You and your spouse got into an argument and someone called the police. Now, you are facing criminal charges for domestic violence. This is a very serious situation that can have an impact on the rest of your life.
The juvenile justice system in Texas tries to help juveniles who have started to follow the wrong path. A parent who has a child in this system usually has a lot of questions and concerns because the juvenile justice system is a lot different from the adult criminal justice system.
When Texas police are about to make a drug arrest, they "confirm" that the substance they have found is actually an illegal drug with inexpensive test kits. However, a commission that was created to review wrongful convictions in the state determined that these drug field test kits are unreliable and should not be used alone to make drug convictions.
Whether it was a complete surprise or you saw it coming, finding out that your teenager has been charged with a drug crime is a very difficult thing to go through as a parent.
Every year, Texas police crack down on DWI enforcement over the holidays, with the grand finale happening on New Year's Eve. If you were one of the unlucky drivers to be charged this year, then you are probably wondering what you should do next.
While burning the American flag is offensive to many, it is not illegal. Instead, it is considered protected speech under the First Amendment.
While several states have legalized recreational marijuana use, Texas still has some of the nation's harshest marijuana laws on its books.
There is often a misconception that a juvenile record is "wiped clean" upon turning 18. This was the law until September, 1994. Texas does have strict privacy laws for juvenile records; however, this does not mean that certain people or entities cannot view it.
Statute of limitations laws set a limit for prosecuting certain crimes. The criminal charges must be filed within the time period specified or they cannot be filed at all. The reason these laws are in place is so that evidence that has deteriorated over time is not used to make convictions.
It wasn't that long ago when it was perfectly legal to drive with one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding a cold beer in Texas. That changed in 2001 when Texas lawmakers adopted the state's open container law, making it illegal to have open containers of alcohol within reach of a vehicle's occupants.