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Commonly Asked Questions in Texas Assault Cases

Assault can be a very serious offense in Texas. However, there are legitimate defenses in Texas assault cases. Here are some common questions our Fort...

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Texas Woman is Sentenced to Five Years...

In the 21st Century, increasing numbers of crimes are committed and recorded on social media. In Houston, a woman who admitted to firing a gun...

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Activist Pushes for a Change in Barriers...

Different U.S. states have different gun laws. That can cause a massive headache and pose potential trouble with the law for gun holders who travel...

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Tarrant County Scammers Target Elderly People

Scammers target elderly people across the country and Tarrant County is no exception. A recent report noted how men offering to make repairs for older...

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Five Factors that Can Skew a DWI...

The DWI breath test in Texas is one of the most common ways to charge a driver with being under the influence of alcohol. Although...

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Highlighting the DWI Blood Draw Process in...

If you have been accused of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas you may face a bewildering array of tests. The DWI blood draw process...

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Fort Worth Man is Sentenced to 15...

Multiple DWIs can land you behind bars for long periods of time. Recently, a man from Fort Worth was sentenced to 15 years in prison...

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Texas to North Carolina Drug Pipeline is...

Smuggling drugs can be big business carrying massive federal penalties. In late 2017, authorities claimed they bust a Texas to North Carolina drug pipeline. The...

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Spate of Bank Robberies Impact Austin Violent...

A relentless rise in violent crime in America’s cities was not sustained in many locations in 2017. However, violence still appears to be increasing in...

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Heat and Hurricanes Shaped Texas Criminal Law...

The criminal reform agenda was active in Texas in 2017. Climatic factors like heat and hurricanes also had an impact. After Hurricane Harvey hit the...

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Texas’ Death Row Population is Falling

Texas again led the nation in the number of executions carried out in 2017 but the death row population of the state is falling. The...

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What Were The Key Criminal Justice Reforms...

Key changes and criminal justice reforms were seen in 2017 as a new administration took a tough stance on crime and immigration. The arrival of...

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Bail Reform May Dominate 2018 Crime Agenda

Bail reform has been enacted in a number of states. The momentum is likely to continue into 2018 as more legislatures retreat from cash bail...

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Teen From Fort Worth Will Be Tried...

When serious crimes occur a teen offender may be tried as an adult. This was the case in late 2017 with a 16-year-old Fort Worth youth...

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Why the Female Prison Population of Texas...

The number of arrests of women has fallen in Texas but the state’s female prison population is growing. This curious fact was recently highlighted in...

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What Are Motions in Criminal Cases?

During court proceedings, both sides can make requests to the judge. These are known as motions in criminal cases.  Motions can be made in a...

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Outlining Drug Trafficking and Distribution in Texas

Drug trafficking is an extremely serious crime in Texas and other states. Drug trafficking and distribution is likely to result in a long prison sentence...

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Federal Authorities Seek to Curb Opiate Crimes

With a record number of Americans becoming addicted and dying of opiate addiction, the federal authorities are targeting opiate crimes. In October, President Donald Trump...

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New “Second Chance’ Law Allowing DWIs to...

A new law allowing DWI convictions to be sealed in some cases has been in effect in Texas for more than three months. Although it...

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Video of Houston Carjacking is Published

Carjacking can be a terrifying crime for the victims. Recently, in Houston, police released video of how a woman and her 11-month-old niece were dragged...

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Will You be Jailed for Shoplifting In...

Under Texas law, you can be charged with shoplifting in a wide range of circumstances. Depending on the value of the item stolen, you could...

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Texas Law Makes it Legal for Churches...

Shortly after the most deadly shooting in Texas history at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in November, Attorney General Ken Paxton suggested armed volunteer security...

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Texas Lawmaker Calls for a Ban on...

Texas allows the open carry of long guns. It’s a situation that one lawmaker wants to change in the aftermath of a church massacre. State...

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Why Probable Cause is Needed for Cell...

The issue of restrictions on police searching your cellphone has been the subject of a series of important court decisions in recent years. However, police...

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Common Questions Asked in Texas Assault Cases

Assault is a wide-ranging crime in Texas. However, an assault conviction may lead to a number of consequences in Texas. Here are some common questions...

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Common Mistakes People Make About Criminal Trials

Many defendants are confused about criminal trials and there are numerous misconceptions. On our website, we point out that many people are influenced by trials...

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U.S. Military Grossly Underreported Crime Stats for...

The issue of the reporting of military crimes by service personnel to national databases was raised in the aftermath of the massacre of 26 people...

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The Penalties for Texas Burglaries

There are some severe sentences available for Texas burglaries, depending on the circumstances of the crime. In the Lone Star State, burglary is defined as...

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Medicaid Fraud Schemes Top $200 Million

Medicaid fraud remains a major target for federal prosecutors with some frauds topping $200 million in 2017. A report on HealthPayer Intelligence noted law enforcement...

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Common Myths About White Collar Crimes

Company directors, government officials and bankers are frequently in the news when they are charged with white collar crimes. However, there are many myths about...

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Explaining the DWI Process in Texas

The DWI process in Texas may seem intimidating and confusing, particularly if you have been arrested for the first time. Texas takes an uncompromising stance...

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Sex Crime Cases Were Mishandled by San...

We were alarmed to read about how a detective in San Antonio mishandled more than 130 sex crimes cases going back four years. The San...

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Three Texas Cities Modify the Policing of...

Policing of the mentally ill has been a major issue in Texas for decades with resources scant to help people with particular needs. However, a...

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Investigation Finds Defaulting on Renting Furniture Can...

Texas has a formidable reputation for locking up defendants. Although the state has moved to reduce its prison population in recent years there are some...

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Texas Executed Mexican Despite International Outcry

Texas executed a Mexican national in the fall of 2017, despite an international outcry. Death row inmate Ruben Cárdenas was put to death despite a...

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Crimes at Stores – Man is Sentenced...

Over the holidays, crimes at stores typically spike in Texas and elsewhere. While shoplifting is one of the most prevalent offenses, stores may also be...

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Tarrant County’s Felony Alcohol Intervention Program is...

People convicted of drunk driving in Tarrant County may have underlying alcohol problems. The county is unusual in Texas in having a four-year alcohol intervention...

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Cedar Hill Man Faces Murder Charge for...

In some cases, a trivial dispute or a falling out can lead to sudden violence. Police say a man fatally shot a neighbor and critically...

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Three Police Officer DWI Mistakes

When motorists are pulled over for a suspected DWI, they may not always realize their rights or pick up on instances when police officers are...

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Inmate in Parker County Dies Hours After...

Deaths in police custody occur too often in Texas and there is often little information about the cause. Recently, a DWI inmate in Parker County...

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Texas DWI Suspect Drives Into Lake to...

On occasions, suspects accused of driving while intoxicated will take extreme measures to evade the law. In a recent case, a driver was arrested after...

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Crime Falls at Many East Texas Colleges

Crime at universities and colleges has made lurid headlines in recent years. However, a series of reports point to recent falls in offenses at East...

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Texas Wants to Make It Easier to...

People with criminal records find it difficult to obtain or retain employment in Texas at the best of times. A serious offense on your record...

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Satan As a Defense in Texas Crimes

It may seem like an unorthodox defense, but the devil has come up frequently in criminal trials in Texas where defendants have attempted to use...

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Why Domestic Abusers Can’t Own Guns –...

A mass shooting in Texas last year highlighted the law that spells out why domestic abusers are banned from owning or possessing guns as well...

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Raise the Age Advocates Step up Campaign...

For decades, 17-year-old defendants have been treated like adults in the Texas criminal justice system. However, the state is being targeted by raise the age...

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What is the Penalty for Reckless Driving...

Texas has a reputation for being tough on crimes like DWIs and homicides. However, it came under fire in a survey for its record on...

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Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charges over the...

If you mistreat a pet in Texas you can face animal cruelty charges. That extends to neglect and the dumping of animals. Recently in Dallas,...

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One Dead And 1 Injured At Fort...

On Friday morning, 2 individuals sustained gunshot wounds from which 1 died; according to the police. The shooting incident happened at a residence in the...

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Junk Science Fears Fail To Halt Execution...

Robert Pruett was executed in Texas in October. The 38-year-old received the death penalty despite little evidence linking him to the crime and concerns over...

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Sex Assault Fears Following Foster Parent Arrest

Child protective services in Texas have been the subject of official criticism for years. Much of it concerned the safety of children in foster care....

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Robstown is Listed as the Most Dangerous...

When the FBI released its most dangerous cities in the fall of 2017, the rankings came as a surprise to the city of Robstown. The...

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Fort Worth Man is Jailed Over Obscene...

Federal child pornography offenses carry long jail terms even when an offender has no previous convictions. In 2017, a 39-year-old Burleson man learned he was...

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Case of Arrests at DC House Party...

An incident that started as a late night house party in Washington DC more than a decade ago has reached the U.S Supreme Court. The...

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MADD Supports New Non Disclosure Law for...

A new law in Texas allows some DWI offenders to keep their convictions off the public record. Although the new non disclosure law is seen as...

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Texas Teens Are Trained on Police Interactions

Interactions between teens and other citizens and police in recent years have led to standoffs and, in some cases, tragedies. Now high schoolers, new drivers...

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Why Sobriety Checkpoints May Not Be Legal...

Drivers dislike sobriety checkpoints but they are not legal in all states. It’s debatable whether drunk driving checkpoints and roadblocks are legal at all. At...

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Austin Murder Suspect Accepts a Plea Bargain...

Juries don’t always reach unanimous verdicts. In a recent case in Texas, a defendant accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 23 years in...

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The Sobriety Tests Used for Driving Under...

Most drivers are aware of how they will be tested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) if they have been drinking alcohol. Few have any idea...

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Domestic Violence Claim Leads to Suspension of...

NFL players are no strangers to run-ins with the law and criminal offenses. Charges of domestic violence and DWIs are particularly prevalent. In 2017, Dallas...

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The Difference Between Burglary and Criminal Trespass...

Our experienced Fort Worth criminal defense lawyers are often asked about the difference between burglary and criminal trespass in Texas. These two offenses are delated...

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White Supremacist Gang Investigation Ends with 89th...

When a judge in north Texas handed down the 89th and final conviction to a member of a white supremacist gang in the summer of...

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The Long-Term Effect of a Texas Assault...

If you have been hit with a Texas assault charge, it can have long-term impacts on your life. If you are charged with assault, you...

