• Failing to Disclose Criminal History to the Board of Nursing

    If you’re a nurse reading this blog, your situation probably feels almost like the end of the world. You have worked for years to obtain your nursing license and now you are looking at losing that license that you worked so hard to get. Here’s an example. One nurse in West Texas was convicted of issuance of a bad check, failure to appear, public intoxication, and was charged ...

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  • A Client’s Moral Courage

    I recently received a very kind card from Mary S. which had on the front a Malayan proverb: “One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.” On the inside of this card, she wrote “words are too small to convey the thanks and appreciation for your strength & effort for M____ … Sincerely, Mary.

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  • Read The Labels – Alcohol Could Be Lurking

    If you’re using an Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”), or anything like that, do yourself a favor. Go through your house, read the labels on everything you have, and if the label says anything about alcohol, throw it away. Example No. 1: mouthwash. Among the inactive ingredients of my mouthwash is alcohol. The stuff is 21.6% alcohol. That, of course, means that it is 43.2 proof.

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  • You Should Have Been Free To Leave, Mr. Rodriguez

    I’ve got an iPhone and android app that will help you avoid getting arrested and teach you some rules on what to do if you are pulled over. And it’s that second topic of what to do if you are pulled over that I want to focus on today. This is what the top part of the homepage of my app looks like. It is no coincidence that just below my name, you can click on “12 Rules for Dealing with Police.

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  • Evidence? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence!

    In DWI cases, the issues often boil down to whether the accused was driving and whether he was intoxicated when he was driving. It’s usually obvious that the client was driving. The video shows it or the accused admits to having been driving. But sometimes it isn’t obvious that the client was driving. Let’s compare two cases on this topic. One is Texas Department of Public Safety v.

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  • How To Calculate SWAP Time In Travis County Texas

    Lots of people hear about “SWAP time,” and probably wonder what it means. Let’s start here. Jail time is usually served (i.e., outside of the SWAP program) at two days of credit for every one day served, when the time is served as “straight” time, rather than jail time served as a condition of probation. Here’s an example.

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  • A Choking Allegation Can Complicate Family Violence Cases

    It’s a question anyone who’s ever been arrested and charged with a crime has asked a lawyer: “What happens if I’m convicted?” In a case involving family violence, the answer is, “It depends.” Under Texas law, prosecutors can charge an act of assault against a family member as a felony, which is a more serious crime, or a misdemeanor, depending on the facts and circumstances ...

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  • Civil Rights Violations in Ferguson and Austin

    A Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery was arrested August 13, 2014 for “trespassing” in a McDonald’s. Watch the video provided by the Washington Post. This isn’t just any McDonald’s. No, this particular McDonald’s is where reporters who cover the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of a young African American man commonly gather. Mr.

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  • How Bad Is It? What Makes a DWI a Felony in Texas?

    Driving while intoxicated (DWI) cases in Texas are common, but that does not mean that their resolution is simple. Not all DWIs are alike. For starters, actions that constitute DWI depend on different factors. Drivers age 21 and older violate Texas drunk-driving laws when they drive while their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or more.

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  • How Some Judges Compel Speech in Violation of the First Amendment

    Usually when criminal lawyers talk about “compelled speech,” they’re talking about the Fifth Amendment. The compelled speech I’m talking about here has to do with the First Amendment. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution gives you the right to say, or not say, whatever it is you want to say especially when it comes to politics. If you want to vote, then vote.

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  • Can You Get Probation for a Drug Felony in Texas?

    If the drug felony is a state jail felony and you have no prior felony convictions, then not only can you get probation, you must get probation. Criminal lawyers will recognize that I’m referring to article 42.12 §15(a)(1) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Even if the judge is bound and determined to send you straight to the state jail facility, h ...

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