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Keeping A DWI Off Your Record

As criminal attorneys we are frequently called upon to anticipate what other people will think of a particular piece of information. Predicting other peoples’ thoughts or concerns is an imperfect science, but when it comes to counseling a person recently arrested for DWI, we understand that one of the biggest concerns is “how do I […]

Voluntary Probation Sanctions

It is a common practice for probation officers (“PO’s”) in Collin County to directly request from probationers “voluntary sanctions” or “amended conditions of community supervision” which have the affect of changing the terms of probation. You have the right to say no to any voluntary sanction the PO requests. PO’s have a hard job. They […]

Officer Indicted For False Report – A Criminal Defense Perspective

Last week, media scrutiny was directed at the Dallas Police Department when the chief of police fired Officer Eric Watts after he was indicted for filing a false police report in March. According to the news reports, Mr. Watts’ false statement was discovered after reviewing dash-cam footage from his squad car. “Dirty cop” allegations are […]

I’ve Been Arrested, Now What?

“I’ve been arrested, so what happens next?” I hear this question quite a bit in my practice. And it’s a good one. In life, one of the greatest fears is the fear of the unknown–and at no time is this more true than after an arrest and a night or two in jail. Following an […]

July 4th — the “No Refusal” Holiday

As the Fourth of July looms, counties across Texas are preparing for another “No Refusal” week(end).  What this means for drivers arrested for Driving While Intoxicated is that even if you refuse a breath or a blood test, an officer may very likely seek a warrant for your blood. Texas has what is called the “implied consent” […]

Collin County Court Dates

One of the most common questions I’m asked is what will happen on my court date.  Other common terms for court dates are “announcements.” Your court date is normally just a work session between your attorney and the prosecutor in Collin County. Understand each of our courts have hundreds if not thousands of cases pending […]

Pot with a Purpose: Medicinal Marijuana in Texas

In recent years, medical marijuana has become a hot political topic, sometimes leading to legislative change. Proponents of medical marijuana suggest, and some studies have shown, that marijuana helps to treat and alleviate symptoms associated with a variety of conditions, including glaucoma, multiple sclerosis (specifically muscular spasticity), Alzheimer’s disease, certain kinds of cancer (primarily breast […]

Crime and Punishment – Family Violence Style

Texas law takes a particularly strong stance on the issue of domestic or family violence, even including a legislative statement in Article 5.01 of the Code of Criminal Procedure that “victims of family violence are entitled to the maximum protection from harm or abuse or the threat…as is permitted by law.”  This means that in […]

Our Philosophy on Defending DWI Charges

We aggressively defend DWI/DUI cases and the reason is simple.  There’s no choice. Drunk driving laws have been a one-direction vice grip which have been tightened over and over and over since the early 1980’s when Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (“MADD”) was formed. That trend will probably never be reversed regardless of how mean, thoughtless, […]

The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines

The United States Sentencing Guidelines In most Federal Criminal cases, if a person is convicted, the sentence will be determined by using the United States Sentencing Guidelines. The Guidelines were created by the U.S. Congress in the 1980’s. The Guidelines were created with the goal of achieving uniformity in Federal criminal sentences across the United […]