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Whalen Law Office

Whalen Law Office Criminal Defense Lawyer. We help people facing serious criminal allegations in a discreet and professional manner. My name is James Whalen and I have over 26 years of experience in Texas law and I'm not going to be surprised by anything.

I understand the stress of your situation and am here to help you.

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Exciting news here at Whalen Law Office! We are thrilled to announce that Ryne Sandel has been made a partner of the Fir...
03/08/2022

Exciting news here at Whalen Law Office! We are thrilled to announce that Ryne Sandel has been made a partner of the Firm!🥳

We all had a great time at our annual Super Bowl Party! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it! 🏈🥳
02/25/2022

We all had a great time at our annual Super Bowl Party! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it! 🏈🥳

If something sounds too god to be true, it probably is. But you will never succeed in business or investing if you are s...
02/18/2022
How to protect yourself from “Get Rich Quick” scams

If something sounds too god to be true, it probably is. But you will never succeed in business or investing if you are scared to take risks. So how can you protect yourself and your livelihood and avoid getting wrapped up in a scam? Senior Associate Ryne Sandel gives a few general tips.
#foryou #criminallaw #criminaldefense #criminallawyer #investing #business
https://youtu.be/b-7OMJTN9H0

If something sounds too god to be true, it probably is. But you will never succeed in business or investing if you are scared to take risks. So how can you p...

A few months back, Senior Associate Ryne Sandel posted a video explaining that Delta-8 was added to the controlled subst...
01/28/2022
Texas Delta-8 Update: Is it legal now? (January 2022)

A few months back, Senior Associate Ryne Sandel posted a video explaining that Delta-8 was added to the controlled substances list in Texas, making it a felony to sell or possess. But stores have started selling it again. So what happened? In this week's For You Friday video, Ryne gives a quick update on where the law currently stands. #criminallaw #delta8 #criminaldefense

I did a video a few months back letting everyone know that Delta-8 had been added to the list of controlled substances in Texas, making it a felony to posses...

Our Senior Associate, Ryne Sandel has started a weekly Twitch stream where he answers all of your questions in a more re...
01/25/2022
TheGamerLawyer - Twitch

Our Senior Associate, Ryne Sandel has started a weekly Twitch stream where he answers all of your questions in a more relaxed format. Join him on Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 pm CST! #criminallaw #gaming #AMA

I play to support Extra-Life and my local Children's Miracle Network Hospital, so PLEASE JOIN ME! Read more and donate to the cause here: bit.ly/ryne

The Trusted Driver Program being tried out in one Texas city will allow officers to text you traffic citations instead o...
01/21/2022
Traffic Tickets by Text? One Texas City is trying it, but is it a good idea?

The Trusted Driver Program being tried out in one Texas city will allow officers to text you traffic citations instead of pulling you over. Is this good progress? Will it actually solve a problem that exists? Senior Associate Ryne Sandel discusses on this week's "For You Friday" video.

The town of Windcrest, Texas is starting a program they are calling the Trusted Driver Program, a program citizens can opt-in to where police will simply tex...

Have you ever wondered why police stop somebody for something extremely minor, but it turns into a full blown search? Or...
01/14/2022
Pretextual Stops: When cops lie about why they pulled you over

Have you ever wondered why police stop somebody for something extremely minor, but it turns into a full blown search? Or why 4 officers might be pulling one car over for a burnt out headlight? Well the answer is pretextual stops. So what are they, and are they legal?

Have you ever seen an officer pull over a car for some tricky-tack traffic violation and wondered if that was really the reason they stopped the car? Well, i...

The Department of Justice recently announced that they will soon begin to prioritize the prosecution of individuals who ...
12/28/2021
DOJ Environment Boss to Target Corporate Employees for Jail Time

The Department of Justice recently announced that they will soon begin to prioritize the prosecution of individuals who commit "corporate environmental crimes." As this policy change trickles down the ranks of the DOJ, we expect to see an uptick in indictments that charge violations of environmental statutes.

The Justice Department will prioritize prosecuting individuals who commit corporate environmental crimes, a top agency official said in what one attorney called a departure from traditional prosecutorial practice.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to bond out a friend or loved one from jail this holiday sea...
12/17/2021
What happens when a friend is arrested? (North Texas Edition)

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to bond out a friend or loved one from jail this holiday season, Senior Associate Ryne Sandel discusses some general tips of what to know before you start the process.

Getting someone out of jail is relatively straightforward, but it takes a while. It does vary slightly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction so Senior Associate ...

