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No Front License Plate Law in Texas Missing Key Element

Due to a mistake on the part of the Texas Legislature, the enforceability of the “no front license plate” statute is now in question.  Since 1934, Texas law has required automobiles to have a valid front license plate.  This offense was a class “C” misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $200.  However, a … Read more

Let Us Represent You in Municipal Court

Municipal and JP Court Appearances Berlof and Newton P.C. represents people in issues involving municipal courts and Justice of the Peace courts. We provide affordable legal help with traffic tickets and much more. Courts We Serve We represent people in the following courts; Addison Allen Balch Springs Carrollton Cedar Hill Coppell Dallas County Justice of the … Read more

March Madness


March Madness is upon us.  No, I’m not talking about all the great college basketball games you’re probably watching these days.  The March Madness I’m referring to is known as The 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup.  Unlike the March Madness associated with basketball, the 2015 Great Texas Warrant Roundup is part of a

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Dallas Live Chat Attorney

 Need to speak with a Dallas criminal defense attorney, but are reluctant to call a law firm on the phone? Perhaps you want to simply ask a quick question. Or maybe you’re at work, and you don’t want your co-workers to overhear your conversation. The solution is live online chat.

Our website now features Live Chat, which allows you to speak with someone from our office, online, without even having to pick up the phone. We’re available during normal business hours (and, sometimes, after hours) to answer your questions, schedule appointments, and

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Texas Statute for Online Solicitation of a Minor Ruled Unconstitutional


On October 30th the Texas Supreme Court ruled that part of a Texas statute prohibiting online solicitation of a minor is unconstitutional.  Texas Penal Code Section 33.021(b)(1) states “A person who is 17 years of age or older commits an offense if, with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, the person, over the Internet, by electronic mail or text message or other electronic message service or system, or through a commercial online service, intentionally communicates in a sexually explicit manner with a minor.”  Under this statute, online solicitation of a minor is a third degree felony, punishable by two to ten years in state prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.

However, as a result of the Texas Supreme Court ruling, online solicitation of a minor under this section of the Penal Code is no longer illegal.  In its opinion, the court stated that

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Online Payments

Make a Payment Online   In some cases, it’s possible to pay make an online payment to Berlof & Newton, P.C. toward your legal fees, using PayPal, which accepts all major credit cards.  Also, you may be able to pay $0 up front, and finance your legal fee for up to six months, interest free, … Read more

No Speed Limits in Texas

No Speed Limits in Texas

Believe it or not, there are no speed limits in Texas.

You may have heard me mention on the radio that “there are no speed limits in Texas.”  I’ve received a ton of email on this issue. Read on, and you’ll see I’ve listed the two relevant Texas statutes. First, I’ll explain them, and then I’ll give you the full text of each:

Explanations of the statutes (both of which can be found in the Texas Transportation Code)…

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