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June 27, 2017

Can You Be Charged With Failing To Report A Crime On Facebook Live?

The brutal sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl on Facebook Live in March 2017 is raising important questions about whether individuals who view a live stream of a criminal act should be held criminal responsible for failing to report it. According to an NPR report, six attackers sexually assaulted the girl. Two of the attackers — both teenagers themselves — have been arrested, and the po...
Can You Be Charged With Failing To Report A Crime On Facebook Live?
June 26, 2017

Supreme Court To Hear Cellphone Location Privacy Case

Before smartphones, you usually had to tell someone where you were out in the world. Today, smartphone technology makes it possible for friends and loved ones to see exactly where you’re located. Of course, if friends and family can see your location at any time, so can the police. But should they be able to do this without a warrant? Just because the technology exists, does that mean the...
Supreme Court To Hear Cellphone Location Privacy Case
June 23, 2017

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer - Texas lawmakers passed a bill

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer News: In May 2017, Texas lawmakers in the state senate passed a bill that would make attacks on police officers a hate crime under state law. The legislation makes it a second degree felony to restrain or assault a police officer — with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Under the bill, a crime that results in death or bodily injury to a police officer ...
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer - Texas lawmakers passed a bill
June 22, 2017

Should Texas “Raise the Age” Of Criminal Responsibility To 18?

In Texas, along with a handful of other states, 17-year-olds accused of criminal offenses are automatically tried as adults. Texas lawmakers have introduced two bills that propose raising the age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18. If the proposed laws are passed, Texas will join the majority of states that have lifted their criminal responsibility ages to 18. New York Becomes Mos...
Should Texas “Raise the Age” Of Criminal Responsibility To 18?
June 21, 2017

Stats From The Safety And Justice Challenge

Funded by a $100 million investment from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Safety and Justice Challenge was created to reduce over-incarceration in the United States. The organization has published some startling statistics that show just how critical a problem the country’s incarceration rate has become. American’s Prison Overpopulation Problem The U.S. has the hig...
Stats From The Safety And Justice Challenge
June 19, 2017

SCOTUS Might Hear Double Jeopardy Case

Double jeopardy is a subject most people have heard of but don’t always fully understand. According to news reports, the Supreme Court of the United States may be set to hear a double jeopardy case that originated in Texas. The case involves a former contract electrician for a Texas school district who was accused of fraud and money laundering in federal court in 2011. After a mistrial, h...
SCOTUS Might Hear Double Jeopardy Case
June 16, 2017

Orlando Fingerprint Examiner Suspended Over Possible Misconduct In 2,600 Cases

In recent years, the list of widespread misconduct in crime labs across the country has grown inconceivably long. According to a recent Washington Post report, there may be a new item to add to the list. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida announced it has suspended a fingerprint examiner for “reasons that aren’t totally clear.” At the time of his suspension, the exa...
Orlando Fingerprint Examiner Suspended Over Possible Misconduct In 2,600 Cases
June 14, 2017

Report Makes Recommendations For Use Of Police Body Cameras

In recent years, there have been numerous high profile incidents involving allegations of police misconduct that led to the death of a suspect. In response, many police departments have started wearing body cameras that record their encounters with citizens. But how should police departments police themselves when it comes to body cams? If each department has its own procedures and polici...
Report Makes Recommendations For Use Of Police Body Cameras
June 13, 2017

Lawyers Say Thousands Of Colorado DUI Convictions Are Unlawful Due To Forgery

A DUI conviction can have an enormous impact on a person’s life. Getting convicted of drunk driving leaves an individual with a criminal record that follows them from job to job. For people in certain professions, such as teaching, commercial driving, or childcare, it can even prevent them from working in their chosen field. In Colorado, outrage is brewing over allegations that thousands ...
Lawyers Say Thousands Of Colorado DUI Convictions Are Unlawful Due To Forgery
June 13, 2017

DWI Defense Lawyer Talks About Secret GPS Tracking For Drunk Driving Offenders

Technology is capable of making life easier and more enjoyable. From smart cars to smartphones, advances in computers and other tech continue to move at a rapid pace. However, technology is not without downsides. In recent years, certain technologies have raised numerous privacy concerns. In Minnesota, for example, a state agency has acknowledged that it included GPS tracking capabilities...
DWI Defense Lawyer Talks About Secret GPS Tracking For Drunk Driving Offenders