Houston’s Expert on Criminal Defense

Facing jail time due to a felony or misdemeanor criminal offense, or allegation thereof, is no laughing matter. Its almost always smart to hire a Houston lawyer who has a strong history of positive performance when it comes to successfully winning in court for people who have been accused and arrested by law enforcement. Houston criminal lawyer Tad A. Nelson, Board Certified, is more than willing to help you out of your woes with the legal system. Use the contact information below to get help.

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The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates

Attorney Tad Nelson is a criminal defense attorney law firm based in Houston, Texas.
Addr: 1221 Studewood St, Ste# 1225
Houston, TX | 77008 | USA

Tel: 713-802-1631

Houston’s Expert on Criminal Defense

Serial Killers Dean Coril – The Houston Murders

He committed crimes so chilling that hardened Houston and Texas area detectives were left in shock at the murder scenes left by the savagery of Dean Coril. Back in the early 1970’s, a number of boys went missing from the Houston Heights area of Houston and most of them were killed at the hands of Dean Coril.

Dean Coril’s Victims:

1. Billy Baulch, 17
2. Billy Ridinger-survived
3. Danny Yates, 14
4. David Hilligiest, 13
5. Donald Waldrop, 15
6. Frank Anthony Aguirre, 18
7. Gregory Malley Winkle, 16
8. Homer Garcia, 15
9. James Dreymala, 13
10. James Glass, 14
11. Jeffrey Konen, 18
12. Jerry Waldrop, 13
13. John Sellars, 17
14. Johnny Delone, 16
15. Joseph Lyles, 17
16. Mark Scott, 17
17. Marty Jones, 18.
18. Michael ‘Tony’ Baulch, 15
19. Randall Harvey, 15
20. Rhonda Williams -survived
21. Richard Kepner, 19
22. Ruben Watson, 17
23. Steven Sickman, 17
24. Tim Kerley-survived
25. Wally Jay Simoneaux, 14
26. Willard ‘Rusty’ Branch, Jr. , 17
27. Charles Cary Cobble, 17
28. Richard Hembree, 13

Galveston, TX and DUI Offenses

The worse thing that can happen to you if you are visiting Galveston, TX is to get pulled over by the police department, arrested for DWI, and thrown into the Galveston County Jail.

Galveston DWI Arrests are Understandable

Every weekend people from all over the southeast Texas region travel to Galveston to enjoy its beaches and its surfside atmosphere. A number of these people also indulge in the consumption of alcoholic beverages during their visit to the island as well. Some, without regard for the fact that they will have to drive back home. This creates an atmosphere conducive to driving drunk.

Preventing DWI Arrests in Galveston

One of the ways that you can exercise some proactivity if you intend to venture onto Galveston Island for some fun and partying is to take measures to avoid environments and situations that will leave you susceptible to drunk driving. Don’t go all the way to Galveston and engage in the consumption of alcoholic beverages unless you intend to rent a hotel room, or have someone with you who can serve as your designated driver.

Another thing you can do is ride with someone else and leave your vehicle at home, or better yet, don’t drink any alcohol in the first place.

Arrested in Galveston?

If you’ve been arrested in Galveston, TX for drunk driving then you’ll need to talk with a lawyer with experience fighting DWI cases in Galveston for the best chance of limiting the potential criminal penalties for the offense. In some cases, attorney Tad Nelson of The Nelson Firm can get the case dismissed, or get the jury to find you not guilty depending the details of the case, and even if you are found guilty there is the possibility that he can get you probation instead of jail time.

Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, if you are accused of a DWI offense, talk with a lawyer as soon as possible.

The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation

One of the more media hyped crimes of the last decade is the Scott Peterson investigation for the murder of Laci Peterson. A pregnant women who was missing for four months until her body washed up on a beach. Laci Peterson was 8 months pregnant at the time of her disappearance and her family knew her so well that they instantly knew there was a problem when she came up missing. Laci Peterson came up missing on Christmas Eve of 2002.


