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Can I Be Forced to Testify as a Witness?

Posted on April 18, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you have witnessed a crime, or if you have information the court deems important in a trial, you may have questions about when and if the court may force you to testify. (more…)

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Tips for Preparing for a Prison Visit

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you’re visiting a loved one in prison, use the following tips to prepare for the best experience. Visiting your incarcerated family member presents many challenges. Knowing what steps to take, and what to expect, can lower stress. One thing is certain. If your loved one is in prison, you want visits to be as positive as possible. By actively participating in his or her experience, it may...

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Federal Crimes in Airports or Airlines

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you’re facing a federal charge relating to an airport or airline, you may already know that the intersection of federal, state, and international laws can be complicated. (more…)

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Using Self-Defense as a Legal Defense Against Assault Charges

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

You may have questions about using self-defense as a legal defense against an assault charge. Many Texas residents have rational fears about being arrested if self-defense is used in an assault. Self-defense may be a valid defense in a range of situations. It is a common defense used by defendants charged with assault and battery. There are some limits as to how and when an individual may...

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Substance Abuse Evaluations and Harris County’s Pretrial Diversion Program

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you’ve been asked to take a SALCE evaluation, you may have questions about what to expect. A SALCE evaluation (Substance Abuse and Life Circumstance Evaluation) may be ordered by a judge after an alcohol or drug charge or arrest. Your lawyer may also ask you to have a SALCE evaluation to determine whether you have an alcohol or drug problem. A SALCE evaluation may be...

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