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Blog Posts in 2010

  • 17-Nov-2010

    Super Bowl People Trafficking and Prostitution

    Super Bowl XLV will be at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on February 6, 2011. The event promises to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Unfortunately, the Super Bowl will also brings sex traffickers to the metroplex ...
  • 14-Nov-2010

    3.5 Tons of Marijuana Seized In Rio Grande Valley

    Ross Feinstein, a spokesman from Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") said that U.S. Government special agents seized 6,700 pounds of marijuana from a trailer in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. The marijuana was packaged in 500 bricks, which were ...
  • 12-Nov-2010

    Concurrent vs. Consecutive Sentences

    Yesterday, a Denton County jury sentenced drunk driver John Patrick Barton to two (2) life sentences for killing Kandace Hull and her thirteen year-old daughter Autumn Caudle. Barton plowed into the victims' car at 134 miles per hour last Easter ...
  • 11-Nov-2010

    Jury Selection - A Misnomer

    Lawyers and others commonly refer to the jury selection process (called "Voir Dire") as, "picking a jury." In fact, attorneys do not pick jurors to sit on the jury; they eliminate jurors they do not want to sit on the jury. Here is how jury selection ...
  • 10-Nov-2010

    Reasons Not To Testify At Trial

    The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides the right against self-incrimination. In a criminal trial, this means the accused cannot be forced to testify. The decision as to whether or not a criminal defendant will testify at trial is ...
  • 9-Nov-2010

    Probation Revocation

    When a person gets probation, the judge frequently makes probation subject to certain conditions that the defendant must follow to remain on probation. Monthly reporting to a probation officer, completing drug or alcohol treatment and/or education ...
  • 8-Nov-2010

    Barton DWI Trial To Start Today

    John Patrick Barton, 30, of Louisville is set to stand trial this week for two (2) counts of murder and three (3) counts of intoxicated assault with a motor vehicle related to a car crash that killed Kandace Hull (age 33) and her daughter Autumn ...
  • 1-Oct-2010

    Prostitution Under Cover Stings

    Dallas and other Dallas-area police departments commonly conduct undercover sting operations to bust "Johns" and prostitutes for prostitution. ( Chick here to read our previous blog post that explains Texas Prostitution Law.) As with all television ...
  • 29-Sep-2010

    Jury Nullification

    When a judge seats a jury the jurors take an oath to follow the law. In a jury trial, the Judge is the resident expert on the law. As such, the Judge will, among other things, preside over the proceedings, rule on objections and motions, and, prior ...
  • 27-Sep-2010

    Marijuana Possession - More Serious Than You May Think

    States such as California and Colorado legalized licensed pharmacies that can lawfully distribute marijuana provided the purchaser presents a prescription. In certain regions of these states it is relatively easy to obtain a prescription for ...
  • 23-Sep-2010

    Police Stops

    It is important to keep in mind that police officers are human beings. Among other things, they have families, friends, and a job to do. During a traffic stop a police officers number one concern is to remain safe. When the officer approaches a ...
  • 20-Sep-2010

    Ignorance Not A Defense - Or Is It?

    Under Texas criminal Law, ignorance of the law is not a defense to prosecution. There are, however, two exceptions to this rule. Ignorance of the law may be a defense if the person charged with the crime believed their conduct was not a crime AND ...
  • 10-Sep-2010

    Witnesses - Dress For Success

    Studies show that people often reach their conclusion about a matter based solely on their first impression. Moreover, once a person reaches a conclusion it is extremely difficult to persuade them to change their mind. For these reasons, first ...
  • 8-Sep-2010

    A Lawyer's Reputation

    What an attorney tells you about himself is important. At least as important, however, is what people who relied on that attorney have to say. During his 23 years practicing criminal law, Dallas criminal attorney Tom D'Amore has received many thank ...
  • 7-Sep-2010

    How Young Is Too Young

    Juries tend not to show sympathy toward adults who engage in sexual contact with a minor. A conviction related to any sex crime, especially indecency with a child, will have a profound and lasting effect on virtually every aspect of a person's life. ...

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