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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
July 17, 2017

How Much Money Do You Get For Wrongful Imprisonment?

For many people, their worst nightmare is the idea of being locked up for a crime they didn’t commit. Sadly, wrongful convictions happen — and more often than you might think. In 2015, there were 149 exonerations in the United States. In 2014, there were 139. Furthermore, the average time in prison for exoneration individuals is 14 years. Studies shows that about 1 in 25 people on death row...
How Much Money Do You Get For Wrongful Imprisonment?
July 12, 2017

Why You Need An Experienced Federal Criminal Appeal Attorney

When you’re a criminal defendant, it’s normal to feel frightened about the outcome of your case. In a federal criminal appeal, however, the stakes are much higher. You’re asking the appellate court to overturn the lower court’s decision. It takes a skilled and experienced federal criminal appeal lawyer to convince the appeals court that the lower court’s decision was incorrect says Mick Mic...
Why You Need An Experienced Federal Criminal Appeal Attorney
July 11, 2017

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Banning Sex Offenders From Social Media

Sex offender registration laws vary from state to state, but they are almost uniformly tough and restrictive. In many cases, these laws dictate where an individual can live and work. Recently, one state attempted to stop registered sex offenders from using Facebook. If you’ve been charged with a sex offense, such as a crime involving child pornography or assault, it’s important to speak t...
Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Banning Sex Offenders From Social Media
July 10, 2017

Getting Legal Help For Federal Immigration Offenses

Federal immigration crimes have dominated news headlines lately. Here in Texas, proximity to Mexico naturally means that federal immigration-related offenses occur more frequently than in other parts of the country. If you’ve been charged with a federal immigration crime, it’s important to review your options with a knowledgeable Texas federal immigration crime lawyer. Your decision to fore...
Getting Legal Help For Federal Immigration Offenses
June 30, 2017

Funding For Criminal Justice Reform Comes From An Unlikely Source

Criminal justice reform has been identified as a top priority in the United States. Despite being home to just five percent of the world’s population, the U.S. has over 20 percent of the planet’s prison population. Between 1978 and 2014, the country’s prison population has ballooned by 408 percent. It’s obvious that something needs to be done. For one art collector, the path to criminal j...
Funding For Criminal Justice Reform Comes From An Unlikely Source