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What’s the difference between DWI & DUI in Texas?

DWI vs. DUI In Texas, the terms DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and DUI (Driving Under the Influence) are often used interchangeably and they both refer to individuals operating a vehicle while intoxicated in a public place. However, under Texas law, “DWI” is the specific legal term for this offense, while “DUI” is only officially used to describe …

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Examining Why Criminal Intent is Essential to Effective Justice

Introduction In criminal law, criminal intent is the conscious desire to commit a crime or cause harm. It is an essential element of many crimes, and it must be proven beyond reasonable doubt for a person to be held liable for their actions. Criminal intent can vary across legal systems; some jurisdictions require only general …

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Navigating the Criminal Law Process: A Guide for the Accused

Introduction The criminal process can be confusing and overwhelming for anyone unfamiliar with the legal system. Therefore, it is essential to understand the various steps of this process and your rights at every stage. At each step, an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can provide invaluable assistance in protecting your interests and understanding the …

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The Importance of a Fair and Speedy Trial in Criminal Law

Introduction A fair and speedy trial is a fundamental right guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution’s Sixth Amendment, which states that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial…” This amendment aims to ensure that those accused of an offense are given adequate opportunity for their defense …

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