Blog Posts in 2011

  • The Layman's Guite on How to Handle a DWI Stop

    || 7-Nov-2011

    The Layman’s Guide on How to Handle a DWI Stop WHAT IF I’M STOPPED FOR DWI? WHAT SHOULD I DO ? 1. Think first, use common sense, and be open minded ! First, don’t drink alcohol or use drugs and then drive! No one likes drunk drivers as they are clearly a danger to themselves and others. No sane person would be happy to be on the receiving end of a 3,500 pound projectile being ...
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  • If You're Stopped for a Denton County, Texas DWI

    || 7-Nov-2011

    The Layman’s Guide on How to Handle a DWI Stop WHAT IF I’M STOPPED FOR DWI? WHAT SHOULD I DO ? 1. Think first, use common sense, and be open minded ! First, don’t drink alcohol or use drugs and then drive! No one likes drunk drivers as they are clearly a danger to themselves and others. No sane person would be happy to be on the receiving end of a 3,500 pound projectile being ...
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  • Tim Powers 940.580.2899 Theft is a broad criminal charge in Texas that includes a range of offenses from shoplifting to bouncing checks to buying stolen property. The punishments generally depend on the value of the stolen item, and can be as little as a fine or as serious as prison time in extreme cases. The Texas Penal Code defines theft as taking someone else’s property without consent, ...
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  • Michael Jackson Murder Trial Goes to Jury.

    || 4-Nov-2011

    After six weeks of listening, jurors in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michael Jackson’s doctor began deliberations Friday morning. Their discussions behind closed doors in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse could lead to the conviction or acquittal of Dr. Conrad Murray, whom the panel has heard described alternately as an inept and opportunistic physician or a naïve outsider ...
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  • Great Results for Denton County DWI cases.

    || 3-Nov-2011

    Great Results for DWI charges in Denton County The Law office of Tim Powers in the past 30 days has had 4 misdemeanor Denton County DWI cases dismissed or not filed, had one DWI 2nd offense reduced to Obstruction of a Highway or Passageway, had a DWI 2nd offense reduced to a DWI 1st offense (blood test was over the legal limit), and a DWI felony case (DWI with child under 15) reduced from a State ...
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  • DWI Denton County - Refusal of the Portable Breath Test

    || 26-Oct-2011

    What is a portable breath test device and if I refuse it, will I lose my license ? by Tim Powers 940.580.2899 www.timpowers.com A portable breath test device, commonly referred to as a PBT, is an electronic alcohol breath tester. It is generally the size of a cigarette package and is carried by the officer in the field as a tool to help him determine if a driver is intoxicated. These devices are ...
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  • KTLA News 3:31 p.m. PDT, October 22, 2011 DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A defense lawyer is facing charges Saturday after he allegedly tried to smuggle drugs to his jailed client. Sheriff’s deputies say Kenneth Markman, 47, tried to smuggle 26 balloons of heroin and methamphetamine to a gang member in custody at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Downtown L.A. Friday ...
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  • New Texas Laws Take Effect Today

    || 1-Sep-2011

    About 700 new state laws take effect today in Texas. Here’s a look at some of them: – On election days, Texas voters will be required to show photo identification before casting ballots. – Drivers will no longer have to slow down to 65 mph at night on most highways but can keep driving the daytime speed limit. The 65 mph night and truck speed limit signs are to be removed from ...
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  • Summary of Some of the Many 2011 New Texas Criminal Laws

    || 24-Aug-2011

    ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY SB 844 – Under the law prior to the passage of SB 844 a loophole existed in the Texas Penal Code. Under the Penal Code, an individual commits an offense if that individual were to evade a peace officer attempting to place them under arrest or who escapes from custody after they have been arrested. Additionally, under the Penal Code, a peace officer has the ability to ...
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  • New Laws Effective September 1, 2011 – Using or Claiming to Hold Fraudulent Military Record by Tim Powers 940.580.2899 www.timpowers.com This is the first in the series of new laws enacted by the Texas Legislature. These laws take effect September 1, 2011 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Subchapter D, Chapter 32, Penal Code, is amended by adding Section ...
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  • Criminal Arrests in Denton County Texas and the Foreign National Tim Powers www.timpowers.com We receive a lot of contacts from foreign nationals that have concerns after being arrested in Texas. The questions usually concern an immigration hold. When and how does an immigration hold occur? Federal rules dictate ( 8 C.F.R. § 287.6) : (d) Temporary detention at Department request. Upon a ...
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  • Wrongful DWI Convictions by Tim Powers 940.580.2899 www.timpowers.com A recent headline decried the number of wrongful drunk driving convictions – placing the number at nearly four thousand – without specifying the locale or time frame (or even source) of this proclamation. However, what the story lacks in credibility it more than makes up for by staggering our sensibilities. If, ...
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  • Assault by “Impeding the Normal Breathing or Circulation” By Denton County, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Tim Powers 940.580.2899 www.timpowers.com In 2008, the Texas Legislature amended the assault statute to add section 22.01(b)(2)(B) which makes it a 3rd degree felony when, “the offense is committed by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or ...
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  • Assault by “Impeding the Normal Breathing or Circulation” By Denton County, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Tim Powers 940.580.2899 www.timpowers.com In 2008, the Texas Legislature amended the assault statute to add section 22.01(b)(2)(B) which makes it a 3rd degree felony when, “the offense is committed by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or ...
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  • More Reasons Not to Blow !!!!

    || 30-Jul-2011

    More Reasons Not to Blow !! Tim Powers, Denton Criminal Defense Attorney Aggressive DWI Defense www.timpowers.com www.dwitexas.org House Bill 1199 became law on June 17, and will become effective for cases arising on or after September 1, 2011. What this law does is enhance the misdemeanor class of a DWI 1st if it is shown at trial that the suspect had a breath, blood or urine test greater than ...
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