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Your Legal Rights During Quarantine

Posted on May 28, 2020 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

From injecting disinfectants to pinpointing the source of the outbreak, there’s a lot of misinformation spreading around the globe regarding the current coronavirus pandemic. False narratives and alternative facts are spreading almost as rapidly as the disease itself! One topic that’s getting greatly misconstrued right now is each individual’s rights during a mandatory lockdown. We’re being told to stay at home, so are we breaking the law...

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Can You Be Arrested for Violating COVID-19 Related Orders in Texas?

Posted on May 13, 2020 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

It was just a few short months ago when our economy reached unprecedented highs, but now, everything has changed. Suddenly, a record number of Americans are applying for unemployment, school has been canceled, and oil prices have plummeted beyond belief. What happened? The coronavirus pandemic, and the government’s response to it, seems to have thrown a wrench in everyone’s plans. The great state of Texas is currently...

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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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How Criminal Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

In Texas, a criminal investigation starts either by an individual filing a complaint about a crime or a crime occurring. If an individual files a police compliant, they allege someone committed a crime against them such as stalking or assault. The alleged victim may name the person they know or believed committed the crime. The police take the information given and investigate to determine if a...

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What is Probable Cause?

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Many people ask, “What is probable cause?” Probable cause in Texas is a legal term that, in its simplest form, means that a certain circumstance occurred more probably than not. For instance, to arrest an individual, law enforcement must believe that it’s probable that he or she committed a crime. Probable cause is the standard of proof that’s applicable for an arrest, warrant, search, and seizure. ...

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