Any traffic stop can become a fraught situation that can lead to your arrest, even when you feel like the stop is routine.  Vehicle search is one of the possibilities that arises during those stops. Those searches can be problematic, and it’s wise to know your rights. What can happen when police search your car…

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On television, a person gets arrested and the trial happens a week later, with no steps in between. In reality there are several more steps, and that works to your advantage. Here’s what to expect after your arrest in Houston, TX. Arraignment 48 hours after your arrest, you must be brought before a judge. You…

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A confession, on its own, does not guarantee a conviction. Not all confessions are even admissible in court.  In general, of course, it is best if someone who has been arrested doesn’t say anything at all. But not everyone who gets arrested knows their rights.  In addition, being arrested is a stressful situation. Some people…

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This December a Texas man was arrested for climbing to the roof of a hotel while being served a warrant. He used the hotel’s attic system to jump both to the roof, and from room to room, all while trying to avoid the police.   While this might sound like an exciting scene straight out of…

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Resisting an arrest can make any criminal charge work. It is essentially an additional charge. You can be convicted of a resisting arrest charge even if you are acquitted for the crime you were accused of in the first place.  You can be charged with resisting arrest even if the arrest was unlawful. Unfortunately, in…

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The short answer is no: Texas law no longer requires most people to have a license in order to carry a handgun. HB1927 passed on September 1, 2021 and made it legal to carry a handgun in a holster without a permit. You may carry the gun both openly, or you may carry it concealed. …

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For the most part, the Fourth Amendment should keep police out of your Houston home unless they have a warrant signed by a judge. Yet warrantless entry has happened, and Houston judges do have the ability to issue no-knock warrants.  Here’s what you need to know. Exigent Circumstances Exigent circumstances help police officers justify search…

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A person commits perjury when the following things happen. The defendant took an oath to testify truthfully or is making a sworn statement such as an affidavit. The defendant is thought to have willfully made a false statement while under oath. The defendant believed or knew the statement was untrue. It is never a good…

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Texas processes more exonerations than any other state, which means plenty of wrongful convictions take place in our state.  If you’ve been charged with a crime and you’re relying on your innocence to protect you, it’s time to think again. Innocence is not enough. A person can be wrongfully arrested for any crime. Factual Innocence…

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