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Whether you’re looking for more information on charges you’re currently facing or looking for ways to educate yourself on Texas law, the Guzman Law Firm blog is full of valuable insights for any Texan. Filter through a multitude of topics for advice, informaton, and more in our blog.
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What Is Human Smuggling in Texas?

Human smuggling, particularly in areas like Texas, has become a significant legal and humanitarian issue. When discussing “what is human smuggling,” it’s vital to differentiate it from human trafficking, another...
CDL driver with his hands on the wheel of a semi-truck

Truck Drivers Smuggling Drugs in Texas: What You Need to Know

Truck drivers are no strangers to the long Texas highways, on which the trucking industry serves as a major artery of commerce, vital for transporting goods across the nation. It...
White semi truck driving on foggy highway.

How To Get a CDL Back After Suspension in Texas

Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) are essential to the livelihoods of countless Americans who drive commercial vehicles for a living. Those drivers who are entrusted to keep our economy running smoothly...
Drugs smuggled inside a spare tire being discovered by police.

How To Get a Drug Trafficking Charge Dismissed

Drug trafficking charges are incredibly serious offenses that can carry life-altering consequences for the convicted. If you or a loved one are facing drug trafficking charges in Texas, you’re likely...
Vials of powdered drugs atop a table covered with $100 bills.

What Are the Elements of Conspiracy To Distribute Charges?

Federal drug conspiracy charges are as serious as they sound, sometimes carrying millions of dollars in penalties and landing the convicted in prison for life, but what are the elements...
Two border patrol agents look out onto the highway for passing trucks.

What Truck Drivers Need To Know About Illegal Search and Seizure

Truck drivers know all about having to submit to inspection of their freight, whether it’s at a weigh station, border patrol checkpoint, or in some cases, even being pulled over...
Truck driver standing in front of his truck looking at the camera with crossed arms.

How Do I Get an Alien Smuggling Waiver?

For both Americans and immigrants alike, alien smuggling charges can cause long-lasting damage in the form of steep fines, jail time, and revocation of your rights. You may have heard...
Overhead view of tens of multicolored trucks waiting for a border control checkpoint.

What To Expect When Facing Human Smuggling Charges as a Truck Driver

Human smuggling charges are serious offenses that can mean spending decades in state and federal prisons if convicted. Texas is tough on truckers accused of human smuggling and has become...
Older truck driver drinks beer behind the wheel of his box truck.

What Happens if You Get a DWI With a CDL License in Texas?

As if having a DWI conviction on your record is not enough, DWI penalties for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders can be even more steep in the Lone Star State...
Person trapped in an illegally smuggled container

What is the Difference Between Smuggling and Trafficking?

Do you know the difference between smuggling and trafficking laws in Texas? The distinction between the two is critical due to the massive difference in punishment and intent between these...
Marijuana joints on a table.

Is Marijuana Possession a Federal Crime?

It’s understandable to feel confused and overwhelmed by the complexity surrounding the legality of marijuana possession in the United States. The combination of the state laws that have seen marijuana...
Border patrol car driving along the Mexican border

Texas Laws on Harboring Illegal Immigrants

In the Lone Star State, the issue of illegal immigration is a hot-button topic fraught with complexities and challenges. It’s an issue that elicits strong emotions, stirring deep empathy for...
Man holding out a recreational marijuana joint

How Much Weed is a Felony in Texas?

Because weed is still federally illegal, and the criminalization of personal-use marijuana is a state-level decision, the laws and penalties surrounding possession can vary greatly from state to state. This...
Businessman counting 100 dollar bills

What to Know About Facing Embezzlement Charges in Texas

If you or a loved one are facing embezzlement charges in Texas you should prepare yourself for the severe legal consequences that often follow. Considered a white-collar crime, embezzlement involves...
Border police officer looking out over a field

Punishment for Aiding and Abetting an Illegal Alien in Texas

In the complex world of immigration law, many don’t understand the consequences of aiding and abetting an illegal alien in Texas. The Lone Star State is a state known for...
Man standing in the street with a baseball bat

The Difference Between Assault vs. Battery

Outside of the realm of criminal law, the terms “assault” and “battery” are often used interchangeably, leading to a common misunderstanding that they denote the same act. In most states...
Student couple walking at school with their backpacks on, the man with his arm around the girl.

What Is the Age of Consent in Texas?

The age of consent is a critical legal concept that establishes the minimum age at which an individual can legally engage in sexual activities with another person. Every state in...
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The Self-Defense Laws in Texas

Everyone in the great state of Texas has a right to defend themselves, their loved ones, and their property. But where is the line drawn between protecting oneself and committing...
Silhouette of two people crossing through a barbed fence.

What is the Punishment for Crossing the Border Illegally?

We’ve done a bit of writing about the penalties associated with human smuggling charges in Texas (or the punishment for bringing people across the border illegally), but what is the...
'Welcome to Texas' sign at the border.

What Is the Punishment for Bringing People Across the Border?

What is the punishment for bringing people across the border? Unfortunately human smuggling, also known as alien smuggling under federal law, is a big problem here in Texas. And while...
Man is crestfallen as officer presents him a breathalyzer test.

Is Drunk Driving a Felony in Texas?

We all know that Texas courts are tough on those accused of DWI, but is drunk driving a felony in Texas? Penalties for DWI will vary drastically based on the...
US Border Patrol booth at night

What is the Punishment for Harboring Illegal Immigrants?

What is the punishment for harboring illegal immigrants? Harboring illegal immigrants is one of many federal alien smuggling crimes, for which good people can find themselves in serious trouble —...
Young woman holding up her license in her car

How Do You Get Your License Back After a DWI in Texas?

If you’ve recently gotten a DWI in the Lone Star State, you’re likely wondering how to get your license back after a DWI in Texas. Life doesn’t go on hold...
Statute of Limitations on Theft in Texas

Statute of Limitations on Theft in Texas

According to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the statute of limitations on theft in Texas is generally five years after the alleged date of the crime. This means that...
Man in handcuffs, how to beat a simple assault charge in Texas

How to Beat a Simple Assault Charge in Texas

If you or a loved one has been charged with assault, you are likely wondering how to beat a simple assault charge in Texas. The first thing to do after...
What You Need to Know if You’re Facing First-Time Drug Possession Charges in Texas

What You Need to Know if You’re Facing First-Time Drug Possession Charges in Texas

If you or a loved one are facing first-time drug possession charges in Texas you’re likely wondering how severe drug possession penalties in Texas really are, and what options you...
How to Choose a DWI Defense Lawyer

How to Choose a DWI Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a DWI and are looking for a DWI defense lawyer you may be wondering how to choose the right attorney. Not only is choosing...
What To Do If You’re Arrested for DWI in Texas

What To Do If You’re Arrested for DWI in Texas

If you have been arrested for DWI (driving while intoxicated) in Texas, you are likely feeling scared and anxious. Your mind is probably racing with questions and picturing the worst-case...
First DWI in Texas: What to Expect

First DWI in Texas: What to Expect

Facing a first DWI in Texas can be nerve-wracking and stressful. What probably started out as an innocent night on the town with a few drinks quickly ended with your...
2nd DWI In Texas: Penalties And The Possibilities Of Jail Time

2nd DWI in Texas: Penalties and The Possibilities of Jail Time

If you’re facing charges for a 2nd DWI in Texas, it’s important to understand that the consequences will be different than they were on your first DWI. Though Texas law...
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Is a DWI a Felony in Texas?

Is a DWI a Felony in Texas? Texas courts are tough on DWI no matter how they are charged, but first-time offenders are much more likely to get a forgiving...

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