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September 29, 2017

Will Tech Make It Possible For Police To Predict Crime?

Several years ago, Steven Spielberg made a movie called “Minority Report,” in which police officers in the future used technology to predict crimes. They were able to “see” crimes before they happened, and they arrested the future perpetrator before the crime could take place. As you might expect, this cut down on crime, but it wasn’t foolproof. Is a “predicted” crime a crime? If the actu...
Will Tech Make It Possible For Police To Predict Crime?
September 26, 2017

Fitbit - Fitness Tracker Solves A Crime - Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer

Fitness trackers like the Fitbit have become popular in recent years. People use them to monitor their heart rate, keep track of how many steps they take, and help them get more restful sleep. Recently, a woman’s Fitbit may have helped the police bring her killer to justice. According to a CNN report, the woman’s husband called 911 in December 2015, claiming that an intruder had tied hi...
Fitbit  - Fitness Tracker Solves A Crime - Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer
September 25, 2017

Can You Get Arrested For Laughing At The Police?

Most people know what’s legal and which types of behavior will get you arrested. If you rob a bank, for example, you’re going to get charged with theft. If you punch someone in a bar, you can count on being taken into custody for assault.   However, some allegedly criminal behavior exists in a gray area. In some cases, whether a person’s conduct constitutes a crime comes down to their wor...
Can You Get Arrested For Laughing At The Police?
September 21, 2017

Criminal Charges For Looting After Hurricane Harvey

The flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey will affect Houston and greater Texas for years to come. As people slowly begin to return to their homes and rebuild, prosecutors in Harris County and the surrounding areas have already pursued looting charges against 14 people, according to media reports. The Harris County District Attorney has also stated that “burglarizing a home ...
Criminal Charges For Looting After Hurricane Harvey
September 19, 2017

Are Weaponized Police Drones On Their Way?

It may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but weaponized drones may soon be hitting the skies — at least in Connecticut. Lawmakers in Connecticut have introduced a bill that would allow law enforcement agencies to use drones equipped with weapons capable of inflicting deadly force. The proposed legislation has been opposed by civil liberties groups, but is still pending ...
Are Weaponized Police Drones On Their Way?
September 18, 2017

Facebook Loses Search Warrant Case Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Offers Insight

There is no question that the internet has forever changed privacy rules. Because the pace of technology moves much faster than the law, courts are often challenged to make decisions about how the law applies to internet privacy and constitutional rights. In a recent New York case, the court ruled against social media giant Facebook over bulk search warrants. Court Allows Bulk Search Wa...
Facebook Loses Search Warrant Case Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Offers Insight
September 07, 2017

Is DNA Evidence Unreliable?

If you watch a lot of crime dramas on television, or you’re a fan of detective novels, you might believe that DNA evidence is the most foolproof way to determine if someone has committed a crime. Furthermore, you wouldn’t be alone in thinking that. Researchers have found that jurors often have a difficult time interpreting probability when it comes to DNA evidence. Dr. Jonathan J. Koehler...
Is DNA Evidence Unreliable?
September 05, 2017

Taser Deaths Reach The Thousands

Tasers are often touted by police as a lower level of force than handguns, however, a 2017 Reuters report reveals that Tasers have caused over 1,000 deaths in the United States. Although many people use “Taser” and “stun gun” interchangeably, only stun guns require direct physical contact to be effective. By contrast, a Taser gun has a range of about 15 feet. Additionally, stun guns work ...
Taser Deaths Reach The Thousands
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?