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An Overview of New Laws In Texas on September 1, 2019

Posted on September 11, 2019 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

On September 1, 2019, numerous laws went into effect that were passed during the 86th session of the Texas legislature. Several were expected while others may seem a little off the beaten path. Most may not apply to every individual. Here is a roundup of just a few of the new or updated laws of the State of Texas. SB 719 - Child Murder Charges The penalties for certain...

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What to Expect at a Federal Detention Hearing

Posted on August 28, 2019 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

People who are facing federal charges undergo a judicial process that differs in key ways from state judicial processes. The U.S. Constitution guarantees you the right to appear before a judge immediately after being charged with a federal crime. You can prepare for your federal detention hearing by knowing what this court appearance entails and the results you want as a defendant. The Purpose of a Federal...

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The Impact of Texas HB 1325 on Marijuana Possession Cases

Posted on August 21, 2019 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Like dozens of other states, Texas could soon legalize the possession, sale, and use of marijuana. This possibility comes after the June 2019 passage of House Bill 1325, which eases restrictions on how marijuana is grown and utilized in the state. However, the bill has not been without controversy and concern. It now poses a challenge to how current marijuana possession cases can be prosecuted and punished...

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Brett Podolsky Talks with Houston Matters About Domestic Abuse Victims and Legal Trouble

Posted on August 5, 2019 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

A Florida woman was recently arrested for giving her estranged husband’s guns to police. Courtney Irby, after filing a restraining order against her husband, did not believe he would give up his guns. He had been charged with aggravated battery against her, and Irby feared for her life. She entered the apartment to retrieve the guns before handing them over to the police. However, because she did...

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Harris County Pretrial Intervention Program

Posted on July 10, 2019 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

People who commit misdemeanors or who have no prior criminal record may not deserve the same kind of punishment as felons and career criminals. Rather than sentencing them to long stints in jail and steep fines, judges in Harris County, Texas may allow them to complete a deferred adjudication program.  One of the most common of these programs is called pretrial intervention. You may be able to...

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