When the police got involved in the investigation they immediately questioned Scott where he made a fatal mistake; he provided an alibi before the homicide detectives investigating the case even asked for one. From the start, the actions of Scott Peterson change the type of investigation from that of a missing person to that of a murder investigation.

Scott left no hard to find evidence for the police. He may as well of confessed to the murder.

On Death Row For Capital Murder – Blaine Milam

Blaine Milam was found guilty for the torture and murder of a 13 month old toddler. The crime took place in Montgomery County, Texas. The mother of the slain child, Jessica Carson, was sentenced to life without parole for her complicity in the murder.

According to reports, they killed the baby in some form of exorcism due to the fact they felt that young Aurora Carson had demon spirits within her. When this type of heinous crime occurs it pays a much needed respect to the death penalty in Texas, and in other state that still has the moral fortitude to do whats right and remove animals from our society. Society has no place for people who can kill toddlers and brutally massacre them on a whim.

The Victim

The Victim of the Crime was Amora Carson. This is why its a good thing we have the death penalty in Texas. let em fry! Source of Image

Its clear that these people should be burned as lethal injection is far too nice a method of putting capital murderers to death. According to the investigation by law enforcement, the murderers went shopping hours after the child was dead, and after they went shopping.

They caused injuries to the infant’s vaginal vault.

The killers claimed that Amora, the 13 month old infant, attacked herself with a hammer. Her bone breaks were in a spiral shape meaning her bones were twisted and broken, and the child had more than 15 fractures and was “badly broken” by the time police got to her.

There were also 24 adult bite marks on the toddler’s body that belonged to Blaine Milam as confirmed by DNA evidence.

The DWI Arrest That Never Happened

I remember way back in 1997 when a friend from Galveston, and I, went out to party in southwest Houston right after we graduated college. I think we may have left early that night, at maybe around 8:30pm or 9ish, so we could grab some liquor get a good few hours of prepartying in prior to our debut on the club scene.

And there we were. Speeding like maniacs in our cars, following each other quasi-racing, as we left the east side, took I-10 West towards downtown Houston, then swung south at downtown on Highway 59 on our way to a nightclub on Bissonnet St. Before you know it, it was 10:30pm and we wouldn’t have too much time to hang out with our buddy, that we normally visit, who lived in the area near the club we were visiting.

We had a few drinks and were on our way out the door, on the way to the club which was about 2 blocks up the road. We took my car since I was the least buzzed.

The DWI Arrest in Houston that Never Happened

We passed the first traffic light, then we noticed red and blue lights flashing behind us.

You know what it is. Its the police.

A Houston DWI Arrest in the Making

We looked at each other and it seems we had the same thought; “There’s no way we’re drunk, so we’re good.”

After stopping for the police, they claimed to have smelled what they assumed was alcohol on our breath. Both of us being law students, we realized that if we try to beat the rap, we won’t beat the ride. However, there was a local attorney that visited our class and said to always be polite and honest with police, but with judgment.

The reason he said to use good judgment was because sometimes you can talk yourself into an arrest, and other times not talking can be construed as a refusal to cooperate.

Dealing with the Houston Police Department during DWI stops is a delicate situation which deserves care. We told the Houston police officer that we were from the east side of town, as evident by the address on our drivers licenses, and stopped by a friends house before heading to the club.

He asked us if we had been drinking, and I said yes, but I was not intoxicated because I intended to get sloppy drunk at the club and was saving some space. He laughed and let me off with a warning for running a stop sign 2 miles back before we got back on Bissonnet. Seems he had been following behind us in his squad car for a while.

Arrested for DWI in Houston or Galveston?

If you or a family member has been arrested by police for a DWI offense in Houston, Galveston, or League City, and are facing a court date in Harris County, or Galveston County, contact a lawyer who can help you fight the charges in the court of law. DWI can be charged as a felony offense, or a misdemeanor depending on the details. Talk with an attorney for information about what can do if you’ve been charged with a DWI.

The DWI Arrest That Never Happened

Cocaine and Related Criminal Penalties in Texas

The highly potent stimulant substance commonly referred to as cocaine is derived from the leaves of a South American plant. The plant is called the coca plant and the leaves of the coca plant are used to create the illegal drug known as cocaine.

