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  • Avoiding a DWI During the Holidays

    Posted By Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. || 13-Dec-2016

    The number of people who will be traveling, attending parties, and heading out for an evening of drinking and eating during the holidays is higher than other times of the year. It is much more likely for someone to be arrested for driving while intoxicated. An unfortunate reality is that the number ...
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  • The Most Common Crimes During the Holidays

    Posted By Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. || 6-Dec-2016

    The holiday season is an enjoyable time of the year for many people. It is a time when most of us ​focus only on the good times, such as gift-giving and spending time with family and loved ones. It can be very easy to let one’s guard down because people become so wrapped up with holiday ...
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  • Online Sex Sting Results in 13 Arrests

    Posted By Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. || 27-Nov-2015

    This month, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office made 13 arrests in connection with a major sting of internet child predators. These arrests included a local ninth grade coach and teacher as well as an officer in the U.S. Army National Guard. The 13 suspects reportedly used social media to ...
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  • Avoiding a DWI at the Fort Bend County Fair

    Posted By Law Office of John L. || 24-Sep-2015

    The Fort Bend County Fair kicks off Friday September 25 and will feature competitions, BBQs, concerts, and a wide array of other attractions. Grapes on the Brazos for instance is an opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine with friends. Unfortunately, statistics show that some will enjoy themselves ...
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  • Staying Safe on Labor Day Weekend

    Posted By Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. || 4-Sep-2015

    Labor Day weekend is approaching—it is the last holiday of the summer. Time to squeeze in one last party, beach outing, or get-together before we head into the fall season. On holiday weekends, there is a higher amount of traffic on the highways, with thousands driving to their next ...
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  • Attorney Venza gets Client's Bigamy Charge Dismissed

    Posted By Law Office of John L. Venza, Jr. || 23-Apr-2015

    A Fort Bend grand jury indicted a 62-year old man in February of bigamy. The man's wife in Tacoma, Washington says the issue arose in 2012 when she was contacted over the phone by a Texas woman purporting to be the man's wife. The couple was initially from Washington but the accused was ...
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  • A seventeen-year-old Fort Bend County high school student was charged with the Third Degree Felony of Tampering with Evidence. The minor was in his vehicle when approached by police. Upon him noticing that they were coming up to his car, he began to eat the synthetic marihuana to prevent the police ...
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  • Can I Be Charged with a DWI for Marijuana Use?

    Posted By Law Office of John L. Venza, Jr. || 10-Feb-2014

    If you have been stopped by a police officer after smoking weed in Texas, they can arrest you for driving while intoxicated. Now this may appear confusing and unfair if you were not drinking alcohol, but intoxication is defined under 49.01 of the Texas Penal Code as "not having the normal use ...
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  • Charged with Possession of Marijuana in Texas?

    Posted By Law Office of John L. Venza, Jr. || 4-Feb-2014

    If you have been arrested and charged with marijuana possession in Texas, you could be facing severe and life-altering penalties. Without a top Fort Bend marijuana defense lawyer by your side, you could be looking at years in prison, hefty fines and other harsh consequences that could greatly ...
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  • Labrador Shot and Killed - Crime Stoppers Offering Reward for Dog Killers

    Posted By Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. || 6-Jan-2014

    The Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers Inc. are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two men who shot and killed a Labrador Retriever on New Year's Eve. The Houston Chronicle reported that at 3:40 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31, deputies were called to the 19200 ...
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  • Fort Bend Officers and Others Arrested for Illegal Horse Track Operation

    Posted By Law Office of John L. Venza, Jr. || 21-Oct-2013

    Nine people were recently arrested for allegedly being involved in running an illegal racetrack operation, according to a recent Houston Chronicle article. Of those nine individuals, six were law enforcement officers, including two reserve deputy constables from Fort Bend County Precinct 2. The ...
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  • Release after a Fraud Offense Arrest

    Posted By John L. Venza Jr. || 19-Jul-2013

    If you have been arrested for a fraud offense or other white collar crime, your Sugar Land criminal attorney should not have much difficulty securing your release while you await trial. If you are released, you should be prepared for there to be certain conditions you must abide by to remain free. ...
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  • Two Bank Heists in One Day, Both near Sugarland

