Texas Criminal Defense Blog

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 they are 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? […] 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

How Do I Know if I Have the Right Defense Lawyer?

Most people will hire a lawyer only once or twice during their lifetime. In some cases, a client may never know if the attorney did a good or a bad job for them. However, when you need a criminal defense attorney, choosing the wrong one can have grave consequences. If you’re accused of a crime […] Read more

Do Felonies Stay on Your Record?

The short answer is that without any further legal action, a felony charge or conviction will remain on your record for the rest of your life. However, Texas law offers two options to have your criminal record changed or sealed. In Texas, a charge may either be expunged or sealed by a court order under […] Read more

Top Reasons You Should Take a Plea Deal

Thanks to popular television shows, many people have a general idea of what a plea bargain is. At the most basic level, a plea bargain is a negotiated deal with the prosecutor’s office that can change the charge against a defendant or the sentence a defendant must serve. A plea deal can also include restitution […] Read more