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Fees for TX License to Carry a Handgun $40 Starting Sept. 1st – Lowest in the Country

Starting September 1, 2017, the first time fee for a license to carry a handgun will be reduced to $40, down from $140. Prior to being signed into law, it saw overwhelming support in the legislature, where it passed by a 111-30 after the addition of a last minute amendment by Jeff Leach of Plano to waive […]

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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Probation

It is a tempting proposition for people when they are charged with a crime: avoid jail and go on probation / deferred adjudication.  But is it really that good of a deal? Why it MAY be is a GOOD deal The obvious first: you do not have to go to jail if you abide by […]

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DA Candidate Kim Ogg: No Arrest for Marijuana

Kim Ogg proposes something bold for Harris County, issue a ticket and enforce community service, instead of arresting and filling the jails with people charged with possession of small amounts of marijuana.  Ogg is the Democratic candidate for Harris County District Attorney, and this proposal is a new direction for any candidate to go in regarding […]

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Houston Police Dept. Fails to Investigate over 20,000 Criminal Cases

According to a report commissioned by the city, more than 20,000 burglary, theft, assault and hit-and-run cases were not investigated in 2013.  When I stumbled onto this story the explanation given was that HPD is understaffed.  This may be some of the reason this happened, but I am not buying that this is the only […]

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