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Supreme Court to Rule on Non-Unanimous Jury...

The question of whether felony convictions should be allowed if the jury was not unanimous may be tested before the U.S. Supreme Court, which is...

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Man Accused of Killing Fort Worth Woman...

A man who is accused of the murder of a woman in Fort Worth has also been accused of a Plano killing after a woman...

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Can Portable Breathalyzers Be Used as DWI...

Our Fort Worth DWI defense lawyers are often asked if evidence from portable breathalyzers can be used in court. Many people believe this evidence is...

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North Texas Brings the Criminal Law to...

It’s not a crime to be homeless in Texas. However, a raft of laws targeted at homeless people means people with no roof over their...

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Texas Task Force Targets Hurricane-Related Fraud

Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area in September leaving thousands of people homeless.  While many people pulled together concerns about corruption led federal prosecutors to...

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New Law in Texas Targets Sex Offenders...

Campus safety in Texas and elsewhere has come under scrutiny in recent years. However, a loophole was exposed by 2018 R-College Station who was shocked...

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Road Rage in Fort Worth – Suspect...

Road rage in Fort Worth is a major issue that has been linked to car accidents, shootings and fatal crashes. In September, a suspected road...

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Seven People Are Arrested in Fort Worth...

Sting operations are often used by police to catch alleged sex offenders. Seven people were recently arrested in a Fort Worth online predator sting. Those...

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Husband is Charged with Murder Based on...

Modern technology helps our everyday lives. It can trace our locations and tell us how far we have walked or run. This evidence can also...

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Rise in Violent Crime in Texas Outpaces...

Violent crime rose across the United States in 2016 and the spike was even higher in Texas, according to figures from the Federal Bureau of...

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Attorney General’s Tough Policy on Drug Crimes...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a new tough approach to drug crimes and urged federal prosecutors to seek the maximum sentence. It’s a high...

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What is MS-13 and Why is the...

MS-13 is a violent street gang with roots in Central America. It was recently singled out for targeting by the Trump administration. Trump has described...

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Harris County Has a Diversion Program for...

A diversion program for offenders who commit misdemeanor marijuana offenses went into effect in Harris County in March 2017. The program diverts offenders caught with...

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Stored Communications Act Allows Warrant for Whole...

Law enforcement officials are required to obtain a warrant before searching a suspect’s personal belongings under the Fourth Amendment. The warrant must show there was...

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Ex Beauty Queen is Accused of Smuggling...

Drug smuggling in a serious offense whatever the circumstances. Recently, a former Miss USA contestant was charged with smuggling drugs to an inmate in an...

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Can Texas Police Get Away With Lying?

Many people do not believe the police lie. This is not the experience of Texas criminal defense lawyers. The police lie more frequently than many...

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Texas Republicans Led the Way on “Bump...

The worst mass shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas in 2017 prompted calls for a bump stock ban, with Texas Republicans leading the charge....

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Prosecutors Drop Felony Charges Against Dawnna Dukes

Corruption crimes against politicians make big headlines. However, these kinds of offenses can be tenuous. Recently, prosecutors dropped criminal charges against state Rep. Dawanna Dukes,...

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26-Year-Old Man Shot And Killed Thursday Night...

On Thursday night, 26-year-old Roderick Farris was shot and killed at a home in South Fort Worth. The police came to know about the shooting...

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Austin Police Oversight Project is in Jeopardy

Austin has a police oversight committee. However, the refusal of the police to act on the recommendations of the citizen panel puts the 16-year experiment...

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Texas Inmates Were Left With Inadequate Food...

Prisons in Texas have a reputation for being uncompromising and even deadly places for those housed in them. When Hurricane Harvey hit the state in...

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At Least Ten Texas Death Row Inmates...

A Supreme Court ruling in 2017 that changes how Texas determines intellectual disability in Capital Murder cases is set to impact at least 10 Texas...

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Identity Theft in Texas – Man is...

Identity theft in Texas can be a complicated offense that causes years of problems for victims. In one recent report from El Paso, a defendant...

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Man From Houston is Charged with DWI...

Being charged with a DWI in Texas is a serious offense, even if nobody is hurt. If you kill another driver or another road user,...

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Student Confesses to Fatal Shooting of Texas...

The shooting of a police officer or another public official in Texas carries a capital murder charge. In the fall of 2017, a student at...

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Rapes Rose at Several Texas Universities in...

Sexual assaults on university campuses in Texas and elsewhere have made headlines over the last two years. A recent report suggests rapes at universities are...

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What is The Neighborhood Police Officer Program...

The neighborhood police officer program has been in place for many years in Fort Worth but not every citizen is aware of it. Recently, NBC2...

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Offenses in Prostitution Stings – Waco Police...

On occasions, Texas police carry out high-profile prostitution stings. As well as prostitutes, their customers, known as “Johns.” are usually charged and their faces splashed...

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Driver in Texas Human Smuggling Death Case...

A 60-year-old driver involved in a human smuggling case that led to the deaths of 10 migrants in an overheated truck in San Antonio will...

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Passing a Breath Test May Not Get...

Many drivers don’t realize that passing a breath test may not get them off a DWI charge in Texas or elsewhere in the country. Drivers...

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What Alternative Programs Are Available to Drug...

In Texas, there are alternative programs available to drug offenders other than fines or prison time but these are typically only available for first-time drug...

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Singer Randy Travis Sues over Naked DWI...

The naked DWI arrest of singer Randy Travis in Texas seems to be one controversy that won’t go away any time soon. More than five...

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What is the Definition of Drug Possession...

If you are found to be in possession of an illicit or a controlled drug, you may be charged with drug possession under the Texas Controlled...

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Challenged over...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has talked extensively about America being in the grip of a violent crime wave. However, some experts are questioning his analysis....

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Do All Crimes Have a Statute of...

A statute of limitations is a legal restriction on how long a person or entity like a government may wait before taking legal action on...

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New Crime-Fighting Cameras are Installed in Fort...

Surveillance cameras are playing a more prominent part in criminal investigations across the country. In Fort Worth, police installed 35 surveillance cameras in the Stop...

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Man Pleads Guilty to North Texas Hate...

Home invasions occur more frequently than many people believe. However, it’s rare for defendants to also be charged with hate crimes. But this is what...

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Family of Man Who Died After Unlawful...

Police in Texas do not always follow the rules during traffic stops. On occasions, intimidation and physical force are used. Recently, the family of a...

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Fraud Charges Against State Rep. Dawnna Dukes...

Politicians often face fraud and corruption charges in Texas. Although these are serious offenses, they can be complicated in nature. A case in point is...

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Texas Teens Will be Trained on Interactions...

Negative interactions between the police and members of the community made headlines in recent years. In some high-profile cases, drivers were shot dead during traffic...

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New Law Helps Elderly Texans Fooled by...

Scammers are endemic in Texas and elsewhere. Many people have fallen for them. Recently the legislature enacted a new law to help elderly Texans fooled...

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Five Types of White Collar Crime in...

White collar crime in Texas is endemic and takes many forms. It can include public officials or people involved in private corporations. Texas officials facing...

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Spine Doctor is Arrested in Dallas Serial...

Indecent exposure is considered a sexual offense in Texas, even when there is no contact between a perpetrator and a victim. Recently, police in Dallas...

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Lyft and Budweiser Offer Free Rides in...

Texas has one of the highest rates of drunk driving arrests and accidents in the country. As part of a program to fight drunk driving,...

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Texas Man Accused of Cold Case Killings...

Serial killers are murderers who kill at least three people over more than a month with a cooling off period in between, according to the FBI’s...

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Baylor Reports the Most University Sex Assaults...

Given recent controversy at Baylor University, it’s probably no surprise that a survey found more sexual assaults were reported here than at any other university...

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Reward of $6,000 is Offered for Information...

Cold cases by their very nature are crimes which the trail has gone cold on. On occasions, there is a sudden upsurge of interest in...

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Chewbacca Joins Fort Worth, Texas Police Department...

As the former smuggler Han Solo in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ died, Chewbacca was alone, so he joined the Texas police department. Chewie made...

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Former Felon Leads National Criminal Justice Reform...

In an era when the Attorney General is calling for stiffer sentences for criminals, a counter movement is seeing a retreat from incarceration. In a...

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Do You Have to Let Law Enforcement...

If a police officer in Texas asks if he or she can search your car or your home, you have a right to refuse the...

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What Happens if You Refuse to Take...

If a suspect is stopped by a police officer who believes they have been drinking alcohol, they may be asked to take a breath test...

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Trump Presses for Mass incarceration for Border...

Repeated border crossers from Mexico face the prospect of longer stretches behind bars as President Donald Trump presses for mass incarceration. Typically, border crossers face...

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Drugged Driving Becomes the Top Driving Safety...

Earlier this year, 13 people on a Texas church bus lost their lives in what police say was a crash caused by drugged driving. Its...

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When Can The President of the United...

The presidential pardon of Joe Arpaio, the retired hardline Arizona lawman in August, led to questions about the power of the Commander in Chief to...

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Defenses to Grand and Petty Theft in...

Theft in Texas is commonly called larceny, petty theft, petit theft, grand theft, grand theft or larceny, stealing or robbery, depending on the circumstances. To...

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DPS Publishes List of Texas Gangs that...

Tango Blast may not make headlines in the same way as MS-13 or the Bloods or the Crips. However, it’s the largest gang in the...

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Texas Sanctuary Cities Law Could Lead to...

The controversial anti-sanctuary cities law SB4 signed by the governor this summer has led to recriminations and opposition across Texas not to mention lawsuits. Some...

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Grand Jury Declines to Indict Teen who...

The role of a grand jury in Texas was illustrated by a recent case in Parker County in which a man who shot and killed...

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Neighbors Say Neglect Fueled Crime on Las...

Las Vegas Trail in Fort Worth has an unenviable reputation as an overlooked road frequented by crime, poverty, and prostitution. The stretch of pavement close...

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Texas Man Arrested When He Fell Asleep...

Alleged robberies are foiled in many ways. However, in a bizarre case in Texas, a man accused of robbery was reported to have fallen asleep...

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What is a Mistrial and Why Do...

In 2017, the high profile mistrial of comedian Bill Cosby made headlines and shed publicity on this little-known area of the criminal law. The judge...

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Supreme Court Rules Stealing from Another’s Bank...

Bank fraud is a little-known offense. Many people don’t realize they can be charged with bank fraud without intending to take money from a financial...