Crack cocaine is a cheaper version on the drug based on a formula that some say was created by a government (USA) chemist during the CIA’s trafficking of cocaine into America and black neighborhoods during the 60’s and 70’s.

Cocaine hydrochloride is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant (Erythroxylon coca), which is indigenous to the Andean highlands of South America. In its extracted and purified form, it is one of the most potent stimulants of natural origin (Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA], 1995). For thousands of years, the Native Americans in the Andean region have chewed coca leaves to relieve fatigue, much as present-day Americans chew tobacco. Just as tea and coffee are brewed as refreshments or “pick-me-ups,” the Andean natives brewed coca leaves into a tea. Furthermore, Andean groups have historically burned or smoked various parts of the coca plant as part of their religious and medicinal practices (Siegel, 1982). However, none of these other uses has had the same impact as purified cocaine hydrochloride.

Excerpt From History of Cocaine Use in America

Trafficking Cocaine Into America

At the outset of the crack epidemic, cocaine was trafficked into America by the Central Intelligence Agency during the Reagan Era of the 1980’s. The main method of getting cocaine into America today is by submarine, and to a much larger extent, either over or under the Mexico-USA boarder. Some statistics indicate that between 60 and 70% of all cocaine that enters America comes in via the south west boarder. However, some cocaine does come in via human mules, big rig trucks, and via private aircraft.

Cocaine

The main suppliers of cocaine to the United States and the rest of the world are the drug cartels and drug lords in Columbia. Colombian drug lords enter into deals with Mexican drug cartels or drug smugglers to get their loads into the United States.

The bulk of the American cocaine trade, in major cities, are controlled by South American drug lords who are also the reason behind the creation of Mexican drug lords/traffickers who have begun to control major cities in the southern U.S.

Despite the best efforts of the Unites States’ “War on Drugs”, the cost of cocaine is lower than ever and the availability is greater than it was 25 years ago. Source

As you can see, the corrupt federal government of the United States has no measurable interest in curving the flow of cocaine in America. Why should they? I believe that if we remove every dollar from the drug trade out of the economies of the world the corrupted world financial establishment would collapse with the quickness. Its important to understand that cocaine, or illegal drugs, are never going anywhere and are here in part to the best efforts of factions within the United States power structure.

Effects of Cocaine on Its User

Low Dosage Addicts

  • Feelings of euphoria along with an immediate rush.
  • The cocaine high also provides for feelings of super strength, high confidence, and invincibility.
  • Users of the drug also feel a sense of well being when on the drug.
  • Cocaine users will often become more loquacious or either quiet.
  • Along with an increased libido, cocaine users will often have higher levels of anxiety, agitation, and panic.
  • Other side affects are unpredictable violence, aggressive behavior, paranoia, and dry mouth.
  • Some coke heads and crack-fiends don’t even need as much sleep as a normal person would.
  • Using cocaine also increases the breathing rate and heart pulse of the addict.

High Dosage Addicts

  • Heavy cocaine users may experience a cocaine psychosis in which they begin seeing things, having delusions, and becoming increasingly violent.
  • Strokes, Convulsions, and brain hemorrhaging is commonplace among heavier cocaine users.
  • Kidney failure, hypothermia, chest pains, and sleep disorders are also caused by heavy cocaine users.

Addiction is also a common side effect of habitual cocaine use. Addiction creates crimes which is why Texas takes a harsh approach on drug crimes and the prosecution of such. When people are hopelessly addicted to cocaine, or crack, they tend to steal from and rob their friends and family and in some cases turn to a life of crime to support their drug habits. Its no mystery why there are so many people in jail for drug crimes.

