Galveston Criminal Defense Lawyer

To be accused of a criminal offense is a serious matter that can change your life forever, especially if you’ve been accused of a serious felony offense in Galveston, Texas. Whether you’re facing a felony offense or a misdemeanor offense, the ramifications of having a criminal offense on your background, regardless of if you served time in jail or not, can negatively impact you for a lifetime.gavel-transparent-background

Galveston criminal defense attorneys Tad Nelson, Amber Spurlock, and the legal team at the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates will help you through this challenging situation in your life with a high possibility of success.

Both attorneys Tad Nelson and Amber Spurlock hold credentials as ACS/CHAL Lawyer-Scientists.

Between the two, they have tried thousands of criminal cases (when taken into consideration Amber Spurlock's experience litigating federal cases), have defended hundreds of people who have been accused of criminal offenses in Houston and Galveston, and are experienced handlers of the delicate tasks associated with defending people accused of capital offenses.

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Experience Matters in Criminal Case Litigation

One of the best ways to deal with the challenges that accompany criminal charges is to retain an experienced defense attorney in Galveston, Texas. If you don’t have an aggressive attorney on your side, who can defend and use all […]

Understanding “Hot Check” Laws in Texas

Have you or a loved one faced criminal charges related to writing a bad check (a.k.a. “hot check”)? If so, it is imperative that you understand your legal rights and the importance of seeking legal representation as soon as possible. […]

Understanding Sex Crime Laws in Texas

One of the most damaging criminal charges to your reputation and future is a sex crime charge. In fact, even the allegation of a sex crime itself can have widespread repercussions. A conviction would likely change the direction of your […]

Galveston Police Execute Online Sex Sting, 11 Charged

A glimmering reminder of the unsavory law enforcement practices that propelled media personality Chris Hansen of “To Catch A Predator” to a near household name while manufacturing a number of new felony sex-offenders, the Galveston Police Department conducted an online […]

Understanding Controlled Substance Laws in Texas

Being charged with possession of a controlled substance in Galveston, TX can cause serious damage to your record and may even lead to jail time. The severity of the penalty depends on the amount of the substance you “allegedly” had […]

When Your Criminal Defense Lawyer Is A Scientist

Galveston DWI lawyer Tad Nelson, and Galveston criminal defense lawyer Amber Spurlock are both ACS/CHAL Lawyer–Scientists. What this means is that both of the attorneys on our legal team are certified specialists when it comes to analyzing evidence in the laboratory.

When it comes to DWI cases, being an expert gas chromatography examiner can go a long way to proving whether or not a defendant was guilty as alleged by officers during the time of their arrest of the defendant.

During serious felony offenses, capital murder cases, and drug trafficking conspiracy cases, having a lawyer in your corner who knows his/her way around a laboratory, who has a keen grasp of the nature of science, who has the experience of a hardened criminal case litigator that knows how to paint a clear picture for a jury, you’re in a good position if Tad Nelson and Amber Spurlock are representing you.

Board Certified® In Criminal Law*

Galveston criminal justice lawyer Tad Nelson is Board Certified in criminal law per the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has been since the earliest time a new lawyer could apply for board certification; which was within the first five years after he received his law license that formally allowed him to practice law in the state of Texas.

To hold a board certification in criminal law is not a matter to be taken lightly. According to disciplinary standards applied to attorneys who practice law in the state of Texas, an attorney may not refer to themselves as being an expert, a specialist, “the best”, “use phrases which make implications of being the top or best attorney”, or any other outright self-glorifying phrases unless they hold the prestige and distinction of a board certification in their particular field of law.

Although Tad Nelson won’t use some of the self glorifying phrases that were previously mentioned, he does understand it if people consider him one of the best. In fact, if you check his AVVO, the people have spoken loud and clear by rating him a perfect 10 for all matters involving criminal defense litigation in which an experienced lawyer is needed.

*Board Certification applies to Tad Nelson.

Fighting Felony And Misdemeanor Charges In Galveston

Drug Crimes

The Law Offices of Tad Nelson and Associates will vigorously fight any allegations of drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of small or large amounts of marijuana, allegations of cocaine possession, accusations of drug trafficking, meth lab operation, heroin possession, as well as any other drug-related offense that you, or someone you care about, has been accused of by the authorities in Galveston County, Texas.

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Violent Crimes

We’ve all had moments where tempers may have gotten out of hand and a regrettable action was taken. This has happened to a lot of us, and a lot of jurors can understand a lot of different circumstances that could justify an outrageous temper that may have led to a violent act being committed by the defendant.

In some cases, you’ll see a person walk right out of court with a not guilty verdict after killing someone, or after seriously assaulting someone, if they are even criminally charged, which is highly predicated on the circumstances.

In other circumstances, we’ll talk with defendants in our office who are guilty as charged and admit as much, but are taking the smart step to secure legal representation to limit the potential criminal penalties the court may impose. Criminal charges get reduced everyday for those certain individuals who are represented by a savvy attorney.

The system is not fair when it comes to legal representation. A defendant with an attorney may serve little or no jail time at all, when compared to a defendant charged with the same offense who is represented by public defendant. Even if you are guilty it behooves you to seek legal representation from Board Certified® criminal defense attorneys the caliber of which are on the legal team of the Law Offices of Tad Nelson and Associates.

