Texas Governor to Sign Limited Legalization Bill

  • Posted on: 31 May 2015
  • By: brent

(Originally posted by Stephen Carter at the Texas Cannabis Report: http://txcann.com/2015/05/31/texas-governor-says-hell-sign-medical-marij...)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that he will sign medical marijuana legislation on Monday.

Abbott issued a news advisory Sunday announcing a Monday bill signing ceremony with the authors of Senate Bill 339 — Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, and Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth.

Should I Allow a Warrantless Search of My Home?

  • Posted on: 1 May 2015
  • By: brent

The State of Texas has traditionally protected the rights of a citizen in their home, whether those rights involve self-defense, protection from creditors, or illegal police searches. But what exactly defines an illegal police search? The Texas Criminal Appeals Court recently delved into the latter issue in Turrubiate v. State,396 S.W.3d 147 (Tex.Crim.App. 2013). In Turrubiate, the defendant was arrested after a warrantless search and arrest in his home when law enforcement detected the strong odor of marijuana and entered under the auspices of protecting a child in the home. 

If the STOP was bad, why do I have to GO to jail?

  • Posted on: 1 May 2015
  • By: brent

The vast majority of our clients are angry at the circumstances of their arrest, and an overwhelming number of these arrests came as the result of a routine traffic stop that they characterize as illegal, warrantless, unreasonable, or the result of racial or cultural profiling. The stop was bad, many argue, so the fact that I was in possession of a gun, marijuana, paraphernalia, and conflict diamonds should never have been discovered.  We agree, when the stop is bad, and are more than happy to listen to these opinions and evaluate the cases honestly and expertly.

Is it RIGHT to drive on the LEFT?

  • Posted on: 1 May 2015
  • By: brent

In recent years the Texas Department of Transportation have posted over 3,400 somewhat confusing "Left Lane for Passing Only" signs on the state's roads. For those of us (all of us) who have lied under the unwritten rule that the left lane is the "fast lane", it seems counterintuitive to limit one lane to such a limited purpose. What's more, our clients who have encountered these signs all think the same thing: The rule is nonsensical and any ticket associated with the rule should be dismissed. If only that were the truth.

Brent G. Burpee - Attorney Profile

  • Posted on: 1 May 2015
  • By: brent

Brent Burpee is licensed by the Texas Bar after having gained valuable experience in Missouri and California on a wide variety of legal matters. While Brent's practice focuses on criminal defense, wills and probate law, and family law, he has worked countless hours on real estate, insurance, and consumer protection cases, and has recently expanded into employment and immigration law, areas of concern to many of our clients.

Am I Unlawfully Carrying My Firearm?

  • Posted on: 1 May 2015
  • By: brent

The National Rifle Association popularized the slogan “You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands”, and this motto has been echoed many times in the Lone Star State, where the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 stands as a historic symbol of he importance Texans associate with carrying firearms. Unfortunately, the Texas legislature has crafted a great many other situations where they can legally take your firearms, and violating these laws may prevent a gun owner from legally carrying a firearm in the future.

Crime and Punishment in the 2010s: Affluenza and the Criminal Defense Attorney

  • Posted on: 1 May 2015
  • By: brent

If there is any segment of society viewed with more disdain than judges, lawyers, and their political offshoots, it would almost definitely be criminals. Floating at the bottom of the criminal pool are those who have committed lethal crimes against innocent victims and show little remorse for their actions. As a criminal defense attorney, sometimes the clients who come to you have committed dangerous acts that cannot be defended on a moral ground, even if we must defend those clients on an ethical basis.
 

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