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August 30, 2017

What’s The Penalty For Perjury?

Most people have a basic understanding of perjury. They know that it involves lying under oath, and most people picture this happening on the witness stand in a courtroom. However, perjury can occur any time an individual has taken an oath to answer honestly to the best of their ability. Furthermore, Texas criminal law makes it clear that a person can be convicted of perjury if they knowing...
What’s The Penalty For Perjury?
August 29, 2017

Does Every Crime Have A Statute Of Limitations?

Statutes of limitations put a limit on how long a person can be prosecuted for a crime. These time limits also exist in civil law. For example, the statute of limitations for suing someone over a breach of contract is generally 10 years. This ensures that people don’t have to spend their lives constantly looking over the shoulder, anticipating a lawsuit over something that happened decades ...
Does Every Crime Have  A Statute Of Limitations?
August 28, 2017

What Is An “Aggravated” Crime In Texas?

Many people hear that a crime is “aggravated” and wonder what that means. What distinguishes a robbery from an “aggravated” robbery, for example? Is one worse than the other? The short answer is that, yes, an aggravated crime is a more serious charge that carries more severe penalties upon conviction. Generally speaking, to be charged with an aggravated crime, a defendant must have done s...
What Is An “Aggravated” Crime In Texas?
August 25, 2017

What Age Do Kids Get Tried As Adults In Texas?

Should a teenager be sentenced to life in prison? It’s a question that has resonated throughout the criminal justice system in recent years. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders are unconstitutional. In 2016, the Court elaborated on its ruling by holding that its 2012 decision should apply retroactively....
What Age Do Kids Get Tried As Adults In Texas?
August 24, 2017

Sheriff’s Office Mistakes Could Affect Over 100 Convictions

Just a few years ago, the FBI admitted that serious flaws in investigatory practices used by its forensics unit led to nearly every examiner giving inaccurate testimony in almost every single trial over a 20-year span. According to the Washington Post, “…[O]verstated forensic matches…favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials…” It’s terrifying to think that the nation’s...
Sheriff’s Office Mistakes Could Affect Over 100 Convictions
August 23, 2017

Texas Law Makes Attacks On Police A Hate Crime

Beginning September 1, 2017, Texas joins a handful of states that have enacted so-called “Blue Lives Matter” laws, which make attacks on law enforcement officials, including judges, a hate crime. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the legislation, known as H.B. 2908, into law in June 2017. The new law in Texas is actually an amendment to existing law that instructs a judge during a crimina...
Texas Law Makes Attacks On Police A Hate Crime
August 01, 2017

What Is A Mistrial?

The Bill Cosby sexual assault case has dominated headlines over the past year. The case is complicated, as it involves thorny questions about statutes of limitations and whether Cosby previously admitted or acknowledged that he engaged in some of the behavior the plaintiffs accuse him of. When the case ended in a mistrial in June 2017, many people had questions about what exactly that mea...
What Is A Mistrial?
July 31, 2017

Should States Get Rid Of Cash Bail Systems?

Everyone has heard the term “bail,” but do you really know what it means? In most jurisdictions in the country, when you’re arrested and charged with a crime, the court has the option to set bail. This is a specific amount of money you pay to the court to obtain your release from jail while you await the next step in your case — usually a court proceeding, such as a trial. Courts set the ...
Should States Get Rid Of Cash Bail Systems?
July 20, 2017

DWI With A Child In the Car In Texas

Getting pulled over for drunk driving is a scary experience and a criminal offense with potentially serious consequences. But what if you’re pulled over with a minor in your car? DWI with a child in the car in Texas takes that already very serious criminal offense and ratchets it up considerably. Not only do you face enhanced penalties for having a minor passenger in your vehicle, but you c...
DWI With A Child In the Car In Texas
July 18, 2017

Texas Stand Your Ground Law Explained

Stand your ground laws occasionally make headlines when a homeowner or property owner prevents an intruder from entering their home. Because laws vary from state to state, and even the names for these laws can be different depending on the jurisdiction, people sometimes wonder what rights they have when it comes to defending themselves and their property. About half the states in the U.S....
Texas Stand Your Ground Law Explained