Criminal Penalties For Cocaine Possession in Texas

Amount of Cocaine Offense Classification Penalty
Less than 1 gram State jail felony Up to 2 years in prison – $10,000 Fine
1 gram- 3.99 grams Third degree felony 2-10 yrs. in prison – $10,000 Fine
4- 199 grams Second degree felony 2- 20 yrs. in prison – $10,000 Fine
200- 399 grams First degree felony 5- 99 yrs. in prison – $10,000 Fine
400 grams + Enhanced First degree felony 10- 99 yrs. in prison – $100,000 Fine

In Texas, being found to be in possession of cocaine is a serious criminal offense punishable in accordance with the terms outlined in the chart/table above. You could be in for a jail term of anywhere from up to 2 years – 99 years in prison for a felony offense related to cocaine. All cocaine related criminal offense are felony class crimes due to the harsh stance on cocaine, and other dangerous drugs by the State of Texas.

In Texas, any conviction related to controlled substances will result in a suspension of your drivers license for at least 6 months. Law enforcement officers can also charge you with possession of cocaine if they find drug on your person, of stashed in any of your other possession like a home, vehicle, gym locker, et cetera.

If you’ve been arrested in connection with any type of cocaine related felony offense we strongly recommend talking with a Houston, Texas area criminal justice specialist with regard to representation in the court of law. You will need legal representation for cocaine related criminal cases because a public defender may not have enough time to invest in your case or enough time to provide a strong legal defense. Under the law, you have a right to an attorney, but you don’t have a right to a good one. This is why its always best to invest some time and energy into the hiring of a top criminal defense lawyer with experience fighting drug charges.

Cocaine and Related Criminal Penalties in Texas

Don’t Forget, Crime Leads to Jail Time

My nephew was arrested for public intoxication this weekend at a bar in Houston and feels the cops went to far because he was just out having a good time. I had to explain to him that regardless of how good of a time he was having, it is no excuse to break the law. If being intoxicated in public is illegal, then police are well within their right to execute an arrest if they have probable cause to believe that you are publicly intoxicated.

After talking with a criminal defense attorney, we decided it best for him to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charged so long as he is given deferred adjudication. The prosecutor agreed.

Moral of the story: obey the law, and you won’t have to have any dealings with the criminal justice system in Texas.

5 Reasons To Talk With a Lawyer If Arrested

Unfortunately, every day in the criminal justice system people are arrested, locked up, and we also have some who attempt to represent themselves in the court of law. Below is a list of 5 reasons why I think its best to talk with a criminal defense lawyer if you’ve been arrested for a criminal offense in Houston, TX.Texas Criminal Court

  • You need to know all the options available to you.
  • Its always best to have a criminal law expert litigating your case.
  • You’ll need someone who can spot the dirty tricks of the prosecution.
  • A lawyer may be able to keep you out of jail during court proceedings.
  • Having someone who can defend your constitutional rights is always an advantage.

As you can see, these 5 simple reasons for talking to a lawyer if you are charged with a crime will make the whole experience of facing the criminal justice system a lot less difficult and the language a lot clearer for you to under stand.

Criminal Charges Related to Cocaine and Crack are Serious

In the great state of Texas, a person who is found guilty of a criminal offense related to the illegal/controlled-substance known as cocaine, can find themselves facing stiff criminal sentencing and fines.

A few examples and informative resources related to the overbearing prosecution of cocaine related criminal offenses, not to mention major and seemingly unfounded Draconian legal consequences, review the websites/news below.cocaine

Crack and Cocaine Legal Information and News

Being a person on trial for a criminal drug crime related to cocaine, or crack, means you are in way over your head and should seriously considering setting a side a day or two to find out which criminal defense attorney would be best suited to defend you against the type of courtroom criminal prosecution you’ll face as well defend your Constitutional Right to a fair trial.

Personally, I think that criminal penalties for drug crimes, in which violence isn’t involved, should be limited to a 5 year prison sentence. After all, major corporations are allowed to sell drugs legally which in themselves are more dangerous than so called “controlled substances” to a considerable degree.

While I do believe that cocaine, heroin, meth, and other drugs are highly dangerous, I don’t think people should be getting 60 year sentences for a drug that government itself introduced to Americans. After all, it has been proven that cocaine, as well as the recipe for making crack, was done at the behest of the United States government. Jailing your own citizens for a crime that you created, seems sinister in my view.

About Criminal Charges Related to Cocaine and Crack