Blog Posts in October, 2012

  • Texas could increase beer taxes to prevent DWI

    || 30-Oct-2012

    Stop DWI Pushes For Beer Tax in Texas CBS 7 News October 28, 2012 MIDLAND, TX – A Midland group is pushing for a tax increase on beer. Stop DUI and other advocates have worked on the issue of increasing the exise tax on beer. The group says they are attempting to get the issue on the floor of the Texas House or Senate. They say that per capita, Texas consumes more been than any other state ...
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  • Was the Police Search Legal ?????

    || 29-Oct-2012

    Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 To search and seize evidence, reasonableness is again the mainstay requirement. In order to meet this requirement, a warrant is required unless one of the six exceptions applies. Consider however, that in order to get to the point of requiring a warrant, one must first have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the place searched ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 If you're playing the Star Spangled Banner in Michigan, you'd better do it right, or you may be committing a CRIME! It is a crime to play it wrong under the Michigan Penal Code. MCL 750.541 provides that no person, firm or corporation, owning or being in control as manager or otherwise, of any theater, motion picture hall, ...
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  • The Police Did Not Read Me My Miranda Rights!

    || 25-Oct-2012

    Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 "I was arrested but the police did not read me my rights! " As a criminal defense lawyer, I hear this complaint from many clients. This statement is usually followed by the question or assertion that because of this glaring omission on the part of the police officer, it should be easy for me to have their case dismissed. ...
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  • Drink, Drive, Go to Jail; IS NOT THE LAW!

    || 23-Oct-2012

    We have all heard the Drink, Drive, Go to Jail campaign on TV and Radio, and seen it all over the billboards located across Denton County and the DFW Metroplex. It is a catchy little slogan that seems to drive home the law enforcement mantra that drinking and driving is illegal in Texas and if you do it, we(the police) are going to put you in JAIL! The problem with all the government agencies ...
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  • 9 felonies alleged in 6-vehicle DWI crash

    || 22-Oct-2012

    Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 A driver in Indiana who had a blood-alcohol level of more than six times the legal limit when he slammed into five vehicles last month at a Fort Wayne intersection now faces nine felony counts. The afternoon of Sept. 27, employees at Grabill Bank in Leo-Cedarville helped the accused driver, Gabriel A. Biddle, change a flat tire on ...
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  • Supreme Court to take up Arizona voter law

    || 19-Oct-2012

    Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Arizona may require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote in federal elections. The federal appeals court in San Francisco had blocked the state law, saying it conflicted with a federal one. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case early ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 Law enforcement officials are increasingly turning to social media networks to help fight crime, according to a recent study discussed in a CNBC article. Four out of five police investigators have admitted to using social media in their efforts to catch criminals, according to a fascinating survey conducted by LexisNexis. The ...
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  • Woman Faces Criminal Charges for Stabbing Over Board Game

    || 17-Oct-2012

    Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 This week's bizarre crime story comes courtesy of a woman in New Mexico who faces assault charges for stabbing a man after a dispute over the rules of the popular board game Monopoly. According to The Smoking Gun, 60-year-old Laura Chavez and her boyfriend were playing monopoly at the woman's Santa Fe apartment when the two ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 In a bizarre turn of events for a case against a fugitive doctor, federal prosecutors have dropped drug charges against an alleged renegade physician because the vast trove of evidence related to the case is too expensive to maintain. The doctor, Armando Angulo, was indicted in 2007 for allegedly leading a lucrative scheme that ...
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  • Surprising DWI Facts

    || 15-Oct-2012

    Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 Check out these surprising DWI facts. More information can be found at: If a defendant pleads guilty or no contest to a DWI case – there will always be a conviction on a criminal record (no such thing as a deferred adjudication on DWI cases). If there was an accident involved – there can be great ...
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  • Do you understand what expunction is?

    || 11-Oct-2012

    What is an Expunction? An Expunction order virtually wipes clean the records of the arrest, booking and court proceedings from the local, state, and federal records. After the entry of an expunction order, the release, dissemination, or use of the expunged records and files for any purpose is prohibited by law. Why Have an Arrest Expunged? A clean criminal record is something no one should take ...
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  • Expungement: What does it mean for your record?

    || 9-Oct-2012

    This article was found at: Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 Legally Speaking: Can we pretend that never happened? Posted on October 8, 2012 3:22 PM By John G. Browning Most states, including Texas, have laws allowing for the expungement of criminal convictions under ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 Tuesday, a mom of four in England sealed her fate with a click of the mouse: Hayley Jones changed her Facebook status from "married" to "single" and was fatally stabbed by Brian Lewis, a jealous boyfriend, according to the London Daily Mail. Jones isn't the first to meet a tragic end after a seemingly ...
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  • Can the Cybercrime Law pass Constitutional muster?

    || 2-Oct-2012

    Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 By Atty. Edsel Tupaz Posted at 10/01/2012 10:15 PM | Updated as of 10/01/2012 10:23 PM There seems to be an internet firestorm going on about the recent enactment of the Cybercrime Prevention Law, the short title of Republic Act 10175. A reading of the substance of the text points to espionage of e-databases and e-resources. It ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Office of Tim Powers 940.580.2899 Info box: "By the numbers" Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 4:49 PM CDT Rank: 49 3 time offenders: 124,662 5 time offenders: 18,271 DUI Fatalities: 1,259 % of total traffic deaths DUI related 42 % of change in DUI fatalities from previous to current year: 0.5 State subsidy of drunk driving fatalities: $5.9 Billion ...
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