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Motions to Suppress: Getting Evidence Excluded

Not every piece of evidence that police and prosecutors collect make it into the courtroom. A defendant and their attorney have the right to file a motion to suppress evidence if it can be shown that it was illegally obtained or violated the rights of the accused under the U.S. Constitution or federal or state law.
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FAQ: Drug Charges

The state of Texas treats drug crimes very seriously. For this reason, it’s essential you understand the basics if you’ve been accused or charged with a drug crime.
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Challenging Eyewitness Testimony

In Texas criminal trials, eyewitness testimony is often used as evidence to convict a defendant. While an eyewitness testimony may be very convincing to the judge or jury, it is still possible to challenge the testimony or statements made by the witness.
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Understanding Evidence in a Criminal Trial

The role of evidence is crucial to avoiding a conviction or minimizing your penalties. Criminal defense cases hinge on how well your defense attorney can present evidence on your behalf and challenge or discredit the prosecution’s evidence.
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Consequences of a Domestic Violence Charge

In Texas, domestic violence charges are serious. They could jeopardize your quality of life, personal reputation, professional and future opportunities, and your freedom. A trustworthy Texas criminal defense attorney can help you understand the circumstances and consequences of a domestic violence charge and help build a strong defense for your case.
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Are Parents Responsible for Their Child’s Crimes?

Imagine that your child has committed a crime in Texas. Under Texas law, a juvenile is a minor who is at least 10 years old but not yet 17 at the time of committing the alleged offense. In addition to your child facing juvenile charges, you – as the parent – might also be responsible for your child’s crimes.
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What to Expect at a Title IX Hearing

In Texas, post-secondary institutions — colleges and universities — use Title IX hearings to investigate and remedy allegations of sexual misconduct involving students and faculty members. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 12,300 total reported forcible sex offense incidents on campuses of tertiary institutions throughout the United States in 2018.
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Gun Usage for Self-Defense in Texas

Since September 2021, new "constitutional carry” legislation has allowed for most Texans, age 21 or older, to legally carry handguns in public without going through training or obtaining a permit. So far in 2021, there have been 10,742 arrests for weapons violations in Texas, compared to only 1,306 arrests just five years ago, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. This increase may be due to confusion about when a weapon may be legally carried or used. So we thought it might be helpful to clarify some questions surrounding the new law and how it relates to self-defense law.
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What NOT to Do if Accused of Sexual Assault

An investigation of sexual assault ensues when alleged sexual contact happens 1) to someone younger than 17 years of age OR 2) without a person’s consent.
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When Family Gatherings Escalate to Violence

For many families, the holiday season can be the “most wonderful time of year” as family members anticipate gatherings, holiday shopping, traveling, and parties. But when there are mental health issues or serious dysfunctions, a peaceful family gathering can quickly escalate to violence. Sometimes even general disagreements and contrasting opinions can result in acts of violence.
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