Whalen Law Office was thrilled to continue our annual donation to the wonderful people at Frisco Fastpacs for the amazin...
12/16/2021

Whalen Law Office was thrilled to continue our annual donation to the wonderful people at Frisco Fastpacs for the amazing work they do making sure no Frisco ISD student goes hungry. Thank you for all you do!

The Supreme Court is in the middle of its October term, which means you are likely seeing articles about cases being arg...
12/03/2021
Statutory Law vs. Case Law: What is precedent and why is SCOTUS so important?

The Supreme Court is in the middle of its October term, which means you are likely seeing articles about cases being argued right now dealing with abortion rights, voting rights, and the Constitution. But how can a case that is challenging a specific law in Mississippi matter so much? Just like usual, this topic can be a semester long course, but Senior Associate Ryne Sandel does hi best to paint with a broad brush and gives you the high-level overview of how case-law works in the American legal system.

The Supreme Court is in the middle of its October term, which means you are likely seeing articles about cases being argued right now dealing with abortion r...

For the past 9 years, Ryne has participated in Extra Life and he is hopeful this year is bigger than ever! Please join R...
11/09/2021
Extra Life 2021 and a request for help!

For the past 9 years, Ryne has participated in Extra Life and he is hopeful this year is bigger than ever! Please join Ryne on Saturday, November 13th as he plays games for 24 hours and tries to raise some money to help some very sick kids. The links you need are below. Ryne looks forward to seeing you all online! Enjoy Every Sandwich!

DONATE HERE: https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?...

JOIN AND WATCH THE STREAM HERE: https://www.twitch.tv/TheGamerLawyer

https://youtu.be/GlQHGNYyJts

For the past 9 years, I have participated in Extra Life and I am hopeful this year is bigger than ever! Please join me on Saturday, November 13th as I play g...

Jury selection kicks off a trial. It is very important. And very misunderstood. Senior Associate Ryne Sandel gives a (ve...
11/05/2021
Jury Selection (Voir Dire) in Texas

Jury selection kicks off a trial. It is very important. And very misunderstood. Senior Associate Ryne Sandel gives a (very brief) overview of how the process works.
#law #criminallaw #JurySelection #TexasLaw #trial #FAQFriday
https://youtu.be/XXh7wtfXXMo

Jury selection kicks off a trial. It is very important. And very misunderstood. Senior Associate Ryne Sandel gives a (very brief) overview of how the process...

The Texas Department of State Health Services updated their website last week to clarify that Delta-8 is actually illega...
10/29/2021
Did they just make Delta-8 illegal in Texas?

The Texas Department of State Health Services updated their website last week to clarify that Delta-8 is actually illegal in Texas, much to the surprise of users, possessors, and sellers. So a word of caution to all D8 users, it is a felony level offense, so beware.
#delta8 #TexasLaw #cbd #thc #FAQFriday

https://youtu.be/tl_j6dQhxss

The Texas Department of State Health Services updated their website last week to clarify that Delta-8 is actually illegal in Texas, much to the surprise of u...

Recently, Senior Associate Ryne Sandel was appointed to the State Bar of Texas’ Unlicensed Practice of Law. But what is ...
10/22/2021
UPL - The Unlicensed Practice of Law

Recently, Senior Associate Ryne Sandel was appointed to the State Bar of Texas’ Unlicensed Practice of Law. But what is that? And more importantly, why does it matter? Why should the public care if some lawyers don’t get to make money because you got some free legal advice? Well, Ryne hit some of the high points here and tells you why this ultimately ends up hurting the client WAY more than any lawyer.
#law #StateBarofTexas #UPL #criminallaw #lawyer #FAQFriday

https://youtu.be/pvEePhOPGhE

Recently, I was appointed to the State Bar of Texas’ Unlicensed Practice of Law. But what is that? And more importantly, why does it matter? Why should the p...

When I tell people, “Never talk to police,” I inevitably get the question, “Well if I am innocent, what do I have to be ...
10/15/2021
Why Shouldn’t I Talk to Police if I am Innocent?

When I tell people, “Never talk to police,” I inevitably get the question, “Well if I am innocent, what do I have to be worried about?” There are a bunch of reasons why you should never talk to the police without an attorney, ESPECIALLY if you’re innocent. Hopefully this video helps.
#law #criminallaw #criminaldefense #FAQFriday
https://youtu.be/ui6d7yKmouE

When I tell people, “Never talk to police,” I inevitably get the question, “Well if I am innocent, what do I have to be worried about?” There are a bunch of ...