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Healthcare Fraud Arrests Target Texas Doctors

Healthcare fraud has been a major expansion area for federal prosecutors in the United States in recent years and the dragnet has often closed in...

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30-Year-Old Harrison Hilliard Taken Into Custody In...

According to the police, 30-year-old Harrison Hilliard was taken into custody on Friday for the fatal stabbing of 2 dogs in a Fort Worth neighborhood....

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DPS Comes Under Pressure to Change Arrest...

The death of Sandra Bland in a Texas cell two years ago was the catalyst for legislation in Texas this year. However, the subsequent Sandra...

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Do Texas Police Need Search Warrants to...

The question of whether police in Texas and elsewhere need to obtain a search warrant is a hot topic in criminal justice at present. This...

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Texas “No Refusal” DWI Policy hits Opposition...

No refusal periods are carried out on occasions across Texas. When police run these operations, an officer will obtain a warrant to force a DWI...

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Texas Woman Steals Police Car During DWI...

During a DWI arrest, people who are stopped by police can lose their cool, make mistakes and end up receiving additional charges. On occasions, they...

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Passenger is Killed in Suspected Fort Worth...

Texas has one of the highest DWI fatal crash rates in the nation. Earlier this year, a passenger was reported to have died in a...

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DPS Reverses Course on Charging for Crime...

State crime labs perform tests vital to the administration of justice like DWI and DNA testing. However, a proposal by the Texas Department of Public...

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Texas is Ranked 13th Toughest State in...

Texas is tough on DWI offenders. A new study suggests it’s one of the toughest states in the nation. A study in WalletHub ranked Texas...

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Are Defendants Receiving Fair Trials from County...

Concerns that a lack of expertise among county courts judges in Texas is impacting defendants have been expressed by a leading academic. Lawrence Karson is...

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Outlining Aggravated Crimes in Texas

Aggravated crimes are treated more seriously than other crimes and carry higher sentences on conviction in Texas. To be charged with an aggravated crime, a...

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Claims of Intellectual Disability Halt Execution of...

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted the execution of a convicted child murderer from Dallas County who claims an intellectual disability leaves him...

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Police Shortages in Dallas and Houston Threaten...

It has been described as a “perfect storm” but it occurred before the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Police shortages in both Houston and...

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Dallas Cowboys Players Charged With Crimes

Dallas Cowboys players are no strangers to trouble with the law. Over the past few years, a series of players have been charged with crimes....

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Most Wanted Man Accused of Armed Robbery...

When an alleged criminal appears on a most wanted list, agencies across the country are alerted. Recently, one of the most wanted fugitives in Texas...

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Ban on Large Knife Carry is Overturned...

Texas relaxed restrictions on firearms recently by allowing open carry of guns. The state is doing the same with large knife carry after enacting legislation...

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Facebook Selfies Help Police to Investigate Robberies

Police often use social media as a tool to crack crime. In Kaufman in Texas, investigators used a woman’s Facebook selfies to help find her....

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Backlash Grows Over Decision Not to Renew...

The decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to renew the National Commission on Forensic Science led to a backlash. Now, notwithstanding criticism from Sessions,...

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Sessions Promises New Era of Drug Enforcement

Long sentences as a tool in drug enforcement are on the cards under the Trump administration’s attorney general Jeff Sessions. For some commentators, this represents...

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Former Texas Mayor and City Attorney Are...

Crystal City in Texas was branded one of the most corrupt places in the Lone Star State. Earlier this year, its former mayor and attorney...

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One in Four Texas High School Students...

Underage drinking is endemic in Texas. It’s also an offense that may put you on the slippery slope to incarceration. A recent release points out...

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Montgomery County Man is Jailed for Life...

Felony DWIs are likely to land you in jail for a long time, in some cases life. Recently, a man from Montgomery County in Texas...

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Crimes on Facebook Live – Why More...

Crimes streamed on Facebook Live are becoming increasingly common. An alleged crime in Mississippi when two teenagers were arrested over the sexual and physical assault...

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Fort Worth Homicides Spike 70 Percent

Fort Worth homicides continued to spike in the first part of 2017, alarming police and local government leaders. A report on WFAA noted violent crime...

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What is Wire Fraud and What Are...

Wire fraud is a federal offense because it is committed across state or international lines. It entails any scheme to defraud another person via electronic...

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America’s Rural Counties Have the Highest Incarceration...

We associate high crime with big cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, and Dallas in Texas. However, research suggests the highest incarceration rates occur in America’s...

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Houston Man Was Killed in Front of...

Carjacking is a very serious crime in Texas. In some cases, a botched carjacking can lead to tragedy. In Houston, a man was shot and...

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case of...

Concerns that a mentally ill, undocumented man from Honduras was a victim of mistakes by his lawyers led the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the...

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Austin and Round Rock Move Up List...

Austin is one of the most popular cities for young professionals. However, it has experienced a violent crime spike in recent years, according to a...

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FBI Seeks Help Over Houston Bank Robberies

Armed bank robberies are treated very seriously by the Texas authorities. Recently, police reported a spate of Houston bank robberies. The FBI appealed for help...

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Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Halts DNA...

Of all the forensic tests used in the criminal justice system, DNA is seen as the golden standard. If a suspect’s DNA matches material found...

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Man Who Romanced Women for Money in...

Crimes of deception take many different forms. In Tarrant County, police have arrested a man who was accused of romancing women for money. Police said...

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GPS Tracking for DWI Offenders and Fourth...

Consumers are eager to enlist the help of new technology. However, many of these gadgets can infringe on our rights without us realizing it and...

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Child Abuse Investigations Involve Many Agencies in...

When a child abuse claim is made in Texas, a complicated multi-agency response usually follows. The obstacles to the investigation, noted the Star-Telegram appear early...

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Why You Shouldn’t Discuss Charges Against You...

If you have been charged with a crime in Texas, you may feel you want to talk about your case with your family and friends....

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Grand Jury Indicts Sheriff’s Deputy and Her...

Serious charges against law enforcement officers invariably make headlines. In Houston, a Texas sheriff’s deputy and her husband were recently indicted on murder charges in...

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Arrest of a Dallas Cowboys Player –...

NFL players have a long record of DWI arrests. Recently, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Nolan Carroll was arrested in Dallas on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Carroll, reported...

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America’s Drug War Threatens to Punish Criminals...

A resumption of America’s so called ‘drug war’ under Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatens to punish casual users as well as criminals, according to critics....

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Almost 7,000 Texas Inmates Die in Jails...

It’s well known that Texas jails are tough places. However, the number of deaths that occur to prisoners while they are incarcerated is alarming. According...

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Sessions’ Tough Crime Policies Are Obstructed by...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has already made his mark on the law and order agenda with a pledge to be tougher on crime. However, the...

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Outlining the Larceny Laws in Texas

Thefts are some of the most common crimes in Texas meaning the state’s larceny laws are used more than many others. Generally, to commit larceny...

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Texas Campus Carry Law Leads to Changes...

Texas’ campus carry law was contentious before it was implemented. However, now it’s in place, it’s making few headlines. But the relative lack of incidents...

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Texas Man is Found Guilty of Assault...

When a defendant in Texas is picked up for an alleged crime elsewhere in the country an extradition procedure will routinely take place between states....

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What Paperwork Should An Arrestee Expect in...

If you have been charged with a crime, you’ll quickly find the amount of paperwork is far greater than the papers you are issued with...

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Trump Fails to Appoint Judges to Legal...

Texas has lagged behind much of the rest of the nation in terms of the appointment of new judges under the Trump administration. A report...

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Attempt by UT Academics to Overturn Campus...

Texas’ campus carry law that came into effect last year is controversial in some quarters. At the University of Texas in Austin, three academics filed...

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Texas Lawmakers Fail to End Troubled Driver...

The Texas Driver Responsibility Program is controversial and troubled. Despite ongoing criticism, politicians failed in efforts to end it during this year’s legislative session. The...

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Outlining the New Texting and Driving Ban...

Texas was one of the last states in the country to make texting at the wheel a criminal offense. However, a new bill came into...

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22-Year-Old Texas Man Convicted Of Killing Two...

22-year-old Jan Michael Nieves Delgado, who was convicted of hitting and killing 2 highway workers back in 2014 while driving under the influence of alcohol,...

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Companies Race to Develop Marijuana Breathalyzers

There are clear rules for detecting drunk drivers. But when it comes to drugged drivers, gauging impairment has always been a more imprecise business. However,...

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New Composite Drawings Are Released over 1981...

Even when crimes are decades old, new information may come to light, allowing investigators to release new evidence. Recently, in Brazos County in Texas, sheriff...

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Opposition as Texas Seeks to Kill Mentally...

A defendant’s mental health is relevant in death penalty cases because it can affect his or her culpability for a crime, ability to help counsel...

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Fort Worth Man is Sentenced to 40...

It’s not uncommon for police to crack cases years after the crimes occurred but the trail often goes colder with the passage of time. However,...

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Texas Couple Is Exonerated 25 Years After...

Child abuse charges can be difficult to shake off, particularly when the nation is in the grip of a moral panic. In Texas, a couple...

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Man Accused or Texas Mosque Hate Crime...

A man charged with a Texas mosque hate crime faces as long as 40 years in jail over allegations he burned down the worship center....

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Official Says Fort Worth Police Morale is...

Fort Worth police morale has been a talking point for months now as violent crime surges in the city and the police come under scrutiny....

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What DWI Offenders Need to Do to...

Texas’ new ‘second chance’ law for DWI offenders was recently signed by Governor Greg Abbot. However, our Fort Worth DWI defense attorneys are often asked...

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Texas Prosecutor Sought to Use Facebook to...

A Dallas County prosecutor is accused of pulling a favor with a city police officer while refusing to cooperate with a DWI arrest. In July,...

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Tiger Woods Drunk Driving Arrest – is...

When golfer Tiger Woods was arrested in Florida on Memorial Day on suspicion of driving under the influence, he blamed prescription drugs. Woods made his...

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How is Intoxication Defined Under Texas DWI...

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) means drunk driving in Texas. The State of Texas uses a percentage blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to determine whether you are...

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Five Statements that Can Hurt You During...

If you are stopped on the suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) how you conduct yourself and what you say at the scene is vitally...

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House Votes to End Jail Time for...

In the past, we have noted a major problem in the Texas criminal justice system that leaves impoverished people with unpaid fines languishing in prison...

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Texas Execution is Halted Over Flawed Forensic...

