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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.483.8000 Attention! The City of Denton has now officially passed an ordinance that officially took place this past Monday, February 16, 2015. The City of Denton has made it illegal to have your phone in your hand while driving throughout the city. This includes texting, GPS, writing emails, checking emails, looking at photos, taking a ...
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  • What You May Not Know About DWI Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.483.8000 1. Although DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated – Driving Isn’t Necessarily Driving The elements of a Texas DWI require that the State prove a person was “operating” a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated. Driving and Operating are two different things. Whether ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.483.8000 The year 2015 is said to be one of the most interesting years. With all our advancements and setbacks made in previous years, American's are hopeful that this year will be different. In order to start off the New Year here are a couple of new laws that have passed for 2015. First I would like to talk about the new laws that are ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.580.2899 Often there are websites that are not regulated by most states because of their U.S. Constitutional rights of free speech. These websites obtain mugshots at the time of the arrest and post them. The problem with these websites is the fact that they cannot be regulated. So if a person gets arrested and it later becomes expunged, the ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.580.2899 We understand that being pulled over for a DWI is a very uncomfortable and nerve-wrecking situation. We are here for you; moreover, our main goal is to protect your rights. The legal definition of intoxication in Texas is: Not having the normal use of mental facilities by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 940.580.2899 Photo courtesy of google.com. A protective order is a civil court order issued to prevent continuing acts of family violence. Protective Orders can also be used to stop the person from committing further acts of violence, such as harassment, threats, or communication with the victim. Each protective order has certain conditions that ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 Image courtesy of google.com. In our last blog we mentioned that during an assault/ family violence case, by law the police must make an arrest. The question is, who is more likely to get arrested? Lets say we have a client who is married. Lets say he and his wife have a huge fight. The wife is accusing the husband of ...
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  • Safe Haven Law- Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas

    || 23-Jul-2014

    Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 Photo courtesy of google.com. Last week we talked about the tragic story of Justin Ross Harris and how he was charged with felony murder and cruelty to a child in the second-degree. We talked about his actions and possible motives for his actions. In our blog, we also talked about what the Texas law says about these ...
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  • Hung jury acquits defendant by mistake After convicting a co-defendant in a California burglary case, a Fresno jury deadlocked 8-4 on the charges against Bobby Lee Pearson. However, he was acquitted Wednesday when the jury mistakenly signed a not-guilty form, reports the Fresno Bee. A third defendant earlier took a plea. Polled as the verdict was announced, all 12 members of the panel nodded their ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 Written By: Tiffany Valdez- Social Media Intern When I think about the law, the first things that come to mind are freedom, patriotism, justice, and gray vs. black and white. Too often we hear people complaining about the laws, which I would admit are not perfect, but are put in place to protect its citizens from the ...
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  • Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon – What you need to know Law Offices of Tim Powers – Denton, Texas In the past we discussed unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon under Federal law. The same offense, while very different, can also be severe under Texas law. For example, a convicted felon may possess a firearm in the residence in which he lives once five years have elapsed ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 “I never thought this could happen to me,” is one of the most common phrases associated with DWI arrests. It’s so easy to just tell people “If you drink, don’t drive,” or “Get a friend to drive you home.” But let’s be honest, that is not going to stop them from getting ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 We are at a time in our lives where our dependence relies on social media. A few weeks ago we talked about the importance of knowing how we are protected online. Now it is safe to say that social media is now officially an ethical and smart tool used for lawyers. As of two weeks ago, the American Bar Association’s ...
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  • Federal Court Finds Upright Driving, Acne Suspicious Good posture while driving can contribute to reasonable suspicion that a driver is smuggling illegal aliens, federal appeals court finds. Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers Denton, Texas Driving with good posture, with hands at the classic ten and two position on the wheel, is sufficient reason to pull over a driver with a bad complexion, ...
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  • Our 4th Amendment Hangs on by a Thread – Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tip Tim Powers Criminal Defense Attorney Denton, Texas The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip. The 5-4 decision split the court’s two most conservative justices, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.580.2899 940.483.8000 Lt. John Foster of Williamson County, Texas was arrested and charged with DWI in June of 2013. DPS trooper Joseph Stuart was the one who arrested Foster. Trooper Stuart had testified that he saw Foster behind a window as a certified Breathalyzer operator conducted a Breathalyzer test for Foster. However, Foster’s ...
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  • Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas 940.483.8000940.580.2899 According to Florida State Law: (3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is ...
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  • Japan man granted retrial after 46 years on death row Hideko Hakamada has been campaigning on behalf of her brother for decades Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers – Denton, Texas A man who has been on death row for more than four decades has been granted a retrial by a Japanese court. Iwao Hakamada was sentenced to death in 1968 for killing his boss, the man’s wife and their two ...
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  • Supreme Court Deals Itself Out of Poker Case Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton Texas BestDentonCriminalAttorney.com The US Supreme Court has declined to decide whether poker is a contest of skill or is instead a game of chance covered by a federal law directed at illegal gambling. Groups representing millions of poker-playing Americans had hoped a victory for them would help clear the ...
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  • Judge rules Conroe man can be tried for crime 13 years later Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers Denton, Texas A Texas man accused of dousing a boy with gasoline and setting him on fire when he was a teenager can be tried as an adult for murder after the victim died from his burns nearly 13 years later, a judge ruled Thursday. Authorities allege that Don Willburn Collins was 13 when he attacked ...
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  • US Supreme Nullifies Part of 1965 Voting Rights Act Tim Powers 940.580.2899 The Supreme Court on Tuesday gutted a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965 to end a century of attempts by former slaveholding states to block blacks from voting. In a 5-4 ruling with the court’s conservatives in the majority, the justices ruled thatCongress had used obsolete reasoning in ...
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  • Supreme Court Sends Texas Affirmative Action Case Back to Lower Court In a decision that could narrow the use of affirmative action in American education, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a federal appeals court was wrong to dismiss a case arguing that the University of Texas illegally discriminated against a white college student when it rejected her application for admission. In a 7-1 ...
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  • One Can’t Remain Silent to Remain Silent Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers Denton, Texas If you’ve been arrested, and the police want to interrogate you, they will tell you that you have the right to remain silent. How do you assert that right? One way would be to say something like “I would like to remain silent.” Saying “I want a lawyer” should also stop ...
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  • Legislature Tightens Cell Phone Search Privacy – Texas Legislative Update Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas 9490.580.2899 You may not be aware that currently police do not need a warrant to search through your GPS locator in your cell phone, but that is about to change. The house passed House Bill 1608, which was added as an amendment to Senate Bill 1052, and stops the ...
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  • US officials recommend lowering DWI threshold to.05 blood alcohol Tim Powers Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas www.timpowers.com 940.580.2899 WASHINGTON — States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half— from.08 blood alcohol level to.05_matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries, a federal safety board recommended ...
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