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Texas Open Carry Laws

Open container laws might seem unnecessary to those who practice responsible drinking habits. However, not all individuals are discriminatory when it comes to behaviors like drinking and driving. When a police officer pulls over a vehicle, they have no way of knowing if the passengers of the vehicle are acting responsibly. Open container laws exist… read more

Types of Bail Bonds in Texas

In most cases of arrest, residing inside of a local jail is not an ideal prospect. Typically, the court sets bail, which allows the defendant to continue living in their own home before their trial. Posting bail can be both a blessing and a curse, as not everyone can afford to pay it outright. This… read more

Everything You Need to Know About Pretrial Intervention

Pre-trial intervention in Harris County is similar to a probation arrangement during a criminal case. The goal is to give the defendant an opportunity to clear his or her criminal record with full case dismissal, as long as the defendant fulfills the terms of the pre-trial intervention. Pre-trial intervention serves to rehabilitate the convicted individual… read more

What Is a DWI Surcharge?

In Texas, a driving while intoxicated (DWI) surcharge is an administrative penalty. It is a fee the Department of Public Safety charges as a requirement for maintaining your driver’s license post-DWI conviction. A DWI surcharge can bring the total costs of your DWI conviction much higher than the initial penalties, as the surcharge applies per… read more

What Happens at an Arraignment in Texas?

The criminal justice process consists of several phases. The first process generally includes arrest, booking, and arraignment. Once the police arrest a suspect for a crime, they will book the suspect at the police department, documenting a mug shot, the suspect’s fingerprints, and a list of all items in the suspect’s possession at the time… read more

How Do Bail Bonds Work in Texas?

The bail bond system exists to ensure that individuals charged with crimes appear for their court dates as required while allowing them to move freely between booking and arraignment. After someone has been arrested for a crime in Texas, the judge hearing the case may require the individual to remain in prison until trial, release… read more

Animal Cruelty Laws in Texas

Animal cruelty laws exist to protect animals from neglect, abuse, and mistreatment, and each state has unique animal cruelty laws everyone should know. A new United States House Bill seeks to make animal cruelty a federal offense, and the bill apparently shows strong bipartisan support. In the meantime, Texas residents should know how the state… read more

Texas Tobacco Laws

Tobacco may be a legal substance in Texas, but that does not give users free rein to smoke wherever or whenever they want. Like all states, Texas has tobacco laws that restrict the use of tobacco products – including cigarettes, vaporizers (vapes), and e-cigarettes. Obeying the laws in Texas is important as a smoker if… read more

Can I Get a DUI for Being Under the Influence of Medical Marijuana?

The Compassionate Use Program in Texas permits medicinal use of marijuana, but under tight restrictions that make it legal for only about 600 people – patients who have intractable epilepsy. Even those who can use marijuana legally, however, cannot drive under the influence of this drug. It is illegal in every state to operate a… read more

What Crimes Have No Statute of Limitations in Texas?

A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time one has to bring a claim to court. Both civil and criminal cases in Texas have a statutes of limitation. In the criminal court system, the statute of limitations puts a deadline on how long the prosecution has to press charges against… read more