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DWI
DWI/DUI

What To Look For When Searching For A Houston DWI Lawyer

A DWI is a severe offense that can be expensive; it can affect your day to day life and is just downright stressful. We all know the dangers of driving under the influence, but sometimes all it takes is a drink or two for you to face a DWI charge. If you find yourself in this predicament, it will be

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weapons possession charges in Texas
Weapons Charge

Understanding Weapons Possession Charges In Texas

Texas does not mess around when it comes to charging individuals for unlawfully possessing a weapon. Although the penalties for violating Chapter 10 of the Texas Penal Code are quite clear (i.e., you could face serious jail time if convicted), the actual law is rather confusing. As a result, understanding weapons possession charges in Texas will save you a lot

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internet crimes
Internet Crimes

Charged With An Internet Crime? Here Are Some Steps You Need To Take

Chances are, if law enforcement is investigating you for an internet crime, you will not know it until they come to your home or place of business armed with a search warrant. Due to the nature of these investigations, it is a common tactic for police to build a case without tipping off the defendant. And, when they feel they

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murder charge
Murder

What’s The Difference Between A Murder Charge And A Capital Murder Charge?

The difference between a murder charge and a capital murder charge is about context. A capital murder must have all the elements of murder, plus something additional. The contexts that trigger a capital murder charge come in a few different forms. One is of an aggravated nature, exacerbating what is already murder but with greater intent or callousness. Another is

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RICO charges
RICO

RICO Charges: Types You Need To Be Aware Of

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO Act, is a federal statute that greatly enhances criminal and civil penalties for criminal conduct that engages in an “enterprise” of “racketeering activities.” Passed in 1970, its legislative history and early implementation was focused on the five mafia families of New York City. It was needed to combat their infiltration into

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drug crimes
Drug Crimes

I Got Caught With Prescription Drugs – Can I Get A Drug Crime Charge Against Me?

Yes, a drug crime charge is possible when you are caught with prescription drugs. Even though prescription drugs are legal, they can be in violation of Texas’s controlled substances laws under certain circumstances. For example, being in possession of a prescription drug without a prescription. Yet, even having a prescription may not shield you from a drug crime charge. Take,

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white-collar crime
White Collar Crime

What Is Considered A White-Collar Crime?

The term white-collar crime was first coined in 1939 and now includes a wide variety of criminal activity. Generally, it is a non-violent, fraudulent, financially motivated crime, committed by corporate or government professionals. It is very often a federal investigation, as these criminal acts that often trigger federal jurisdiction. This means the investigational firepower is much greater than just Texas.

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