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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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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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Tips for Avoiding a DUI During the Holidays

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

The holiday season is here. More of us will dine out, go to parties, and enjoy alcoholic beverages. This adds up to higher odds of getting arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that alcohol-related traffic fatalities increased during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season. (more…)

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Texas Alcohol Laws: What You Need to Know About Boating While Intoxicated

Posted on September 6, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Most Texans understand the dangers and potential punishments associated with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (DWI), but many don’t know it’s illegal to drink alcohol or use drugs when boating. In Texas, operating a boat or water vessel when under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances can mean facing harsh criminal penalties. This post focuses on what you need to know about boating while...

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What You Need to Know About Reckless Driving in Texas

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Reckless driving is a serious crime in the state of Texas. An individual commits the offense of reckless driving by operating a motor vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of another person or property. Reckless driving refers to an individual’s indifference to others’ safety. Under Tex. Transp. Code Ann. § 5405.401 (2016), a driver can be charged with reckless driving even if he or...

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