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How to lose your license in 40 days or less

The privilege of driving in Texas comes with many obligations. You likely took a driving test in Travis County to prove your knowledge of the laws of the road. Obeying those laws is crucial to the safety of you and other drivers. If you break the law, you run the risk of losing your privilege to drive.

Having your license suspended or revoked takes time, generally by accumulating points for various traffic offenses. However, if police have pulled you over for drunk driving, your driving privileges are in imminent danger. In addition to facing any criminal charges stemming from your arrest, your license will be at the mercy of the Administrative License Revocation Program.

What is drug court, and how does it work?

When faced with a drug charge, not knowing what is going to happen to you can be pretty frightening. For minor drug crimes, common penalties that accompany conviction include jail time and fines. However, the state of Texas understands that sometimes a different approach to dealing with the problem is necessary. This is where drug court comes into play.

Drug court is basically a court-supervised drug rehabilitation program. It is primarily meant for first time, non-violent offenders. In order for a judge to consider you for this program, you must make a formal request for entry must be made in court.

Law and disorder when crimes lab procedures are unreliable

When people watch crime shows on TV, they often see pristine forensics labs where confident scientists reach conclusions almost effortlessly based on only a modicum of evidence. Often, those fictional scientists appear in court to testify at the trial of the accused, and when they explain the findings of the suspect's DNA, the jurors nod in agreement, their verdict confirmed.

Your recent arrest for a violent crime may have you more than a little concerned, especially if police have warned you that a forensics crime lab has confirmed that your DNA was at the scene of the crime. However, you may be interested in learning that the recent scandals in Austin's crime lab and others across the country have brought the science of DNA testing into question, in turn, adding speculation about the convictions that resulted from such tests.

When Can Police Search Your Car?

You can get pulled over for speeding or a broken tail light and end up facing drug charges if police find drugs in your vehicle. But is it fair for police to search your car when drugs aren't the reason they pulled you over in the first place?

If you get pulled over by the police, it's important to understand your rights about when they can and cannot search your car. Just because a person is wearing a badge doesn't mean they have free reign to go through your car. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens against unlawful search and seizure, but that protection isn't quite as strict for people in cars as it is for people in their homes.

Controlled substance classifications may impact criminal charges

When dealing with criminal allegations, having the right information could go a long way in helping you handle your legal situation. Information relating to the charges brought against you, criminal proceedings you may face, defense strategies and various other facts could allow you to better prepare as your case moves forward. If you have had drug-related allegations brought against you, you could find information on various controlled substances useful.

Depending on the classification for the controlled substance, you could face different charges. Therefore, you may wish to understand what category certain drugs and other substances fall under and how it may relate to your case.

Defending yourself against a second or third DWI

A criminal charge related to drunk driving is a threat to your freedom and future, but this is especially true if you have a previous DWI or two on your criminal record. While your situation is quite serious, you do not simply have to accept a conviction as your only option.

Despite having a previous DWI or multiple DWIs in your past, you still have the right to defend yourself. You may not think it's worth fighting considering your criminal record, but in reality, it is more important than ever to defend yourself and protect your future interests. You have no time to lose in fighting for the best possible outcome for your situation.

Don't let a credit card fraud charge do a number on you

Credit card abuse or fraud is a type of identify theft involving taking someone else's credit card information without authorization. If authorities have accused you of doing this, they assume that you were trying to charge purchases to the other person's account or to remove funds from it.

Facing a charge involving credit card abuse can understandably be frightening due to the stiff consequences that come with a conviction, such as prison time and large fines, as this type of charge is a felony in Texas. However, you have the right to defend yourself in the criminal court system.

Penalties and defenses for drug charges in Texas


Facing drug charges in Texas is not a situation that should be taken lightly. Texas has some of the harshest penalties for drug crimes. To be convicted of drug charges, the accused individual must have knowingly and intentionally possessed, or had control over a controlled drug that the accused individual did not have a valid prescription or medical use.

Texas law designates four classes of drugs and each has its own classification and set of penalties. It is important to note that marijuana is classified on its own and is classified independent of the other four classes of drugs.

Did The Cop Who Arrested You Do It For The Overtime?

In Austin, as in Houston, police officers have an extra incentive to make DWI arrests: time they spend in court counts as overtime. Therefore, even if a police officer charges you with DWI and you are acquitted, they still make extra money just by showing up. In some cases, officers are making more than their yearly salary in overtime pay alone.

Defense strategy or unnecessary conviction?

What is white collar crime?


You may have heard the phrase white collar crime and wondered what it refers to and what types of crimes it applies to. White collar crimes are typically financial crimes that involve misleading, concealing or deceit to accomplish. Examples of white collar crimes can include fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion or money laundering. Specifically, white collar financial crimes can include Ponzi schemes, insurance fraud, tax evasion and securities fraud including insider trading.

Many white collar crimes involve fraud which refers to using deceitful methods for monetary gain. White collar crimes can result in serious penalties and consequences for those accused of committing white collar crimes. Embezzlement is a fairly common type of white collar crime that can result in incarceration and other possible penalties. Embezzlement occurs when the accused individual improperly takes money from a party they owe a duty to. One typical example is when an employee improperly takes money from the company they work for.

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