Can You Leave the State On Probation in Texas?

If you’re on probation in Texas and wondering whether you can relocate or even leave the state, the short answer is that it will be complicated. However, it’s not impossible. There are rules and guidelines that allow you to leave Texas while you’re on probation. You must complete certain steps first, and your probation officer …

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If a Driver’s Breath Smells Like Alcohol, Can They Be Arrested for DWI?

If you’re pulled over in a seemingly routine traffic stop, what happens if the police officer notices that your breath smells like alcohol? It’s common for officers to check for the scent of alcohol, and it’s possible that odor could lead to a DWI arrest.  The scent of alcohol on a driver’s breath doesn’t necessarily …

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Felony Murder: Distinctions and Implications

Felony Murder is a law that allows defendants to be held accountable for a death that happens during the commission—or attempted commission—of a dangerous felony, such as a robbery. The element of intent, which is usually required for a killing to constitute Murder, is not needed in Felony Murder cases. The application of the Felony …

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Navigating DWI Dismissals: Expungement, Sealing, and Legal Insights

If you’ve been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in Texas, you’ll be relieved to hear that not all charges lead to a conviction. With help from an experienced criminal defense attorney, it may be possible to have your DWI charges dismissed. Furthermore, depending on how a dismissal is earned, it may be possible to get …

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Decoding Aggravating Circumstances in Criminal Law

In criminal law, the presence of certain circumstances or “aggravating elements” can increase a defendant’s level of culpability. As a result, aggravating factors (or circumstances) often lead to elevated charges for the person accused and—if the charges result in a conviction—harsher penalties as well. In this article, we’ll cover the types of aggravating circumstances that …

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Voluntary Manslaughter: Unravelling Legal Nuances

When it comes to the differences between voluntary manslaughter and murder, things can get a little confusing—after all, they both involve one person killing another person on purpose. The distinctions between the two charges hinge on key legal elements, including the presence (or lack) of premeditation, deliberation, and malice aforethought. In this article, we’ll unravel …

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Bond vs Bail in Texas: What are the Differences?

After getting arrested and put in jail, you will typically be scheduled for an initial hearing, also called an arraignment, where a judge reads out the charges against you, informs you of your rights, and offers you the chance to enter a plea. The judge will determine your bail amount based on various factors, such …

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Understanding Bond Fees: Navigating the Financial Aspect of Legal Proceedings

If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense in Texas, you’re probably worried about remaining in jail until your case is heard. What will happen to your family if you stay in custody? Will you lose your job? How will the community react? The good news is that you may be able to secure your …

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Texas Marijuana Laws in 2024

According to the World Health Organization, cannabis is the number one trafficked, cultivated, and abused controlled substance across the globe. Worldwide, marijuana makes up about half of all drug seizures. That said, it’s necessary to fully understand Texas marijuana laws before attempting to use, grow, possess, or sell any cannabis-related product in the state. While …

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