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New Texas Laws on DWIs - What You Need to Know

  On September 1, 2019, new DWI laws went into effect concerning penalties for those convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Two of the laws will have a positive impact on those convicted of a DWI while another will increase fines on some DWI offenses. Ending of Driver Responsibility Program Since 2003, under what is called the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP), drivers convicted of certain… Read more

How Will New Texas Marijuana Laws Effect You

  New Texas Bill Legalizes Hemp. Here Is What You Need To Know. On June 10, 2019, Governor Abbot signed House Bill 1325 into law, effectively legalizing cultivation and production of hemp in Texas. This move is a result of the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill that authorized (but did not legalize) production of domestic hemp. Passage of the bill now allows hemp producers to legally cultivate… Read more

Does Expunging Your Record Really Work?

  If you have run afoul of the law, an expunction may be an option for you. This is a court-ordered process where your record of arrest or a criminal conviction is "sealed”. This basically means it’s erased in the eyes of the law. Sometimes this is also called "setting aside a criminal conviction”. In Texas, expunging your record might be possible in certain cases. The law offices of Townsend, Gebhardt… Read more

How Can DWI Probation Help You

  If you are given a DWI probation in Texas, this means the judge is allowing you to avoid jail by giving you the chance to abide by certain rules for a specified time. Probation reduces certain penalties associated with a DWI conviction, such as jail time and fines. In Texas violating DWI probation guidelines is a serious offense and will likely cause the judge to rescind conditions of your probation.… Read more

Can Prescription Drugs Be A DWI In Texas?

  Many people assume that if they have a prescription for medication, they are safe no matter what. However, that is not always the case. An individual could be convicted of DWI in Texas while on prescription medication alone, if it rises to the level of intoxication.  You may have a valid prescription for medication. However, if it impairs your senses when you’re on the road, it can lead to a DWI… Read more

What Are Texas’ Laws About Marijuana Possession

  If you have been following the news, you will have undoubtedly seen calls for legalization of Marijuana in the United States. Texas is well behind the movement compared to States like Colorado and California. In Texas any usable quantity of Marijuana is illegal to possess. Even if you are a resident of a State that has legalized marijuana, crossing into Texas with marijuana can land you in jail… Read more

3 Facts About Texas Prescription Drug Charges You Didn't Know About

  When a friend asks for an aspirin, you don't think twice about giving them a couple. However, when it comes to prescription medications, different rules apply. In Texas, prescription drug charges can get you and your friend into serious trouble with the law where you can face fines or even jail time. Most people know that carrying a controlled substance is against the law if it is obtained through… Read more

Misdemeanor Versus Felony. What's The Difference?

  If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, the type of charge can make a big difference in the consequences you face. For example, being charged with a felony is much more serious than being charged with a misdemeanor. However, one very common question people have is what’s the difference between the two and how does it affect them. What is a Felony in Texas? In Texas, adults convicted… Read more

What Happens if You Drive with a Suspended License?

  For many people, having access to a car is an important part of their daily life. You many need it to get to work, school or other important places. What happens if you have your license suspended but still decide to use your car? In Texas, driving with a suspended license is a bad idea and can get you in real legal trouble. Let’s take a look at the possible consequences.  You could face criminal… Read more

Does Texas Have a Stand Your Ground Law?

  People often wonder what their rights are when it comes to protecting themselves and their property. It is easier to do this in states like Texas that have a "stand your ground" law. About half of the US states have a version of this law. The stand your ground law is also referred to as the "Castle Doctrine” (implying a person's home is their castle), "line in the sand law," and "no duty to retreat"… Read more
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