Concerns over the accuracy of bite mark evidence have been highlighted over the last few years. Recently, they led to the halting of the execution...

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Hit and Run Suspect In Crash Involving...

If you don’t remain at the scene of an accident in Texas, you face being hit by criminal charges like hit and run. In June,...

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Mother is Deemed Competent to Stand Trial...

In some cases, a defendant may be judged mentally incompetent to stand trial. The Star-Telegram recently reported how the estranged wife of a famous pianist...

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Motorcycle Gang Leader Found Guilty of Killing...

Crimes that involve gang memberships and killing receive some of the stiffest sentences in Texas. Recently, the leader of a Fort Worth motorcycle gang was...

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Randy Travis DWI Video is Likely to...

The decision to release DWI video of the arrest of country singer Randy Travis in Texas has faced many legal appeals. However, in June the...

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Police Arrest 11 People in North Texas...

Offenses of human trafficking and prostitution often go hand in hand. In northern Texas, law enforcement agencies recently arrested 11 people in a human trafficking...

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Three Undocumented Immigrants Are Arrested for Kidnapping...

Kidnapping is a very serious offense that is often dealt with in the federal courts. Recently, in Texas, three undocumented immigrants were accused of kidnapping...

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Dallas Joins Fight Against Immigration Law

The City of Dallas has joined the fight against a state immigration law that criminalizes law enforcement officials who fail to comply with federal immigration...

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New Texas Rules Place Ride Hailing Companies...

Some Texas jurisdictions have struggled with the arrival of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft in recent years. However, greater standardization is on the cards...

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If You Are Texting While Driving In...

After the new law was implemented on 1st of September, it is now mandatory for individuals behind the wheel of a vehicle to put down...

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State Rep. Victoria Neave is Arrested for...

Thousands of DWI arrests occur across Texas every day. However, when a politician, an actor, or a famous musician is arrested for a DWI it...

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Famous Celebrities Accused of crimes

The recent sexual assault trial of actor and comedian Bill Cosby was the latest in a series of high-profile celebrity criminal trials. In the Cosby...

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Police Ask if Arlington Sports Bar Shooting...

An Arlington sports bar shooting made headlines in May. Two people were shot and killed at Zona Caliente Sports Bar and Grille on South Cooper...

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Charges in the Classroom – Texas Teacher...

Alleged crimes committed by teachers have made headlines in recent years in Texas and resulted in new legislation. Recently, a Texas special education teacher was...

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Can You Reduce Your Sentence if You...

Counseling or therapy may be useful to a defendant when preparing for a trial. It may improve the defendant’s mental wellbeing before the stressful ordeal....

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Can Your DWI Case Be Expunged in...

We are often asked if a DWI conviction can be expunged in Texas. The answer is no. A conviction of any offense cannot be expunged...

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Three South Texas Men Are Convicted of...

Kidnapping and human smuggling offenses are often on the radar of law enforcement in the border areas of Texas close to Mexico. Recently three men...

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Police Bust Drug Trafficking Ring in Cedar...

Drug trafficking is taken seriously in Texas, even when the narcotic seized is marijuana. Recently, police said they busted a drug traffic ring in Cedar...

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Man from Arlington is Convicted of Defrauding...

White collar crimes often attract big sentences and heavy fines. In a recent prosecution, a man from Arlington was convicted of defrauding Home Depot to...

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Man From Texas Accused of Drunkenly Texting...

Our attorneys represent many people accused of drinking and driving. However, in one of the most unusual crimes to make headlines in Texas in recent...

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One Person is Killed in Road Rage...

Tempers can quickly flare on the highways of Texas leading to serious road rage incidents. Police said a road rage incident in May led to...

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Why Not Cooperating with Immigration Agents is...

Immigration has become a contentious issue in the United States, nowhere more so than in Texas. Recently, the state passed a law that makes it...

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Two Texas Cities Are Included in Most...

Two cities in Texas have been highlighted in a list of the most dangerous cities in America in a recent survey. A report in MySanAntonio...

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Jenny’s Law Gives Victims of Crime Protection...

The case of a rape victim who was jailed in Houston to make sure she testified has sparked new legislation in Texas dubbed “Jenny’s Law.”...

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Why You Should Stay Off Social Media...

Most of us have a social media account. Usage in the United States shot up from 24 percent of the population in 2008 to 81...

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What Are Common DWI Bond Conditions?

If you have been charged with a crime, you are still not guilty unless and until you have been convicted. However, some of the harsh...

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How Does a Police Officer Obtain a...

A police officer must have a search warrant to conduct a search or a seizure in most circumstances. They cannot act without authority but must...

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Will Texas Sanctuary Law Result in Racial...

Of all the laws passed in Texas this session, the sanctuary law is one of the most controversial. Opponents fear it will usher in racial...

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Texas Senator Carlos Uresti is Indicted on...

White collar charges such as bribery charges are all too common in the political arena in Texas. In a recent case Carlos Uresti, a Texas...

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Obstruction of Justice is a Hard Crime...

The crime of obstruction of justice has been in the news in recent months following speculation President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey...

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Mall Murders Spike in Texas

For decades, malls have been the places to go for a range of shopping in one place. However, in recent years some malls in Texas...

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Police Sting Operations – When Are They...

We are sometimes asked if police sting operations constitute entrapment. These are active operations in which police go out and seek to find offenders. An...

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Department of Criminal Justice Issues Fraudulent Calls...

Scam alerts that are issued about fraudulent calls are not uncommon in Texas.  In July, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice issued a warning to...

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New Study Highlights the Safest Cities in...

We hear a lot about dangerous cities and soaring crime rates in Texas. However, little attention is given to the fact the state has some...

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Texas ‘Second Chances’ Bill Would Allow Non...

Our Fort Worth criminal defense attorneys are acutely aware of the stigma of a criminal conviction. Even after you have served your sentence, your past...

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Texas Tests Technology to Expedite Blood Draw...

Texas is to evaluate new technology that would expedite blood draw DWI warrants for suspected drunk drivers. The new technology is in the testing phase....

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Defense Strategies for Theft Cases in Texas

Theft is one of the most common offenses committed in Texas. Although it’s normally a misdemeanor, you should not take this charge lightly. There are...

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Kindergarten Teacher From Killeen is Accused of...

Sexual assaults and rapes by educators have been in the news in Texas in recent years. In May, the arrest of a kindergarten teacher from...

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Mental Health and Race Were Factors in...

Mental health and race can be factors behind a tragedy like the recent University of Texas stabbings. The killing of Harrison Brown at UT in...

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How Frequently Do Criminal Cases Go to...

Defendants often mistakenly believe their case is bound to go the trial in Texas. In practice, this is often not the case. About half of...

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Bill To Allow parents To See Their...

Autopsies often form an important part of criminal cases. But they can be harrowing for families of the victims. Recently, a bill to allow parents...

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12 Texas Inmates Serving Banned Juvenile Life...

GATESVILLE, TEXAS – According to reports, 12 Texas inmates are locked up in jail for completing the sentence that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled...

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Rick Perry Backs Texas Criminal Reform Bills

Former Texas governor Rick Perry came into office with a reputation for being tough on law and order but he enacted several key criminal reform...

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How Baylor Sex Assaults Sparked New Bills...

Baylor University in Waco has become a byword for sexual scandal and cover-ups over the last year. Now alleged Baylor sex assaults have sparked new...

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Three Arrested in Hazing Scandal at Texas...

Schools and college fraternities often make headlines for the wrong reasons. In San Antonio, 13 people have been arrested over a hazing scandal, according to...

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What Are DWI ‘No Refusal” Periods in...

Police in Texas organize periodic crackdowns on drunk drivers over what’s termed “no refusal periods.” These are often staged around holidays or other big events....

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Death Row Inmate is Denied DNA Testing...

Over the last year, a series of appeals have granted Texas death row inmates a stay of execution. Rodney Reed was not one of them....

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Texas Man Who Fell Asleep Gets DWI...

You don’t need to be driving your car to be charged with drunk driving. Recently, in Texas a 20-year-old man was charged with a DWI...

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Calls Grow for Standardized Rape Kits in...

There has been a lot of publicity in recent years about rape kits in Texas and the testing backlog. While measures to speed up the...

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Sandra Bland Act is Criticized as a...

The family of a woman whose death in a Texas jail cell sparked a review has criticized a bill meant to safeguard people in a...

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West Texas Man Receives Life Sentence for...

If you commit multiple DWI offenses in Texas, you are likely to spend a lot of time behind bars. In some cases, you may never...

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Electronic System Would Track Sex Crime Evidence...

A bill that would create a statewide electronic tracking system for forensic evidence gathered in sex offense cases across Texas has received preliminary approval from...

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Houston Police Investigator Made Errors in 65...

Most people expect police and prosecutors to be meticulous in the preparation of their cases. However, little thoroughness was apparent in the work of a...

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Dallas Salon Worker is Accused of Giving...

Most homicides involve weapons like guns or knives but in an unusual case in Dallas, a salon worker was convicted of murder by injecting a...

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How Texas Bent Medical Standards to Back...

We have written in the past about the case of Texas death row inmate Bobby Moore who claimed he should not be executed due to...

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Report Calls for Texas to Stop Treating...

A large proportion of the jail population in Texas and elsewhere suffers from mental illness. It’s one of the most controversial aspects of jails. In...

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Police Use Data to Swarm High-Crime Neighborhoods...

Alarmed by an increase in violent crime in Fort Worth, police are using a computer program to swarm high-crime neighborhoods in the city. The TV...

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Why You Can Be Charged With Sending...

We have all heard of cyber bullying but a case involving a Texas man illustrates how you can be charged with sending a dangerous tweet....

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Woman Sues Claiming She Was Wrongly Charged...

We have previously noted the concerns about the prosecution of dozens of bikers who are accused in the shooting in Waco two years ago that...

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Harris County Moves to Decriminalize Possession of...

The decision of Harris County to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has put the county on a collision course with some state officials....

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Muslims Targeted as Hate Crimes Against Immigrants...

A spike in hate crimes against immigrants was recorded in the days after last year’s presidential election. Recent statistics suggest the trend continued until 2017....

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Drunk Driving Wrecks Kill and Injure Victims...

Texas has one of the worst drunk driving accident rates in the country. According to statistics, a drunk driver kills or injures a victim every...

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Crime Bills Are on the Agenda in...

Earlier this year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a special legislative session to tackle some unresolved issues. These included several crime bills. A report on...

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No Refusal DWI Initiatives Are Launched in...