The women of Attorneys Serving the Community got their glam on at their first networking event of the new selection year...
10/08/2021

The women of Attorneys Serving the Community got their glam on at their first networking event of the new selection year which benefits Bridge Breast Network at Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas. Our very own Ashley Saenz looked smashing if we so say ourselves! #BridgeBreastNetwork #ASCDallas #WomenLawyers #Texas #breastcancer #CancerSucks

Senior Associate Ryne Sandel discusses a recent memo and press release issued by the Department of Justice regarding an ...
10/08/2021
October 4 Memo from DOJ re: Threats Against Teachers

Senior Associate Ryne Sandel discusses a recent memo and press release issued by the Department of Justice regarding an uptick of violent threats being made against teachers and school administrators.
#law #criminallaw #DepartmentOfJustice #Education #teachers #FAQFriday
https://youtu.be/NgvcR_6mS5Q

Senior Associate Ryne Sandel discusses a recent memo and press released issued by the Department of Justice regarding an uptick of violent threats being made...

The Whalen Law Office congratulates James P. Whalen on his appointment to the City of Frisco’s Board of Adjustment / Con...
10/08/2021

The Whalen Law Office congratulates James P. Whalen on his appointment to the City of Frisco’s Board of Adjustment / Construction Board of Appeals. We know the city’s expansion will be in good hands with our fearless founder on the committee and look forward to his good work with the Board. #FriscoTX #Construction #Leadership #CriminalLaw #CriminalDefenseLawyer

You’ve likely seen it, heard it, read it, and maybe even said it. “Everybody knows that you can’t yell fire in a crowded...
10/01/2021
Legal Mythbusting Series: Yelling “FIRE” in a crowded theater

You’ve likely seen it, heard it, read it, and maybe even said it. “Everybody knows that you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater.” But is this true? Is this the law? Has it ever been the law? Senior Associate Ryne Sandel discusses this incredibly common legal misnomer.
#law #criminaldefense #CriminalLawyer #FAQFriday #firstamendment

https://youtu.be/pBiPYQyU3Ic

You’ve likely seen it, heard it, read it, and maybe even said it. “Everybody knows that you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater.” But is this true? Is this ...

Happy Birthday James! Wishing you a great birthday and a memorable year!🥳Ryne, Diana, Ashley, and Ana
09/27/2021

Happy Birthday James! Wishing you a great birthday and a memorable year!🥳

Ryne, Diana, Ashley, and Ana

Whalen Law Office is pleased to have partner James P. Whalen recognized on the 2021 Texas Super Lawyers list and noted a...
09/24/2021

Whalen Law Office is pleased to have partner James P. Whalen recognized on the 2021 Texas Super Lawyers list and noted as a “Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney” in Frisco, TX.
#lawfirms #lawyers #CriminalLawyer #CriminalDefense #Legal #superlawyers

You might have heard of people being “indicted” for a crime before. But what does this mean? How does this happen? Is th...
09/24/2021
Texas Grand Juries - Indictments, True Bills, No Bills: What are they?

You might have heard of people being “indicted” for a crime before. But what does this mean? How does this happen? Is there anything that a defense lawyer can do to avoid it? Senior Associate Ryne Sandel gives a brief, high-level overview of the grand jury procedure in Texas and how it may look in your case.
#law #CriminalDefense #Indictment #GrandJury #CriminalLawyer #FAQFriday #dfw
https://youtu.be/dwx2z_clg0Y

You might have heard of people being “indicted” for a crime before. But what does this mean? How does this happen? Is there anything that a defense lawyer ca...

Junior Associate Attorney, Ashley Saenz, discusses what an ACE test is and why it's important in our juvenile justice sy...
09/17/2021
Juvenile Law Series: ACE Tests

Junior Associate Attorney, Ashley Saenz, discusses what an ACE test is and why it's important in our juvenile justice system. A link to an actual ACE test to calculate your score can be found here: https://www.whalenlawoffice.com/practice-areas/juvenile-law/.

#juvenilejustice #criminaldefense #childhoodtrauma #FAQFriday

https://youtu.be/Opd9ydObA0k

Junior Associate Attorney, Ashley Saenz, discusses what an ACE test is and why it's important in our juvenile justice system. A link to an actual ACE test to...

ALR suspensions, conviction suspensions, interlock devices, occupational driver’s licenses, the effects a DWI can have o...
09/10/2021
How does a DWI (in Texas) Effect Your Driving Privileges?

