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Criminal Defense Guides

Welcome to the Neal Davis criminal defense library. Below you will find valuable information organized by category. Start by clicking on an article that interests you. You will then be taken to a page written by us on that topic. If you require more information on your specific case, please contact us to schedule a free consultation.
We will continue to build this resource in the months ahead by linking to informative and insightful content about criminal law and its practice, so be sure to come back and visit us soon.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


NEW TEXAS CRIMINAL LAWS EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

Disclosing criminal records, prohibition against texting and driving, and amnesty for sexual assault witnesses are among new Texas laws.

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NEW CRIMINAL LAWS EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

Every two years, the Texas Legislature meets in Austin and passes new laws. Some of these profoundly affect the Texas criminal justice system. It is crucial that criminal defense lawyers and defendants understand the changes so they can make informed decisions in their cases.

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TEXAS' NEW NONDISCLOSURE STATUTE

When a case has resulted in a deferred adjudication or probation, it may qualify for nondisclosure. An order of nondisclosure is issued by a court and prohibits criminal justice agencies from disclosing to the public any criminal history record information related to the offense. Therefore, the records are sealed and the public cannot view them.

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CHILD PORNOGRAPHY & COMPUTER CRIMES



CHILD PORN SENTENCES CAN BE UNREASONABLE

Are federal and state sentencing guidelines for child sex offenses like possession or distribution of child pornography too harsh? U.S. Appeals Courts say yes...

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AMENDED SENTENCING GUIDELINES FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

For decades, punishments for possessing child pornography in America have been widely criticized as being extremely harsh. As a result, the bipartisan United States Sentencing Commission amended federal sentencing guidelines, effective Nov. 1, 2016.

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DEFENSES FOR AN ONLINE SOLICITATION OF MINOR IN TEXAS

What legal defenses are possible if you’ve been charged with online solicitation of a minor in Texas? Learn about federal and state sex crimes laws & punishments from an experienced Houston criminal defense attorney.

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ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR SEX STINGS IN TEXAS: YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

Are aggressive sex stings constitutional or entrapment? Learn about your legal defenses against an online solicitation of a minor charge.

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WHAT IS CHILD PORNOGRAPHY UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAW?

Under Texas and federal law, a person cannot receive, access, possess, or distribute child pornography. Of course, this begs questions such as: What exactly is child pornography. Does it cover only images? Does it cover material not involving sexual intercourse? Does it cover artistic photos?

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EXPOSING INJUSTICE IN COMPUTER CRIME CASE PUNISHMENTS

Why are prosecutors' policies more lenient when defendants actually sexually abuse a child than when they are involved in computer crimes involving children?

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FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY LAW: A CITIZEN'S GUIDE


CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW


UNDERSTAND YOUR SIXTH AMENDMENT RIGHT TO LEGAL COUNSEL

Do you face a criminal charge but lack money to hire a lawyer? If so, you should understand your Sixth Amendment right to legal counsel.

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HOW CAN A MISDEMEANOR CHARGE AFFECT EMPLOYMENT

If you’re among the many Americans who have been arrested with minor charges, you may be wondering how a misdemeanor can affect your hiring or employment chances.

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EXPUNCTION: HOW TO CLEAR YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD IN TEXAS

In the state of Texas, the expunction process can help you clear your criminal record. But not everyone has this option...

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LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF HAVING A MISDEMEANOR CHARGE ON YOUR RECORD

Perhaps you believe misdemeanor crimes aren’t that harmful to a person’s reputation and livelihood. After all, misdemeanors are relatively minor crimes which aren’t as serious as felonies or federal crimes such as murder.

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Certain rights to privacy were granted when the Fourth Amendment was added to the Constitution in 1791, which makes them over 225 years old.

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REASONS WHY CRIMINAL CHARGES ARE DROPPED OR DISMISSED

First, you should know that not all criminal charges go to trial. Indeed, many charges are dropped prior to trial during negotiations between prosecutors and defense lawyers. But it is only the prosecutor who can drop such charges.

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INTERROGATED BY A POLICE OFFICER? WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By law, police can stop you to ask questions if they have a legitimate reason to believe that you were involved in a crime. At that point, police have a legal right to ask you many things which could establish your connection to a crime.

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CAN POLICE SEARCH MY CAR WITHOUT A WARRANT?

As an American, you have constitutional rights protecting your privacy. Under the Fourth Amendment, police cannot search your car without a warrant, permission from you or a valid reason.

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DO I NEED A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER IF I'M INNOCENT?

If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime which you did not commit, you may be wondering, “Do I need a criminal defense lawyer if I’m innocent?”

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SHOULD I TALK TO POLICE WITHOUT A LAWYER PRESENT?

Houston criminal defense attorney Neal Davis wants you to know your rights.

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INTERACTING WITH TEXAS POLICE WHILE PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS

If you must interact with police, do so respectfully without compromising your constitutional rights

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TEXAS CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS

How does Texas classify crimes? What are the sentencing guidelines for felonies vs. misdemeanors?

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SALINAS VS. TEXAS: THE REALITY OF THE 5th AMENDMENT

The Salinas vs. Texas case may not have been high profile, but it highlighted some growing problems with self-incrimination.

