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Order Of Non-Disclosure

Understanding What An Order Of Non-Disclosure Is

A criminal record can follow a person long after they complete any probationary period or sentence, making it difficult to obtain employment, housing, or even professional licensing. In Texas, after meeting specific qualifications, it is possible to petition the court for a record sealing, or Order of Non-Disclosure. With an Order of Non-Disclosure, once a criminal history record is sealed,

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Criminal Conspiracy

What Does A Criminal Conspiracy Charge Mean For You?

Criminal conspiracy may sound like a well-orchestrated operation involving many participants, but conspiracy charges often relate to much smaller and less sophisticated operations. As described in more detail below, it only takes two people to agree to commit a crime and at least one person to take a step towards carrying out the conspiracy agreement. As criminal defense attorneys at

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Federal Charges

Is Kidnapping A Federal Crime?

Kidnapping charges are very serious, especially when specific circumstances, described in more detail below, make kidnapping a federal crime. Federal convictions often yield longer prison time and steeper fines for defendants. Beyond prison time and fines, kidnapping convictions are felony convictions, which may lead to lifelong consequences and restrictions on your rights and freedom. If you have been charged with

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Federal Charges

Common Federal Theft Crimes For Which You Could Face Charges

Facing federal charges of any type is stressful and overwhelming, and it can be even more difficult for defendants who never expected to be charged with a federal crime. Federal theft charges can be complicated and unexpected because certain circumstances surrounding the alleged theft crime may turn what would otherwise be a state theft charge into a federal charge. If

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Illegal Reentry

What Do I Do If Charged With Illegal Reentry?

We know that there are many reasons that people enter the United States and remain here in violation of immigration laws. We also know that families want to stay together in the United States because they feel safe, and there are many promising education and job opportunities here. Unfortunately, being in the United States without permission is illegal, and reentering

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Domestic Violence

Can I Get Domestic Violence Charges And Convictions Removed From My Record?

Domestic violence is a serious offense in Texas, and state laws do not favor domestic violence defendants. If you were convicted of domestic violence, you will generally not be able to clear your record unless your conviction is overturned on appeal. Depending on particular case facts, records related to domestic violence arrests and charges that do not result in convictions

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RICO Charges

Are You Facing A RICO Charge?

There are many types of RICO offenses that can lead to federal charges. Defendants are often surprised by RICO charges because they may not have been actively and intentionally participating in organized crime. Unfortunately, RICO charges are federal charges that can come with steep punishments and fines if convicted. If you are facing RICO charges, contact a criminal defense attorney

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Internet Crimes

Common Internet Crimes You May Not Be Aware Of

When most people hear of Internet crimes, they think of criminals hacking into online banking systems, identity theft, and other types of patently illegal conduct. There are other types of Internet crimes, however, and sometimes people do not even realize that their online activities and conduct are illegal. If you, your child, or someone else in your household has been

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