction or at the very least lessen the punishment.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws: You may think you understand the law as it pertains to your crime, but it's not likely that you have the same level of knowledge as an attorney. Understanding the law is one of the most important aspects of avoiding a conviction.
  • Someone to answer your questions: You can expect to have a variety of questions shortly after you're charged and as your court date approaches. Your attorney can answer your questions, provide feedback and help put some of your concerns to rest.
  • To remove some of the burden: The stress associated with criminal charges is enough to bog anyone down. While you'll have this hanging over your head until your case is resolved, consulting with an attorney will provide some relief. You can rely on this person to handle the legal aspects of your case, thus ensuring that you don't have to.
  • To explain your options: For example, you may assume that your case has to head to court, but your attorney may have another idea in mind. An attorney won't force you to do something you don't agree with, but they can explain your options and the pros and cons associated with them.

Texas man arrested following alleged domestic violence incident

For most families in Texas, the holiday season is a time of family togetherness and of new memories made. Some, however, may experience tension while around family. Despite this, violence is rare. Unfortunately, a Texas man faces multiple criminal charges following an alleged incident of domestic violence that reportedly happened on Christmas Eve.

Sheriff deputies reportedly responded to a call around 11 p.m. They say they discovered a male suffering from a stab wound and an unconscious female. Reports indicate that the female may have been shoved during an altercation, causing her to hit her head. While the male is in stable condition, the female reportedly passed away after she was transported to the hospital; an autopsy will be performed.

Drunk driving suspected in fatal Texas pedestrian accident

Car accidents can happen at any time of the day or night. Sometimes they occur as a result of a single moment of inattention. Despite this, law enforcement officials might automatically assume that a person with a previous conviction related to drunk driving is automatically guilty of the same if involved in another accident. For example, it is unclear what led police to suspect that alcohol was a factor in a recent car accident in Texas that, unfortunately, resulted in the loss of a life. 

The accident reportedly happened one morning on a day in December. According to police, a 30-year-old man was headed east on a Texas road when he allegedly lost control of his vehicle. Police say that the vehicle then veered onto a sidewalk, striking a 72-year-old woman and a light pole.

Man faces drug charges after Texas traffic stop

For the average person, a traffic stop is likely a nerve-wracking experience. It is probably even more challenging for a person who is not from the country in which he or she was stopped. In fact, a man from out-of-country now faces drug charges following a traffic stop in Texas.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in late November. According to reports, a deputy initiated a traffic stop. The cause of the stop is unclear. The driver reportedly told the deputy that he was a commercial driver from another country and had recently made a delivery to the United States.

Texas man faces drunk driving charges after fatal crash

A man in Travis County is in police custody following a tragic car accident that claimed the lives of a father and son, according to local sources. Texas police responded to the accident on the night of Nov. 17, where they discovered a driver they believe to have been intoxicated at the time of the accident. That man is now charged with drunk driving as well as several related charges, including vehicular assault and manslaughter. 

According to the report filed by police in Travis County, around 9:30 p.m. the accused man was traveling west when he may have driven at a high rate of speed through a stop sign. His vehicle smashed into a northbound car, and the force of the impact pushed both vehicles off the road. The driver of the vehicle and his son, who was in the front passenger seat, were both killed in the accident. 

You can be arrested for impaired driving due to prescriptions

Impaired driving comes from a host of substances, not only alcohol. Texas doesn't have per se limits set for anything besides alcohol, partially because there isn't an accurate way to measure how these drugs are impacting drivers. Instead, police officers look for signs of impairment, which are sometimes present during a traffic stop.

Even though the dangers of drugged driving are just as serious as those associated with drunk driving, people don't always think about it when they need to. There are several points that you should know about driving under the influence of drugs if you have your license.

Texas police seek man suspected of aggravated robbery

When most people are faced with a potentially life-threatening situation, their adrenaline kicks in. Sometimes memories from such an event can be hazy, even distorted and could make their recollections regarding the incident unreliable. Despite this, police in Texas are searching for a teenager that the victim of an aggravated robbery allegedly identified.

Reports indicate that the incident happened on a day in mid-November. The two male victims were reportedly walking as they returned from a convenience store. They were allegedly approached by a group described as  comprised of several young men. Someone in the group reportedly pulled out a gun and demanded that the two turn over their belongings; the group is said to have stolen the victims' money, cellphones and clothes.

Texas traffic stop leads to drug charges

A confrontation with a law enforcement officer, regardless of whether it is over a relatively minor issue, can make anyone nervous, even when a person has committed no wrongdoing. With this knowledge, it should not be unusual for police officers to encounter people who are nervous. However, one Texas police officer claims that a person who acted nervous following a traffic stop had something to hide; that person is now facing drug charges.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in late October. The police officer claims that he initially pulled over a man because of a defective light. Because he claims that the man acted nervously, the officer became suspicious. He claims that the driver handed him an open container containing alcohol, claiming that he had just poured it.

Texas police officer accused of drunk driving

Lack of sleep can often have surprising effects on the human body. Unfortunately, police may assume that an exhausted driver is actually under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a police officer in Texas was recently arrested because law enforcement officials believe that he was drunk driving

Police reportedly became involved with the man when workers at a fast food restaurant notified an off-duty police officer that a driver was asleep in the drive-thru during the early morning hours of a day in October. According to workers, the man placed his order put fell asleep between the two drive-thru windows. The officer claims that he had to hit the truck window several times before the driver, later identified as a 51-year-old man who was also an off-duty police officer, awoke. 

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