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The Legal Difference Between Murder & Homicide

 Posted on June 09, 2017 in Criminal Defense

Are you a fan of crime dramas or court TV shows? While some of them have been lauded for their ability to show what life is like on the police force, others have unquestionably taken a few creative liberties with the process in order to up the entertainment value. We often find this leads to some myths about the nature of criminal law, such as the terms “murder” and “homicide,” which we find some shows use interchangeably. This is a mistake: there is a difference between these terms, and that difference could radically change your case should you ever find yourself facing charges.


In a legal sense, the term “homicide” indicates any situation in which someone’s action directly causes the loss of life of another. This can include everything from drunk and reckless driving causing a fatal car accident to a robbery gone south and a victim being killed in the escape attempt to a police officer acting in the line of duty and shooting a suspect who is threatening to harm others.

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When Can You Appeal Your Conviction?

 Posted on May 22, 2017 in Criminal Defense

You’ve gone through your trial and despite your best efforts, a jury of your peers has found you guilty of your charges, and your judge has sentenced you to jail, fines, and other penalties. However, there’s one flaw: you’re innocent and you know it. This is an obvious misapplication of justice, so what can you do to protect your rights? Are you doomed to suffer the consequences?

Not necessarily. Provisions exist which allow you to petition for a new trial, known as an appeal. This allows you to have your case re-tried, often with the inclusion of new evidence, new arguments, and hopefully a better opportunity to prove your innocence. Not everyone qualifies for an appeal, however. Let’s take a look at the limitations on appeals or new trials in more detail.

New Evidence

A motion for a new trial can be filed within ten days of the entry of conviction, meaning you only have a short time to actually petition for an appeal, so you and your attorney should move quickly to file your petition and start assembling your appeals case. However, this limit may not apply if your appeal is based on new evidence that was not known prior to the trial. In this instance, you could possibly petition the court for a new trial long after your conviction was entered.

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How a Criminal Record Affects Your Life

 Posted on April 25, 2017 in Criminal Defense

When you face your charges and choose to plead guilty or are found guilty by a jury of your peers, you will be issued a sentence which you will have to serve. Your sentence can vary depending on the nature of your charges, but usually includes some fairly common and well-known consequences like jail time, fines, probation, or community service. But what many people who are facing criminal accusations don’t realize is how many consequences they’ll face that are not handed out by the court. Criminal convictions go on your permanent public record, and those entries can create a lot of additional hardships that you may have to deal with for the rest of your life.

Let’s take a closer look at these added consequences of a criminal conviction.

Financial Consequences

If you’re awaiting your trial, you might be weighing the costs and benefits of hiring a criminal defense attorney. Is it really worth it? Should you just plead guilty to save the money? You might be surprised to find out that’s almost always not a wise idea.

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Out-of-State Arrests in Texas

 Posted on April 06, 2017 in Criminal Defense

Texas is a unique place. Not only is the culture vastly different from any of the other states in the nation, but the laws which regulate us are also unique, and in many ways more strict than the rest of the United States. So when visitors from other states come across the borders to visit, it’s actually fairly common for them to accidentally break the law and find themselves facing the harshness of our criminal justice system. For those who aren’t familiar with our laws or are used to their own state, this can be an intimidating experience. If you’re from out of state and facing these charges, then this blog is for you: we’ll explain how these cases are handled and what you can expect during your trial.

Will I Be Extradited?

The first question we often hear is either “Will I be extradited?” or “Will I have to go back to Texas to go to court?” The answer may not be straightforward at first. Depending on the nature of your charges, you may be able to simply take care of your accusations while staying at home, though this is usually reserved for things like traffic tickets, and only if you wish to plead guilty and pay your fine.

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