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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
June 29, 2017

Is the Automation Of The Criminal Justice System A Good Thing?

Computers have become such an integral part of daily life that it’s hard to imagine life without them. It’s also hard to believe that just a few decades ago there was no email or internet. Today, however, technology plays a major role in nearly every industry, including the criminal justice system. According to a New York Times report, computer systems and artificial intelligence have bee...
Is the Automation Of The Criminal Justice System A Good Thing?
June 28, 2017

Inmates With Mental Illnesses Don’t Get The Treatment They Need

Are U.S. prisons criminalizing the mentally ill? That’s what a large number of criminal justice advocacy groups have stated — and their assertions are definitely backed up by the data. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 73 percent of the female inmates in state prisons and 55 percent of men suffer with some type of mental health illness. In federal prisons, 61 percent of women...
Inmates With Mental Illnesses Don’t Get The Treatment They Need
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