    Posted By Kevin Thomson || 18-Jul-2013

    Three men entered a Fort Bend County bank Wednesday morning armed with handguns and wearing ski masks, hoods and blue latex gloves to mask their identities. A fourth man waited outside in a getaway vehicle. The three men called out for cash in the bank, and made off with an undisclosed amount. Once ...
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  • Favorable Points in Your Bail Hearing Presentation

    Posted By John L. Venza Jr. || 15-Jul-2013

    The bail hearing can be very important to your case. It is very difficult to fight a case from behind bars. Sugar Land criminal attorneys often assist defendants with their bail hearing presentations. Experienced lawyers know how to show their clients in the most favorable light. Sugar Land Criminal ...
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  • A Fort Bend Criminal Lawyer on Testifying at Your Bail Hearing

    Posted By John L. Venza Jr. || 10-Jul-2013

    When a person is charged with a crime it is far better to be able to fight the case from the outside rather than while in custody. You may feel it is a good idea to testify at your bail hearing, but there are reasons it may not be wise. A Fort Bend County Lawyer will discuss with you the advantages ...
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  • In the state of Texas, assault is a criminal offense that can be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on which portion of the statute the defendant is accused of violating. Our Sugar Land criminal defense attorney has encountered many clients who believe that they can only be ...
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  • Facing 4th of July DWI Charges in Fort Bend?

    Posted By Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. || 3-Jul-2013

    You are well within your rights to fully enjoy your 4 th of July festivities with family and friends by having a few drinks. On Independence Day, it is a time to celebrate. The sad thing about such a joyous occasion is that a series of unfortunate events could turn innocent fun into a DWI charge. ...
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  • A Sugar Land DWI Attorney Describes How He Evaluates Your Case

    Posted By John L. Venza Jr. || 1-Jul-2013

    If you have been charged with a DWI in Sugar Land, it is imperative that you speak to a Sugar Land DWI attorney about your rights and options as soon as possible. A Sugar Land DWI attorney will carefully evaluate your specific case and determine if you should plead guilty or not guilty to the DWI ...
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  • Tips for Meeting With Your Sugar Land DWI Attorney

    Posted By John L. Venza Jr. || 26-Jun-2013

    A DWI conviction can wreak havoc on your life for years to come, which is why you should speak to a Sugar Land DWI attorney as soon as possible after you have been charged. However, if you are not prepared for your meeting, it can be a total waste of time for both you and the attorney, because the ...
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  • As any Sugar Land DWI lawyer will tell you, DWI cases are rarely simple. But that doesn't mean you can't beat the charges. A good Sugar Land DWI attorney has an arsenal of tactics to employ to help you fight DWI charges. Having Good Witnesses Can Help You Beat the Charges It is impossible to ...
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  • Indecency with a Child Law in Texas

    Posted By John L. Venza Jr. || 14-Jun-2013

    If you have been charged with the crime of indecency with a child, you will want to contact a Sugar Land criminal attorney. This crime carries serious penalties that can affect you for life. Elements of Indecency with a Child Generally, someone commits indecency with a child if the child is under 17 ...
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  • DPS Supervisor's Mistakes Could Affect 1,200 DWI Cases

    Posted By John L. Venza Jr. || 10-Jun-2013

    While many people assume that law enforcement agencies and their employees never make mistakes, that is simply not the truth. There are many instances in which errors are made in the investigation, arrest and evidence analysis process. One recent example of such mistakes were highlighted in a May 23 ...
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  • Drug Paraphernalia Crimes in Texas

    Posted By Kevin Thomson || 5-Jun-2013

    In addition to actual drugs, individuals can also be arrested for illegally possessing or delivering drug paraphernalia. Texas law defines drug paraphernalia as equipment, material or products that are intended to be used for unlawfully consuming or producing controlled substances, or performing ...
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  • Memorial Day DWI?

    Posted By John L. Venza Jr. || 30-May-2013

    Holidays are the perennial goldmine for law enforcement officers looking for drivers operating their motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. From the 4 th of July to Memorial Day, there is typically no shortage of drivers who are pulled over and cited for a DWI. This is due in large part to ...
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  • More Officers Looking for Impaired Drivers on Memorial Day Weekend

    Posted By John L. Venza Jr. || 24-May-2013

    Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation are making plans to boost patrols during Memorial Day weekend in efforts to catch drunk drivers or drug-impaired drivers. These agencies include the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). In the state of Texas, it is against the law to drive while ...
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