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Can I Choose Jail Instead of Probation?

In some criminal cases, defendants are able to get probation as an alternative to incarceration. Probation, known as “community supervision” in Texas, is a period of court-ordered supervision that allows a person to stay within their community while they serve out their sentence. The terms of a person’s community supervision can vary. In some cases, […]


Christmas Package Theft in Texas

Texas is strict when it comes to theft. Depending on the value of the package stolen, a person could face anywhere from a misdemeanor to a lifetime in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. If you have been accused of theft this holiday season, contact the Collin County criminal defense lawyers at to learn […]


What Will Happen to Me If I Aid or Assist a Fugitive?

Many of us have faced a situation where a family member or friend is accused of a serious crime. Your first instinct may be to offer help. After all, if you believe the person is not guilty, then you want to do everything in your power to help them avoid possible jail time. But there […]


Charged with Evading Arrest in Texas

You are speeding down the road when a police car approaches and turns on the lights and sirens. Instead of pulling over, you keep on speeding until you reach your destination. In another situation, you are shoplifting when the store’s alarm goes off. Panicked, you run from the police officers who are in pursuit. The […]


If you are Convicted of Certain Offenses, you are Required to Register as a Sex Offender

Under Megan’s Law, a subsection of the federal Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act of 1994, all 50 states are required to maintain sex offender registries of individuals convicted of sex crimes. Each state creates and maintains its own guidelines for its registry, including which offenses carry registration as a […]


What is a Lesser Included Offense, and Why is it Important?

Lesser included offense laws can play a significant role for the defense in a Texas criminal case. However, they can also be used by the prosecuting attorney to secure an advantage at trial. If you’ve been charged with a crime, the key to success with lesser included offenses is proper strategy, which requires an in-depth, […]


When Is “Sexting” a Crime in Texas?

As every Collin County parent knows, your teenager communicates with their friends primarily by text message. Texting allows people to stay in touch constantly and quickly exchange personal messages. But remember, texting is not entirely private–and anything your child sends or receives over a communications network may be grounds for criminal prosecution, especially if it […]


How Is Bail Set?

If you are arrested and charged with committing a crime in Collin County, such as DWI or a drug offense, a judge will decide how much bail you need to post so that you can be released from custody pending trial. The conditions of bail depend on a number of factors, including a defendant’s past […]


How Police Investigate Drug Conspiracies

Even if you have never used, bought, or sold any illegal narcotics, you may still be a target of federal law enforcement authorities. Drug enforcement is serious business for the federal government agencies that investigate them, and they can and will use every tool at their disposal to investigate and prosecute people who they believe […]


What Is the Difference Between Shoplifting and Theft?

Many Collin County, Texas, residents have been arrested and charged with shoplifting. If you have been accused of stealing or “lifting” merchandise from a local retailer, do not assume it is a misunderstanding that will be quickly resolved. Shoplifting is a serious criminal charge and a conviction can have significant consequences on your life and […]