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Rethinking Cash Bail

A Houston judge last week ordered that defendants held on low level misdemeanors be released. This was in response to a lawsuit that argued that such detention represented an unconstitutional restraint on liberty.  Although the Harris County Attorney was able to get an injunction so that defendants were not immediately released, this is still a …

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I Got Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance. What’s Next?

If you get caught with even trace amounts of a controlled substance, you will be arrested and charged with a felony (Possession of Controlled Substance, or POCS). Controlled substances include cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin – or even prescription drugs like Xanax or Aderall. Your first step is bonding out of jail. If a friend or loved …

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What happens if I am charged with Domestic Violence?

Police and prosecutors take Family Violence seriously Unfortunately there are plenty of examples of domestic violence on the news. Anyone who has seen the horrific footage of Ray Rice in an elevator with his fiance will have difficulty forgetting it. So it is not surprising that any allegations of family violence will be taken seriously …

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Juvenile Law – What happens if my child is accused a crime in Austin?

  You might not have expected that your child would ever be accused of a crime. It can be confusing and frightening if it happens. There are a lot of unknowns. Are the accusers telling the truth? Is your child telling the truth?  Will he be arrested? Detained? The Process   In some ways, juvenile …

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Expunction Changes

Changes coming for Expunctions in Texas?   Having a criminal record expunged can be life-changing. An expunction (also called expungement) allows a person to get rid of all records of an arrest and conviction. It can have wide-ranging implications, from gun permits, to apartment applications, to (perhaps most importantly) the job search. In Texas, expunctions …

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