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MOEP and Protective Orders in Texas

The justice system in Texas strives to prevent further harm to victims of violent crimes and protect their families as well. A Texas magistrate can issue a Magistrate’s Order of Emergency Protection (MOEP) to protect the victim and his or her family from an individual arrested for family violence, sexual abuse, aggravated sexual assault, stalking,… read more

ICE Arrests and Deportation Statistics for 2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been a topic of public debate recently due to the Trump administration’s strict stance against illegal entry into the United States. ICE identifies and arrests illegal aliens who pose a danger to public safety or who have undermined the United States’ immigration laws. The President’s Executive Order 13,768,… read more

Texas Law on Marijuana Edibles

The marijuana laws in Texas are notoriously strict, and even a misdemeanor possession charge could lead to jail time. Some may wonder whether these laws apply the same way to edibles, or food and beverages infused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. Several states, like Colorado and Washington, have decriminalized marijuana and… read more

What Is a No Refusal Weekend in Texas?

Texas has one of the highest death rates due to drunk driving of any state. While drivers get behind the wheel intoxicated throughout the year, some holidays and other major events tend to plead to more drunk drivers on the road. During these time periods, the state of Texas holds “No Refusal” weekends. If you’ve… read more

When Can Police Search Your Car?

What Rights Do You Have When You Get Pulled Over? Having a cop car pull you over is stressful, but you shouldn’t have to worry about an officer unlawfully searching your vehicle. The Fourth Amendment protects against unlawful search and seizure, which means that any arbitrary car searches conducted without a warrant are illegal. Courts… read more

How to Get a Green Card Through Marriage in Texas

Though the process may take some time, it is possible for a spouse or future spouse to receive a green card and eventually live in the United States permanently. People must meet certain criteria to get a green card through marriage. For foreign citizens married to United States citizens or permanent residents, the U.S. government… read more

What Is a Felony Indictment in Texas?

How do I Know if I’ve Been Indicted? Can The Charges Be Dropped? In Texas, an indictment is a formal charging instrument. Texas courts use indictments to inform a defendant of what criminal behavior the court is accusing them of. Indictments share features with, but are distinct from, an information, which is the charging instrument… read more

Can You Get Deported For a DWI in Texas?

If Texas lawmakers are strict about two things, it’s immigration laws and driving while intoxicated (DWI). It may surprise you to learn that a connection exists between DWI and deportation or immigration status in the state of Texas. It’s imperative to discuss your case with an attorney immediately after a DWI charge as an immigrant… read more

How a DWI Can Affect Gun Ownership in Texas

Texas is notorious for its strict driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws. State lawmakers take drunk and drugged driving very seriously, punishing offenders to the fullest extent of the law. Getting a DWI in Texas can mean thousands of dollars in fines, a jail sentence, and driver’s license suspension. What… read more

How to Get Your Criminal Records Sealed in Texas

If you are a Texas resident looking to erase your criminal record, you need the help of a local Houston attorney who understands both state and federal laws regarding sealing criminal records. Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, some mistakes have higher consequences than others, leading to arrests, charges, and convictions. Talk to the criminal defense team… read more