Your DWI May Have Some Great Defenses, But These Usually Aren’t In some ways, these topics might be woven into your overall defense strategy, but it’s not as simple as people think.  To win your DWI case, your lawyer should use whatever is available. 1) “They didn’t read me my rights.” Most people mean Miranda…
Few criminal law concepts are as simple and as misunderstood as the term “nolo contendere”, otherwise called “no contest”.  The two terms say the same thing in different languages, so I’ll just use “no contest” in this piece. In my practice, I’ve encountered many people who seem to have the misguided notion they shouldn’t or…
On this Independence Day, Big Brother is no longer fiction. Sophisticated, sensitive recording devices surround you virtually everywhere you go. Enemy spies are everywhere (not really, but they might as well be). They are all carrying sophisticated surveillance devices.  These same spies dutifully report the most mundane of events in public and private life. Big…
Today is January 1 of a new year.  It’s important to remember personal and societal progress are not inevitable.  Change, whether slow or rapid, will occur.  We can regress without diligent, intelligent, responsible decisions and actions.  Improvement requires our conscious attention. Our core beliefs and cherished rights as a free nation are not self-executing.  We…
Being charged and/or convicted of a DWI can lead to lifetime consequences. Although a charge for DWI can range from a class B misdemeanor all the way up to a felony, and anywhere from 72 hours in jail to ten (10) years or more in prison, a conviction for any of these share common collateral…
On May 16, 2018, the 12th Court of Appeals of Texas in Tyler found that the states 2015 “revenge porn” law was unconstitutional. Signed by Governor Greg Abbott, the law forbids “unlawful disclosure of intimate visual materials,” which includes photographs, videos, and any other photographic reproduction of a person’s exposed genitals without their consent. The…
KXAN-TV reported on September 6 that a 54-year-old woman was arrested in Georgetown for allegedly abandoning her grandchild in a hot car. According to KXAN, the woman went into the Ross department store on West University Avenue in Georgetown, but left her grandson strapped in a car seat for more than 20 minutes. The woman…
Two people were killed in a six-vehicle crash in Williamson County on August 31. The Austin American-Statesman reported that authorities said a 2006 Ford F-150 pulled out of a convenience store and slammed into two vehicles at the intersection of Texas State Highway 29 and County Road 200 before taking off on the wrong side…
Greg Kelley, the 22-year-old former Leander High School football player convicted of super aggravated sexual assault of a child in 2014, was released from the Williamson County Jail on $50,000 bond on August 22. The Austin American-Statesman reported that state District Judge Donna King said in a 10-page order that she was granting bond to…
The Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) was enacted in 2003 with the passage of House Bill (HB) 3588 during the 78th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. The program required the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to apply surcharges to individuals with certain traffic convictions, but the Driver Responsibility Program has been criticized for largely…