Category Archives: Criminal Law

Our Lewisville criminal attorneys help clients facing misdemeanors and felonies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Could I Lose My Student Loans for a Drug Conviction?

There are multiple consequences you could face if you are convicted of drug possession in Texas or other states. Depending on the nature of the charges and other factors, you could have a more difficult time securing employment or housing. You could face time in jail or prison. Many people may not be aware that you can also lose access to federal student loans or grants for a drug conviction. You can lose eligibility for federal student loans for drug crimes, such as intent to sell or possession. However, there is a catch to this rule. In order to lose eligibility, the crime must have been committed while you were still receiving federal student aid. A hypothetical scenario can explain this rule further. Let’s say, for instance, that you were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in February, while you were enrolled in college courses and receiving federal student…
Read More »

Posted in Criminal Law | Tagged , | Leave a comment

What Are Alternatives to Incarceration in Texas?

Sentencing for a criminal conviction does not always mean you will have to serve time in jail or prison. There may be community supervision options that allow you to avoid a period of incarceration. Multiple factors could determine whether you are eligible for these options. Alternatives to incarceration in Texas include: Deferred adjudication. You will be required to meet the terms outlined by the court. Once these terms are completed, the charges against you are dismissed. The charges and arrest would still appear on your record. However, you may try to see if you can have the record sealed. This community supervision option may be possible if you are a first-time offender. Probation. This is another standard community supervision option in Texas. You will be required to meet the terms of your probation, such as drug testing or visits with the probation officer. Unlike deferred adjudication, there is a record…
Read More »

Posted in Criminal Law | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Can I Get an Expungement in Texas?

An arrest record or criminal conviction can make your life more difficult in several ways. You may have a harder time finding certain jobs. Some apartment complexes may refuse to offer you a lease. However, there are circumstances where you could have your record expunged. This is a process where your arrest or conviction is removed from the public record. Not everyone can receive an expungement in Texas. You may be eligible if: Criminal charges were not filed against you. Your criminal charges were dismissed. You were convicted as a minor for certain alcohol-related offenses. Your criminal charge resulted in a not guilty verdict. You were convicted but later acquitted by the trial court or Criminal Court of Appeals. There are other criteria that may be considered while seeking an expungement. If you are eligible, there are multiple benefits to seeking an expungement. For instance, you may have access to…
Read More »

Posted in Criminal Law | Tagged , , | Leave a comment