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Many people worry that having an arrest or conviction on their record will close the door on career opportunities, or that a DWI or drug charge means their future is over. While it’s true that a criminal record can hold you back in some respects, the reality is much more nuanced.  In his latest article for Do512, Chris Perri breaks down everything you need to know about your criminal record and gaining employment. He explains both the legal tools available to help clear a criminal record as well as how to find work if that isn’t an option. To read the
    Marijuana is (sort of) legal in Austin, Texas—wait, what? Due to a loophole in federal law, consumers are purchasing cannabis products that contain THC even in states such as Texas where marijuana is still illegal. The compound is called Delta-8-THC, which is sprayed on cannabis flowers that have had the illegal Delta-9-THC compound removed through chemical extraction. Though less potent, Delta-8-THC can still get you high. In the latest episode of The Budding Report, Chris Perri along with the other co-hosts explore the legal gray area of marketing Delta-8-THC products and unpack the current scientific research on this…
Written by Chris Perri Ben Spencer, who was wrongfully convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to life in prison over thirty years ago, may finally have his conviction overturned because the Dallas County District Attorney did something exceptionally rare last month for a Texas prosecutor’s office: they valued conviction accuracy over finality and agreed that Spencer is right.  Though it’s great news that an innocent man might now find relief, it’s unacceptable that the process has taken this long and been such a close call. As a post-conviction criminal defense attorney, I’m sad to report this is all too common. In fact,…
Along with the other co-hosts of The Budding Report, in Episode 134, Chris Perri discusses the complexities of prosecuting someone for DWI while under the influence of cannabis both in Texas and across the nation. In states where cannabis has become legalized, DWI arrests for being under the influence of cannabis have spiked, yet the chemical tests for cannabis can usually only reveal if the substance has been in a person’s body within the last thirty days, making it difficult to pinpoint if someone was high at the time of driving. There is further the question of how high one…
It’s no secret that cannabis policies are becoming less harsh in Texas, especially in the Austin area. But what about magic mushrooms? Do people face criminal charges for shrooms in Texas?  The short answer is yes, and the penalties for possession of a controlled substance can be severe. In our latest article for Do512, Chris Perri breaks down the facts when it comes to psilocybin mushrooms in Texas, and he advices what to do if you get caught with the goods.   To read the article in full, click here.      If you or someone you know has been arrested for a…
For Jurist News, an international publication focusing on legal topics, Chris Perri wrote an article titled, “The Case of Rosa Jimenez and the Uphill Battle of Freeing the Wrongfully Convicted.” In the piece, Chris Perri highlights the structural issues within our criminal justice system that can lead to wrongful convictions in Texas and throughout the United States. Sadly, there’s an institutional resistance towards overturning convictions in a system that values finality over accuracy. Rosa Jimenez’s Travis County case presents a microcosm of the roadblocks encountered by anyone attempting to overturn a wrongful conviction in Texas. To read the full article,
Our January 1st, 2021, José Garza was sworn in as Travis County’s new district attorney. Along with his ample professional experience, he brings a progressive mindset that could transform Austin’s criminal justice system for the better. Under D.A. Garza’s leadership, our city has the potential to become a safer, more just, and more equitable place for all. To read about three of D.A. Garza’s boldest changes for Travis County, click here. If you or anyone you know has been accused or convicted of a crime in Austin or nearby, call us at (512) 269-0260 for a free case consultation with…
We’re thrilled to share that our firm has helped another client overturn a wrongful criminal judgement through a process called a writ of habeas corpus. Our client was arrested for a felony charge in Texas and sentenced to deferred adjudication, which is very similar to a conviction. This crime on his record was impeding his ability to advance in his career. Chris Perri proved the client’s guilty plea was unfair due to ineffective assistance of counsel. Now, the client will have the wrongful deferred adjudication result reversed, as well as the dismissal of the original charge.  Thanks to…
In a time of massive divide, Americans seem to unite around at least one issue: cannabis.  This is true in Texas as well. According to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll conducted in June 2020, over half of Texans favored legalizing some amount of marijuana, while another third of Texans favored legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. So, where does Texas stand on cannabis legalization? Read Chris Perri in Austin’s Do512 to find out!  Click here to access the article.  At present, marijuana is still illegal in Texas. If you or someone you know needs legal representation for a drug crime in…