ALR suspensions, conviction suspensions, interlock devices, occupational driver’s licenses, the effects a DWI can have or you privilege to drive in the State of Texas are many and can be far-reaching. Senior Associate Ryne Sandel speaks briefly about just some of these impacts and what they may mean for you.
#lawyer #CriminalLawyer #dwi #driverslicense #FAQFriday

https://youtu.be/BdZbO33FNjI

ALR suspensions, conviction suspensions, interlock devices, occupational driver’s licenses, the effects a DWI can have or you privilege to drive in the State...

Whalen Law Office is delighted that our very own James Patrick Whalen will be speaking at the 24th Annual Eastern Distri...
09/10/2021

Whalen Law Office is delighted that our very own James Patrick Whalen will be speaking at the 24th Annual Eastern District of Texas Bar Association Bench Bar Conference on October 14, 2021. James and an esteemed group of judges will be speaking on “Preserving Error at Sentencing.” James serves on the conference planning committee for the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association. The Bench Bar Conference is known as the “go-to annual gathering” for judges and lawyers to discuss a broad range of leading-edge legal topics.
#legal #conference

Whalen Law Office was thrilled to attend "Coffee With the Mayor" this morning where we were able to tour the brand new F...
09/10/2021

Whalen Law Office was thrilled to attend "Coffee With the Mayor" this morning where we were able to tour the brand new Frisco Municipal Courthouse. The building is beautiful and very well designed. Major congratulations to Mayor Jeff Cheney, Judge Art Maldonado and the rest of the Frisco City Council for all of their work in designing a building that will better help us serve our clients and better help them serve the public. We are proud to work in a city like The City of Frisco TX - City Hall that truly cares about efficiently and fairly serving the community.

Have you ever heard of someone “pleading the fifth” and thought to yourself “Well they must be guilty”? Well, you’re not...
09/03/2021
The Fifth Amendment: What it is AND what it is NOT

Have you ever heard of someone “pleading the fifth” and thought to yourself “Well they must be guilty”? Well, you’re not alone. But you’re WRONG! There are a thousand reasons why someone might exercise their constitutional right to remain silent. Senior Associate Ryne Sandel discusses.
#law #criminaldefense #criminallawyer #dfw #FifthAmendment #FAQFriday #KnowYourRights
https://youtu.be/a9WEZ4BJGyw

Have you ever heard of someone “pleading the fifth” and thought to yourself “Well they must be guilty”? Well, you’re not alone. But you’re WRONG! There are a...

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9300 John Hickman Pkwy Ste 501
Frisco, TX
75035

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Some of the federal crime matters that are handled at the office by Mr. Whalen include: + Aggravated identity theft + Conspiracy + Controlled substance violations + Embezzlement + Extortion + False claims against the government + Federal firearm violations + Mail fraud + Possession of false documents + Possession of stolen mail, + Securities fraud + Wire fraud

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 4pm

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(214) 368-2560

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I love making lawyers look like lawyers. Ashley here is an associate attorney for the Frisco-based firm ( Whalen Law Office ), and just last week it was announced that she was accepted into Leadership Frisco Class 25. Congratulations! #suadbejtovicphotography #suadbphoto #friscotx #friscophotographer #headshots #headshot #headshotphotographer #portrait #portraits #portraitphotographer #portraitphotography #makeportraits #postthepeople #businessheadshots #makinglawyerslooklikelawyers
Thank you, Whalen Law Office for your donation to our general fund! Donations like yours help us to fulfill our mission, serve, and make an impact on Frisco Independent School District students and educators. We appreciate you! #StrongerTogether #FriscoEducationFoundation #FEF #FriscoISD #FISD #ForTheKids
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Just followed you back on Twitter, so thanks for the follow. Good stuff here. Like the masthead and logo. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you ever need to bounce a tax or estate question off me. As I always like to help fellow attorneys, I just liked your page here and hope you go to my page and like it there too. Have a great MLK Day.
Good morning Frisco! Come on over and join us right now for hot coffee and delicious breakfast tacos from Chamber member Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q. Get On Track today is sponsored by Whalen Law Office. See you soon!
Hello James, my name is Santos and I live in McKinney. I was recently pulled over on my mini motor bike. i did have a warrant at the time, for poss. of stolen prop. I got pulled over right across from my house, and i was on the side walk. The officer said that they have to take poss. of the bike under procedure. I've had that bike for years it wasn't stolen. was that lawful?
Hello. Need to talk.