No-refusal DWI campaigns are controversial in Texas. However, certain cities continue to implement them around holiday periods. In Austin, one of the longest “no-refusal” law...

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Texas Intoxi-Carry Bill Would Tackle Drinking and...

It’s not only an offense to be intoxicated while driving. If you are drunk and carry a handgun in public, you can be charged with...

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Dallas County Commissioner is Cleared Of Corruption...

Prosecutions for offenses like fraud, bribery and tax evasion are some of the most complicated cases that come before a jury. In Dallas, the case...

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DNA Samples Are Used To Recreate the...

It can take many years for police to get a breakthrough in a cold case. After a wait of more than three decades, investigators say...

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Life Sentence for Dallas Surgeon Highlights Distinction...

Usually, when doctors harm patients, their actions constitute medical malpractice but usually fall short of criminal negligence. The case of Dallas neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch was...

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Man from Lufkin is Sentenced to 16...

If you commit a series of robberies, you can face a long time behind bars, as illustrated by a recent sentence handed out to a...

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Two Robbers are Shot Dead During Texas...

Texas has stringent laws that give homeowners rights to defend their homes. In March, a resident shot two men dead in Henderson County during what...

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How You Can Get an Assault Charge...

Our Tarrant County criminal defense attorney is sometimes asked how a defendant can get an assault charge expunged in Texas. It is possible to get...

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Outlining the No-Drop Policy in Family Texas...

The no-drop policy is pertinent in domestic violence cases in Texas if a family member wants to get charges dismissed. If you have been charged...

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How Long Will Your Driver’s License Be...

Texas uses both civil and criminal penalties for a first DWI in Texas. You should not assume the fact it’s your first offense will guarantee...

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What Happens if You Violate Your Probation...

If you violate your probation in Texas, you can face serious consequences. The prosecution will typically move a probation revocation case which begins with either...

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Capital Murder Sentence for Paul Storey is...

Over the last year, a series of Texas executions have been halted by both the U.S. Supreme Court and the highest court in Texas. In...

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Overnight Bar Fight In Fort Worth Left...

On Thursday, a fight happened among regular bar goers and first time visitors that ended in one individual being shot and the other being stabbed,...

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Teen Made up Fictitious Rape Story Involving...

If you are the subject of sexual assault allegations, your life can be ruined. You can lose your liberty or your reputation. However, in some...

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Texas Governor Targets Gang-Related Crimes

Gang related crimes remain a problem in many parts of Texas. The scale of the issue was serious enough for Governor Greg Abbott to recently...

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Coalition Pushes Bill to Stop 17-year-olds Going...

Another serious bid to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 and to prevent 17-year-olds being imprisoned in adult jails is being made in...

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Texas Senate Backs Bill to Get Tough...

Campus sex crimes have made headlines across the country in recent years, nowhere more so than at Baylor University in Texas which is accused of...

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More than 30 Parking Meters Stolen in...

Thefts are one of the most common crimes we see in Fort Worth and elsewhere in Texas. Although typically misdemeanors, theft crimes can still land...

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Armed Robberies Rise in Texas Cities

Over the last two years, Texas cities have been struggling to contain a spike in violent crime as armed robberies rise. A report in U.S....

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Texas Hate Crime Law Results in Few...

Texas has had a hate crimes law since 2001. However, the sparse use of the statute is concerning legislators and criminal law experts. The enactment...

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Texas Mom is Sentenced to 18 Years...

Most killings are committed against people who know each other. In some cases, the perpetrator will seek to hire a contract killer rather than carrying...

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The History of the Miranda Warning

Most people have heard about the Miranda warning. However, its origins are not known by many outside the legal profession. The origins of the Miranda...

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Sessions Shifts Focus from White Collar Crimes...

The enforcement of white collar crimes may take a backseat under the Trump administration as Attorney General Jeff Sessions concentrates on violent crimes. Sessions and...

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Explaining the Criminal Appeals Process in Texas

Everyone who is convicted of a crime in Texas is entitled to an appeal. However, you have to act fast to take advantage of the...

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Resolving DWI Driver’s License Issues

If you are arrested for a DWI in Texas, you may face the loss of your liberty and a fine. However, the criminal sanction is...

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Homosexual Conduct is Still Banned Under Texas...

Many states have outdated criminal laws on their statute books that can’t be enforced. For example, homosexual conduct is still a criminal offense in Texas...

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Exonerations in the United States Rose Again...

The number of exonerations in the United States reached unprecedented levels in 2016 and Texas again saw more than any other state. According to a...

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Animal Cruelty Offenses – Irving Man is...

Animal Cruelty offenses have been strengthened in recent years in Texas. On occasions, these cases make headlines. Earlier this year, police arrested a man who...

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Sessions Ends Partnership to Raise Forensic Science...

A partnership between the Justice Department and independent scientists was intended to raise forensic science standards and highlight issues with some forms of evidence gathering....

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Dallas Man is Arrested over Heroin Supply...

When the alleged supply of drugs is linked to a death, a federal prosecution normally follows. Offenses involving narcotics carry a heavy sentence. In a...

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Supreme Court Rules Racial Bias of Juries...

The Supreme Court has tackled the issue of racial bias in the jury room head on in a series of decisions intended to eliminate racial...

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Supreme Court Considers Sex Offenders On Facebook

The use of social media sites by sex offenders is a controversial issue that weighs the protection of children against the rights to free speech...

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New Crime Rewards Program is Announced by...

A new crime rewards program intended to generate leads in cold or unsolved cases has been announced in Texas by the Office of the Governor,...

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Offenses Against All First Responders Would Be...

Blue lives matter legislation appeared across the country after fatal shootings of cops last year in Texas and Louisiana. However, moves to add offenses against...

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Public Defenders Will Be at Bail Hearings...

Many defendants in Texas are finding their level of income rather than the seriousness of their offense is dictating how long they remain in jail...

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Arlington Cops Accused of Falsely Reporting Traffic...

Many drivers in Texas are concerned they will be wrongly subjected to traffic stops which could escalate into other matters like DWI tests and charges...

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Man Who Killed a Father and Son...

Texas is executing fewer Death Row inmates than in previous years, but the Lone Star State remains at the top of the death table. James...

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Could Domestic Violence Crime Victim’s Arrest Deter...

The arrest of an alleged domestic abuse victim in a Texas court by immigration agents earlier this year led to claims victims would be deterred from...

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Texas Moves Closer to Making Cyberbullying a...

Texas has moved a step toward making cyberbullying a crime by giving a hearing to a new bill that would enable schools to be more...

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Trial of Attorney General Ken Paxton is...

The pending corruption trial against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been a lengthy matter held up by appeals and other legal maneuvers. Prosecutors wanted...

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30-Year-Old Fernando De Jesus Osorino Of Kansas...

30-year-old Fernando De Jesus Osorino, who pleaded guilty for killing 2 individuals in a car accident, has been sentenced to spend 16 years in prison....

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Bill Asks for Texans to Crowdsource Funding...

Texas lawmakers are struggling to come to terms with how to address a rape kit backlog in the state.  Funding remains an issue. With politicians...

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Harris County DWI Prevention Program Wins Award

Texas has one of the highest rates of drunk driving in the country. In some areas, special educational programs have been set up with the...

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Criminal Trial Against Waco Bikers is Mired...

Texas is facing one of the biggest trials in memory as 155 bikers face a hearing over the deadly 2015 shoot-out near Waco. Nine bikers...

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Environmental Crimes in Texas

Texas beefed up its environmental laws in the 1990s. Businesses and individuals who litter or pollute can fall foul of the criminal laws. The new...

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The Role of a Grand Jury and...

Texas is a grand jury state. However, there is often confusion about the role of a grand jury and how if fits into the criminal...

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Texas Father Kills Wife and Child in...

A recent murder/suicide case in Texas once again illustrates the high rates of domestic violence in the Lone Star State. A report in People stated...

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Facebook Allows Police To Track down Alleged...

Social media has expanded recently in recent years and with it the ability of law enforcement officials to use it to gather evidence and to...

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Phone Scammers Are Impersonating the FBI in...

The rapid development of online technology has been accompanied by an increase in the sophistication of criminals. However, in Texas, scammers are using one of...

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What Are Drug Courts in Texas?

Drug courts were introduced in Texas in recent years as legislators sought ways to reduce the state’s massive prison population. Texas lagged behind many other...

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Parker County Constable is Accused of Continuous...

Many domestic assaults occur in Texas but they are more likely to make headlines when they relate to law enforcement officials. Recently, the Star-Telegram reported...

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Texas Juvenile Justice Agency is Accused of...

If you commit a crime at a young age, you may end up in the juvenile justice system. While facilities for teens are meant to...

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Sex trafficking Victims in Texas May End...

Texas’ record on sex trafficking is under fire. A recent in-depth report claims it’s often the sex trafficking victims rather than the offenders who end...

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Texas Shopper Who Shot a Robber in...

Texas’ open carry law came into effect at the start of 2016. Although the Lone Star State has some of the most liberal gun laws...

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Texas DWI Driver Will be on Probation...

DWI drivers who kill people can end up serving long periods behind bars. However, in one recent case, a Texas driver who ended the life...

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Students Use Mock DWI Crash to Highlight...

Statistics show young people are more likely to drink alcohol and drive, particularly around times like spring break or over the summer. At one Texas...

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The Difference Between Simple and Aggravated Assault...

Our Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer is often asked about the differences between simple and aggravated assault in Texas. People who are charged with assault...

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether a Defendant...

The U.S. Supreme Court adjudicates many Texas death penalty cases. One of the most recent questions to come before the justices is whether a defendant...

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Reasons to Refuse the DWI Breath Test...

Many drivers who are stopped by police in Texas do not realize they have a right to refuse a DWI breath test. Although most of...

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Antiterrorism Laws – The Wife of Orlando...

America’s antiterrorism laws can be far-reaching. Recently, the widow of the Pulse nightclub shooter Omer Mateen was arrested in California on a raft of federal...

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Could Jeff Sessions Era As Attorney General...

The confirmation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general has raised questions about whether America is set to embark on a new era of law and...

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Research on the Thoughts of Offenders May...

When most people lose their temper and threaten to kill someone, they don’t mean it. However, a new research paper points claims identifying criminal offenders...

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Pledges to Defund...

A battle over sanctuary cities has been raging with Texas. The question whether local law enforcement agencies should comply with federal immigration requests is central...

