Austin Criminal Defense Law Blog

What Determines the Amount of Community Service Hours or Probation Someone Receives?

Your sentence, which could include community service, probation, fines, jail time, or a combination thereof, depends on the nature and severity of the crime and whether you have a prior criminal record.

What is a Search Warrant, and What Does it Do?

A search warrant is a court order that allows police to search a certain piece of private property and collect evidence of an alleged crime; search warrants are part of criminal investigations, and the evidence collected can be presented to a grand jury or at a criminal trial.

What Can the Police Arrest You for at a Protest in Texas?

Protests have become more common in American life as people have become fed up with police brutality and racial injustice. While Texans have the right to free speech and peaceful assembly, there are some things they cannot do. If they engage in restricted or illegal activities, they can be arrested.

Can the Police Take My Phone and Search it?

You got pulled over for speeding. Police smell marijuana in your vehicle and want to search you. They reach for your phone, which is sitting in the center console of the car. Can they legally take it?