How Are Family Violence Cases in Texas Different?

In Texas, when you’re charged with a crime involving family violence, the judge will make a finding that you committed an act of family violence in certain situations. That finding adds several consequences that otherwise wouldn’t be there. Family violence cases can also be enhanced to a felony under certain situations. Who counts as family? Family violence cases include cases where there’s a dating relationship, Read More

The Anarchists – Should John and Lily Have Fled to Mexico

black sign of anarchy on an old fence. culture of anarchists, punks and street protests. Symbol of Anarchy painted on a wall I just finished watching The Anarchists on HBO. It follows a group of anarchists who move to Acapulco and put on an anarchists convention called Anarcapulco. Two of the people it follows are a couple named John Galton and Lily Forester. These aren’t their real names. They are Americans on Read More

If You Completed Pretrial Diversion, Get an Expunction. Now.

If you were accepted into the pretrial diversion program and you completed that program, you need to get an expunction. Now. In many situations, even if you’ll be eligible to get your record cleaned up with an expunction you have a waiting period before you’re eligible to clean up your record. When you complete a pretrial diversion program in Texas, there’s no waiting period and no reason to wait.   I have Read More

7/7/2022—Trial Recap

Last week, I was in trial for an aggravated sexual assault of a child in San Antonio. The trial lasted all week and I’m happy that the jury made the right decision and found our client not guilty.  Because COVID caused the courts to be closed down for the last year and a half, it’s been a while since I’ve been in trial. I had two misdemeanor cases that looked like they were going to go to trial the week before, but Read More

What Happens When Your Case is Dismissed?

Great news, you just found out that your case was dismissed. The bad news is that there's still more for you to do. When you’re case is dismissed, usually the prosecutor has decided to drop your case instead of taking it to trial. There are situations where the court can dismiss your case, but it’s usually the prosecutor and not the judge dismissing your case. As long as the statute of limitations has not passed, Read More

When Do You Need to Identify Yourself to Police in Texas

https://youtu.be/dVbWFvKKa5c In Texas, there are only a few circumstances that you need to identify yourself to police officers. If you identify yourself to an officer, the first thing they’re going to do is check for any outstanding warrants for your arrest. There’s no benefit to identifying yourself to an officer when you don’t have to. Remember, you always have the right to remain silent and you have the Read More

Most Attorneys Ignore Half Your Case

When you’re arrested and charged with a crime, there are two parts of your case. The first part is what everyone talks about: getting a good result in your case. The second part, nobody ever talks about and your attorney may not even be aware of, but it’s just as important: guiding your through this case and relieving you from as much stress as possible. https://youtu.be/8lsZ-dXv8Zw Every time I talk with Read More

How to Get Your Drug or Marijuana Case Dismissed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=truC-t9gFZk When you’re charged with possession of marijuana, drugs, or anything else that’s illegal, there are two common issues that may lead to your case being dismissed. The first is whether or not the search that led to the officer finding the drugs was a legal search. The second is whether or not they can link the drugs to you. If the cops found the drugs through an illegal Read More

How You Can Get a 12.44 On Your Felony Case in Texas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSz_OxzC190 What Is a 12.44 If you’re charged with a felony, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of “a 12.44” and probably want to know more about it and how you may be able to get it. Section 12.44 of the Texas Penal Code has 2 sections. They allow a state jail felony to be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or punished as a misdemeanor. 12.44(a) The first section, 12.44a, Read More

You Shouldn’t Take a Cops Word For It

https://youtu.be/FtNwUZOPqj4 Yesterday, I had two cases dismissed. Today, I had a case where the prosecutor made an offer before even seeing any evidence or police report. This has made me want to remind people that officers often get it wrong. Even if the officer didn’t get it wrong, the state may not have enough evidence to prove that somebody is guilty. If you’re arrested, don’t assume that the officer was Read More