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Home Invasions and Burglaries in Texas

The law in Texas has staunchly protected homeowners for centuries. Home invasions and burglaries are treated seriously in the Lone Star State. Burglary is defined...

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Sisters Kidnapped in 1985 Are Found Alive...

Kidnapping is one of the most high-profile crimes in the United States. A kidnapping often leads to the issuing of amber alerts and considerable media...

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Houston Police Chief Wants Better Mental Healthcare...

In recent years, we have seen many instances in which routine police arrests have spiraled out of control and ended in violence and even the...

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Corruption Charges Brought Against State Rep. Dawnna...

Corruption charges are no stranger to politicians in Texas. They have dogged 08 in recent months. In January, the Texas Tribune reported how former staffers...

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Family Of Texas Teen Shot By Officer...

BALCH SPRINGS, Texas – The cop named Roy Oliver, who shot and killed a 15-year-old black boy named Jordan Edwards who was riding in a...

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Five Things You Shouldn’t Say or Do...

If you are arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) you may feel it can’t get any worse. You may not realize you have a stronger...

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What Are Habeas Corpus Cases in Texas?

In some cases, a defendant can be released from jail post-conviction if he or she has been denied their fundamental rights. An attorney files a...

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Dash Cam Footage Appears to Show Fort...

Police shootings of unarmed black men dominated the news headlines in 2016 and fueled the Black Lives Matters movement. The police killings of black men...

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U.S Supreme Court to Review Death Sentence...

The death sentence handed out to a Fort Worth man who shot and killed a five-year-old girl and her grandmother at a children’s birthday party,...

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Texas is Highlighted as an Example of...

Texas is often seen as a state that’s tough on crime and its causes. However, the state is also lauded as an example of successful...

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Ken Paxton Case to Cost Collin County...

The costs of the criminal process in Texas can be high, particularly when the defendant in the dock is the attorney general. The white collar...

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What Are the Penalties for Mortgage Fraud?

Mortgage fraud is not a straightforward crime. The offense we call mortgage fraud can entail many illegal property-related schemes which involve falsifying mortgage documents. If...

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Fort Worth Man is Jailed for 50...

The federal government devotes large amounts of time and money to federal child pornography offenses. Sentences are usually harsh. In a recent case, a Fort...

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Chaplain for North Texas Restaurants Was Jailed...

The case of Gene McGuire, the new chaplain for a chain of chicken dinner restaurants in northern Texas, illustrates how a mistake early in your...

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Woman in Tarrant County is Sentenced to...

The case of Rosa Maria Ortega made headlines beyond Texas. Ortega was sentenced to eight years in prison earlier this year. But her crime was...

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El Paso Police Say Speeding DWI Suspect...

Driving at a high speed is one of the surest ways to be stopped by police and tested for a DWI. Police say a speeding...

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Why Breathalyzers May Be Defective

As Fort Worth DWI defense lawyers, we often hear from defendants who believe if they fail a breath test they must have been driving drunk....

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President Trump Issues Law and Order Executive...

President Donald Trump has honed in on law and order in his executive orders which could make crimes against police officers even more serious. However,...

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Calls For Texas to Eliminate Law of...

Texas has a law of parties. It’s a harsh rule that can mean the accomplice to a crime receives the same penalty as the perpetrator....

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Fire at Mosque in Victoria, Texas May...

A fire at a mosque in Texas may be a hate crime at a time of escalating religious tensions. The mosque in Victoria was set...

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Five Texas Cities Are Among the Most...

Violent crime is the type of offending that worries citizens more than any other. In Texas, five cities recently appeared in a list of the...

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Investigation Sheds Light on the Illegal Sex...

Texas has been the scene of a crusade against sex trafficking in recent years. However, a new report claims the vigorous campaign to shut down...

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Texas Retreats from Mass Incarceration

The retreat from mass incarceration is likely to continue over the next four years, despite a new national emphasis nationally on law and order. It’s...

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Former Nurse from Fort Worth is Sentenced...

The devastating impact drunk driving can have on the lives of perpetrators and other drivers alike was illustrated recently in Fort Worth when a mother...

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Illegal Immigrants Are Targeted in Texas Raids

Texas was at the center of federal round-ups of so-called illegal immigrants as the Trump administration’s policy of getting tough on immigration got underway. In...

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What is Civil Asset Forfeiture?

Civil asset forfeiture is one of the lesser known aspects of a criminal case. It is often controversial because it allows local, state and federal...

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What Field Sobriety Tests May You Be...

Field sobriety tests are controversial but they are still used in Texas, despite concerns about their reliability. These tests are intended to test how alert...

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Texas Bathroom Bill Attracts Criticism

A bathroom bill filed in Texas is proving as controversial as North Carolina’s with a vigorous campaign underway to stop it. The Republican-backed legislation is...

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Bill Would Make Abortion a Criminal Offense...

Moves to criminalize abortion and various aspect of abortion have continued in the Texas legislature. No less than 17 anti-abortion bills were filed in the...

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Texas Jail Reforms Are Planned More than...

The death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who was being held for a traffic infraction, in a Texas cell, has paved the way for...

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Justices are Barred from Owning Stock in...

Before the legislative session began in January, some important procedural changes impacting courts and the judiciary came into effect. One piece of legislation that became...

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Exoneration Review Commission Wants Texas Policy to...

The Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission was set up to help prevent miscarriages of justice, a major problem in Texas in past decades. The commission...

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Sexual Assault Scandal Makes Headlines at Baylor...

Sexual assault scandals have plagued universities across the country in recent years. In Texas, Baylor University has been hit by these claims as well as...

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The Penalties for Drugged Driving in Texas

When a motorist is arrested for drugged driving in Texas, the offense is considerably more complex than a DWI involving alcohol. Texas’ drugged driving law...

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Why You Should be Honest with a...

As a Tarrant County criminal defense lawyer I am bound to follow certain rules that will protect you as a defendant. However, there are also...

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Does a Police Officer Have the Right...

A stand-off between the technology giant Apple and the federal authorities just over a year ago, raised questions about what rights investigators have to retrieve...

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When a Traffic Stop Violates Your Fourth...

There mere fact you are stopped by a police officer, does not make a traffic stop legitimate. Our experienced Fort Worth DWI lawyer sees many...

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Domestic Crimes – Dallas Woman Says She...

Recently, we highlighted detailed research about serial killers. Although killings by strangers make headlines, the most common types of killings are domestic crimes. In other...

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Michael Morton’s Wrongful Conviction Helped Free Others...

Of all the many wrongful convictions Texas experienced over the last half century, Michael Morton’s remains one of the most high profile. The miscarriage of...

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Use of Familial DNA Searching Techniques Raise...

We know plenty about DNA but familial DNA is a new and controversial method of evidence gathering. It is being considered by detectives who are...

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Texas Police Officer is Hit by Drunk...

A DWI stop is always stressful. Drivers who have been drinking alcohol will be tense. Even if you have not consumed alcohol, DWI stops can...

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Balloon Pilot In Fatal Flight Was on...

Drunk driving and drugged driving often make headlines. But in rare cases, alcohol or drugs can impact other forms of transportation. Recently, more details emerged...

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Drunk Driving Deaths In Texas Top The...

DALLAS – Accidents related to driving under the influence of alcohol remained increased in the past 10 years in Texas. According to National Highway Traffic...

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FBI Captures Most Wanted Murder Suspect in...

A man who was placed on the FBI’s list of 10 most-wanted fugitives after investigators said he killed two men in Milwaukee has been arrested...

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Study Finds Voters’ Perceptions of Crime Were...

The public’s perception of crime and how often it occurs is often at odd with reality. While many voters in last November’s elections believed crime...

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How a DUI Can Impact Your College...

In Texas, any trace of alcohol in your bloodstream can lead to a DUI arrest if you are over 17 and under 21. The Lone...

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Dylann Roof Verdict Raises Issue of hate...

Few hates crimes have been as blatant and horrifying in recent years than the massacres of black churchgoers carried out by Dylann Roof in Charleston,...

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Immigration crimes amount for majority of federal...

In 2016, immigration crimes made up more than half of all federal prosecutions. It’s a trend that’s likely to continue as the Trump administration cracks...

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Child Pornography Offenses Receive Tough Sentences

In October, 2016, a man from Del Rio in Texas was sentenced to spend nine years in a federal prison for receiving and distributing child...

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Fort Worth Mansion Murders Remain a Mystery...

Before the O.J. Simpson scandal and other high-profile cases of the 20th century, one of the biggest trials of the time concerned killings in Fort...

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Driver Arrested in Texas after a 0.0%...

As an experienced Fort Worth DWI defense attorney, I am sometimes asked if it’s possible to be arrested if your blood/alcohol breath test result is...

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Three Texas Students Are Accused of Kidnapping...

Kidnapping is treated as a serious felony in Texas. Recently, three students from Cypress Springs High School in Harris County were charged with kidnapping a...

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When You are Allowed to Shoot in...

Florida’s infamous “stand your ground” rule made headlines in 2012 when George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black man. However, Texas also has a...

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Texas is in 10 Worst States for...

Identity theft has become more prevalent over the last two decades in Texas and elsewhere. A recent study found the state is considered to be...

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Students Are Still Ending up in Court,...

Changes in the law in Texas like ending criminal jurisdiction over truancy were intended to severely restrict school crimes. However, student advocates say they fear...

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Cyberbullying is Linked to Suicide of Texas...

The horrific case of Brandy Vela who shot herself in front of her parents has highlighted the issue of cyberbullying in Texas. The 18-year-old was...

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Fees in Lieu of Convictions Come Under...

The use of fees from criminal prosecutions to pay for police, courts and prosecutors has been part of the criminal justice system in Texas for...

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How Fraudsters Can Use Social Security Numbers

Social security numbers are a unique identifier used to access a wide range of important information. However, they have also become a valuable commodity for...

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What To Do After a False DWI...

DWI defense attorneys see many cases in which a drunk driving conviction is flawed. An officer may have lacked grounds to stop you in the...

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Flawed Court Software Systems Cause Wrongful Arrests

Texas has a poor record for wrongful arrests. Too often uncorroborated witness statements, or flawed forensic science leads to arrests and convictions. However, a new...

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Flawed Hair Analysis Evidence Leads to Hundreds...

Our Tarrant County criminal defense attorney is alarmed at how many of the so-called miracle forensic methods used to convict people in recent years have...

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How Long Will Your License Be Suspended...

If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) you will face two pressing issues – the criminal penalties and the loss of your...

