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Blog Posts in August, 2010

  • 30-Aug-2010

    Hung Jury

    Recently, Rod Blagojevich went to trial in federal court on 24 charges, many of which were related to allegations he tried to sell Barak Obama's senate seat after Mr. Obama was elected president. Although the jury convicted Mr. Blagojevich of one ...
  • 27-Aug-2010

    The Plea Bargain Process

    Although the vast majority of criminal cases are resolved through a plea bargain, it is wise for a person charged with a crime to retain a Dallas criminal attorney who has extensive criminal trial experience and who has obtained positive results at ...
  • 26-Aug-2010

    Double Jeopardy Limitations

    The Fifth Amendment To The U.S. Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, provides that a person cannot be tried twice for the same offense once acquitted ("Double Jeopardy"). Double Jeopardy, however, does NOT prevent multiple trials for ...
  • 24-Aug-2010

    Hot Weather Crimes

    Temperatures in Dallas have soared well above the 100 degree mark. When this occurs, temperatures in cars with closed windows can rise to lethal levels. Persons caring for children must be mindful that high temperature can injure or even kill ...
  • 23-Aug-2010

    Shoplifting - A Serious Matter

    Shoplifting is theft. Many adults and juveniles fail to recognize that a shoplifting conviction is a serious matter that can lead to a broad array of adverse consequences beyond serving time in jail, paying a fine, and making restitution to the ...
  • 17-Aug-2010

    Prostitution - The Word 'Yes'

    Under Texas Law, the word "Yes" can get a person charged with and convicted of prostitution. In Texas, a person commits the offense of prostitution if he or she knowingly, offers or AGREES, or engages in sexual conduct for a fee. The word, "Agrees" ...
  • 16-Aug-2010

    Know Your Weapons

    Otherwise law-abiding citizens can find themselves charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon simply because they do not know which weapons are lawful to carry and/or under what circumstances such weapons can (and cannot) legally be carried. Unlawful ...
  • 13-Aug-2010

    Juvenile Statements

    Generally, there are certain rules a police officer should follow before interrogating a juvenile suspect who is the focus of a criminal investigation. Failure to follow those rules could result in the juvenile's statements to the police officer ...
  • 12-Aug-2010

    Juvenile Law

    In Texas, if you are younger than seventeen years of age and you are charged with a crime, then, generally, the case is handled in juvenile court. Juvenile law is different from adult criminal law in that it is a civil proceeding yet the criminal ...
  • 11-Aug-2010

    Intoxication As A Defense - Or Not?

    Recently Dallas criminal defense attorney, Tom D'Amore, was questioned on the legality of an arrest and confinement regarding the crime of assault on a public servant. The question was whether the individual had the requisite intent to "assault" the ...
  • 10-Aug-2010

    An Ounce of Prevention

    Even good children can get arrested. When an incident that may involve criminal activity occurs, depending on the circumstances and what the police officers are told, a child may be arrested even if he/she did nothing wrong. Being arrested is a scary ...
  • 9-Aug-2010

    CHL Reciprocity

    Approximately 34 states have reciprocity with respect to Concealed Handgun Licenses and permits ("CHL" or "CHL's") issued by another state. The laws and administrative procedures related to carrying a concealed handgun, however, vary from state to ...
  • 7-Aug-2010

    POLICE SEARCHES

    The law provides three (3) basis for policemen to lawfully search your vehicle. 1. A SEARCH WARRANT: If a police officer has a warrant he has the right to conduct a search within the parameters provided in the warrant. Only in rare circumstances will ...
  • 6-Aug-2010

    Tom D'Amore As Teacher

    The Dallas Police Department, Dallas Public Schools, and El Centro College have trusted Tom D'Amore to teach seminars and courses related to criminal law, criminal justice, and criminal trials. Tom has always believed he should give back to the ...
  • 5-Aug-2010

    ADD and ADHD Drugs Can Land You In Jail

    Increased awareness, testing, and legal mandates have increased the diagnosis rate for children and adults who have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Brand name pharmaceutical drugs such as ...
  • 3-Aug-2010

    Tom D'Amore - Judge Greene's Opinions

    The late Karen J. Greene, District Judge of the 282nd Judicial District Court, wrote the letter below in support of Tom D'Amore 's 1999 nomination for the Henry Wade Award for Dallas County Prosecutor of the year. In the letter, Judge Greene ...
  • 2-Aug-2010

    Dallas Warrant Roundup - Don't Let It Happen To You

    Yesterday morning, 20 Dallas City Marshals hit the streets to locate and arrest people with outstanding arrest warrants related to Class-C misdemeanors such as speeding tickets, parking violations, public intoxication, and other minor offenses. In ...

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