Category: Texas Criminal Law
Paul Saputo Receives “Silver Client Champion” Award from Martindale-Hubbell
Martindale-Hubbell, the premier lawyer ranking agency, recognized Paul Saputo as a Silver Client Champion in 2021. According to Martindale-Hubbell, the Silver Client Champion award recognizes attorneys for their commitment to the best in client service. The most recent review of Paul Saputo was as follows: Paul was incredibly knowledgeable and professional, he won my case […]
87th Legislative Session: Texas Criminal Law Update
In 2021, Texas’s 87th Legislative Session created several new criminal offenses and updated many important laws relating to criminal prosecution and post-arrest matters, including updates to record clearing laws. Perhaps the most talked-about update is the constitutional carry law. But there are lots of other updates to digest. First, a disclaimer: this article is being […]
Expunctions for UCW Convictions: 2021 Legislative Update
In 2021, the 87th Texas Legislature created a brand new type of eligibility for expunctions. Now, if you have been convicted of Unlawful Carrying Weapons (UCW) under subsection (a), committed before September 1, 2021, as it existed prior to September 1, 2021, then you are eligible to receive an immediate expunction.1 This is currently the […]
2021 Expunction Update: Ex parte R.P.G.P.
The Texas Supreme Court released a major opinion regarding expunction law that will upend legal thinking about expunction matters statewide. If you have a misdemeanor case that was dismissed but you have never been able to get it expunged, this may change things for you.In May of 2021, in Ex Parte R.P.G.P.,1 the Texas Supreme […]
Why Are Federal Charges More Severe Than State Charges?
The great majority of criminal trials involve state prosecutions for violations of state law. However, just as there are state laws against engaging in criminal behavior, there are also federal criminal laws passed by Congress. These laws exist to police federal or national issues, such as crimes that occur across state lines, internet crimes, federal […]
“No Refusal” Checkpoints & Increased DWI Patrols During the Holidays
The upcoming end-of-year holidays provide many people with a reason to celebrate. However, along with the holidays comes a significant increase in accidents and arrests related to alcohol. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the holiday season between December 1 to January 1 sees a sharp increase in alcohol-related traffic crashes and fatalities. In […]
Medical Conditions That Can Affect Your DUI Test Results
A DUI (driving under the influence) conviction can have long-term consequences on your life, freedom, and reputation. Drivers in Dallas may encounter a situation where their medication or health conditions affect the outcome of a breath test. In actuality, various factors may contribute to a false positive on a breath test for a DUI. Below […]
Common Reasons for False Positive Breathalyzer Results
When a Texas driver is stopped by law enforcement under the suspicion of drunk driving, they’re asked to take a breathalyzer test. This breath test is used to confirm whether a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above the legal limit of .08. Any driver with a BAC at or above the legal […]
What to Look for When Choosing a Federal Defense Lawyer in Texas
Have you been notified of a federal criminal investigation against you in Texas? Maybe you have been indicted and are currently facing criminal charges. How do you find a lawyer you can depend on to fight for your legal rights and defend your freedom? Not every criminal defense lawyer is the same, and you need […]
What Makes a Crime a Federal Offense?
“A crime becomes a federal offense when it violates United States federal law or multiple states’ laws. Crimes such as wire fraud, commercial fraud, or drug trafficking, for example, are often charged under the federal government. While most crimes typically fall into state jurisdiction, federal crimes like those below often carry far more severe penalties […]