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Legalization of Hemp in Texas
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: April 2, 2019
  • Category: Legalization

What is the Impact of the Legalization of Hemp in Texas? On April 5, 2019, hemp will be removed from Texas' list of Schedule I controlled substances. The big question that remains is what, if any, impact will this have on legality of hemp-derived products in Texas? Many legal experts believe that removing hemp from Schedule I does not mean…Read More

Deadly Weapons in Texas: Definitions and Consequences
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: January 23, 2019
  • Category: Deadly Weapons

What is a Deadly Weapon Under Texas Law?  And What Does a Deadly Weapon Finding Have on a Case? There are two ways something can be defined as a deadly weapon in Texas Under Texas criminal law, there are two ways in which to categorize deadly weapons. The first way is "By design" or "per se."  Such objects include firearms or…Read More

  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: January 14, 2019
  • Category: Drug possession

Penalties for drug possession with intent to deliver: In Texas, the applicable penalty for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver depends on both the quantity and the Penalty Group (each substance is assigned a penalty group). Common substances that fall into Penalty Group 1 are methamphetamine and cocaine. There are other considerations, as well, such as…Read More

Drug Possession: Who Gets Charged With Multiple Passengers?
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: January 8, 2019
  • Category: Drug possession

Drug possession and multiple passengers The Texas Penal Code classifies drugs into one of several categories. Possession of marijuana is classified in its own category. The potential punishment under the law depends on the amount or weight of the drug, a topic for another blog. In order to be convicted of drug possession, the state's prosecuting attorney must prove beyond reasonable doubt…Read More

Criminal History: When Misdemeanors Threaten Prison Time
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: January 6, 2019
  • Category: Criminal history

In Texas, some misdemeanor crimes can turn into felony offenses.  Felony offenses are much more serious than misdemeanors for several reasons, the most obvious being that they carry prison sentences.  The following is a discussion on the most common misdemeanors that can result in felony charges. Assault Family Violence (Domestic Violence) In Texas, misdemeanor family violence cases can evolve into felony charges.  How?  Under…Read More

Federal Law Sentencing: The First Step Act
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: December 27, 2018
  • Category: Federal law

On December 21, 2018, President Trump signed into law The First Step Act, a federal sentencing reform act which passed both houses of Congress with strong bipartisan support. Here, we will discuss the highlights from this legislation. Reduction of Sentences for Crack-Cocaine Offenses Nearly 2,600 federal inmates will benefit from sentence reductions for crack-cocaine convictions under The First Step Act.…Read More

Can the Police Search My Cell Phone | Part 1 of 2
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: December 16, 2018
  • Category: Police Search

The answer depends on the circumstances. If a police officer asks for your consent to search your phone and you provide consent, then yes, they may search your phone. You should never give police consent to search anything, including your phone, even if you believe nothing incriminating will be found. You don't want to find out the hard way that…Read More

Arrested During the Holidays?
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: December 11, 2018
  • Category: Arrest

The holiday season means an abundance of things: festivities, family, and gift-giving. All of these things are good in moderation, of course. But, we live in a society of abundance and pressure to create "the perfect" holiday experience, which can lead to overindulgence and unfortunate legal consequences. It is no surprise that year after year, we see an increase in the following…Read More

  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: December 6, 2018
  • Category: DWI

The year 2017 was good for first time Driving While Intoxicated offenders in Texas. In that year, Texas lawmakers agreed to allow some first-time DWI offenders to petition the court for a nondisclosure, which would seal their DWI record from public access. This new and long-awaited opportunity is found in Texas Government Code Sections 411.0731 (applies to those placed on…Read More

Can My Past Crimes Be Used Against Me?
  • By: Ryan Hardy of Hardy Law Group, PLLC
  • Published: December 6, 2018
  • Category: Past Crimes

Short answer is yes, your past can be used against you in Texas. There are numerous ways in which your past crimes can be used against you in Texas in a criminal case, but here I will only address how your criminal history can be used to enhance a punishment range in a criminal case. Texas law allows the prosecutor…Read More

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