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THE CRIMINAL DEFENSE GUIDE TO BAIL & BONDS

Persons charged with a crime must know if they are eligible for bond and, if so, how much is bond? Houston criminal defense lawyer Neal Davis helps answer these questions.

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WHAT ARE BOND CONDITIONS?

If you or a loved one faces a criminal charge for which bond has been set, you also may face certain bond conditions. You may not understand what are bond conditions, but veteran Houston criminal defense attorney Neal Davis can help.

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THE SUPREME COURT AND MIRANDA RIGHTS

Miranda v. Arizona is a 1966 United States Supreme Court case that required law enforcement to inform a suspect of their rights prior to an interrogation. If a suspect makes incriminating statements in response to interrogation while they are in custody, and they were not informed of their rights, those statements will not be admissible in court.

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EXPLORING ATTORNEY-CLIENT CONFIDENTIALITY

Attorney-client confidentiality is an important part of our legal system that protects both attorney and client rights.

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FELONIES, MISDEMEANORS, AND INFRACTIONS: CLASSIFYING TYPES OF OFFENSES

GUIDE TO HIRING A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY


SEX CRIMES


TEXAS SOLICITING PROSTITUTION LAWS & PUNISHMENTS EXPLAINED

In Harris County, soliciting prostitution laws and punishments can be harsh for those charged with the crime. Veteran Houston criminal defense lawyer Neal Davis explains.

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TEXAS ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR: CHARGES, PUNISHMENTS & DEFENSES

If you face charges for solicitation of a minor, you need to know your legal rights and your best sex crimes defense. Veteran Houston criminal defense lawyer Neal Davis can provide such help when you need a skilled defense of a charge of online solicitation of a minor.

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DEFENDING SEX ASSAULT CHARGES IN TEXAS

Need legal defense against a sex crime charge in Houston, Harris County, Fort Bend County or Montgomery County? Contact veteran criminal defense lawyer Neal Davis for help defending or countering a Texas sex crime charge.

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RAPE & SEX ASSAULT: DEFINITIONS, TYPES & PUNISHMENTS IN TEXAS

If you've been charged with rape or sexual assault and need criminal defense, learn the definitions of such sex crimes and the nature of their charges.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING LAWS IN TEXAS & SEX CRIME DEFENSE

Though slavery and human trafficking were banned by the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1865, involuntary servitude remains a huge problem - especially for minors and undocumented immigrants who are most vulnerable.

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HOW A LAWYER PROTECTS YOUR RIGHTS IN A SEX CRIME CASE

As award-winning Houston criminal defense lawyer Neal Davis says, hiring the right attorney can make or break your sex offense case...

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SURPRISING SEX OFFENSES IN TEXAS: SEXTING, CHILD PORN, ONLINE SOLICITATION & IMPROPER STUDENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS

Houston sex crime defense lawyer Neal Davis shares a few surprising actions that can land you on a sex offender list in Texas.

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TYPES OF SEX OFFENSE CHARGES

FEDERAL AND STATE SEX OFFENSE LAWS


FRAUD/THEFT



WHAT IS FELONY EMBEZZLEMENT?

TYPES OF FRAUD

UNDERSTANDING THE PENALTIES FOR SHOPLIFTING


DRUG & INTOXICATION OFFENSES


TEXAS LAWS & PUNISHMENTS FOR DRUG POSSESSION & TRAFFICKING

Do you face a Texas charge of possession or distribution of methamphetamines? It’s urgent you contact Houston meth defense attorney Neal Davis.

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TEXAS METH LAW: CHARGES, PENALTIES & DEFENSE LAWYER STRATEGIES

Do you face a Texas charge of possession or distribution of methamphetamines? It’s urgent you contact Houston meth defense attorney Neal Davis.

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HOW THE EXCLUSIONARY RULE CAN HELP WIN YOUR DRUG CASE

If you've been charged with a drug crime or other criminal offense, then you're in for the fight of your life. Your job, reputation and freedom are on the line, so every bit of evidence used against you should be closely examined by your defense attorney.

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DRUG & INTOXICATION OFFENSE LAWS IN TEXAS

Although drunk driving and drug offenses are some of the most common Texas crimes, they are still serious offenses. Offenders found guilty can expect a criminal conviction to come with fines, probation and significant periods of incarceration.

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FACING DEPORTATION FROM A DRUG POSSESSION CHARGE


FEDERAL CRIMES



TYPES OF FEDERAL CRIMES

Federal crimes are crimes which fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government and are illegal by federal law. Many such offenses are listed in Title 18 of the United States Code, the criminal and penal code of the federal government.

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FEDERAL CRIMES: FEDERAL VS. STATE OFFENSES

In the United States, some crimes are federal crimes, while others are state crimes. It's important to know the difference between federal versus state offenses.

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WHITE COLLAR CRIMES



WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF WHITE COLLAR CRIMES?

So-called “white collar” crimes are typically criminal acts committed by workers in an office or other professional environment in business or government which are non-violent in nature but nonetheless are crimes with clear victims.

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OVERVIEW OF WHITE COLLAR CRIME LAW

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