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  • 3-Sep-2020

    Is It Illegal to Impersonate Someone?

    The Consequences of Pretending The only acceptable time to impersonate a public servant is on Halloween, which is next month. Even then, you can get in serious trouble for doing more than just dressing up in a costume. Among the best ways to avoid a ...
  • 5-Aug-2020

    What Do Your Miranda Rights Mean?

    A Breakdown of Your Miranda Warning Your Miranda Rights are a critical element of your legal rights and play a significant role when you’re in police custody. The purpose of your Miranda Warning is to notify you of your right to not make ...
  • 3-Jul-2020

    How to Avoid a DWI on the 4th of July

    Follow These Tips to Best Prevent a DWI Arrest Independence Day is a national holiday celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which was signed on July 4, 1776. It’s also deemed the deadliest day of the year for drunk driving crashes, ...
  • 20-Jun-2020

    Can Sex Offenders Go to Six Flags?

    Where There are Children, There are Limits People who are convicted of certain sex crimes must register with the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program (SOR), which is available to the public. Identifiable information such as their name, address, ...
  • 11-May-2020

    What to Do if You Are Pulled Over

    First Impressions Can Make or Break You The sound of piercing sirens with bright blue and red lights behind you is enough to provoke a mini heart attack. Getting pulled over for a traffic violation, no matter how serious, is a rattling experience, ...
  • 21-Apr-2020

    First, Second, & Third-Degree Murder: What's the Difference?

    Criminal homicide might involve premeditation, willful intent, or negligence. Murder charges range from the first-degree murder of stalking and then killing a rival to the second-degree murder of shooting someone during an unexpected argument to ...
  • 19-Mar-2020

    What to Do If You Violate Probation

    If you have been suspected of violating probation, police prosecutors might issue a warrant for your arrest, and you can be sentence held in county jail while a revocation hearing is scheduled. It is important to act carefully and with legal guidance ...
  • 17-Feb-2020

    Should You Hire an Attorney for Your Traffic Ticket?

    About 20% of all Americans have received at least one traffic ticket. Whether it's for speeding, failing to yield, or something more severe, traffic tickets are a fact of driving. Most people either fight traffic tickets on their own or accept ...
  • 20-Jan-2020

    Grandparent Visitation Rights in Texas

    Until recently, there were no visitation rights established for anyone other than a child’s parents. There are still no federal grandparent visitation laws on the books, so if you are a grandparent, you might be wondering about what rights you ...
  • 30-Dec-2019

    What Are the Penalties for Tampering with Evidence in Texas?

    Evidence plays an integral role in criminal cases. This is true for the prosecutor and defense, as both sides use testimony, documents, or other objects to either prove a person is guilty or to challenge accusations. Because of the importance of ...
  • 29-Nov-2019

    What Constitutes Stalking in Texas?

    In Texas, stalking is a serious crime. In fact, it’s considered so serious that it is classified as a third-degree felony. That means if you are accused of and convicted for this offense, you could be looking at years in prison and steep fines. ...
  • 16-Oct-2019

    Dared to Go to the Neighborhood Spooky House? Could Be Trespassing

    It’s Halloween time, when spooky tales about that scary house in your neighborhood come alive. Stories might include claims of ghosts or haunted figures floating around the grounds or inside the property. After the tale is told, someone in your ...
  • 30-Sep-2019

    How Long Does a DWI Stay on Your Criminal Record?

    If an officer suspects that you were driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, you might be arrested and charged with a DWI. A conviction for this offense could have serious consequences, such as jail time and/or fines. The judgment will ...
  • 28-Aug-2019

    Helping a Stray Dog? That Could Lead to Theft Charges.

    Driving along the road, you might see a dog wandering around without an owner. Believing the animal is a stray or neglected, you may be tempted to take it home with you. However, depending on the specific circumstances, doing so could be considered ...
  • 16-Jul-2019

    New Hemp Law Leads Prosecutors to Drop Many Marijuana Cases

    On June 10, 2019, Governor Gregg Abbott signed into a law a bill that legalized the industrial production of hemp. The legislation, which took effect immediately, was initially introduced to help farmers compete in the rapidly growing hemp production ...
  • 14-May-2019

    What Is 'Beyond a Reasonable Doubt'?

    Under Texas Penal Code Section 2.01 “All persons are presumed to be innocent and no person may be convicted of an offense unless each element of the offense is proved beyond a reasonable doubt.” While many people are familiar with the ...
  • 15-Apr-2019

    Can an Alleged Victim Drop Charges in a Criminal Case?

    Criminal cases are pursued by the government - either at the federal or state level - and only the prosecutor working on behalf of the government can officially drop charges. If an alleged victim decides they no longer want to pursue the case, they ...
  • 19-Mar-2019

    Multi State CCW: Don't Accidentally Break the Law

    The New Multi State CCW Covers 36 States, Is Yours Included? If you are excited about the new multistate CCW permit, you are not alone. It covers conceal carry in 36 states in the US, allowing for cross state carrying so you are protected while ...
  • 19-Feb-2019

    Spring Break Arrests: What to Expect

    Public Intoxication, Jail Time & Posting Bond It is not uncommon for Spring Breakers to contact Texas police departments ahead of time to ask about fines for public intoxication, fighting, or other spring break “criminal” activities ...
  • 18-Jan-2019

    Understanding Bail Bonds

    Answering Your Bail Bond Questions At Jerry Loftin & Associates, we provide both criminal defense and bail bonds for our client’s legal needs. We are your only Fort Worth legal firm that is also a bail bond agency. Below we answer common ...
  • 17-Dec-2018

    Social Media and Divorce: Posting Precautions

    Be Careful What You Post When Going Through a Divorce Divorce is never easy. With emotions running wild and access to understanding peers at the tip of our fingertips, it is no surprise that social media plays a role in the process. Unfortunately, ...
  • 21-Nov-2018

    5 Mistakes to Avoid After a DWI Arrest

    Once you are arrested for a DWI, your actions following the incident can have a substantial impact on the outcome of your case. Unfortunately, many people make simple mistakes—mainly because it is their first time going through the criminal ...
  • 23-Oct-2018

    Criminal Charges & Social Media

    For most of us, social media has become a significant part of your daily lives. From photos of your adventures and check-ins where you eat to tweets about your opinions and thoughts, we voluntarily provide platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and ...
  • 28-Sep-2018

    Fighting Your Traffic Ticket

    It’s estimated that every single person in the United States will be pulled over by flashing red and blue lights at least once in their lives. In fact, one-third of all traffic stops made by the Texas Highway Patrol Division typically results ...
  • 17-Aug-2018

    Common Child Custody Mistakes to Avoid

    Child custody battles can be emotionally overwhelming, time-consuming, and costly. The last thing you want to do is undermine your case by making a mistake. The following are common child custody mistakes to avoid: Putting yourself first. The family ...

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