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How the Jail Death of Timothy Cole...

Texas finally got an exoneration commission in 2015. It was named after Timothy Cole, a Texas Tech student who died in jail 15 years into...

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David’s Law Bill Would Tackle Cyber Bullying...

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers. In Texas, a surge in online threats and intimidation has been linked to the suicide...

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Bills Aim to Decriminalize Marijuana in Texas

You don’t need to be a Texas drug possession lawyer to know about how the state deals harshly with drug offenders, even if they are...

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The Penalties for Auto Theft in Texas

In a recent study U.S. News highlighted the 10 worst cities for auto theft crimes in the United States. No Texas city was included in...

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When a Juvenile is Tried as an...

Texas is known for taking a tough stance when it comes to dealing with juveniles as adults in the justice system. However, in a landmark...

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More than 20 People With Links to...

Fraud involving healthcare providers has been one of the biggest targets for federal agents during the Obama administration. In Dallas, 21 people who worked at...

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How Widespread is Public Corruption in Texas?

A press release from the Department of Justice in February 2016 highlighted alleged public corruption in Texas and raised questions about its extent. The Department...

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The Penalties for “Deadly Conduct” with a...

Deadly conduct with a weapon can land you in serious trouble in Texas and facing a term behind bars whether it’s charged as a misdemeanor...

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Your Rights in a DWI Traffic Stop...

Traffic stops are always stressful. Even if you are not drunk, or are sure your blood/alcohol level is below the DWI level, you may face...

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Hate Crimes Go Underreported in Texas

Hate crimes hit the news headlines in the days and weeks after November’s presidential elections. Texas has had a hate crime law since 2001. Notwithstanding...

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Suspected Drunk Driver Causes 2 Crashes In...

FORT WORTH, Texas – 55-year-old Emila Ybarra, who was driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday, caused 2 car crashes in south Fort Worth....

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How Many Undocumented Immigrants Are Arrested for...

A focus on crime committed by undocumented immigrants featured heavily in Donald Trump’s successful bid to become President of the United States. However, there is...

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Are Undocumented Immigrants Fueling a Texas Crime...

A report on a media site has raised questions about the extent of crimes committed by undocumented people in Texas. In 2015, a report on...

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Could Burning the U.S. Flag Become a...

Recent comments by President Donald Trump just weeks before he was sworn into the Oval Office that flag burning should become a crime, alarmed constitutionalists....

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Definition of Crime of Violence is Discussed...

The definition of a “crime of violence” was the subject of legal argument during a recent hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court. In November 2016, the...

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Five Commonly Held DWI Myths

When it comes to drunk driving, there are a lot of DWI myths about how drivers can sober up more quickly and pass a breath...

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Ten Felons Who Were Wrongly Convicted

The arrival of routine DNA testing transformed the face of criminal justice. It meant many people who lost their liberty and were wrongly convicted of...

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The Dark Side of Online Dating Sites...

We have seen a boom in online dating in recent years. But with a massive upsurge in popularity has come a rise in online scams...

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Robbery Offenses in Fort Worth – Four...

Robbery offenses are very serious in Texas, especially when they are accompanied by violence. Recently, CBS reported on the arrests of four 17-year-olds in Denton....

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Tough Texas Homelessness Laws Criminalize More People

Homelessness is a growing problem in many cities across the United States. Often ‘get tough’ policies that criminalize it can only make the issue worse....

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What Are the Differences Between DWI and...

Many people think the terms DUI and DWI are interchangeable. However, there are distinct differences in Texas that relate to the nature of the crimes...

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Could Texas’ Proposed Bathroom Law Lead to...

A spate of laws that criminalize social issues such as abortion may appear in conservative states in the south under the Trump administration, according to...

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Increase in Texas Border Security Means More...

In recent months, the Texas Department of Public Safety has boasted of a more proactive posture in border areas that gives less emphasis to speeding...

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What is an Alcohol Education Program in...

If you have been convicted of a first time DWI in Texas and are on probation, you will be required to attend and complete an...

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Will Abortion Become a Crime?

The presidency of Donald Trump has raised new questions about whether abortion will become a crime. In the past, Trump has been critical of abortion...

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Academic Studies 3,000 Serial Killers

Serial killers attract more interest from the public, TV makers and criminologists than any other type of offenders. However, there’s still a lot of misinformation...

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Woman Sues Austin, Claiming Excessive force in...

A woman from Austin in Texas who beat a DWI charge more than a year ago filed a legal action that accuses police of using...

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Texas Hitman is Sentenced to Five Life...

Contract killings differ from many murders in that they are not crimes of passion but are akin to business transactions. Contract killers have usually murdered...

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Federal Money Channeled into Fighting Crime in...

Project Safe Neighborhoods is program that targets federal resources into combating crime at a local level. Recently, two Fort Worth neighborhoods received a $500,000 grant...

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Charges of DWI and Child Endangerment in...

Last summer, a 51-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated in Jarrell, Texas, was charged with child endangerment in Pflugerville eight days...

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Ex-NBA Star Steve Francis Arrested for Drunk...

Athletes are frequently in the news after being hit with drunk driving charges and other offenses in Texas. Former Maryland and NBA star Steve Francis...

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Hate Crimes May be Surging in Texas

Some pressure groups claim Texas has a longstanding problem with hate crimes. These kinds of offenses may have spiked in the wake of November’s presidential...

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Uber Driver is Accused of Raping Woman...

Drivers of Uber and other ride-based ride services have been accused of sexual assaults across the country including recently in San Antonio. A report on...

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Texas Leaders Say Trump’s Plans to Deport...

New president Donald Trump has pledged to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records in Texas and the rest of the United States. However, the system...

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US Supreme Court to Decide Double Jeopardy...

The double jeopardy rule means once a jury has rejected the facts that would be necessary to convict you of an offense you can’t stand...

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Supreme Court Likely to Side with Texas...

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have expressed serious misgivings about the proposed execution of a man with borderline mental disabilities in Texas. In...

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Killings of Foster Children in Texas Highlights...

Child Protective Services in Texas has been under fire for decades amid claims of historic underfunding that has failed to protect foster children from killings....

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Man Accused of Staging Hate Crime on...

Many news sources and commentators have reported on an upsurge in hate crimes and intimidation after the election of Donald Trump as president last November....

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Meth Dealers From Fort Worth, Dallas Get...

Two meth dealers from Fort Worth, Texas, and another from Dallas, Texas, were sentenced for life in prison. A total of seven defendants were sentenced...

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Man on List of 10 Most Wanted...

The most notorious alleged sex offenders in Texas are placed on a list of the 10 most wanted sex offenders that’s kept by the Texas...

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Weatherford Attorney No Billed on Allegations of...

Sexual assault and misconduct cases often rely on uncorroborated evidence and may not make it as far as a trial. In Parker County, a grand...

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Many “High Threat” Criminals on Mexican Border...

When the authorities talk about “high threat” criminal arrests at the US/Mexican border, we think of crimes like drug trafficking, human trafficking, and violent crimes....

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Ex Enron Executive is Charged with White...

The Enron scandal early in the Millennium became a by-word for white collar crime. Recently, a former executive was sentenced for providing false information before...

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What Are the Defenses for a Murder...

Of all the crimes you can be charged with in Texas, murder is the among the most serious. Texas executes killers at a higher rate...

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Father of “Affluenza” Team Found Guilty of...

The case of so-called “Affluenza teen” Ethan Couch and his family is not departing from the news headlines any time soon. In the latest twist,...

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Date Rape Offenses in Texas

Date rape has been in the headlines in recent years, particularly on university campuses where reports have alluded to thousands of unreported sexual assaults every...

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Half of All Americans Are on Police...

The rapid growth of information technology means our personal information is found in more and more databases. Many people who come into contact with the...

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How Assault Charges Are Brought in Texas

Many people are unaware of how assault charges are brought in Texas. They don’t realize the alleged victim of an assault does not have to...

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What is Aggravated Robbery in Texas?

Aggravated robbery is sometimes called armed robbery. If you are charged with aggravated robbery you are likely to face a serious penalty because aggravated robbery...

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Shoplifting Offenses in Texas

Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes in Texas. Although these theft crimes do not involve violence, they can land offenders in jail. The...

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Household Products that Can Contain Alcohol and...

If you are using an ignition interlock to drive after a DWI conviction, you will have to pass a breath test every time you get...

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What Are the Most Dangerous Cities in...

We hear a lot about rising murder rates and dangerous cities in Texas, but the headlines can sometimes skew the true picture. Although there are...

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The Cost of a DWI in Texas

If you are convicted of a DWI in Texas you can be deprived of your liberty. However, the cost of a DWI in Texas to...

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Texas Sees an Increase in Crimes Using...

In 2016, police noticed a new trend in Texas which was seeing offenses involving imitation weapons increasing in the state. A report by Associated Press...

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Coalition Aims to Keep Juveniles Out of...

A list of programs that would divert juveniles from adult jails in Texas was highlighted in the legislative priorities published for this year’s legislative session...

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Texas Inmate Refused Clemency from President Obama

When former President Barack Obama unveiled a program to grant executive clemency to thousands of drug offenders who received long mandatory sentences, numerous inmates sought clemency....

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Signs Criminal Law...

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a raft of far-reaching criminal reform bills into law since he was sworn in as the state’s 50th governor...

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Texas Teacher Impregnated by Student Pleads Guilty

Inappropriate teacher-student relationships are on the rise in Texas, leading to a promise of new legislation in the 2017 session. One of the highest profile...

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Juvenile Drunk Driving – Texas Boy, 12...

A recent crash in Austin which led to reports of a 12-year-old boy being investigated for driving while intoxicated, drew attention to the issue of...

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Is Truancy a Crime in Texas?

We are occasionally asked if truancy is a crime in Texas. The answer is no, but it was until recently. A new truancy law came...

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Has Texas’ Open Carry Law Increased Gun...

Texas has had an open carry law for firearms for more than a year. The proposal was controversial and represented a more liberal approach to firearms than...

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Task Force Busting Fake Car License Plates...

Fake car license plates are a massive problem in northern Texas. The issue relates to forged paper license plates which are used to shield drivers...

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How Online Ads are Fueling Crime

Many of us have brought goods on sites like Craigslist in the past. Often we think nothing of meeting a complete stranger at their home...

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How You Can Be Charged with Child...

An arrest in Central Texas illustrates how you can be charged with child endangerment by actions you take before the birth of your child. A...

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Jury Says Police were Wrong to Take...

