A failure to appear (FTA) in Texas is when you don’t show up for your court hearing. This can happen for several reasons, such as forgetting or not realizing when the scheduled hearing was to happen. Whatever the reason, failing to appear in court can have serious consequences. What Happens If You Fail To Appear […]
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What is the Statute of Limitations on Shoplifting in Texas?
Shoplifting is the theft of merchandise from a business premise. It is one of the “offenses against property” detailed in Title 7 of the Texas Penal Code and, more specifically, a theft offense consolidated under Section 31.03 of the Code. Theft offenses are classified according to the value of the property taken and, like most […]
Texas Self Defense: Understanding the Law So You Don’t Overstep It
You may have heard of the Texas “Castle Doctrine” or “Stand Your Ground” laws, which allow a person to defend their person or their property. This is often used successfully as a defense to criminal charges in the state. But when does self-defense overstep the mark and become a criminal act? Fine lines divide the […]
Understanding Texas Penal Code 30.05
In Texas, the offense of criminal trespass, as outlined in Texas Penal Code 30.05, can lead to jail time and long-term consequences that can seriously impact your future. As such, if you are charged with this crime, you need to start thinking about how you will defend yourself...
Been Arrested: Can the Police Search My Phone?
Being arrested or approached by police can be intimidating. You may not know your rights, or you may feel pressured into consenting to police requests you’re not sure about. The Constitution protects us from “unreasonable search and seizures”, but what does that mean when you’re arrested? The police can search your pockets, and maybe even […]
Burglary vs Robbery vs Theft: What’s the Difference?
Although the terms theft, robbery, and burglary are often used interchangeably, they are distinct crimes with separate penalties under the Texas Penal Code.
Here’s How a DUI Arraignment Works in Texas
Arrests for driving under the influence (DUI), including drunk driving or operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, have dropped overall in Texas—and that’s good news.
Your first court date
Your first court date after YOU bonded of jail. Now what happens? Your first court date. If you just bonded out of jail, you will have to be in court within a few days to two weeks. Know what to expect. You first court date, an attorney at your side is the best thing. If […]
Tips on how to avoid getting a traffic ticket
Avoid traffic tickets: a few tips you should keep in mind. Traffic stops are inconvenient at the least and unnerving at worst. It gets worse when the officer tells you about your outstanding warrant while he puts the cuffs on you. Now you remember you should have paid ticket you meant to take care of […]