Felony Criminal Enhancements in Texas

Texas law allows for harsher punishments for repeat and habitual offenders. This means that when you have been previously convicted of certain crimes, the State can enhance, or increase your range of punishment on your current charge. The range of punishment refers to the amount of time and/or fi...

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GUILTY or NO CONTEST?

What is the Difference and What is best for me? By: Brian Goza When defending a case, the priority is always to have your client exonerated. Every case should be approached with that as the objective. All available evidence should be examined with that in mind. But, what happens if the evidence ...

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Competency to Stand Trial in Texas

By Brian Goza In Texas, you must be competent to stand trial before proceeding in any criminal case. For most cases in criminal practice, this issue doesn't arise. Defendants are presumed by law to be competent. Sometimes though, a defendant may exhibit behavior that raises a question as to wheth...

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Texting and Driving in Texas

By: Kara L. Carreras Until yesterday, Texas was one of only four states that did not have a ban on texting while driving. Governor Abbott signed off on House Bill 62 yesterday; so, effective September 1, 2017, it will be illegal to text while driving in Texas. The bill can be found at this link: ...

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Texas Second Chance Bill

Orders for Non-disclosure in Texas Texas Second Chance Bill-HB3016 By: Kara L. Carreras Just last week the Texas Senate approved and amended Texas' "Second Chance" Bill.  The bill originated in the House (HB3016).  The idea behind the bill is to support lower level offenders and give them t...

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Supreme Court Criminal/Death Penalty Cases

by Kara L. Carreras It's spring in Washington D.C. and not only does that mean cherry blossoms, but it means that the United States Supreme Court is very busy hearing arguments on pending cases and granting future hearings. Many of the cases granted certiorari (or granting hearings) are death pe...

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So, Is Marijuana Legal in Texas?

By Kara L. Carreras Lately, we have heard a lot of rumblings in Texas about the legalization of Marijuana. So, what is the real scoop? In the United States, 28 states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Many of these states have broad legalization including treatment for cancer, HIV, gl...

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