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Fear and Loathing at the Houston Rodeo

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For about three weeks every year in Houston, there’s one place where investment bankers, doctors, and lawyers join roughnecks, blue-collar workers, and everyone in between to embrace their inner cowboy. That’s right folks, it’s almost time for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and you better believe that just about everyone and their mama has at least one show they have to see this year. There’s just one problem: The sheriff and his posse will be in the building and on the highways just waiting to nab some outlaws.

So, before you dust off those cowboy boots and fill up your flask, check out this handy guide to making it through rodeo season without taking a trip in the paddy wagon.

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What To Do When Your Kid Gets Arrested In College

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As a parent, there are two numbers you never want to see pop up on your caller ID: The hospital and the police station. But no matter how great of a parent you’ve been or how good your kid normally is, college and bad decision-making just seem to go together. And sometimes, one bad decision can end with a costly arrest.

If your Saturday night gets interrupted by a call from jail, don’t panic just yet. Here’s what you’ll need to do to get your child home safe and with their future intact.

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The Most Dangerous Speed Traps in Houston

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For better or worse, Houston is a sprawl. Our giant tangling freeways and numerous back roads are usually clogged with traffic as people try to move from the suburbs to the city and back at almost every hour of the day. Eventually, you get so used to the gridlock that when you have an opportunity to speed, it almost feels too good to pass up! You’re going 75 mph in a 60-mph zone and it feels amazing … and then the red and blue lights start flashing.

Speeding occurs everywhere, but certain places are more dangerous than others. When my clients come into the office, there are certain streets, highways, and intersections that seem to come up all the time. When you’re heading home this weekend, make sure you’re extra careful around these infamous speed traps!

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Fear And Loathing at the Big Game

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Houston, we may have a problem. After a little over a decade, the big game is finally back in town. That means a lot of big-spending tourists looking to experience everything that Houston has to offer… and we all know that doesn’t just mean the art museum and the zoo.

In the time before and after the game, people will be looking for the biggest and best parties, and all the sex, booze and drugs that come with them. Nightclubs and hotels won’t be the only ones planning to step things up for the big game: HPD will be out in full force, looking to give out easy tickets and score some big arrests. Here are the top crimes they’ll be looking for, and the things you need to know before you start the party.

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New Year, No Spouse? Why Divorces Spike in January

 

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We tend to think of January as a time of new beginnings. New year, new gym memberships, new diets, new hobbies, new you! But in spite of all the inspirational quotes and humble-bragging on social media, the new year also comes with its share of endings.

In recent years, January has become known as “Divorce Month.” According to a FindLaw study, Google searches for “divorce,” “family law,” and “child custody” increase by 50% from December to January.  Actual divorces begin to increase throughout the month, with a 30% spike in the divorce rate immediately following the holidays. But why?

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2016: A Year of Big Wins at Thiessen Law Firm

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Between social strife, an extremely divisive election and a seemingly endless string of celebrity deaths, 2016 hasn’t been most people’s favorite year.

But for my clients, and myself, 2016 has been an incredible year full of big wins and growth at Thiessen Law Firm. Between adding Family Law to our services and winning our biggest criminal case ever, we are starting 2017 on a high note. Here are just a few of these cases where the law prevailed, the jury made the right call and justice was served.

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What to Do When You Get Pulled Over with Weed in Texas

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It’s a Saturday afternoon and everything seems to be going your way. The sun is shining, your favorite song is playing and you just picked up a half ounce of marijuana for your camping trip next weekend. Then the red and blue lights start flashing in your rearview mirror. By this point you’re probably thinking, “what the hell do I do now?

Getting pulled over with marijuana is a scary situation. But unless the police somehow caught you in the act, you still have options and rights you can exercise. Don’t do anything stupid, and follow these steps to best protect yourself when the cops have you pulled over with weed in the car.

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How to Fight (and Beat) a DWI: Courtroom Strategies from Mark Thiessen

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It’s a nightmare scenario: a cop has you pulled over on the side of the road, and you blow a .09 on the Breathalyzer. The cuffs go on, you’re put in the back of the squad car and things start to seem pretty hopeless. You might start thinking “they just proved me guilty” or “my life is ruined,” but that’s just what they want you to think.

DWI charges can be fought, and even more importantly, they can be beaten. I win DWI cases all the time, and while each case is different, there are some consistent factors at play that cops and prosecutors won’t tell you about. Before you give up hope and throw in the towel, check out some of the trial-tested courtroom strategies that could make the difference in your case.

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Fighting Injustice with Science: The Lawyer-Scientist Advantage

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As a lawyer, there’s one compliment that always gives me mixed feelings. Someone hands me a complicated case and says, “I’m sure you’ll work your legal magic and everything will be ok.” It’s a nice thing to hear, but the reality is far from “magic.” Lawyers aren’t wizards, and what most people are talking about when they say “legal magic” is the complete opposite, and most lawyers don’t even know how to work it!

When it comes to fighting DWI and criminal intoxication charges, knowing the law is only half the battle. The other half? Science. For the strongest possible defense, only a lawyer-scientist will do.

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What DWI Probation Looks Like

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Being put on probation is never a pleasant experience. It disrupts your private life, sends your stress levels through the roof and leaves a mark on your legal records in the form of a criminal conviction.  Many times, probation just ends up being a whirlpool that sucks you down because you can’t meet all of the demands required.  The end result of violating probation is usually jail/prison time.

Your best bet?  Hire a great attorney, make smart legal decisions, and avoid probation altogether.

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