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Criminal defense in Austin Texas.

Field Sobriety Tests – Walk and Turn

| January 30, 2009

When I was a younger (actually not that long ago, but getting longer every year) I was selected to take part in a DWI training class.  It was the same one police officers take, although this one happened to be attended mostly by other lawyers. My role, difficult as it was, was to be a […]

Yuan vs. Dollar

| January 28, 2009

The other day Timothy Geithner, Obama’s new Treasury secretary, accused China of manipulating its currency, and caused a minor kerfuffle. Here’s the thing, though.  There’s no debate that China manipulates its currency.  Of course it does.  The question is whether it’s good or bad for us. China, like the US, has the ability to make […]

Stimulate This

| January 28, 2009

“Skeptics,” writes James Surowiecki, of Obama’s stimulus plan, “worry that most people will save the rebate rather than spend it.”  Everybody seems to think if we put the money in the bank, it will be wasted. Strangely, they also all think we don’t save enough. But what happens to money when it’s saved?  You might […]

Masters of the Universe

| January 27, 2009

Maureen Dowd: In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC, Thain used the specious, contemptible reasoning that other executives use to rationalize why they’re keeping their bonuses as profits are plunging. “If you don’t pay your best people, you will destroy your franchise” and they’ll go elsewhere, he said. Hello? They destroyed the franchise. Let’s […]

Something for Nothing

| January 27, 2009

The financial crisis, according to Newsweek, was caused by ordinary Americans, not just tycoons. “None of this would have happened,” writes Justin Fox, “If millions of us hadn’t come to believe we could get something for nothing by taking on debts we couldn’t repay.” “Thanks to the Panic of 2008,” he continues, “we can count […]

Field Sobriety Tests – HGN

| January 21, 2009

If you get pulled over by the police, the last words you want to hear are, “Please step out of the car.”  (With or without the “please”.) In Austin, the police use a standardized form, which later becomes the basis for the PC affidavit, (or “Affidavit for Warrant of Arrest and Detention”) when they’re investigating […]

Hamas Is Now Our Army

| January 21, 2009

“Hamas is now our army, the only ones fighting to defend the Palestinian people,” said Gaza resident Ahmed al-Sultan, standing outside the rubble of the north Gaza City home his family has lived in for 40 years. “I saw how they fight, their courage and their sacrifice, and so I’ve changed my opinion about them.”  […]

More bitching about WordPress

| January 15, 2009

Like a lot of lawyers, I keep a cheat sheet of frequently called numbers next to my desk, so that when I need to call (for example) probation, or County Court #4, I don’t have to go scrounging around for the number. My cheat sheet, at this point, is several years old, tattered, and marked […]

What is a §12.45?

| January 15, 2009

What is a §12.45? Explaining exactly what a 12.45 is has been one of the more difficult things I’ve tried to do as a lawyer. I can quote the statute, and I can tell you what it’s not. It’s not a conviction, or an acquittal, or a dismissal. What it is, really, is a compromise. […]

Travis County Courts Telephone Numbers & etc.

| January 12, 2009

Judge Denton Travis County Correctional Complex 854-4180 (Del Valle Jail) 3614 Bill Price Rd. 78617 Travis County Jail 854-9033 (Downtown) 500 W. 10th St. 78701 Pretrial Services (Personal Bonds) 854-9381 Court Administration 854-9244 Travis County Clerk 854-9440 Travis County Attorney 845-9415 Checks Division 854-9574 County Court #3: Judge David Crain 854-9243 Court Coordinator: July Alvarez […]