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Do You Need to File Domestic Violence Charges in Texas?

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Oct 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Conflicts within relationships can result in the cops being called and criminal charges being filed that can turn lives and families upside down. That's especially true with any criminal conviction for domestic violence.  It's important to get an experienced criminal defense attorney on the case ...

Texas DWI “No Refusal” Weekends

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Aug 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

In Texas, you have a legal right to refuse to consent to a DWI test – a blood test or a breathalyzer test.  Many people think that if they refuse the blood alcohol or breathalyzer test when the officer asks them on the road, and they wait to get tested later, their blood alcohol level will be low...

Texas’ New “Constitutional Carry” Law

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Jul 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed HB 1927 into law, making it legal on September 1, 2021, for anyone in Texas, aged 21 and over, to legally carry a handgun without getting a state license (unless they are excluded from possessing a firearm by state or federal law). A background check is still requ...

17-Year-Olds in the Texas Criminal Justice System

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Jul 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

Texas Family Code defines a child as a person aged 10 to 17. In the Texas criminal justice system, children under age 10 cannot be prosecuted for a crime but they could be provided with services if the state feels that's needed to help them stay out of the juvenile justice system.  17-yr-olds fac...

Facial Recognition Programs Can Lead to Wrongful Arrest

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Jun 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

In April 2019, we blogged about how the lack of rules for the collection of people's images for inclusion and use by facial recognition software. Privacy advocates were raising concerns about the high potential for misuse of this powerful technology. Criminal defense lawyers saw the potential for...

What You Need to Know About Juvenile Probation

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Apr 15, 2021 | 2 Comments

Probation is a tool used in the juvenile justice system to help kids learn and grow after a mistake. Is your child facing probation? Hopefully, we can give you some peace of mind by explaining what you can expect. What Is Juvenile Probation? Juvenile probation is a court order that allows your ch...

How to Choose the Right Juvenile Defense Attorney

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Mar 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

As a parent, finding out your child has potentially committed a crime can feel overwhelming. And although you may know that your next best step is to find an attorney, how do you choose when there are so many options available? First, take a deep breath—there are plenty of highly qualified juveni...

Joyriding vs. Vehicle Theft: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Feb 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Some juvenile crimes start as innocent mistakes such as taking a quick ride around the block in mom or dad's car. Unfortunately, joyriding is a crime just like vehicle theft. Yet, there are specific differences between the two. What Is Joyriding? Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, also known as...

What Is Criminal Mischief in Texas?

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Jan 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

In juvenile law, there are a few crimes that are more common than others, such as possession of drug paraphernalia, petty theft and vandalism. The latter is included in criminal mischief, a specific group of offenses with its own consequences. If your child is facing a criminal mischief charge, i...

Possession of a Vape Pen: Can My Child Be Charged?

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Dec 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vape pens, are increasingly popular. Unfortunately, many juveniles use vape pens throughout Texas. And not only are these vape pens dangerous, but they're also heavily regulated, just like other drug paraphernalia. Has your child been caught wi...

What to Do If Your Child Was Caught Shoplifting

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Nov 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

You've received a call you never thought you would—your child has been caught shoplifting. Now, you might feel angry, confused, frustrated and disappointed. It's also normal to worry about the next steps your child might face with the legal system. Let us give you some peace of mind during this t...

More Americans face arrest over petty crimes

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Oct 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Texas and across the country, a conversation has developed about excessive prosecution and incarceration. As a result, there is wide support for criminal justice reform, including proposals to decriminalize or legalize cannabis and end criminal prosecution and incarceration for related offense...

Many felonies are nonviolent and some are bizzare

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Sep 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Texas residents likely think of serious crimes like murder and arson when felonies are mentioned, and they may be surprised to learn that dozens of acts that would barely raise an eyebrow also fall under this designation. Calling in sick to spend a day in front of the television is actually a fel...

Data can be accessed with only a subpoena

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Aug 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Texas residents who use apps such as Ring or Lyft may not have full control of their data. Only three states require that police get a warrant before accessing information about an individual from those or other popular apps. Companies such as Ring readily hand over information to police officers...

Texas attorney facing drug charges after traffic stop

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Jul 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Texas attorney faces spending up to 99 years in prison on felony drug charges after quantities of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs were allegedly found in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop on the night of July 20. The 50-year-old man was released from the Williamson County Jail o...

What are the consequences if your teen gets a DWI?

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Jul 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Being a parent isn't an easy job-especially during the teen years. You know your teenager is bound to make mistakes and get into trouble, but what do you do if get a call one night that your teen has been cited for DWI (driving while intoxicated) and is waiting for you to pick them up at Collin C...

State laws can cause problems for poor people

Posted by Matthew Maddox | Jul 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jurisdictions in Texas and throughout the country have tried to raise money through fines and fees. This allows them to generate revenue without having to increase taxes. However, if a person cannot pay a fine, he or she may spend time in jail or on probation until the issue is resolved. That cou...

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