Texas Criminal Defense Blog

Penalties for Possession of Marijuana in Texas

As states begin to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, people may believe that they can possess a small amount of marijuana without penalty. That is not always the case. In Texas, marijuana is still illegal for recreational purposes, so the person in possession must qualify under the Texas Compassionate Use Program (CPU) and have […] Read more

How Long Does a Misdemeanor Stay on Your Record?

In Texas, a misdemeanor conviction remains on a person’s criminal record indefinitely unless it is expunged by the court. However, certain misdemeanors may be eligible for non-disclosure, which limits access to the conviction by certain entities and individuals. The eligibility and process for non-disclosure can vary depending on the specific offense and the individual’s criminal […] Read more

How to Avoid a DWI During the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and already full of spirit. That means party invites are in the mail, and the bubbly is already flowing. It is easy to get caught up in the excesses of the season. The joy of being with family and friends may make you forget how much you’ve had to […] Read more

How to Get a Second DWI Charge Reduced in Texas

Texas takes repeat DWI offenses seriously. Though a second offense is not a felony, it could still change someone’s life if convicted. If you’re in Dallas County and facing a second DWI charge, you could be able to pursue a reduction of the charges to a lesser offense. What Is DWI in Texas? According to […] Read more

Who Is Eligible for a Non-Disclosure Order in Texas?

When most people consider the possibility of being convicted of a crime, their immediate concern is usually a potential penalty such as incarceration or a fine. However, it is important to remember that the consequences of a criminal conviction can affect your life in an ongoing way, even after you have served your sentence and […] Read more

What You Need to Know About Your Heroin Charge

If you or a loved one was recently arrested on heroin possession, or if you face charges for manufacturing or delivering the substance in Texas, you are likely very concerned as to the penalties and sentences you could receive if you’re convicted. Texas regards possession of any amount of heroin as a felony, and you […] Read more

Five Reasons Why a Public Defender is a Bad Idea

If you’ve been arrested for any type of felony or misdemeanor offense in Texas, you have a constitutional right to have an attorney represent you throughout the criminal justice process. In addition to claiming your right, you need someone on your side who has knowledge of the law, the courts, and procedures, and you need […] Read more

Differences Between Drug Trafficking and Possession

Crimes like murders and assaults might grab the most headlines. But if you’re wondering what crimes are the most “popular,” look no further than drugs. That’s certainly the case in Texas, where drug possession or drug trafficking top the arrest lists. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, police in Texas made nearly 90,000 […] Read more

Top Ways to Find a Job with a Felony Record

In many ways, things are better than ever for those who want to find a job despite a felony record. According to the National Employment Law Project, 37 states and more than 150 cities and counties across the U.S. have “ban the box” laws. Those laws mean that just because you have a felony on […] Read more

What Is a Retainer Fee?

A retainer fee is money that is paid upfront to secure the services of a criminal defense lawyer or other professional. A retainer fee is always paid before the work begins and may not represent the total final cost of the service. While this sounds straightforward, retainer fees can get a little more complicated. When […] Read more