A man who was arrested for refusing to give up his rifle when Arlington police tried to take it from him has been found not...

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Types of Credit Card Fraud in Texas

Almost everybody has a credit card in the 21st century. However, this boom in credit card ownership has led to an increase in credit card...

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Texas Woman Sonia Cacy is Exonerated 20...

Texas has a long history of exonerations and wrongful convictions. People who have been wrongly convicted can face many obstacles and hurdles that make it...

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FBI Highlights the Safest and Most Dangerous...

Crime rates on college campuses have made headlines in recent years. Rape allegations, in particular, have sparked a public debate about safety. Recently, FBI figures...

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Does a Sting Operation in Texas Constitute...

Sting operations make for good TV if you are watching a show like “To Catch a Predator.” However, defendants often ask whether they are fair...

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How Does the Three Strikes Law Work...

California’s infamous three strikes law made headlines in the past. Fewer people know that Texas has similar criminal legislation. Three strikes laws are meant to...

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What Are the Most Serious Penalties for...

If you are arrested and convicted of DWI in Texas, you will face serious consequences. Even your first DWI may land you in jail and...

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Can you be Arrested the Next Day...

Some people are charged with drunk driving the day after they have consumed alcohol. There’s a perception that you can’t be arrested for drunk driving...

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More people are arrested for marijuana possession...

As more states legalize marijuana, it stands to reason that marijuana possession arrests should decrease. However, this assumption flies in the face of a Human...

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Former Killeen Businessman Admits Embezzlement of More...

White collar crimes may not cause the same level of fear as violent crimes but the penalties can be very serious. Recently, a former businessman...

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Child Internet Sex Crimes Proliferate in Texas

Child internet sex crimes are increasing in Texas and elsewhere. Pornography has been rampant online for more than a decade and advances and technology as...

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Why You Must Verbalize Your Right to...

Many of us are familiar with the warning that you have the right to remain silent. It stems from your Fifth Amendment protections and a...

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Texas Has Strict Laws and Stiff Sentences...

Although we often associate Texas with gambling and games like Texas Hold ‘Em poker, the Lone Star State has strict laws about gambling which can...

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The Five Most Common Causes of Traffic...

Drivers often underestimate the seriousness of traffic tickets. Most of us have received a speeding ticket at some time in our lives. However, if you...

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How Campus Carry Laws in Texas Can...

The controversial campus carry law came into effect in Texas on Aug 1 for all of the four-year colleges in the state. The law will...

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Blue Lives Matter Hate Crimes Legislation Leads...

The issue of extending Texas’ hate crimes statute to police officers was raised by Governor Greg Abbott this summer after five police officers were killed...

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How Social Media is Being Used as...

A shocking animal cruelty case in Texas was recently caught on social media. A group of young people allegedly shot a dog and placed fire...

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Criminal Justice Reforms Discussed After Sandra Bland...

The death of Sandra Bland in Waller County Jail last year sent shock waves through the criminal justice system in Texas. As our Fort Worth...

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Victim Protests Lack of HIV Infection Crime...

Many U.S. states have HIV infection crimes. However, Texas is not one of them. The issue was recently aired in the media in the case...

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Texas Officials Want Funds to Investigate Teacher...

Teachers in Texas often face the wrong kinds of headlines. In recent years, we have seen a spate of cases in which educators have been...

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Innocence Project Highlights Improper Forensic Science

Many people automatically trust forensic science without asking the hard questions. We assume it’s accurate because it’s carried out by highly qualified scientists in white...

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Charges of Resisting Arrest Are Dropped Against...

During a summer of high tension over stops of African-Americans by the police, some of them deadly, a controversial police stop in Houston made headlines....

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Four of the Biggest Mistakes Texas DWI...

Being arrested for a DWI is often a traumatic experience. Drivers feel the system is weighted against them if they have failed a breath or...

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Texas Criminal Court of Appeals Halts Four...

We don’t usually associate Texas with a lull in executions. But that’s exactly what’s happened over the last few months after the Criminal Court of...

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What Are the Penalties for Wire Fraud...

If you commit wire fraud in Texas, you will face federal charges with serious potential consequences. This is a complicated offense that occurs when a...

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Texas Coalition Receives $1.5 Million to Fight...

Human trafficking is a major issue in Texas where there is a lot of movement of migrants north from Mexico. The United States Department of...

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Factors that Can Make a Texas Assault...

Assault in Texas is a wide offense. You can be charged with assault if you make a threat that’s taken seriously even if you don’t...

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What To Do If You Are Facing...

Unfair rules relating to which companies can pick up passengers from airports have led to a rise in airport solicitation cases. The arrival of new...

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Ignition Interlock Devices – When You Can...

For more than a year drivers whose license has been suspended for their first DWI, have been able to keep on driving if they have...

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Crisis hits America’s public defenders

America’s public defenders are overworked and underfunded. The situation has reached crisis levels in some states. The plight of public defenders was highlighted in a...

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Posting Bail for Someone Arrested for a...

After you are arrested for driving while intoxicated in Texas and jailed the first thing you will have on your mind is how to get...

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Report Questions Texas’ Death Penalty Appeals Process

A recent report has slammed Texas’ death penalty appeals process, warning it suffers from flaws that could lead to innocent people being executed. The research...

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Fort Worth Woman is Charged Over Death...

Fort Worth Police have charged a 26-year-old woman over the death of a newborn three years ago. The time lapse appears to have been linked...

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US Murder Rate Sees Biggest Spike Since...

Anecdotal evidence that the murder rate has been rising in America has been backed up by new figures that point to an increase of more...

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Inappropriate DWI Arrests – Galveston Trooper is...

Texas criminal defense lawyers are always concerned to hear about inappropriate DWI arrests. If a police officer has failed to follow correct procedures a conviction...

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When DWI Means A Life Sentence in...

Texas takes a tough stance on DWI offenses. Multiple offenders frequently end up incarcerated for life. In June, the Houston Chronicle reported on the case...

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Texas Offensive Lineman Kent Perkins is Charged...

We often read about well-known football players being charged with DWIs. University of Texas football player Kent Perkins is just the latest to be charged...

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Immigrant Deported Three Times is Linked to...

There has been plenty of speculation about the extent of immigrant crime in Texas and elsewhere in recent months. Those opposed to immigration quickly jumped...

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Recognize The Signs Of Domestic Violence And...

People love those who respect them and they respect those who love them. Along with other relationships, this also holds true for intimate relationships. Love...

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Clown Threats – Pranks or Crimes

Clown threats have made headlines across the country in recent weeks with arrests in Texas and elsewhere. While schools have been thrown into a state...

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The Difference Between Tax Fraud and Negligence

When we file our taxes most of us are concerned we might make a mistake that could land us in trouble. However, there is a difference...

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Miscarriages of Justice Linked to “Dr Death”...

It has been some time since the infamous witness James Grigson, who was dubbed “Dr Death,” has given a testimony in a trial. But his...

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Five Celebrity Drunk Drivers

Celebrity drunk drivers often make headlines. It seems amazing that movie stars and pop stars would need to be on the road in the first...

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Intimate Photo Led to Invasive Visual Recording...

Taking an intimate photo of a roommate who was passed out half-naked could land a woman from Fort Worth in jail for as long as...

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How Being an Accomplice Can Land You...

A recent appeal for clemency by a man who was sentenced to death in Texas, despite not being at a murder scene, highlights how an...

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New Study Finds Immigrant Crime is No...

Immigrant crime has been an enduring theme of the presidential election. Republican nominee Donald Trump attempted to pin offenses on immigrants and to link them...

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Texas Doctors and Medical Workers Are Targeted...

Healthcare fraud is taken extremely seriously by federal investigators. The Obama administration has made uncovering healthcare fraud schemes one of its highest priorities. Some of...

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Wrongful Convictions – Why Do People Make...

Miranda warnings are 50 years old this year. But the fact officers tell people anything they say may be used against them has not stopped...

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How Texas Cyclists Can Face Fines Under...

Cyclists sometimes believe they are immune to some of the laws that drivers face in Texas. It can be a shock to Texas cyclists when...

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Why You Can’t Have a Firearm if...

Both domestic violence and gun offenses are on the rise in Texas. It has not stopped a movement to allow people convicted of domestic violence...

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Your Rights When a Texas Police Officer...

Our Fort Worth criminal defense attorney is often asked by clients what rights a police officer had to stop them. Police officer stops are a...

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Supreme Court Hears Appeal of Texas Death...

Duane Buck, a Texas inmate who was sentenced to the death penalty suffered from issues of mental incapacity. But when his case came before the...

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How to Clean Up Your Criminal Record...

Almost all job applications in 2016 require criminal background checks. In the era of the Internet it’s very easy to pull up any candidate’s records....

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The Identity Theft Laws in Texas

Identity theft has become more prevalent in recent years as the rapid growth in online transactions has made it easier to steal someone’s identity. Bureau...

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Five Things You Should Do If You...

If you are charged with a DWI in Texas it’s understandable to panic. A drunk driving conviction can derail your life and your career. It’s...

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Dallas Police Officer Arrested for Criminal Trespassing...

Texas has a criminal trespassing law. The charge is a misdemeanor but it can still affect your prospects if it’s on your record. This is...

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Denies Federal...

When public officials are charged with offenses they are usually white collar crimes. These offenses can be very complicated and include corruption. Although they often...

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DWI and Marijuana Use in Texas

Many states treat marijuana differently from other drugs. Some have even legalized it. However marijuana use can spell trouble if you are driving in Texas....

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The Sex Trafficking Laws in Texas

The announcement earlier this year that the State of Texas is seeking to bolster its enforcement of sex trafficking laws gives an indication of the...

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White Supremacist Prison Gang Member from Fort...

Gang charges carry heavy sentences in Texas. Recently, a member of a white supremacist prison gang was sentenced to 37 years in prison for his...

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Homicides Rise in Fort Worth in First...

The number of homicides seen in Fort Worth rose in the first six months of 2016, although overall crime is down, according to new figures....

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The Difference Between State and Federal Criminal...

There are two types of court in the United States – federal and state courts. If you are charged with a crime you may not...

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Texas Tops the National Exonerations Table

Advances in DNA and other evidence collection methods have increased the number of exonerations in recent years and Texas routinely tops the table. Exonerations are...

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Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrants for...

Texas has an “implied consent” law. It means you are assumed to implicitly comply to a breath or a blood test if a police officer...

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Four Ways a DWI Case Can Be...

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