If you’ve been accused of a violent crime involving assault, aggravated assault, murder, any act resulting in a homicide, violations of any protective orders issued by the courts, capital cases involving murder of a police officer or death to a child, DWI offenses resulting in intoxicated manslaughter, or you are accused of a criminal offense involving a firearm or other deadly weapon, contact Tad Nelson as soon as possible so we can look at the case and make the best decision on how to move forward.

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Sex Crimes

Being accused of a sex crime in Galveston, TX can destroy your reputation, ruin your career, destroy your moral standing in the community, and may influence the infestation of distrust within your own family. Legal representation by a well-practiced, trusted, highly experienced attorney with scientific a credentials that normally come in handy during such cases, is exactly what you’ll need, and may make all the difference in the world.

Even if you think you might be accused of sexual assault or another sex crime, but haven’t been formally accused, or might be facing any other crime that may be deemed sexual in nature, talk to Tad or Amber immediately.

The push for urgency when accused of a sex crime is mainly due to the fact that during cases involving sex crimes the presumption of innocence for the defendant, as prescribed by constitutional law, is often thrown out the window by the police, by the district attorney, by the community, and by the media (think high profile cases). If you’ve been accused of a sex crime, whether it be sexual assault or possession of child pornography, the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates are here for you.

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Violence Inside The Home

Domestic Assault, Family Violence

As a family law attorney who has dealt with many families undergoing domestic difficulty, I can tell you that it doesn’t take much to send tempers flying off the handle. By the same token, I can tell you that these environments are the breeding grounds of false allegations of the worst type which demonstrate the lack of any moral regard for decency, consequence, or the truth.

When the state of Texas gets involved in your household the results are sure to be dire.

There are no exceptions to this rule.

Galveston criminal law specialist Tad Nelson will know what to do when it comes to effectively defending you against allegations of family assault domestic violence, child endangerment, and any exaggerated, false, or malicious statements that may put you in a situation to face criminal charges. Tad Nelson and Amber Spurlock are on standby to talk with you and schedule an appointment if you found yourself in one of these nasty predicaments.

Your Lawyer For Galveston DWI Cases

The Law Offices of Tad Nelson and Associates is a specialty DWI defense law firm with law offices all over southeast Texas. When we say specialty DWI defense lawyer, we're referring to the whole basis for the scientific credentials held by both attorneys Tad Nelson and Amber Spurlock; their tireless efforts to be better DWI lawyers for their clients & the people of Galveston.

Our DWI lawyers understand the differences between female and male biochemistry as it relates to alcohol in the blood stream. Our DWI lawyers normally work with, understand, and are experts with, all the gadgets, tools, techniques, and procedures, involved with the collection of evidence, and the storage procedures thereof, and evidence pertinent to a successful DWI prosecution.

We have a saying around here, “if the evidence is imperfect, flawed, and contestable, our client walks”.

We will defend you if you’ve been accused of a felony DWI, misdemeanor DWI, first offense DWI, second offense DWI, third offense DWI, DWI resulting in manslaughter, intoxication homicide, DWI with a child passenger in the vehicle, public intoxication, or accused of simply having an open alcoholic container in the vehicle. Give us a call at 409-765-5614 so we can get to know each other and figure out the best way to fight the charge.

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Shoplifting, Robbery, Theft, Burglary

Galveston criminal defense lawyer Tad Nelson has a wealth of experience defending people who have been accused of shoplifting, theft, robbery, burglary, white-collar criminal offenses, bank fraud, identity theft, and any other theft crime which may be viewed as a criminal offense involving a lack of moral character.

If you’re accused of a criminal offense related to stealing in any way, and it becomes a part of your criminal record, this can eliminate the possibility for many career opportunities, destroy the potential for future relationships, and can be seen to justify a lack of trust within your own community.

Theft crimes are the worst type of criminal offenses to be accused of. You should spare no effort in fighting these types of criminal cases to the fullest extent possible. Attorney Tad Nelson, attorney Amber Spurlock, and all the resources of the Law Offices of Tad Nelson and Associates will be at our disposal during our efforts to clear your good name. If you want to talk more about the situation don’t hesitate to contact us.

We’re here for you.
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Criminal Record Sealing And Expunction

We all make mistakes and sometimes we wish that we could erase those mistakes. While erasing the mistakes you made in your life may not be possible, there is a strong chance that the criminal record of that mistake can be removed from your personal criminal background history records.

With over 25 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney under his belt, Galveston lawyer Tad Nelson knows all the loopholes, and all the requirements that makes a person eligible to have criminal records removed from their background. For more information about expunction, certificates of nondisclosure, expungement, and other information related to ceiling your criminal records, click here to send us a message using the contact form.

Federal Crimes And Federal Indictments

For a person facing a criminal trial in a federal prosecution atmosphere, or in federal court, the prosecutors are some of the best in their field, the sentencing guidelines are some of the stiffest in the nation when compared to the sentencing guidelines of their counterparts; the states, and they are some of the most expensive type of criminal allegations to fight.

One must consider the fact that a federal prosecutor has the wealth and backing of the United States government at their disposal to use in any way that they see fit with relation to securing a a conviction on the defendant.

You must have a professional of high aptitude in your resilient attorney in these types of situations to have a fighting chance.

If you know a federal indictment is on your horizon it behooves you to seek out and develop a strong relationship with the Law Offices of Tad Nelson and Associates, or an equally qualified law firm that can floor a competent defense backed by the resources that it will require to best the federal government in a court of law.