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Criminal Defense Archives

False allegations and men: How to fight back

You made a hard decision to get a divorce, and now you've found out that your wife is accusing you of domestic violence. You never hurt her, but her claims make you out to be controlling and manipulative. It's never a good feeling to find out that someone you love is willing to go so far to discredit you. Fortunately, you can fight back by defending yourself. By proving your innocence, it's the false accuser who loses credibility in court. Here are three ways to fight back against these horrible accusations.

Mute that chatty witness in your pocket

In a previous post, we discussed the best course of action to follow when interacting with police during a traffic stop or an arrest. In these highly stressful situations, people may feel compelled to provide a lengthy defense in support of their innocence. Such a verbal outburst can be counterproductive, as those utterances can be used as evidence in the future, taken out of context and twisted to suit the purposes of those filing charges.

Teach your college-age children about the Higher Education Act.

If you have been following our blog, you may have read our post on starting a conversation with your adult children regarding the long-term consequences of their actions in college. While they may be of legal age to be living on their own, some college-age students engage in activities that reveal their decision-making abilities aren't where they should be. In the past, such youthful indiscretions may have been condoned or had a limited impact on the young adult's life. With the ubiquitous nature of criminal records today, however, infractions and misdemeanors can haunt an individual throughout his life.

What are possible defenses to domestic violence charges?

If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime, you may be nervous about the possible consequences or penalties if you are convicted. It's important to know that these cases are often overcharged. This means allegations can be heavy, and so can the consequences if you are convicted of the crime. A criminal defense attorney with a background in family law can help guide you to your options, and help show your side of the story to possibly reduce or avoid harsh consequences.

The conversation that could save your college student's future

If your son or daughter is going off to college this fall, you are probably filled with many different emotions. You are likely astonished at how fast the years have flown by, excited for your son or daughter's future, and a little sad that there will be one less person at the dining table (until the holidays, at least).

New Texas law allows college students to carry guns

Under Texas' new "campus carry" law, which went into effect on August. 1, 2016 anyone with a Texas Handgun License on many campuses will be allowed to carry concealed handguns. There is no open carry of handguns, rifles or shotguns on college or university campuses.

What to do after a child is arrested

One of a parent's worst nightmares is getting the phone call that their child has been arrested. Driving down to the police station, a million questions and fears overwhelm you. What could have caused him or her to do this? Will he or she have a criminal record forever? What kind of penalties will the court give? What kind of punishment should YOU give? What happened?

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